Gundam is a favorite anime series in Japan for over 20 years. The anime centered on giant robots, called ‘mecha’. These robots were controlled by a human operator. The anime series first appeared in 1979 and has since appeared in several animated series, TV shows, films, video games, apparel and so much more.
If you are building your own action figure collection, no collection will ever be complete without Gundam action figures—it is in fact a staple in every collection. In fact, Gundam is a great way to start your action figure collection! Here are ways on how to select your Gundam action figures:
- Purchase and read books such as ‘Gundam: The Official Guide’ by Benjamin Wright and Mark Simmons to learn more about Gundam’s world, characters, story line and merchandise. These books are extremely helpful in helping you select your action figures.
- Select whether you want model kits or pre made action figures. If you want to set up your own figures, you can do so by getting model kits. Model kits have parts, stickers and sometimes trading cards with their vital statistics. You yourself will have to assemble the figure. However, if you are too lazy to do so, select pre made action figures.
- Purchase your Gundam action figures and model kits at your local major retail stores. Pre-made Gundam action figures will need more time for research and comparisons. Check the prices of both online retailers and stores to see and compare your options and prices.
- Once you have bought your action figures, decide on how you are going to store and display them. Items with their original box are relatively easy to display, but you may want to invest more by constructing glass boxes and custom storage boxes to make it more visually attractive.
Plastic or Non Plastic?
One important decision is to choose plastic or non plastic action figures for your Gundam collection. Plastic figures are manufactured by Bandai in Japan and they have the exclusive license for producing and manufacturing the figurines around the world. These action figures are typically of injection molded Polystyrene (PS) with snap fit parts, and some figures may require an adhesive like plastic cement.
Non plastic action figures, on the other hand, are made of unpainted resin without decals provided. Non plastic is generally more expensive than plastic kits (at least US $400 more expensive!), but the detail and durability is unparalleled, and worth every US buck.
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