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Bandai's High Complete Models

by Roger Harkavy

June 1999

updated: 12.21.99

with contributions by: Jim Bridges, adamc@gis.net, alex-01@geocities.com, Matt Alt, Bennet, Sajeeth Cherian, Chi Wah Louis Law, Robert Curlee, Gangsta Chogokin, gojira61@aol.com, jg@burdickgroup.com, Shelby's Collectibles, tetsujin@LoOpIe.nEt, Tom the Greek, and Alen


The High Complete Models were a set of highly detailed toys released during the 80's by Bandai, representing giant robots from several different anime series. They were very poseable (right down to the moveable trigger fingers), came with a good assortment of accessories, and featured assembly methods that hid the screws and other visual eyesores normally so obvious in other toy lines. Glossy instruction sheets and detailed file cards included with every HCM added to their charm.

The HCMs essentially gave those with little or no modelling ability (such as myself) to have a good-looking mobile suit/valkyrie/heavy metal to put on their desk and show off without mangling your hands with a modelling knife. Granted, actual model kits will always be more poseable and easier for kit bashing projects, but I haven't come across a model yet that was as sturdy as these toys were.

Bandai has re-released some of these over the years, specifically the Gundam ones, the Walker Gallar, and the L-Gaim MK II. There are slight packaging variations between the originals and reissues (the subject of a future update to this file), but the quality of the toys has remained the same through each subsequent production wave.

Aside from the HCMs listed here, some "side products" did crop up. Sling Pannier units from HCMs #03 and #04 were released separately, and a set of "Mechanical File" 2-ring binders to hold the file cards were available.

This file is a work in progress. Obviously there are many gaps to be filled, so please send me any corrections, additions, picture files or comments.

-- Roger


Minster of Information Matt Alt adds the following addendum:

Posted: 10.19.98


It's no secret that there were quite a few planned-but-never-released entries in the High Complete Model line, but new (and depressing) information has surfaced showing that the initially-planned extent of the series was much larger than anyone had previously assumed.

Bandai was ready and rarin ' to go all-out on when they announced their plans for the new HCM series at the Tokyo Toy Fair on February 2nd, 1984. The March '84 issue of Hobby Japan reported that a total of twenty figures was announced for the line-up, and that prototypes of the Full Armor Gundam and Vifam were on display. Interestingly, Bandai also announced a two-pronged approach for the marketing of these toys. According to the article, the HCMs were designed both for those too young to build the models appropriately and for those too old to have time to build models. As such, two types of packaging were planned: the standard sliver box that HCM collectors know so well, and a classier "book-style" slipcase package.

The article also noted that the initial release list was subject to change. (No kidding.) Unreleased casualties-of-marketing are marked with an asterisk. Read it and weep:

[GUNDAM SERIES]

[VIFAM SERIES]

[L-GAIM SERIES]

It's unknown if prototypes were produced for any of the unreleased robots; it's amazing that Bandai was even considering releasing toys of characters as obscure as "Zaku Recon Type" or "GM Cannon." Apparently, management had similar thoughts, and less than half of the above list ever made it into production. What's even more amazing is that they decided to axe the standard Gundam and Zaku pieces, two of the most instantly recongnizable and popular robot designs in the entire Japanese toy kingdom. Fickleness, thy name is Bandai...


Each HCM below is listed first by series number, then the anime it came from in parentheses, then the name.

01 [image]

1/144 (Gundam MSV) FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam

Accessories:
backpack w/cannon, forearm shield/gun combo

02 [image]

1/144 (Gundam MSV) MS-06R Zaku II

Additional Images:
outer box, inner tray

Accessories:
backpack, machine gun, "heat hawk" axe

Comments:
color scheme reflected Black Trinary's, versions of this are known to exist with non-articulated hands

03  

1/144 (Vifam) RV-S1 Vifam

Accessories:
backpack, beam rifle, pilot vehicle, trading card

Features:
chest/back plates open to dock with pilot vehicle

Comments:
Sling Pannier for this HCM was released in a separate box, then was combined with it to make #08

04 [image]

1/144 (Vifam) RV-5 Neofam

Accessories:
backpack, beam rifle, pilot vehicle, trading card

Features:
chest/back plates open to dock with pilot vehicle

Comments:
Sling Pannier for this HCM was released in a separate box, then was combined with it to make #09

05 [image]

1/144 (Gundam MSV) YMS-09 Prototype Dom

Additional Images: data card

Accessories:
bazooka with scope, backpack, 2 heat lances, holster for bazooka

06 [image]

1/144 (Gundam MSV) MS-14C Gelgoog Cannon

Accessories:
backpack w/ cannon, forearm grenade launcher, 2 beam naginatas (ignited and unignited, beam rifle

07 [image]

1/144 (L-Gaim) LM-MK-1 L-Gaim

Additional Images: box, card 2, instructions

Accessories:
shield, forearm cannon, power cables/connectors, 2 beam sabers (unignited), beam naginata (unignited), frisbee grenade, scale "spiral flow"

08 [image]

1/144 (Vifam) FAM-RV-S1 Vifam with Sling Pannier

Additional Images: box, card 1, card 2, instructions

Accessories:
backpack, beam rifle, pilot vehicle, sling pannier, chest armor, trading card

