20 March 2011

2011 C3 in Hong Kong Coverage Part 2

Continued from previous post, here comes the second part of 2011 C3 in Hong Kong coverage.

Will add captions later!


HGUC 1/144 Gunpla lineup for Gundam UC (Unicorn) series

Diorama of HG 1/144 Gunpla from Gunpla Builders miniseries

The 2 metre Unicorn Gundam in Destroy Mode. Seeing this guy several times before (e.g. ACGHK & Gundam Expo) makes it seem like seeing an old friend again XD

1/100 MG lineup for Gundam Wing series

Huge poster for the new Gundam Wing manga: Glory of the Defeated (敗者の栄光)

A prototype of MG 1/100 Shenlong Gundam (or "Shenron Gundam" as suggested on the tag there ^^;). Note the missing dragon hand on the right arm.

Diorama display for HGUC Gunpla lineup for Gundam UC (Unicorn)

C3 event exclusive Gunpla on display

HGUC 1/144 Unicorn Gundam Destroy Mode Platinum Finish version, to be released soon.

Event exclusive 1/144 HG 00 Gundam Seven Sword/G Inspection Type + Special Action Base

Event exclusive 1/144 1.5 Gundam type Dark + Special Action Base

Event exclusive 1/144 White Sazabi as seen in Gunpla Builders miniseries

Event exclusive HGUC 1/144 OVA limited Sinanju "Red Comet Spark" ver

RG (Real Grade) 1/144 Gunpla on display

Prototype of RG 1/144 Aile Strike Gundam on display. Looks pretty good I have to say.

PG 1/60 Gunpla on display

PG 1/60 Astray Red Frame

PG 1/60 Aile Strike Gundam

PG 1/60 Strike Freedom Gundam

PG 1/60 00 Raiser (well here it's just 00 Gundam with GN Sword III without the O Raiser)

Upcoming MG 1/100 00 Raiser on display

HGUC 1/144 Dreissen on display

SD Sangokuden Gunpla on display

Bandai's event shop at the back of the exhibition. Event exclusive stuff are sold here as well.

A small corner of Bandai's exhibition features an art collaboration from Austrailium illurtrator Ashley Wood

Some of the works by Ashley Wood displayed on the Ashley Wood x Bandai corner

Ashley Wood's impression of the Zaku II

Zeon bikes in one of the shop. Only one each are available for buying, but it appears that no one was willing to buy it even on the third (and last) day.

A poor image, but people are playing on Gundam Extreme Vs arcade machines. The Gundam Vs series is pretty popular in Hong Kong, and since the Extreme Vs is not available in Hong Kong (at least not yet), not surprisingly there is a mass queue of gamers eager to try it out, while another mass crowd surrounds the area watching live and past matches. I stood there and watched for whole half an hour too ^^

SHF Kamen Rider W action figures on display

One Piece figures on display. Some are fixed statues while others are action figures.

SHF Kamen Rider Faiz action figures

SHF Dragon Ball Z action figures

GFFN (1/144 scale) ReZEL and Full Armor Unicorn Gundam

GFFMC (1/100 scale) Unicorn Gundam. The one on the left is pearl coat version, while the one of the right is the normal version.

Very similar to the one seen in the Gunpla section, but here is the Robot Damashii lineup for the Gundam UC (Unicorn) action figures



Upcoming Metal Build 00 Gundam Seven Sword

Upcoming Composite Ka Exbein

Event exclusive GFFMC RX-78-2 Gundam Roll Out Color on display


Square-Enix booth

A banner showing all sorts of merchandise available for purchase. One of the most expensive one to buy was Serah Farron's necklace (from FFXIII).

Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Solid Snake Piece Walker action figures

Final Fantasy trading figures

Final Fantasy VII Advent Children posters

Play Arts Kai Ezio Auditore da Fironze action figure from Assassin's Creed II

More Play Arts Kai action figures from Final Fantasy series

Play Arts Lightning action figure holding Odin's blades

Play Arts Kai Dante and Nero action figures from Devil May Cry

Play Arts Kai Halo action figures

A customised Anaheim Electronics desktop tower

Various Macross Frontier merchandise

Action figures on dispay from Medicom Toys

Distributor EliteToys showcasing figures from ALTER, Good Smile Company, and Max Factory

ALTER Nanoha series figures

ALTER K-On! figures

Other ALTER figures

Black Rock Shooter merchandise

Nendoroids and figures from Good Smile Company

Nendoroid Puchis and actsta 1/8 Nanoha from Good Smile Company

figma action figures from Max Factory

More figma action figures from Max Factory

Crowd of people shopping at EliteToys' shop area


Thoughts? Well this is the 2nd time C3 has happened in Hong Kong, and it's the first time being held in HKCEC. Compared to annual ACGHK events, there surely aren't as many people going around in C3, which on the good side means it's much easier to cruise around from one booth to another. I have a feeling that the C3 event isn't as heavily promoted as ACGHK, so not as many people have become aware of the event as expected.

