I got a new Gundam… (Iron Blooded Orphans Option Set 4)

I got a new Gundam… High Grade 1/144 scale, Iron Blooded Orphans Option Set 4, 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 Runners, in a purple/ lilac colour, and a small instructions sheet.

Once assembled, you have a booster (Primarily for the HG IBO Kimaris), a sword, and a new Mobile Worker.





A bit of a disclaimer is called for in my review of this Option Kit. Option Kit 4 is geared towards the Kimaris, and I don’t like the Kimaris. Not its look, gimmicks, or  it’s colour style (I do however very much like the Kimaris Trooper, even though they share many similarities).
This Option Kit is by far the weakest of those released thus far, IMO. If your a fan of the Kimaris, then go ahead and get this kit. If you fancy a pretty cool looking sword for your Graze or Graze variant, it’s sort of a 50/50 answer.  But hey, at least we get another mobile worker to add to your collection (at some point I will paint up the ones I already have).
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave 

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 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