This lucky bag of anime models is also a decades-long history lesson for our mecha newbie


Yellow submarine take us a dive into the past with his new year fukubako.

Put together animated robot models is a long-standing passion for some people, but others do not experience the hobby for the first time until well after reaching adulthood. This is the case of our Japanese-speaking reporter Ikuna Kamezawa, who assembled their first Gundam kit last fall after being inspired by the passion of some overseas otaku.

So when Ikuna found out that Yellow submarine, a chain of model and card game stores in Japan, offered a fukubukuro / lucky bag For the 2022 New Years season, she recognized that this was a good opportunity to deepen her understanding of mecha modeling, so she took the plunge and bought one.

Technically, it is a fukubako, Where “Lucky box” since Yellow Submarine is one of the retailers offering their lucky bags via online sale this year, and must therefore put them in a more substantial container for shipping. Whether it comes in a box or bag, it works the same as traditional fukubukuro, in that you get a collection of items blindly purchased for less than the total of their individual prices would be.

Ikuna opted for the 11,000 yen (US $ 96) “Plastic model of Fukubukuro character”, and when she opened it …

… there was no less than 14 objects await him inside!

Before doing anything else, Ikuna unpacked the Lucky Box and took an inventory of it, the list of contents being:

● Bandai Death Army HG JDG-009X (JDG-00X)
● Bandai Builders Parts 1: 144-scale System Weapon 009
● Bandai Goketsu Taizen Sekiheki no Sho (BB Warriors Three Kingdoms Clash of Heroes)
● Bandai Little Battlers Hakai-O Experience
● Bandai Little Battlers Experience Joker
● Bandai AV-98 Ingram in scale 1:60
● Bandai AV-98 Ingram Special in scale 1:60
● 30-minute Bandai missions at scale 1: 144 bEXM-15 Portanova
● Entry-level Kamen Rider Saber from Bandai
● Bandai Digimon Adventure Figure-rise Standard WarGreymon
● Bandai One Piece Great Boat Collection Ark Maxim
● Max Factory Combat Armors in scale 1:72 MAX 19 Abitate Crab Gunner
● Kyabiko Cyoi-PLA Smart Girl Eos
● Girl Gun Lady Girl Gunfight Playing Cards

Arranged in front of her, they formed an impressive whole. There was, however, one glitch: Ikuna had no idea what many of them were.. Of course, she recognized the titles of A piece, Digimon, and Kamen Rider, and some of the elements appeared to be Gundam-related, but overall there were a lot of new Ikuna series depicted in the Lucky Box.

Fortunately, the contingent of incorrigible anime fans on our team were happy to help by providing some background information.. The Army of Death, for example, is a mobile combination of G Gundam, the silliest of Gundam series, which explains his giant eyeball with a wacky look. The Builders Parts Pack is a set of weapons compatible with others in scale 1: 144 Gundam models, and the Sekiheki no Sho figure set is a super-warped eight-pack Gundam characters with their armor inspired by that of generals of the Three Kingdoms period of China.

Small fighters experience is a model building franchise, which in the world of series and anime games battle against each other in diorama-style arenas, and the Hakai-O and The Joker have come full circle. with real world model kits. 30 Minutes Missions, as the name suggests, is a range of easy-to-assemble model kits that the manufacturer Bandai estimates can be put together in about half an hour.

Regarding the AV-98 Ingram, he is the mechanical star of Mobile police development, a series from the late 80s / early 90s, as veteran mecha fans will recognize (as will veteran readers of SoraNews24, since we went to see the real-world Ingram in full size when we have it). had the opportunity).

Even more old-school, however, is the Crab shooter, who comes from Dougram Sun Fang. Dougram was popular enough to support a 75-episode television series that ran from 1981 to 1983, and although fans of that era fondly remember it, many younger otaku never heard of it, and still less seen.

â–¼ “Are you sure they didn’t just make a ‘Gundam printing error?’ Ikuna asked when she saw the Dougram logo.

For models, this just left the Cyoi-PLA Smart Girl Eos, which is essentially just a model kit with no media franchise or established history. This is the kit Ikuna decided to start working on first, because with less than 30 pieces it seemed to be the simplest of the lot.

Before moving on to crafting her second model from the lucky bag / box, Ikuna will take a break and play a few more tricks on Old Maid using it. girl gun lady playing cards with photos from the cast of the tokusatsu show, and maybe otaku office Seiji Nakazawa can educate her on the cultural significance of her model kit transport.

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