I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Astaroth)


I got a new Gundam, High Grade, 1/144 scale, Iron Blooded Orphans Astaroth.
As usual I got this kit from the most excellent folks over at Dublin City Comics and Collectibles.

When I first saw Astaroth I knew I wanted him. I very much like his design. Although Astaroth is part of the Iron Blooded Orphans (IBO) product line, he’s actually not part of the IBO main story line in the TV show. Instead he was the main Gundam suit from a manga side story.
In the side story, the family that owned Astaroth hit hard times and were basically selling off his parts (and replacing them with cheap parts from other Mobile Suits) in order to make ends meet. This is what gives Astaroth his asymmetrical look. Anyways I digress.
Inside the box, you get…


2 bags of multi coloured sprues, the assembly instructions, and a bit of promotional flyers.
Inside the bag of sprues, you get…


… A small sticker sheet, 7 sprues, any of you that have built a HG Barbatos, will recognise the inner frame parts, and then some blue, red, and White sprues for his armour panelling.

One of the gimmicks on the Astaroth is his giant hand that pegs onto his right arm. It gives him a sort of ‘Hellboy’ ascetic (which I really dig), it has 2 fingers and a thumb that have a limited range of motion. Which can help pulling some poses, and to help hold his main melee weapon. Speaking of which…
When not in use his main weapon, the ‘Demolition Blade’ (I believe that’s what it’s called) is stored on his back.


It has a sort of ‘Buster Sword’ from Final Fantasy 7 vibe to it, which I dig. The blade has a extendable gimmick, where it unfolds. In the extended mode Astaroth’s ‘Hellboy’ hand, and a little fold out handle for his regular hand, aids the gundam wield his gigantic weapon.

Astaroth also comes with a gun and a dagger, to complete his weapons load out (however there is nowhere to store these weapons when not in use).


Visually Astaroth is one of the more unique Gundam’s in the IBO line (due to his odd parts) and has the inner skeleton that we have been spoils with in the IBO line, allowing for some great poses.
“By the power of Grayskull…I…Have…The Power…”

Now I’m not going to lie, Astaroth has a few issues with himself. The first is due to his ‘Hellboy’ hand. It likes to pop off when posing (at least mine does), and it can get in the way with his blue shoulder, so you may not get all the poses you want with him. The second issue I had with him, was with his waist mounted thrusters. They have a habit of getting in the way and can pop off during posing as they are attached too close to the hips and legs. Too me, these issues are a bit minor as I do love this suit.
It’s also worth noting that as the Astaroth shares much of the same inner skeleton as the Barbatos, if you have the Barbatos 6th form, you can perform some parts swapping to give Astaroth a new hair do.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

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I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Options Set 3)

I got a new Gundam… Well a new Option Set (Option Set 3) for my Iron Blooded Orphans Gundams, to be exact.
As usual I got this kit from the awesome guys at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.


Inside the box you’ll find a small bag of sprue and a 1 page, double sided instruction sheet.


Once opened up you’ll find 2 small sprues and a small sticker sheet.

Just like the previous 2 ‘Option Sets’, this option set is geared towards particular Gundams from the IBO line, namely the Gusion, the Gusion Rebake, and the Man Rodi. Don’t let that put you off tho, this set offers up new melee weapons that can be used with any of the IBO Gundams, and has a new ‘Mobile Worker’ (a Gjallahorn one) to add to your collection… Gotta Catch them all.

An amazing bit of plastic engineering in this kit is the chain option that’s included in the kit. Although attached to the sprue, once cut away, the chain has a full range of motion, due to all the individual links that comprise the chain. It’s mind boggling, and total amazballs that they were able to do this.

Once all assembled we have a collection of axes to play with, from a meat cleaver type, to a short axe (this can be made longer by exchanging the shaft with another part), to a halberd type that has a ball and chain on the end.

The new ‘Mobile Worker’ you get as part of the kit is pretty cool. Unfortunately my pic doesn’t pick it up.

All in all ‘Option Kit 3’ is a nice edition to your IBO collection, personally the extendable axe is my favourite weapon in the kit. 

Included with the kit, is an adaptor piece that you can plug into the back of the Gusion Rebake’s shield, so you can store an axe.

Here we have my Urban Custom Gusion Rebake’s armed up with the axes from the Option Set.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion Rebake)

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I got a new Gundam, 1/144 scale High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans Gusion Rebake, to be exact.

I was quick enough to grab one from the guys at Dublin City Comics & Collectables.

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In the box you’ll find…

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… 3 bags of sprues and an instruction guide. Within the bags you’ll find…

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… about 7 sprues that come in a gray (for the inner frame), beiges & some white (for the armour parts), also an orange shade. Also, included is a rather large foil sticker sheet.

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It’s a big sticker sheet even for a High Grade, and it still leaves the kit less than accurate in terms of colouring.

If the Gusion looks a bit fimiliar thats because it is…

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In the Iron Blooded Orphans series the Gusion was captured by the boys of Tekkadan, and seeing how it shared the same ‘Inner Frame’ as the Barbatos, it was upgraded with parts from Barbatos.

With a straight build the Gusion Rebake is very similar to the Barbatos. However, where the Barbatos has a complete ‘Inner Frame’, The Gusion Rebake doesn’t, so you won’t be able to make a Barbatos clone. That’s ok, cause the Gusion Rebake has its own personality. With a straight build (minus the stickers), the Gusion Rebake looks like this…

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The Gusion Rebake combines the old with the new. It has a new sleeker look, compared to its old self…

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… It still uses visuals and ‘parts’ from its old self (namely, the Rebake’s big butt plate is a throw back to the Gusion’s chest and back plates, and its legs form parts of its new back pack).

