Gunpla Model Commercial Pays Homage to Gundam's 1st Episode

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Bandai's commercial for the "Shinsei -Revive-" HGUC RX-78-2 Gundam, the latest 1/144 model for the first Gundam anime's original mobile suit, is paying homage to the series' first episode.

The model is one of three slated in part for Gunpla's 35th anniversary. Bandai is also releasing the HGUC RX-77-2 Gun Cannon and the HGCE Freedom Gundam.

The model is the first RX-78-2 Gundam gunpla in five years. It went on sale for (about US$8.75) on Saturday.

In further celebration of the anniversary, a special HG Customize Campaign is currently being held that will allow Gunpla enthusiasts to obtain special custom parts that can be attached to any of the models such as a gattling gun, backpack arms, three-barrel cannons and a rail gun.

Furthermore, this year's Gunpla Expo will be travelling across several Japanese cities and unveiling new and upcoming Gunpla models. Having already reached Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sendai throughout the year, the Expo will be arriving in Sapporo on August 28-September 13, Hiroshima on September 18-October 12 and Osaka on November 5-9. Other projects include the aforementioned Gunpla sets receiving recolored palettes that have yet to be revealed.

With a major Gunpla event like the Gunpla Expo currently under way, July 25 also saw an exhibition at Gundam Front Tokyo, attended by several celebrities such as GARNiDELiA (the artist behind the second opening for Kill la Kill), Shaman King author Hiroyuki Takei and Rena Matsui from SKE48. The July 31 event will be attended by other stars like J-rock band Super Beaver and SKE48's Sumire Sato and Marika Tani.

Lastly, a new memorial event is in the works between Bandai and Bandai Namco for November known as Gunpla Battle Project Type Bond. In this special project, fans can create battles and scenarios with their own Gunpla models and submit them. Those chosen will have their battle realized through CGI, and with a special arcade-like console, be able to act out the fight piloting their own Gunpla as if it were a real Gundam.

The official Gundam channel previously streamed an impressive video for its Real Grade 1:144-scale Gundam Astray Red Frame model. The ad blends CG elements to bring the model to life in a stunning array of sword-based combat.

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