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Japan's Professional Baseball Teams Get Gunpla models

posted on by Kim Morrissy

All 12 of Japan's professional baseball teams will be getting their own Gunpla model as part of a collaboration to commemorate Mobile Suit Gundam's 40th anniversary. The collaboration was announced at a "Gundam 40th Anniversary Collaboration Product Announcement Meeting" held at the Gundam Base Tokyo on Wednesday.

The 12 teams that make up the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization are the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, the Hanshin Tigers, the Saitama Seibu Lions, the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the Yomiuri Giants, the ORIX Buffaloes, the Chunichi Dragons, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, and the Chiba Lotte Marines.

The 12 pro baseball Gunpla will be based on the HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam model (the original Gundam). Each Gunpla will have different colors corresponding to the designs of their team logos. The price and method of purchasing will differ depending on each team. The models are expected to go on sale in April.

At the same event, Bandai Spirits also announced a collaboration with clothing brand UNIQLO to release T-shirts with 12 new designs, showing mechs and characters from the anime series. The shirts will go on sale from March, and will cost 1,620 yen (approximately US$15) each.

Bandai Spirits also announced that the RX-78-2 Gundam model that appeared in the "Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN Gundam Project Special Movie" will be getting its own Gunpla. Bandai Spirits plans to announce further details at a later date.

Source: Mantan-Web


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