|For those unaware, this collector has a particular OCD when it comes to model/figure line names. So much so that a similar blog post has already been written a couple of years ago. Then why another post? Well just because.
To recap, the previous "rule" suggests that kits released under the expanded HGUC line are usually referred to as HG** with ** being the calendar used their respective fiction. Outside of these, kits are just referred to as HGs, which are the case for the HG GUNDAM 00, HG GUNDAM THE ORIGIN and HG Reconguista in G kits. And no, there’s no such thing as HGRG!
Then the Gundam Build Fighters stuff came and were given their own HGBF/HGBC designations, with the latter for the option sets. Oh and there’s the HGPG designation solely for the four Petit’gguy releases.
Using this stipulation, upcoming kits from Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS should be designated as HGs. But apparently, this isn’t the case as it looks like they’ll follow the same naming scheme as the Build Fighters releases. Kits of actual mobile suits are released as HG IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS (HG IBO) and option sets as HG IRON-BLOODED ARMS (HG IBA).
So why point these out? Well this is mainly for how these kits will be presented in their respective CATALOGUE entries. For example, Gundam Barbatos will be designated as ‘HG IBO 1/144 | ASW-G-08 GUNDAM BARBATOS’.
All of these are still for the sake of consistency.