I said 1/100 recasts cost little more than a MG Ex-S. I ALSO said that 1/144 recasts cost little more than a mid-range MG. $40 or $50. And there are a number of nice 1/144 recasts out there. Wave 1/144 Heavy Vatshu is still generally available, 1/144 A Toll Scritti can be found from time to time, the recast of the FAC Last Junchoon should be widely available soon, and I'm sure other 1/144 recasts can be found if one takes time to look.
While i see your point, resins, no matter what form they take, are still pretty hard to come by, not to mention you don't get quite the amount you do with even a plastic ffs kit. This might not be the issue for people like me or you, but when your trying to appeal to new fans this is quite important. This is after all what this is all about and this is something the plastic led does quite well since its priced to compete with the higher end hguc kits and trounces most in terms of quality. I put it's comercial standing (or lack thereof) down to marketing.
A PG is no 'harder' than a MG Ex-S, and the Ex-S is no 'harder' than a MG RX-78, and none of these are any harder than a HGUC. Each and every one of these kits requires the exact same skill set to make it look good. The only difference with a PG or large MG is that there are more parts to deal with. But every assembly requires the same set of skills.
Like i said above its not relaly to do with skill its to do with price. When a new fan gets a model kit of a design he likes, he wants to make sure that he buys one that is appropriate to his skill, if hes new to gundam and he buys a pg and messes it up thats a very costly error. The same with fss, resins for newbies are somtimes far too threatening cause they know that if its messed up theyve just lost alot of money. Again, gogo wave led, unfortunately tho, it provides the new fan with a choice of... 1. and a half. maybe.
MGs are gundam related mecha. Gundam related mecha are usually one of 2 things: simple and blocky (like a gundam or GM) or simple and rounded (like a Dom). In either case, eliminating most seams is easy. On most of the more complex FSS designs, I doubt it would be so simple. Just as an example off the top of my head, I see NO way a LED Mirage flame gun could be done without a seam.
Which is why a flame cannon probably wouldn't be a major candidate for plastic conversion. Like i said some fss stuff just wont ever even be considered for plastic, not even by me!:shock: But there are plenty, especially the older designs like Junchoon and Bang that could. And about shapes, and baring in mind i do not own the actual thing so i don;t know how different the pictures make it out to be, but Bandai has produced MG and HG Dunbine kits and most of those designs are seamless as well. Like i said i do not know how different they are to the box pics and believe me id like tp find out ( preferably without buying one, Dunbine aint really my thing...)
Well, this is what I recall reading: when Nagano was still doing gundam designs, Bandai asked him to simplify his stuff so that it would be easy to animate and easy to turn into toys/kits. Nagano didn't like this at all. He likes complexity and detail. This shines through in his designs. Now does this mean he designs his stuff with the idea in mind that it can only be done in resin? Probably not. But is the need for resin a by-product of his design aesthetic?
I remember him being peeved about LGiam but if that had been the case, he would not have come back for gundam Zeta, then again for ZZ then AGAIN for Stardust. Not to mention, his designs for Zeta and DZeta are imo some of his best. I love the Quebeley and theres indication that he does too. And look at the Quebeley. it has nearly zero surface detail and i dare say it doesnt lose anything from it.
Well see, bottom line is... people have been wishing for a selection of cheap plastic FSS kits for a long time now. And chances are, if there are people abroad who wish for this, there are probably japanese modelers with low disposable income who wish for the very same thing. And I'm sure the firms with FSS licenses MUST know this by now. And yet they are still doing nothing. So you have to figure one of two things: either something is stopping them (i.e. Nagano), or they figure they can't make enough sales to justify large scale plastic kit production. Which is entirely possible. I'm sure the number of dedicated FSS fans out there is much less than the number of gundam, or even macross fans. Resin is the traditional medium for all niche interest stuff. Like Yukikaze for example... only available in 1/72 resin or a small number of pricy 1/100 limited edition kits.
Im pretty sure FSS has more fans than Yukikaze, and id be playing with fire if i said that it has a comparable fan base to macross INSIDE JAPAN, but Macross fanbase outside japan is enourmous and i guess thats where it wins out. FSS hasnt faltered in nearly 20 years but before Zero, when was the last Macross series? Macross actually has alot to thank Yamato for in recnet times. I do actually think Nagano is deliberately stopping more widespread recognition.... u only have to look at why he fell out with Kaiyodo for proof of that. But the guys mind is ever changing so heres hoping.
I believe the GGIs are priced highly for a reason. I doubt they were ever made in quantities anywhere close to the amounts Bandai produces for each new kit. Low supply, high demand... always equals high cost. Is the actual kit itself WORTH the 7800-9800 yen price tag? Maybe not. Is it comparable in quality to a recent MG of the same price range? Probably not. But 'real' value and 'market' value aren't always the same thing. Many products, not just kits, will carry higher than 'fair' prices because of so many factors. I mean... is it fair for a movie theatre to charge $3 for a small cup of soda? No. But they do charge that much, because they can. To be honest, the 7800-9800 yen price was from the initial release, years ago. If anything, I could see the price going up. Not down.
Only cause it doesn't look like they will ever reissue them. The wave kits came down in price cause they were rereleased en masse. Despite their flaws they originally retailed at 12000 yen, more than both the kogs, and if they hadn't been reissued they would probably be considered collectors items now, much like u are suggesting with the GGI kogs.
I don't know why Hasegawa would be any different, if Wave, with a proven track record and a FSS license under it's belt, isn't doing anything. You also have to look at how hasegawa operates. With both their macross, aircraft, and auto lines... they make a lot of money from variant kits. Change a few parts, add a few decals... new kit, more money. But with FSS, this simply isn't feasible with most designs. Each new kit is a singular investment. Sure, LED and some others have variants. But most don't.
With hindsight you are right about Hasegawa. But they are only just starting to delve into the robot theatre and while at the moment, they are following the pattenr you described i will give them a little more time to prove themselves. Like how they handle their Virtual on license, yes they just released a varient of the first VR but there arnt anywhere near as many VR variants as there are Valks. Besides if Hasegawa ever did a Booray theyd be set for at least a year.
Just to sum up... I'm not arguing against this because I don't WANT to see any plastic kits made. As I said, a nice line of quality plastics would be fine and dandy if it didn't interfere with the resin market. What I AM saying is that so many factors are stacked against the appearance of many more plastic kits... both from a technical standpoint and from a marketplace standpoint.
Technically, ruling out all the recent MH designs with the exception of perhaps the Engages, and of course ruling out the Jagd as well, i can see how MH would work in plastic. The Wave three look very nice if built properly now, and they were made waaaaay back in the day, so it's not impossible. But Toyspress marketing strategy really baffles me sometimes. It appears as though they want to spread the word of fss, comiccon is a good example of that. But then when Kaiyodo release their affordable action figures to try and extend fss feasibility toys press go mad. I dunno. It would seem that Nagano wants people to like Fss for what it really is and not for the appearance of its mecha design. Having seen all too many Gundam fans take that approach i guess i have to respect that point of view.