Features:
chest/back plates open to dock with pilot vehicle

09 [image]

1/144 (Vifam) FAM-RV-S1 Neofam with Sling Pannier

Additional Images: data card

Accessories:
backpack, beam rifle, pilot vehicle, shield, sling pannier, trading card

Features:
chest/back plates open to dock with pilot vehicle

10 [image]

1/144 (L-Gaim) ACL-HM-A Auge

Additional Images: box, card 1, card 2, instructions

Accessories:
2 beam sabers (unignited), 1 beam naginata (unignited)

Comments:
color scheme reflected Nei Mo Han's

11 [image]

1/144 (L-Gaim) Super LM-MK-I L-Gaim

Additional Images: box, card 1, card 2, card overlay, instructions 1, instructions 2, instructions 3

Accessories:
shield, backpack, 2 forearm cannons, power cables/connectors (painted bronze), 4 beam sabers (unignited), 2 beam naginatas (unignited), 2 frisbee grenades, 2 scale "spiral flows", scale "Daba", scale "Amu", 2 trading cards, clear overlay for file card

Features:
opening leg covers, extendable backpack shield, opening cockpit

Comments:
packaged in silver box wrapped in red ribbon, instruction sheet featured full color printing

12 [image]

1/144 (Xabungle) Walker Gallar

Additional Images: inner tray,

Accessories:
Bazooka, sniper rifle

Comments:
transforms into truck/hovercraft

13 [image]

1/144 (Gundam MSV) MS-06R-2 Johnny Ridden's Zaku II

Additional Images: inner tray, outer box

Accessories:
bazooka, backpack, "heat hawk" axe, machine gun

14 [image]

1/144 (L-Gaim) L-Gaim Mk-II

Additional Images: box, card 1, card 2, instructions 1, instructions 2

Accessories:
buster launcher, power cables/connectors, scale "spiral flow", shield

Features:
changes into flying mode

15 [image]

1/144 (Z-Gundam) RX-178 Gundam Mk-II

Accessories:
"stereo headphone" vulcan gun pod, beam rifle, 2 beam sabers (ignited), shield, backpack, bazooka holder

Features:
cockpit opens

16 [image]

1/300 (Raideen) RD-GB1 Brave Raideen

Additional Images: misc images

Accessories:
display stand, bow, shield/sword, 2 arrows

Features:
changes into bird mode

17 [image]

1/72 (Macross) VF-1S Battroid Valkyrie

Accessories:
heat shield (red), antenna, wing mounted missile clusters (12 missiles total), gun pod, Hikaru figure with a helmet on

Features:
fully variable, metal landing gear with real rubber tires and cable hooks

Comments:
color scheme reflected Hikaru's VF-1S from Macross: DYRL movie (red/black)

18 [image]

1/144 (Z-Gundam) RMS-106 Hi-Zack

Additional Images: inner tray, outer box

Accessories:
machine gun, 2 shields, backpack, "heat hawk" axe

Features:
cockpit opens, light pipe eye feature

19 [image]

1/144 (Z-Gundam) RMS-099 Rick Dias

Accessories:
2 beam pistols, beam saber handle with beam attachment, thruster pods

Features:
machine gun hatch on top of head opens, light pipe eye feature

Comments:
color scheme reflected Char's personal red/dark brown MS from early episodes of Z-Gundam

20 [image]

1/72 (Macross) VF-1J Battroid Valkyrie

Additional Images: box, card 1, card 2, instructions 1, instructions 2, parts list 1, parts list 2

Accessories:
heat shield (white), antenna, wing mounted missile clusters (12 missiles total), gun pod, Minmay figure

Features:
fully variable, metal landing gear with real rubber tires and cable hooks

Comments:
color scheme reflected Hikaru's VF-1J from Macross TV series (white with red stripes)

21 [image]

1/72 (Macross) VF-1A Battroid Valkyrie

Accessories:
heat shield (tan), antenna, wing mounted missile clusters (12 missiles total), gun pod, Misa Hayase figure in white

Features:
fully variable, metal landing gear with real rubber tires and cable hooks

Comments:
color scheme reflected general usage VF-1A from Macross TV series (tan and white)

22 [image]

1/144 (Z-Gundam) MSZ-006 Z-Gundam

Additional Images: inner tray, outer box

Accessories:
beam rifle, 4 beam sabers (ignited and unignited), shield

Features:
changes into "wave rider" mode

23 [image]

1/144 (Z-Gundam) MSN-00100 Hyaku Shiki

Accessories:
beam rifle, 2 beam sabers (ignited), backpack

24 [image]

1/144 (Gundam-ZZ) MSZ-010 Gundam-ZZ

Additional Images: inner tray, outer box

Accessories:
2 beam sabers with beam attachments, 2 forearm shields, backpack, beam rifle

Features: fully variable

Comments: packaged in silver box

25 [image]

1/144 (Gundam: CCA) RX-93 Nu-Gundam

Accessories:
shield, small beam saber (unignited), large beam saber (unignited), large beam saber (ignited), beam rifle, bazooka, one piece fin funnel system, backpack

Comments:
packaged in silver box, significant die-cast metal content

Alen Sez: We need pics! Send in photos and scans of your HCM to help us complete this checklist. Thanks!