si-gu-mi paper art puzzles based on Gundam mobile suit Zaku II
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New Gundam Paper Art Puzzles Will Feature the Zaku II

Bandai Namco’s subsidiary Plex has opened pre-orders for new sets of paper art puzzles that feature the Zaku II mobile suits from the first Gundam anime show. People who reside in Japan can place their orders on the Japanese Premium Bandai web store. [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

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The puzzle sets will be available in two versions: The regular mass-produced MS-06F Zaku II and the MS-06S commander variant painted in Char Aznable’s custom color. Both sets will have the same price tag of 4,800 yen (~$30.55). Each package will come with an instruction manual and four paper sheets containing the puzzle parts.

Each version will also have a different pose and total height. The regular Zaku II will have an overall height of 125mm (~4.92 in) and come with a bazooka. Meanwhile, the Char custom variant will be around 133mm (~5.24 in) tall while including a machine gun.

Here are some of the sample images for each set, including their full dimensions in millimeters:

The Gundam franchise has been most famous for its plastic-based Gunpla model kits, but Plex has also been releasing sets that use other materials. In late 2023, the same company revealed a ki-gu-mi craft puzzle set based on the RX-78-2 Gundam that utilizes bamboo in lieu of plastic.

The Paper Art si-gu-mi Pro puzzle sets based on the Zaku II units from Mobile Suit Gundam will be available in late July 2024.

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