I didn't get one for myself, but I thought this particular MG gunpla is worth a mention - the MG Wing Zero Custom Pearl Gloss version. Together with the "limited" HGUC Unicorn Gundams + Head Display Base bundles (which I did buy), this is probably released around the beginning of April, with no promotion or information known before its release whatsoever. I only noticed them pop up in some local shops one day when I was still in Hong Kong 3 weeks ago.
Runners are as followed:
According to what the people have observed on ToysDaily forum, there are some similarities to the MG Wing Zero Custom Pearl Mirror Coating version, which is a Chara Hobby 2005 event limited item.
First off, there are no plated parts for the newer release. Many parts are in pearl gloss plastic (which kinda reminds me of the HG Trans-Am gunplas), but the smaller feather parts will still be in white, which can look odd with the rest of the pearl colour wings as we will see later. Base is clear instead of dark gray.
For the assembled model, a straight build is spotted in Ruli PlaModel:
Wings closed up
Wings open up
Box art pose - here we can see the smaller feathers in white kinda sticking out like a sore thumb in contrast to the rest of the pearl glossy wings
Slightly closer up look at the Wing Zero Custom with Twin Buster Rifles.
Equipped with beam sabres
Posing with the Twin Buster Rifles. The glossy surface is quite shiny against the light, which some people may not like I think.
This Pearl Gloss version seems to be another international-only release (at least in Asia but outside Japan), as there are no mention of it on Japanese sites or blogs about it. Prices I saw seem to be around the retail price of normal MG Wing Zero Custom, i.e. around 3800 Yen.
Another unexpected release, which got a lot of people to wonder whether it's new stuff or not when it suddenly popped up in shops. The gloss look on the wings look nice to me, but the fact that the smaller feathers stickiing out in solid white can be a bit odd as mentioned above. Having the same glossy look on the rest of the frame, especially on the head, looks particularly strange for me - maybe it'd have been better if those were to stay with solid white for me IMHO.
On the other hand, somebody on ToysDaily forum has added lighting effects into one of these Wing Zero Custom. As one can see here the glossy plastics seem to be translucent to some extend as they allow quite a lot of light to go through.
The whole head is glowing green rather than just the eyes themselves ^^; But the lighting on the chest orb does look pretty cool.
Well, are people really missing out much for this particular special version of the Wing Zero Custom? Probably not, unless you really like the pearl gloss surface as seen in the pictures here. Otherwise you can just go with the normal release for the same price. No huge deal, at least nothing compared to the Unicorn bundles which would enrage quite a lot of fans I assume (I would too if I have bought the regular releases and strive for the head display bases from the magazines)... These international limited gunplas sure are odd and they just appear all of a sudden without a notice.
"My feeling exactly about those international limited Gunplas. They just seemingly popped out of nowhere. ^^;"
- Ngee Khiong
Images from ToysDaily forum and Ruli PlaModel