So yeah, you read the title correctly. The newest addition to the the Premium Bandai exclusive line and its the MG 1/100 RX-0[N] Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee Norn (Final Battle Version).
A lot of us were hoping to actually get a regular release of the Master Grade Banshee Norn and it really does not looking up. The newest release and more than likely the final release of this specific mobile suit has been relegated Bandai’s exclusive online hobby shop.
There has a few releases of this kit already, some of them being the first release with gold psycho frame, the metallic version with gold psycho frame and now this version with green psycho frame. We might actually get a metallic version with green psycho frame but that will be exclusive to conventions much like the high grade version of this.
I know a lot of us are disappointed in regards to how this gunpla is constantly destined to only be an exclusive only sold by Bandai and then priced hiked to double by those who by from Bandai and then sold on eBay and the like.
If we manage to get some of this kit we will most certainly NOT be a huge hike in price. For the most part just to cover the cost and shipping of the kit as well as a small mark-up.
I know Bandai loves to put kits that they do not think will sell well on Premium Bandai, but also it seems they just love to put kits on there that they do not want regions other than Japan to have, just to essentially troll the rest of the world that wants to actually buy these kits.
Myself I have bought plenty of convention exclusive and Premium Bandai gunpla in the past, one of my first actually being the MG Banshee Ver Ka on release date for about twice the price. Now I found a great online shop that sells them for a little more than listed price. It is also one of the shops we ourselves get our supply from.
At times we love Bandai for being able to release certain gunpla that otherwise would never get a full retail release by limiting it to their exclusive store and / or by convention exclusive. This is great and allows us to get our hands on some amazing and not so amazing gunpla kits.
There are also the times such as these where it seems they release these gunpla kits on P-Bandai just to, in a sense; troll gunpla builders in other countries by releasing exclusive versions of very popular gundam or mobile suits on their online shop.
What do you guys think of this issue of the Premium Bandai? Love it? Hate It? Let us know in the comments below!