Biggundams ahoy. A little dazed, I found myself surrounded by three man-sized Gundams (perhaps in 1/12 scale?) in the main gallery, which adjoins the actual shop. The shop, in turn, has a few display cases of its own, but the better part of the display models are in the cabinets behind me.

The still brand-new MG Gundam Unicorn, in destroy mode, on display in the main gallery. As Ben noted, this sucker's got a helluva lot of moving parts (all those armor plates slide back together). This one seems to have been assembled more or less straight out of the box, aside from the decals and a little ink on the faceplate (see below). Still pretty impressive. I imagine, fully inked and in the normal mode, this guy'd be quite a looker.

A little closer up. I've been considering adding this kit to the list, but I'm still on the fence. I'd like to know more about Gundam Unicorn (the novelization) before getting into a relationship with the mobile suit. Regardless, a striking model.

This Gouf custom, heavily weathered and battle-scarred, is on display in one of the cases in the store proper. Quite a sight.

Also on display in the main store, the metallic coating ver. Sazabi. The picture, of course, doesn't really do it justice. I'm glad to have finally seen the MG Sazabi (both this one and the normal version) in person, to get an appreciation of it's enormity. (The normal version, in the main gallery, was standing next to a MG Zeong, which in turn was next to the MG Perfect Zeong; this put into perspective that the Sazabi is indeed only the second largest MG model.)

I'm in danger of breaking my rule of getting acquainted with the MS before building the model in this case. Guess I'll just have to race through Gundam ZZ and get to Char's Counterattack pronto.

A 1/144 scale diorama of a Zaku production line, presided over by some Dom desert types. This display greets you next to the entrance to the main store. Very nicely done.

Zakus all the way down.

The moral of the story of this trip is that the usual stomping grounds in Ximending's Wan Nian building are better. While this place was certainly impressive, their selection is not nearly so good (especially of Master Grade kits) and their prices are considerably higher. (The MG Gouf custom, for instance, was priced at NT$1300 — about $40 US — while at Ximen it goes for around NT$750 — ~$23 US.) While there was more gallery space there, a good many of the models weren't nearly as good as those to be seen in the Wan Nian building. I suppose Gundam Base does have three giant gundams standing guard, but then again I've seen the 1/12 RX-78-2 and Char's Zaku II hanging out in the middle of Ximending before.

Additionally, Gundam Base doesn't appear to have any paints or other modeling supplies. They do have every Gundam show ever on DVD (in Chinese), but then again I'm sure Wan Nian building does too, if I poked my head in one of the not-Gunpla shops. (Besides, what's the internet for?)

Ultimately, I'm glad to have checked the place out, but Ximen will remain the place to go.