For accessories, we get a modified version of the ‘Graze’s’ rifle, 2 heads (an open and enclosed version), and a shield (although technically its also part of the suit).

For gimmicks, the Gusion Rebake has 2 hidden arms in its backpack. The arms are similar in appearance to the ‘Graze’s’ arms.

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The Rebake’s mini arms slide down from inside the big thrusters. They are able to hold different weapons so if you wanted, you could equip it with 4 ranged weapons, 4 melee weapons, or a more balanced approach of 2 ranged & 2 melee weapons.

All in all, the Gusion Rebake is a nice kit, although not without its faults. I can understand the large sticker sheet, as for its price point and being a High Grade, we wouldn’t be getting such a large parts separation for colourings. The biggest fault I personally have with the Rebake is this…

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… There is a huge gapping space where its shoulder connects to the arm, this for me is a let down. All it would have taken is for a little flap or moveable armour piece to go in here and the appearance would have been golden for me.

All in all, its a nice kit. It’s fimilar but different enough in the build process. It has a unique look to itself, although this some can argue is just because of its backpack and gimmick. Poseability is high enough, just a little below the HG Barbatos & Graze, but miles ahead of its old self.

Well, that’s all for now, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Option Set 1 to be exact)

I got a new Gundam (sort of), High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans Option Set 1 with CGS Mobile Worker.

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It’s a weapons upgrade set for the Gundams from the new anime Iron Blooded Orphans.

I was lucky enough to get mine from…

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In the box you get…

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… a small bag of spues, stickers and a small assembly guide.

In the bag you’ll find just 2 sprues and the sticker sheet.

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On a closer look at the sprues you’ll notice all the parts are the same colour.

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All the white displayed on the box is supplied either via the sticker sheet or by painting. I can only assume that the parts were all molded in the same colour in order to keep production costs down and to give it as low a price point as possible.

When assembled and the stickers applied to the parts of the Options kit, they look like this…

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… and the cute little CGS Mobile Worker looks like this…

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Maybe it was me but the Mobile Worker is alot smaller than i expected. Here it is beside Barbatos, so you really see the height difference…

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… but he’s so cute, i think i’m gona call him Vinny.

As you might have noticed by now, certain parts will have to be painted if you want them to look anime accurate (namely the lance, shield and Mobile Worker).

As i said the Option kit 1 is a weapons upgrade kit but its not just for Barbatos. Actually the cannon is the only item specifically in the kit for him (but that doesnt mean he cant use the others). Looking back at the box art…

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You’ll see that the shield is for the standard Graze (the green guy) and the lance is for the McGillis Schwalbe Graze (the blue guy). The lance actually has a cool little feature were the little machine gun you get slots into it.

In the previous article i did about the High Grade Iron Blooded Orphans lead Gundam Barbatos, I purposefully omitted a feature of that kit. The reason for the omission is this kit. In the Barbatos kit you get two extension pieces for his backpack.

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They are used to extend the 2 detachable parts of his backpack into a lowered position so that you can equip the canon you get in the Options 1 kit, like this…

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… giving Barbatos a big ass ranged weapon.

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Size isnt important, its the calibur of your weapon…

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… and Barbatos has it in both departments.

I recently got my HG McGillis Schwalbe Graze kit (the blue guy from the box art) so expect to see more soon.

– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Barbatos to be exact)

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I got a new Gundam, and to be honest i’m dead excited about it.

As usual i got my Gundam from…

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It’s the lead Gundam from the new Gundam Anime Iron Blooded Orphans called Barbatos.

In the box you get the following…

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… 2 bags of sprues, an instruction sheet, a sheet of stickers, an advertisements for a new Gundam game (which as far as i know is available only in japan), an advertisement for a new Gundam DVD and 2 collectable cards. Apologies for my camera it has a mind of its own when it comes to focusing.

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As soon as i began assembly i noticed the instruction guide has gotten a bit of an upgrade compared to other kits i’ve assembled.

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The head and chest assembly feaures some lovely details. From the spine and pistons in the chest to the armour on the head.

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…and the back

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In the first episode of the anime it makes reference to how parts of the Gundam was sold off, which tie into the ‘gimmick’ of the series. You see Barbatos is upgradeable with parts from other Gundams in the series and has different forms.

I present to you Barbatos in his finished state. I havent added his stickers yet as i really want to panel line him first.

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For accessories for Barbatos you get a big ass mace, a katanna like sword, shoulder pads and an extra arm. Personally i prefer him with his shoulder pads and buckler arm.

I personally love this new Gundam design. Although the ‘classic’ gundam colours (white, blue, red, and yellow) have been kept, the suit design is new. Which for someone (like me) who was never really a fan of the ‘classic’ Gundam suit look, it looks great.

Barbatos has a more slimmer, stripped down appearance than some may be familiar with for a lead Gundam. I’ve heard and read people complain about the design of his legs but personally i like them. To me, they give Barbatos a real sense of speed and the predatory, especially when equiped with his big ass mace.

This kit is like a mini Master Grade kit, in that Barbatos has an inner frame to which his armour attaches to. His articulation is great and he’s able to hold his mace or sword in alot of poses without any issues.

If you were looking for your first Gundam kit or just a new kit i couldnt recommend this kit enough, it ticks all the boxes as far as i’m concerned. From build difficulty, accessories, to appearance, to poseability and to playability.

Barbatos also has a separate options kit which i’ll be showing off soon. The options kit really shows off another feature of this kit but you’ll have to wait and see.

– from The Man Cave