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Best sites to buy Gunpla/MSiA / information

Post by SNT1 » Thu Aug 17, 2006 7:16 pm

This thread lists sites that sell Gundam merchandise (mostly models). Feel free to post other sites if its not listed below.

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EDIT 4.4.07

GUNPLA INFO - THINGS LIKE MANUAL SCANS, RUNNER SHOTS, AND OTHER BASIC INFO ABOUT GUNPLA.

http://www.dalong.net - pictorial review of MGs HGUCs PGs and SEED kits sans the no-grade 1/144s. Also includes other Bandai kits like SDs, HY2Ms, HG mechanics, UCHGs, and Kotobukiya SRW kits. Don't have to understand Korean to understand this site. Has manual scans, runner shots, well, just check this site out if you wanna know what you're gonna get before buying a Gundam kit.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/gundam - Hey, it also includes runner shots and manual scans! No pictorial reviews of snapped kits, but pretty much like dalong, plus a wider selection of things to browse (its also a store :P )

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Japanese sites

http://www.hlj.com - very good selection of kits, might be a tad expensive if shipping is factored in

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/gundam - also a large selection of gunpla, their prices are 5% cheaper tha HLJs. has manual scans of kits if you wanna know what you're getting.

http://www.rainbowten.co.jp - 20% cheaper than HLJ. They do NOT have an online ordering system though (you email them what you want I think). I havent used this personally, but I read their staff is more responsive than the other 2 jp sites.

NA sites

http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com - cheap gunpla prices, (for an NA store) it takes 2 days for item to ship. PARTS ORDER AVAILABLE!

http://www.imageanime.com - this is as fast as gundamstoreandmore most of the time. They get the new stuff earlier than any other NA store. Price is a bit higher than other stores.

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com - generally expensive, but you might catch their gunpla sales (20-40% off). They pride in their 'mint condition' kits.

http://www.hobbywave.com - $10 flat-rate shipping plus very cheap prices. Shipping time is quite high.

http://www.hobbylinc.com - has alot of hobby tools and paints, but also a small inventory of Gunpla. Cheap prices

http://www.hobbyfan.com - Has Armored Core and SRW plastic kits. Resin recast kits can be found here

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Bad sites

http://www.gundamshop.com - reports that they do not ship orders and/or do not reply to calls or emails. Avoid


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Ebay (large ebay dealers) I have no experience with any of these, but I just look at their ratings.

Japanesetoywarehouse = 99.3% feedback rating
animetropolis = 99.2% feedback rating
tisinc99 = ~98%?
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Post by Blue 55 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 4:45 am

http://www.hobbywave.com

And

http://www.thehobbyplace.com

Not bad sites for your Gundam Shopping Needs. :D
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Post by tetsujin » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:09 am

House Of Anime

Before the Amazon deals skewed everybody's expectations of how much a MG should cost, House of Anime was one of the best deals around for various kits.

Their deals vary, some are good deals, some are only average, and one or two are rather bad. But it's worth checking out to see if they have any kits you're interested in.

(EDIT): (regardling below): Best1Hobby is also a convenient source for Mr. Color paints...
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Post by Nimrod » Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:38 am

Best1Hobby

Pretty decent selection of Gundam models and their shipping rates are not that that expensive.

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Post by SNT1 » Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:22 pm

http://www.hobbybuy.com/

has anyone used this? prices are pretty dang good (some are lower than MSRP) is it even in NA? :?:

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Post by bluemax151 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:27 am

tetsujin wrote: (EDIT): (regardling below): Best1Hobby is also a convenient source for Mr. Color paints...
Is there any others? Mr. Color is supposedly good for MSIA painting.......
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Post by Nimrod » Sat Aug 19, 2006 7:46 am

A couple of more:

Gmodel Shop <-- haven't used them myself but they seem to have a decent selection.

tisinc99 <-- a seller from ebay's main site. Good selection of Models and MSIA although their shipping rates outside of the US is a ripoff.

