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Today was a VERY good day!

The day starts off right with my wife volunteering out of the blue to pick up my daughter after work, which means I have some built-in free time in my day.

It gets better at work when I notice I have some interoffice mail. Out of the blue, a coworker who I had loaned my box set of Evangelion to and lost 5 YEARS AGO decides it’s time to pay me back. Inside the manilla envelope? Another white envelope with $60. NICE!!!

So after work I decide to go to two places. The first is Fry’s because it’s right by my work where I take a portion of my cash and pick up Evangelion 2.22 You Can (NOT) Advance. The next is a store that opened up on Brookhurst just a few blocks away from my house. The banner outside says “ROBOT4LESS” and I can see posters of the RG Gundam and Zaku and the PG Strike Freedom. My wife saw it first, a few weeks back. I walk inside and am immediately impressed by the size and selection of Gunpla inside. There’s also a sign outside for Mac repair and I expected half a Gunpla store insode, but this place is ALL Gunpla, and it’s stacked pretty high.

Their online store is ROBOT4LESS.com, and the store is located at:

1001 S. Brookhurst
Fullerton, CA

I checked it all and and talked to Roy, the owner and Saki, who works there. I also chatted up a customer who came in. I handed out a couple cards and tried to get everyone down to the Build Gatherings, and I hope to get everyone at the build gatherings down there.

I’ll give you the quick virtual tour. It’s a typical strip-mall sized store but being ALL Gunpla that’s like Japanese-store type selection. It wasn’t Yodobashi Akiba but it was up there with the better one-story shops you’d find in Akihabara. PGs, MGs, HGUCs (YES! HGUCS, In abundance!), NGs, HGs, RGs, SDs, Older Gundam kits from Victory, Wing, Zeta, MSV, F91, CCA, etc. They also had MG Figurerise, RRR, Scopedog, Patlabor, as well as a good selection of Robot Damashii and other figures. They had some magazines with many of the recent Dengeki/Hobby Japan parts boxes. They had a FULL rack of Mr. Color (no Leveling thinner, DAMN!) including Gundam colors and a few Gundam color sets. They had lots of other Mr. Hobby products as well. They also had a couple big stacks of Gundam decals as well.

in the back they are still unpacking, but the setup is a bigscreen with a PS3 for playing DW Gundam and also hosting little build sessions. Roy invited us to come over and have a gathering at his store. I told him we might not all fit but it would be a great palce for in-between build gathering gatherings. I hope the BG group can all head over there this Saturday.

And, finally, the bottom line… How are the prices? Well, they’re pretty good for an actual brick and mortar store. I bought a 1200 yen HGUC GM Ka for $16.99 minus a 21% discount they’ve got going (see them on Facebook for the coupon) so it was about $12.50, plus tax. I picked up a couple bottles of the Gundam color, which is larger than the regular bottles (18 mL vs. 10 mL) and it was $4.99 a bottle. I checked out a Hazel Custom that was $22.00 there, before the discount. That’s cheaper than the one I ordered from HLJ recently, even with 20% off the yen price.

I hung out there for about an hour of Gundam-nerd goodness and then headed home. And the icing on the cake? On my doorstep is my order from HLJ. Inside is said Hazel Custom and the Wave 1/72 Destroid Tomahawk. Sweet!

Like Ice Cube said, today was a good day.

(Oh, and BTW I’m writing this on my new PC I got yesterday, this is the first productive thing I’ve done on it).

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