Artisans Craft Gundam Tumblers Inspired By Mecha Engines
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Premium Bandai is taking preorders for “Gundam Vernier Tumbler” a collaboration of Japanese master ironmongers TSUBAME and the Gundam Café.
The tumbler is modeled after the "Vernier" thrusters attached to the RX-78-2 Gundam mecha's main engine generators. The work is part of Gundam Café's "Discovery-G series working to bring the world of Gundam and Japanese traditional arts and crafts together. The tumbler is made from 18-8 stainless steel by the artisans in Tsubame, Niigata. The box is designed by Gundam mechanical designer, Kunio Okawara
Other items in the Discovery-G series is the Char Aznable gold bullion kuriyokan (Japanese autumn jelly with chestnuts and azuki jam), a collaboration with traditional Japanese confectionery Kyo Sanjo Surugaya in Kyoto.
The tumbler will sell for 5,400 yen (~US$54). Preorders are accepted until June 13 and the product is expected to ship in mid July.
Ghibli's utilized local potters for its My Neighbor Totoro products, including ceramic lamps and chopstick rests. The Kutani Pottery Park Cooperative turned to local artisans in Nomi, Ishikawa to create three new Ultraman figures.
[Via Yattar Japan]
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