It’s no news, but I just had to write something about it. It’s been out for a few months now that Bandai will be releasing the much awaited Gundam Wing universal grunt machine, the Leo! One of the most versatile Grunt units that can be customized for ground, air, sea, and space combat with minimal modifications. It’s so dependable that even the Gundam pilots themselves pilot these things and go toe to toe against powerful machines and survive. These little things that make the Leo a very favorable grunt suit. Although the Leo had an initial release in 1/144 scale format back in 1996 it was hardly anything to be desired by casual builders as it requires some skill to make it look decent enough for display and with its hefty collector price of ranging from 50 USD to 70 USD these days, the cheaply made Leo became something for hard core GW collectors only kit, and you can’t barely make an army out of it.
The all new 1/144 HG Leo is set to be released on May (2018) with a retail price of 1,080 JPY (approx 10 USD), which is pretty cheap!
With this reasonable price anybody can instantly build an army of Leos!
The all new HG Leo comes with all you see below:
Below are more promo shots of this glorious grunt unit.
We are finally getting a proper Leo kit at last! But it’s not what many of us are expecting. Going back to a promo image Bandai put up in the All Japan Model & Hobby Show back in September of 2015, a Leo is included in the lineup for a Re 1/100 release, after more than 2 years has passed nothing has surfaced regarding that planned release, instead we are now treated to a smaller scale counterpart. I’m not one to complain but, one of the main reasons why I’m planning of hoarding masses of this kit is because of the five main MS in Gundam Wing. I have always wanted to recreate some scenes from the show to put on my display cabinet, but the lack of enemy grunt units has prevented me in doing so. Now that we have all five GW units in glorious MG format, it is just fitting that they should have enemy grunt units to decimate on my display shelf, but that will remain a pipe dream for now. But putting these new HG grunt units against the aging 1/144 GW kits is also off-putting. We may still have to wait 5 or 10 more years for updates of the old 1/144 kits, if there will be any updates for them, and if some of us are still alive by then. But here’s hoping.