I am not exactly sure how successful this event has turned out to be in the Japanese's eyes. There sure could have been more people, but sales seem to have gone pretty well, with many event exclusive items got sold out by the end of the 2nd day. But I won't be certain whether this is what the big firms and exhibitors think. Well, should we see C3 coming back to Hong Kong for the 3rd time next year, then we know that this year has been a success, and the Japanese firms sure would like to continue to share the hobby outside their own market.

Full set:


  1. This is so happening! Wished I was there. Thanks for the sharing!

  2. Thank you for the meal. ^^

    That HGUC Dreissen is a calling me. =D

  3. @ LEon:
    No problem! It's my first time attending a C3 event so it's quite something to me! I'm glad that you like the content ^^

    @ bd77:
    It's my pleasure ^^ The Dreissen is very tempting I gotta say, and it's much bigger than I've expected too!

  4. How awesome that you attend this. Although, it looked like there was less people then past events. Kinda wished that Bandai would show some newer stuff, but I can't blame after what's happened.

  5. Thanks for the pictures buddy, nice work! Man, I forgot how awesome the Roll Out Colors are for the RX-78-2. I want to get my hands on a Gundam kit now to use those.

  6. @ Tom:
    It does seem like that there isn't as much promotion on C3 as there is on ACGHK, so I guess not as many people are aware of it as the exhibitors may have expected. As for the 'new' stuff, we'd have seen them announced on the Internet already, but it's still great to see a fullly coloured and assembled MG 00 Raiser, as well as prototypes of RG Aile Strike and HGUC Dreissen for example!

    @ korewagundam:
    The Roll Out Colour scheme is quite a unique colour scheme. Apparently this is very close to the original design that Tomino wanted before Sunrise wanted it to be more colourful to be like other super robots at the time :o

  7. Yeah, I've heard that Q, they wanted it to be more flashy and eye catching for the kiddies. Meh, it worked, I like the original just fine, but the Roll Out scheme sure is cool too!

  8. I like that exclusive Dark type. Also, the new commenting thing is much better :D

  9. I really wish we had these type of fairs in the US. I really love seeing the variety of Gundam figures.

  10. Super beautiful displays! I'm not really into mecha, but I did find the various Gundams gorgeous. I also loved those shots with a bunch of them lined up. So neat!

  11. @ korewagundam:
    I guess Sunrise felt the audience is not too ready for such "realism" back then, but funny enough Gundam was also one of the few series that helped stem the so-called "real robot" genre these days :o One way or the other it's good to see that Tomino's originally preferred colour scheme made a comeback as HCM-Pro and GFFMC.

    @ Persocom:
    The Dark Type is very different from the original, which was blueish purple with white (rather than red with black). I was thinking about getting it but refrained from doing so as I have a lot of Gunpla in my backlog already ^^;

    Btw thanks on the feedback on the commenting box. Good to know that it's better than the old system!

    @ bluedrakon:
    Given that this is the 2nd time C3 got held in Hong Kong (and outside Japan), it may be likely that the Japanese will continue to do such events overseas in the future, and hopefully to more places too to share them out to fans in different areas.

    @ Yi:
    Glad that you like them ^^ Having a lot of units lining up, especially those in the Sangokuden display, can be quite impressive indeed!

  12. great post and blog..

    I wonder if you can help me..
    I am doing my degree here in Hong Kong..

    Can you list me gundam/anime expos/conventions in Hong Kong and their usual date?

    I only know some like Gundam expo or Asia Game Show..

    Also, in Hong Kong where to buy Gundam kits?
    I mainly went to the Tai Yuen Street and Kwong Wa Street

  13. @ Diaz Arcrossito:
    There's ACGHK that takes place around end of July / beginning of August, and Comic World, which apparently takes place every February and August.

    ACGHK is the most well known one (and most crowded too) with basically a bit of everything, whereas Comic World (which I actually haven't been to one yet) focuses primarily on doujins and cosplays.

    Um... As for Gundam kits, Kwong Wa Street is a good choice. I personally go to Wai Le Model Centre in Wan Chai Road in Wan Chai near Oriental 188 mall (Wai Le also has a shop in Kwong Wa Street but they seem slightly pricier). As for newest kits some shops in Sino Centre in Mong Kok and 188 Oriental in Wan Chai will have them too.

    Hope that helps.


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