Gundam

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Harley Quinn is easily one of the most cosplayed characters, with dozens of costume variations. So it’s nice to see a good standout among the masses. Check out more at Fashionably Geek.

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Captured at GenCon last year, a wild Ood! This amazing recreation was made and is modeled by Lisa Lombardi. Photo thanks to Craig Hurle.

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: A Pokemon/Gundam mashup? We deserve this anime. Who wound’t want to see Pokemon with their own mechanical enhancements squaring off against other giant mechs!? Think of the all the adorable bloodshed! (Nerd Approved)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Shanoa Nebulaluben does an excellent job bringing Satele Shan from Star Wars: The Old Republic to life. And who wouldn’t choose a double-sided lightsaber, they’re so obviously more badass. I don’t know why more Jedi/Sith don’t use them? Is there some kind of liability I’m missing? Photography by Rubén Madrid and Jesús Clares. (Fashionably Geek)

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Bandai Entertainment Goes Belly Up

After being a dominate force in the repackaging of Japanese cartoons for North American audiences since the early 90’s, Bandai Entertainment will stop offering new DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and manga releases next month. They will continue distributing their existing catalog, but new releases such as Turn A Gundam will not happen.

As a result of this change in strategy for the North American Market, Bandai Entertainment’s organization will be restructured at the end of January 2012. The following previously announced anime titles have been cancelled: TURN-A GUNDAM, NICHIJOU and GOSICK. Similarly, the following manga titles have been cancelled: KANNAGI 4-6, CODE GEASS: RENYA, GURREN LAGANN VOL. 7, GUNDAM 00I, LUCKY STAR BOO BOO KAGABOO, NICHIJOU MANGA, CODE GEASS R2 NOVELS, and TALES OF THE ABYSS: JADE 1 and 2.

Additionally, Bandai Entertainment’s facebook and twitter will be shut down.

The company will be restructured to focus on licensing anime, particularly in digital distribution, broadcast, and merchandising. The majority of the companies contractors and three of its five fulltime staff members will be laid off.

This leaves Viz and Funimation as the two remaining companies to fight over the scrapes that remain in the North American anime market.

*yawn* Ok, my heart goes out to those that just lost their jobs, that does really suck… but is this that surprising? Feel free to ride my out of Nerdtown with torches and pitch forks but is anime still that relevant? Sure when it hit big in the 90’s I enjoyed a lot of it, but that was two decades ago and since then the market has been flooded with anything and everything they could redub into English and slap a price tag on. 35 iterations of Gundam later, you’re going to see sales plummet as the audience gets bored.

 

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Back in early December, there were reports about an amusement park over at Chengdu Guosetianxiang, China was building their own “original design” (my ass) statue to brighten the place up and to get more sales during the holiday season.

Then about a week later, after many accusations of the statue looking like a Gundam, the entire thing was taken out and was later reported that the park stated that it “never existed.”

Here we are more than a month later and the statue is up out of no where with its “completely original design.” And by original, it seems they just added a bunch of fucking horns and spikes. Seriously China? This still looks like a Gundam but now more of a legit bootleg version of it or one that went through an old punk makeover. How about next time, just not make a giant robot.

Via AnimeNewsNetwork

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Early last week, it was reported that a Gundam statue was being built at a park in Chengdu Guosetianxiang, China. It was being built to “light” Christmas up for the folks around the area.

Well, now the park is denying that the statue ever existed and has removed the entire thing from the park, including the pictures from its site. This happened after the head of the tall monument was suddenly covered when reports of some sort of a copyright lawsuit emerged on the web.

So let’s go over the whole situation. Some park wanted to make a bootleg statue in order to bring revenue to the park. When told it looked like a Gundam statue, the park claimed that it was a “completely original” (sure it was) design and that it was by accident if it looked similar to a Gundam design. Then they covered the head in order to do some “modification” to prevent a lawsuit to happen and now it’s completely gone.

Did we learn something new today? No, nothing at all other than maybe asking permission to use another person’s work in order to benefit from it. This should be something that is done before wasting any sort of money. Unless you’re doing it on the internet since everything gets stolen on the web.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

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Earlier this year, the folks over at Japan built a life size Gundam statue because, well, they can and the 18 meter (about 59 ft.) monument has been hit over there. It seems China wanted some of that glory and decided to build one as well.

The orange Gundam shown above will be about 15 meter (about 49 ft.) tall and the folks of Chengdu Guosetianxiang is hoping that this will brighten the area up for Christmas. While calling it bootleg may be mean, the whole orange color to it makes it look like one.

Which leaves me to ask, when will America build some sort of freakin’ tall statue of something!?! C’mon, we need to compete and show them that we can build something just as big. What do y’all say? What do you think America needs to build in order to compete with the Gundam monuments?

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

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This hand of mine is burning red! Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory! Erupting God Finger!!! So yeah, G Gundam was my favorite Gundam series since it mixed shonen and giant robots together, which eventually led to me start building Gundam models. I was more into the Super Deformed set since it was more cartoonish and at the local Asian mart, it was the cheapest set available.  If I have one bad memory of building the Gundam kits were those annoying frames/part trees would sometimes snap under my chubby fingers and hurt me.

Well, it seems some people has found some use with those left over plastic parts and after 250 hours, they successfully built a RX-78-2 Gundam model (the one that Amuro Ray uses) that is about 10 ft. It’s very impressive that they built such a large Gundam out of those frames. Check after the jump for some more pics and imagine what you could built with left over parts.

Source: Geekologie

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(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)

Many toy collectors collect for one reason or another, each having their own special meaning to what they collect. Normally it’s just a harmless hobby. (A hobby that deflects the attraction of the opposite sex and thus hurts your genitals from getting some action but, all-in-all harmless). It becomes a problem, however when a person takes this little hobby and takes it one step too far. For thirty-year old Yoshifumo Takabe, a factory worker from Japan, it was burning his own home down (with himself inside) after Takabe’s mother tried to throw out his collection of Gundam models.

The story-Originally run by the Anime News Network (Godzilla must have been a vacation), took place on August 9th, 2009 at 2:10pm. Takabe tried to burn down his home in a rage (nerd rage) after part of his Gundam collection was taken away. Instead of killing himself, he destroyed his 2,400 square foot property. His defense argued that he fell into despair without his collection, calling them “as important as part of his own body” and asked for a suspended sentence.

The Judge, Hiroshi Mori, denied the request and handed down a four year prision sentence, instead of the requested five to thirty year sentence. He really got off lucky after burning down his home but the man really needs to chill out, drink tea at least. When you freak out after your fifty-five year old mother only tossed part of you collection, it’s time for a new hobby. After he gets out in 2015 lets hope he’s taken up Tai-chi(or at least knitting).