NCS Product Synopsis - Updated on August 14,
Japanese toy manufacturer Yujin launches the second
volume of Shooting Game Historica
gashapon which features starships from
another six shooting games as follows:
» Fantasy Zone
- Opa Opa
» Musha Aleste
- M.U.S.H.A. (Metallic Uniframe Super Hybrid Armor)
» R-Type III
- R-90 Ragnarok
» Star Luster
» Star Blade
- Geo Sword
Three Photo Galleries Uploaded Today
Due to the amount of photos, we're splitting them up into three
separate galleries to ease the load on our server.
Overview - Grouping of Ships Gallery - All six ships in
Detailed - Individual Ships Gallery - Geo
Sword, G.A.I.A., M.U.S.H.A.
Detailed - Individual Ships Gallery - Opa
Opa, R-90 Ragnarok, R-Gray1
Since Yujin appears to be releasing the ships in
some sort of chronological order, we might not see
the Judge Spear or the Silvergun until
SGH Vol. 4. The toys are normally sold randomly in
Japan inside gashapon machines but we're gathering
together all six ships into a complete set so our
customers can collect them all without having to
suffer the pain and annoyance of unwanted
Construction and Paint Quality of the Ships
(in no particular order)
1) The Opa Opa is one solid block
of PVC with two wings that bolt onto its sides. It's
a solid interpretation but the red paint on the top
of the toy which borders the yellow border is
slightly chipped. We're going to touch up our Opa
Opa with a bit of matching paint so the little chips
2) The nose cone of our Geo Sword was
slightly bent to the left (which you'll notice in
our photos) but we think it adds character to
the ship. All the parts fit together snugly and the
paint is good although we do see some slight
bleeding from the red band on top of the ship.
3) We have no complaints about the Star Luster
ship. It's well constructed and the overall quality
is as good as we can expect given the price. The "USGF"
lettering on the side of the ship is sharp and the
canopy offers a view into the pilot's chair.
4) The design of the R-Gray1 is amazing and
it's doubly amazing that Yujin's creative staff was
able to create such an intricate toy at gashapon
prices. Whenever we open up the "NCS Shmup Museum,"
this will be one of the centerpieces. On a lit
pedestal. Under bulletproof glass.
5) Drab gray coloring makes the R-90 Ragnarok
appear... drab. This is the second most complicated
ship in the collection with two orbiting Bits and a
big Shadow Force weapon all mounted on the circular
pedestal. Despite the drab color, the Ragnarok looks
great and is very detailed with ailerons, four
thrusters, and a transparent blue canopy at the
6) M.U.S.H.A. from Musha Aleste was a
surprise yesterday when we received our shipments.
We didn't expect it to be included and M.U.S.H.A. is
the most complicated toy in Historica Vol. 2. It
also towers above all of the other ships from both
Historica sets. The construction quality is very
good although the"back-pack" part isn't as snug as
we would have liked. The coloring is mostly
bleed-free - if you look at the chest of M.U.S.H.A.,
the red trim isn't perfect so we're going to touch
that up on our toy.
NCS Preorder Notification
Most preorders have shipped yesterday but please note that we
contacted customers by email to notify everyone of
the unexpected sixth "Musha Aleste" robot which was
not included in our preorder offer. If you have a
Hotmail or Yahoo email address, please check your
Junk-Mail or Deleted Items folder for our email.
Japanese Import Product
The Shooting Game Historica Vol. 2
gashapon toy is a Japanese product that is not
available in USA stores.
The Shooting Historica Gashapon Vol.
2 toy is a new and authentic Japanese product.
NCS only stocks original and official products from
authorized dealers in Japan, Hong Kong, and the
NCS Shooting Historica
We've loved shooters ever since the days of Asteroids. When
R-Type was first released in arcades, it was like a
little slice of nirvana inside a coin-op cab for the entry
fee of two-bits. As the years progressed and
shooters scaled ever higher in scope and
dimension, we nevertheless yearned for the old
school shooters such as the aforementioned R-Type
and games such as Xexex, Darius, Mr. Heli, and
Scramble Spirits. Yujin's Shooting Game
Historica collection gives us a chance
to appreciate the ships from the shooters that
we've played since we were punk kids. NCS is
keeping a couple of bags of Historica toys in our
private collection just in case we do open up a
shmup museum one of these days. If Yujin
eventually releases 5 or 6 more Historica
collections, we'll have an armada of toy ships on
display for shmup fans to stare at.
Fuel surcharges were assessed on our shipment of this product
and NCS is raising the price for new orders to
US$26.90 from $25.00. If you preordered or submitted
a new order for the toys prior to August 14, 2008,
we will honor the original price of US$25.00 for the
complete set of six.
Shooting Game Historica Vol. 1
Original NCS photo gallery for
Shooting Game Historica Vol. 1
Partial sets from
Shooting Game Historica Vol.