Toycup <-- another site I found via ebay. Decent selection of models and MSIA and other Gundam stuff.

Could Ebay itslef be considered a place since many sellers there put up Gundam models, MSIA and other Gundam items for sale?

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Post by lalahsghost » Sun Aug 20, 2006 3:27 am

Nimrod wrote:A couple of more:Toycup <-- another site I found via ebay. Decent selection of models and MSIA and other Gundam stuff.
I used toycup to buy several Turn A models when they were OOS everywhere else, at that time. They're fast.

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Post by mttlg » Sun Aug 20, 2006 4:57 pm

Descriptions of my experiences can be found here:

http://wmg.mttlg.net/text/stores.html

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Post by Cyber-Kun » Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:12 am

Amazon.com did have models, they may get some more, hard to tell.

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Post by Gone Astray » Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:50 pm

mttlg wrote:Descriptions of my experiences can be found here:

http://wmg.mttlg.net/text/stores.html
About your entry on Gundam Store: Their website rarely updates, but they tend to stay on top of releases, actually. It's a bit of a pain, but you sometimes have to ask about certain models (which they usually have).
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Post by mttlg » Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:51 am

Cyber-Kun wrote:Amazon.com did have models, they may get some more, hard to tell.
Technically, Amazon didn't have the models; Toys R Us had them and Amazon maintained the web storefront. However, Toys R Us recently ended its Amazon partnership and now maintains its own internet presence. The models that Amazon/TRU carried were leftovers from Bandai's failed attempt to sell Gundam merchandise domestically in the American market, which is why the prices at the end were so low (the original retail prices were often higher than the cost of importing the same kit from Japan). Now that the remainder of this supply of kits has dried up, it is not very likely that more will show up at TRU (unless a few cases are uncovered in the back of a warehouse somewhere). The recent Amazon deals were just an anomaly, nothing more.

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Post by tetsujin » Thu Aug 24, 2006 12:43 pm

lalahsghost wrote:
Nimrod wrote:A couple of more:Toycup <-- another site I found via ebay. Decent selection of models and MSIA and other Gundam stuff.
I used toycup to buy several Turn A models when they were OOS everywhere else, at that time. They're fast.
I have to say I have a bit of a problem with them, though: That Dom that they use for their site graphics...

Pazu's Dom Firebat

They used it without permission, last I heard. Plagiarism is not cool.

Pazu's post (for those not registered on CoM...)
Pazu wrote: They are using my model illegally. I have informed them regarding this, so far they seems to feint ignorance. Can anyone in CoM tell me if I have anyway of legal recourse against them (besides hiring expensive lawyers.) ?

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Post by G.Squirrel » Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:13 pm

I don't know how old that topic might be at the CoM (I'm not a member) but he definatly does have a case. The model is copyrighted to him. All he has to do is prove that he built the model before toycup used it for their logo. This shouldn't be too hard to prove.


Back on topic, I just use HLJ. Their shipping rates can get a little expensive, but nothing beats their selection.

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Post by tetsujin » Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:07 pm

G.Squirrel wrote:I don't know how old that topic might be at the CoM (I'm not a member) but he definatly does have a case. The model is copyrighted to him. All he has to do is prove that he built the model before toycup used it for their logo. This shouldn't be too hard to prove.
Well, actually doing something about it (that is, hiring a lawyer and making them stop) may be more difficult, or more costly, than it's worth. I dunno. This all went down about two years ago. I don't know if there have been any other developments, I just know it's not cool what that place did.

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Post by Nimrod » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:11 am

I was unaware of that regarding Toycup. I'll pull the link if people here would like me to do such.

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Post by Morio-Kun » Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:04 pm

Good sites for cheap gunpla makers?

Mines dead and the only store near me supplier is out.

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Post by metal » Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:25 am

Well as for Best1hobby they just went out of business :(

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Post by G-Slayer » Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:31 pm

This site also sells Gundam kits and figures at reasonable prices:

http://www.angolz.com

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