Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Gold Bat 黄金 バット Model Kit

I made a vow to not return to the US without something related to the very first comic book hero in history, Gold Bat, aka Ōgon Bat, aka 黄金 バット (1931), and it wasn’t until my last day in Tokyo that I stumbled upon this awesome 60's / 70's (?) vintage Gold Bat model kit at a Mandarake store at Nakano Broadway. Beautiful painted box art, and the pieces are already gold too, so there’s no need to paint! So what do you guys say, should I break from my dork ass collector sensibility and keep this gem mint in the box, or should I put it together?





7 comments:

anthrax2525 said...

That is where it's tough...
Imai went out of business in 2002, and most of their tooling was taken up by Aoshima. Their classic Macross kit molds, though, are now owned by Bandai.

I'd be inclined to leave it be. It's not exactly reissue material, nor would there be another kit of the same subject heading down the pike anytime soon (Maybe from a one-off garage-level resin casting, but not from one of the big guns like Hasegawa, Fujimi, or Aoshima, and certainly never Tamiya).
It's just too unique to mess with, if you ask me.

Mr. Karswell said...

Good points, Annie! Thank you!

Mr. Cavin said...

If you know somebody with a 3D scanner you could make a play-testable copy. For everybody.

Mr. Karswell said...

I’ll be rich!!!

anthrax2525 said...

I dare say Cavin may be on to something...

JMR777 said...

I'm with Calvin, make a 3 D version and build the newly created model. Or better yet, find someone who can not only scan in the model parts but assemble the kit via the computer and turn out Golden Bat fully formed.
Golden Bat has been waiting patiently to be freed from his model kit tomb, so now is his chance to be out in the world via 3D printing. Modern technology makes life so much better and fun when used for peaceful and playful purposes.

Uncle Ernie said...

Do what will make you happiest!