manutd5109: Could you cut the stickers on the booster to make it easier
AgaiLazen: I really like the build booster, despite the horrid sticker use. Sure, it looks bad, but (at least in the solo release) you can attach it to any HG 1/144 Gundam kit ever released.
While the manual that came with the solo release shows specific kits that work with it, more fun is had with mixing it with other kits. I find it works best with the Blue Destiny II, though the shades of blue will just slightly be off.
yen yi: I wish Sei could build a custom zeta or exia, that would be awesome
Zachary Tan: Nice
Yusin Costumes: This probably my favorite gundam by far, can't wait to get my wing gundam.
Jason li: Is like age 3 that you explain that big?
Mike The Gamer: ugh, more damn stickers.
yichl: Well, HLJ for me gets the stuff here within about a week (I prefer the faster shipping options, I lose track otherwise).
I recently found out that Barnes & Noble sell Gundam models, could be worth checking out.
supergeno128ds: HLJ is good, but sometimes you need a model RIGHT NOW! XD
Amazon has a bunch of models (that cycle in and out naturally) and if you're lucky, you can use Amazon Prime to gett free two-day shipping.
Since I live in the US, it usually takes about a MONTH for a model to ship from Japan. SAL shipping is a pain...
yichl: Reckon an actual hobby knife would help, too...
My choices tend to be fueled by on-the-spot reactions (namely, either going "OH I WANT THIS ALL OF A SUDDEN" and checking the price for it"), or by going through a list of what's in stock and picking what I like best.
Honestly, I've never tried Amazon, I always use HLJ (save for my first handful of purchases, which were Ebay).
gundam bro: Its not yet available in my area
supergeno128ds: For the latter, it merely takes experience and practice. For the former, I prefer to make a list of models by priority (how much I like the MS in question,) price, and availability.
It makes no sense to commit to buy a certain model if its not available- or only available now at an inflated price.
This is usually why I wait a while before ordering newly released kits. When they first come out the prices are badly inflated.
Just wait a few weeks and it'll be for retail price on Amazon.com.
yichl: Ah, and that's my problem; indecision. I always get stuck with choosing what to get next.
(Also, I have a nasty habit of when cleaning up nubs, I accidentally cut in to and carve out a large chunk of a torso's front piece...)
supergeno128ds: Ah, I see.
For recommendations, there are too many to list! ^_^; Just go for something you like!
yichl: Well, actually, I meant the bad guy models that I have (MG Zaku J type, MG Casval Gundam, and HG G. Zulu, Zaku II, Gelgoog, and Ginn) are outnumbered by my good guys (MG GM Ground Type, HG Shining Gundam, GM Command, 3 Genoace IIs, 2 GM IIIs, and a 1/100 Hardygun).
Kinda stumped as to what to get next...been meaning to get more Zeons, but also more main characters (only got Char and Domon). I wanna get something from this year, and yet...so much cool older models. Like the MG Dom and 1.0 GM.
supergeno128ds: Woa woa WOA! First off, Zeon models WAY outnumber Feddie models. There are 53 Federation HGUC kits (not counting AEUG and Titans) and 69 Zeon kits!
And thats just HGUC! There are only 8 MG GM models, while Zeon has a whopping 46! 17 of which are Zakus!
Us feddie grunt lovers have the short end of the stick here!
Although, I DO have to agree with you on the Jenice and Daughtress... I'd pick one of those up if they weren't so PRICEY (I can deal with crappiness...)
yichl: Well, my basis for getting a model is what I decide would be cool at the time. (And I'm a bit of a Zeon fan...even though for some reason the Federation models far outnumber the Zeon ones.)
And then there's some models that just don't get lucky enough to get any sort of (well, worthwhile) models, like the Jenice and Daughtress from Gundam X, who only got LM versions that frankly sucked worse than AG models.
supergeno128ds: Oh I am too! I made it a point to collect every 1/144 ms from and related to the RGM line. (Doin pretty good so far! Missing the HGUC GM Commando and Wagtail from memory...)
I'd love to see a MG Jegan, or some suits that SHOULD have HG kits but for some odd reason DON'T...
yichl: And yet the Zaku I MG can't get one.
...Or most grunts just GETTING an MG. "Want more Gundam Wing? Sure, have all the main characters! What? A Leo? freak you, bahahahaha!" It wouldn't be too hard to make a Gun-Ez or Gunblaster from the MG Victory, either.
...Then again, I'm a bit of a grunt collector.
SolidSnake2948: two handed beam rifle, drool!!!