Hobby Japan: The No.1 Magazine for Hobby Enthusiasts
Hobby Japan is a monthly magazine that covers various aspects of hobby culture, such as model kits, figures, toys, games, anime, manga, light novels and more. Founded in 1969, Hobby Japan has been providing hobby fans with the latest news, reviews, tips and trends for over 50 years.
In this article, we will introduce you to some of the highlights of Hobby Japan's 2016 issues, which are available as PDF files on their official website. You can download them for free and enjoy them on your PC, tablet or smartphone.
January 2016: Gundam Special
The January 2016 issue of Hobby Japan was a special edition dedicated to the Gundam franchise, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019. The issue featured a variety of Gundam-related content, such as:
A cover story on the latest Gundam anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, with interviews with the staff and cast, character and mecha profiles, and a detailed analysis of the first 13 episodes.
A showcase of the best Gundam model kits of 2015, selected by Hobby Japan's editors and readers. The list included kits from different scales and grades, such as Master Grade (MG), Real Grade (RG), High Grade (HG), Super Deformed (SD) and more.
A special report on the Gundam Front Tokyo attraction, which closed its doors in April 2017. The report featured photos and descriptions of the exhibits, such as the life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue, the Dome-G theater, the Gundam Cafe and Shop, and the Gunpla Factory.
A guide to the Gundam Breaker 3 video game, which was released in March 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game allowed players to customize their own Gundam models and battle them in various scenarios. The guide included tips on how to build, equip and fight with your Gunpla.
February 2016: Figure Special
The February 2016 issue of Hobby Japan was a special edition focused on figures, one of the most popular categories of hobby products. The issue featured a variety of figure-related content, such as:
A cover story on the Wonder Festival 2016 Winter event, which was held on February 7 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. The event was one of the largest gatherings of figure makers and collectors in Japan, with over 2,000 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors. The story featured photos and comments on some of the most impressive figures displayed at the event.
A showcase of the best figures of 2015, selected by Hobby Japan's editors and readers. The list included figures from different genres and scales, such as anime, manga, games, movies, original characters and more.
A special report on the Good Smile Company x Max Factory x Phat! Company joint exhibition, which was held on January 30 at Akihabara UDX in Tokyo. The exhibition featured some of the latest and upcoming figures from these three major figure makers.
A guide to the Nendoroid series of chibi-style figures, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. The guide included an introduction to the history and features of Nendoroids, as well as a catalog of some of the most popular Nendoroids released so far.
March 2016: Game Special
The March 2016 issue of Hobby Japan was a special edition devoted to games, another major category of hobby culture. The issue featured a variety of game-related content, such as:
A cover story on the Final Fantasy XV video game, which was released in November 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The story featured an interview with the director Hajime Tabata, who shared his vision and challenges behind creating this ambitious RPG. The story also included character and world information, gameplay details and screenshots.
A showcase of the best games of 2015, selected by Hobby Japan's editors and readers. The list included games from different platforms and genres, such as PlayStation 4, 248dff8e21