The first models to come from the series were the 1/100 Master Grade "Ver. Ka" (Ka stands for series mecha designer Hajime Katoki) kits of the Sinanju and the Unicorn in 2009, which were followed up with the Full Armor Unicorn in December 2011, the online exclusive Unicorn Banshee "Final Battle" version in March 2012, and the Sinanju Stein in February 2013. All four kits appear as depicted in the novels. A 1/100 Sinanju rocket bazooka is packaged with the eighth issue in the novel series while a 1/100 Armed Armor DE is a free item for the eighth Bande Dessinee volume. The company also produced all of the OVA series' mobile suits (plus the UC MS Variations and Bande Dessinee manga series) in its HGUC line of 1/144 model kits (including the Base Jabber transports); some are special glitterized or colored transparent-plastic kits marketed as online exclusives or as "Theater Limited" items (sold at select moviehouses on the day of an episode screening). The prizes for Bandai's Gunpla mid-year 2014 campaign include clear-plastic HGUC versions of the Unicorn and Banshee (both in Destroy Mode), the Full-Armor Unicorn, Sinanju, Delta Plus, and the Kshatriya. The line also includes the biggest HGUC kit yet - the Neo-Zeong, which stands 86 centimeters high and 50 cm wide, and includes a free Sinanju kit. A Real Grade version of the Sinanju was later revealed in 2016 Shizuoka Hobby Show and be fully released in August 2016.
I have no idea how well the altered-cover version of Spice & Wolf sold, but I doubt it was anything extraordinary. As I mentioned last week, if that gambit had paid off in a truly gangbusters way, we'd already be seeing dozens of copycats on bookshelves by now. More so than any other entertainment industry, the publishing industry always seems to operate on a cascading scale of gold rushes. When one zombie book becomes a best-seller, within months, there's dozens of zombie books front and center on bookstore displays. If Spice & Wolf's attempt to break into the mainstream had truly worked, we'd be seeing a lot more light novels find their way to Western bookstores with exceptionally ugly covers.
All it takes is one title to catch on. But which one title? As I said before, the problem with marketing a light novel is that it's not manga, but it's closely aligned with manga in people's minds, so that's usually where it's marketed. The Haruhi Suzumiya novels will probably sell just fine to the folks who are already familiar with the series, but would anyone unfamiliar with them ever bother to pick them up? Unlikely. 2b1af7f3a8