I have here an unboxing review of 1/400 Alpha Azieru which is a painted Gundam kit. This is my first ever Gundam kit ordered from Hobby Link Japan (HLJ). It was on sale from 5000 down to 1750 Yen. For me it looks more like a diorama set. Why? I guess it is the stand included in the box. You will see later in the picture what I am talking about. It also comes with two 1/400 figures of Nu Gundam and Sazabi. This is a big kit, the parts are big (loved the back skirts). Also the box is about the size of an MG box. But this is not an MG kit, more like an HG kit with the parts already painted.
Some are asking for the shipping cost. Here is the breakdown sending it from HLJ to Philippines. Depends on the size and weight of the item though. $50 USD and below combined item value (kit, freight and postage) doesn’t have to pay custom tax. Only 40 pesos processing fee. In this case, it was around $52 USD so I had to pay customs tax…. D*mn 😦
EMS – Express Mail Service Shipping
952 pesos for the kit (1750 yen)
914 pesos for the freight (1680 yen)
391 pesos postage stamps from Japan (720 yen)
1092 local customs tax (Pasay EMS post office)
local customs tax – this is the killer part… that is why shipping many items at once will save you a lot than shipping on one item…. lesson learned on my part haha…. good thing this item is not found in the Philippines….
Here are the pictures
Taken while at the office
It says painted model on the box
Comparison against a Bosny primer spray paint
This is the stand I was talking about
This is how it will look like. Like a diorama right?
Manual and some poster like flyer