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)


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

As usual, I got my Gundam from the excellent lads of Dublin City Comics and Collectables.


In the box, you’ll find 2 bags of plastic sprues and an instruction guide. 


Once opened up and out of the bags, you’ll find a very small sticker sheet, about 5 or 6 sprues in 2 shades of green, grey, and a light purple/ lilac colour.

The Gusion, is a fun and simple build. It has a partial inner frame and its bulk is made up by large plates. Gusion is one of the shortest Gundams in the IBO (Iron Blooded Orphans) range in terms of height but what it lacks in height, it certainly makes up for in bulk. 


For accessories with this kit, we get a machine gun and a big ass Hammer (I think it was called the ‘Meteor Hammer’ in the show).


By folding down a small panel on the Gundams back skirt, and by removing a small panel and adding a connection piece, both weapons can be stored on the Gundam.

I for one have been waiting to get my hands on a Gusion. It’s a neat little Mobile Suit, between its looks, the amour, and surface detail it’s very orginal in the world of Gunpla.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (RGM- 96X Jesta)

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I got a new Gundam, 1/144 Scale High Grade Universal Century RGM- 96X Jesta to be exact.

Just off the bat, I have to say I love this kit. From its look, colours and accessories, I’ve been looking forward to getting this kit (and its sister kit, the Jesta Cannon) for a while now.

I was able to get this and others from the guys at Dublin City Comics and Collectables.

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In the box you get…

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… 3 bags of sprues and an instruction booklet. In the bags you’ll find…

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… about 8 sprues in a dark blue, grayish blue colour and 2 small sticker sheets. One of which is used for squad markings, which is pretty cool as you don’t normally get them.

After a quick straight build the Jesta is an impressive Gundam.

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Its silouhette, weapon and colourings really gives it a ‘Special Forces’ look.

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The Jesta’s articulation is very good, allowing you to pose it in a variety of ways. From shooting to a flying leap with its Beam Sabre.

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For accessories, you get the Jesta’s Beam rifle (which is a very cool ‘Special Forces’ design), its Beam Sabre (with 2 Beam blades) which is stored in its left fore-arm and quite a large (compared to other kits) selection of hands in different poses.

For gimmicks, there is 3 ammo packs stored in the under side of the right fore-arm (although these are molded together). The Beam Sabre is stored in the under side of the left fore-arm. Although molded together, by lowering the clasp, the Jesta can be posed reaching for grenades located on its hips.

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But the main gimmick of this kit is its shield. Located on its backpack, the shield has a nice range of movement. The shield is able to rotate, turn and swing into a number of positions, to allow for a number of poses.

The kit does need a little bit of painting to make it anime accurate. Most notable the little missiles located on its shield (they’re the little pips on the lighter colour part of the shield).

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Regardless, this is a kit I would recommend to anyone.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– from The Man Cave