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Hi all,

Academy Plastic Model Co., Ltd. of Korea will be issuing a new, original series God Phoenix model this December. The super-detailed "Newtro" (New + Retro) design takes elements of the original and updates them to a more modern feel. For once, I think it mostly works. I'm not crazy about the strangely colored top piece on the fuselage, but I can live with it.

 

It will be a "snap-tite" style kit with multi-colored parts (MCP). Meaning no glue or painting will be needed. A range of extra parts including all the individual G-1 through G-4 Ninja Team vehicles, open/closed landing gear doors, open/closed VTOL nozzles, open/closed Bird Missile and Super Bird Missile bays, a display stand, rear engine jet flames, parts to store or show the individual vehicles in place and a firebird nose piece. If that's not enough, it can also be displayed in G-5 hovercraft mode with the wings canted down, and it will have an LED light function.

The model will measure 33cm (approx. 13") long when completed, or 40cm (approx. 16") long with the Firebird parts attached.
Here are some photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Take a look at Academy's nifty promotional video!

The God Phoenix model will be available this December and will be priced at ₩42,000 (approx. $38.00 USD). When I find a reliable location for pre-orders, I'll be sure to post it!

UPDATE 11/20/20:
The Ban Chang Go YouTube channel posted a 13 minute video discussing the new model on November 14, which included the following picture of the fire parts on its nose:

 


There is also another, earlier 12 minute video from Academy themselves, which focuses on the upcoming God Phoenix model. They show some of the features on a nearly finished example, including how they ended up representing the fin on Ken's airplane, the LED feature - which appears to be included in the basic version of the kit - and more.

Unfortunately both videos are in Korean, which I do not understand. Even with YouTube's auto translation feature, I'm not too sure of any additional details. Is anyone here able to provide more information from the discussions?

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Looks pretty good - includes just about everything you can think of! And that price doesn't look too bad (before delivery costs are added!).

I'll be watching closely!

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No paint or glue required, huh? I might almost be able to get the courage to try that...

(I tend to have terrible, terrible luck with models...)

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Wow, that's detailed! EW, no paint?

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Becky, for some reason I get into trouble with painting and gluing models. My work was at a FEMA-level disaster!

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Hi all,

I added another photo and a couple video links to the first post in the thread.

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Hi all,

Here is a picture of the box art for the upcoming Academy Models God Phoenix kit.

 

The price for the God Phoenix is ₩42,000 (approx. $38.00 USD). It looks like they're expected in stock in Korea in mid-December.

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Hi all,

As they did with their previous New God Phoenix model, Academy Plastic Model Co. Ltd., is going to offer a Limited Edition version of their upcoming God Phoenix model kit. It will be sold online on December 18, and apparently only to residents of Korea. The Limited Edition Phoenix model will include an LED lighting option (which may not be available with the standard as previously mentioned - I don't know yet), a display base, an acrylic stand of the Ninja Team (or Eagle 5 Brothers as they're called in Korea), and a lounging figure of Jun. The Jun figure is unassembled and unpainted. All will be housed in special packaging. The price has not been mentioned.

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The entire package

 
The acrylic stand of the team

 
The lounging Jun figure

They images are sourced from Academy's latest promotional video on YouTube.

I've had a difficult time finding any companies in Korea that will sell the kits, so I doubt I'll have much luck with this version either. I'm still looking for someone however and will post when/if I find a good source. So far, there are a couple promising leads in the US, but they charge about three times the original price. I'm sure I can do better!

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Hi all!

This Korean God Phoenix model kit is being distributed in Japan come March. Just the regular version, not the deluxe version, alas. Anyway, with that, I can let you know of a reliable retailer who will be carrying it for the Japanese retail price: Hobbylink Japan. They're a Japan-based company I have dealt with before, and would happily recommend them.

Their listing for preorders for this model can be found here:

https://www.hlj.com/science-ninja-team-g...oenix-acd15792s

No word yet on whether or not the individual vehicle models will also be released in Japan, but we can hope!

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Hi all,

They're in! In Korea at least...

Here are a couple pictures of pallets full of God Phoenix models...
 

Each one will include a full-color instruction sheet and as far as I can tell, a full-color sheet of 28 ttakji game pieces, which can be seen here ! (Warning, the preceding link is a shameless plug for my new message board)

I don't know if the ttakji sheet will be included in the Japanese releases next year.

More soon!

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Hi all!

I received one of the Academy God Phoenix model kits yesterday. I took point and tried ordering from an eBay owned site in Korea called Gmarket. They have a version of the site in English and I found it to be a painless process. The final cost to arrive to me was $51.33US.

Gmarket determines price based on the cost of the item, domestic shipping charges (sometimes these are free) and international shipping. They accept PayPal and charge up front for the price of the item and their shipping estimate. Once the item arrives at their warehouse, they weigh it and determine the actual shipping cost. If their estimate is under, they will ask for additional payment before shipping. In my case, their estimate was over. So I received a credit for the full amount in my account of the difference in "Smile Cash," which can be applied to a future purchase.

The only shipping method they allow to the US is DHL, but even with the charge for that, it still cost a lot less than I'm predicting the God Phoenix kits will be once they hit US retailers (for example, the Gatchaman II New God Phoenix model which has roughly the same retail price in Korea, ranges around $90 - $100US).

Here's the Gmarket home page

Here is the Eagle Five Brothers search term, if you would prefer to try that way: 독수리 오형제

Or, here is a direct link to sellers that offer international shipping.

You'll have to sign up for an account, which is free. Exchange rates can make the prices vary, but I didn't think my price was too bad at all. If you find the right seller and time it right, you'll probably be able to get one of these kits for less than $50US.

Mine arrived very well-packaged and there was no damage to the box or interior parts (a review is coming soon!).

Good luck!

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Thanks for the links.

I might have to keep my eye out for your review.

I'm kind of keen, but really hesitant because the few I clicked on were suggesting shipping was going to cost more than the model itself (therefore more than doubling the total price - as I understand it!).

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Thanks for the links.

I might have to keep my eye out for your review.

I'm kind of keen, but really hesitant because the few I clicked on were suggesting shipping was going to cost more than the model itself (therefore more than doubling the total price - as I understand it!).


Yes, the shipping is the hard part to get around. While it isn't very heavy, the model box is large and that adds to the cost. Buying through Gmarket made it worth it for where I live though. I figure I probably saved between $35 - $60. That's based on the prices I see for the New God Phoenix model through retailers and eBay here in the US.

HobbyLink Japan's final prices are unknown yet. But they're no longer accepting pre-orders anyhow. I'm sure shipping from Japan will be roughly the same, as they'll have to use FedEx or DHL also. At least to ship to the US currently, I'm not sure about shipping options for your area.

So yeah... I agree the shipping hurts, but I looked around for quite a while before landing on the Gmarket option. I think it may be the least expensive way. If you do end up ordering through them, please keep us posted. Your experience, good or bad, may help make up others' minds about buying there too.

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