|Looks like the Impulse Gundam is getting quite the attention these days. After being announced as the latest kit to be given the ‘Revive’ treatment, Tamashii Nations will also release a variant — the Destiny Impulse Gundam.
To the unfamiliar, the Destiny Impulse was a prototype mobile suit used to test the a weapons platform that combines the Impulse Gundam’s three primary Silhouette Packs into one. This eventually led to what will be the Destiny Gundam. Though there will be an HGCE Force Impulse Gundam kit on the horizon, the chances of getting the Destiny Gundam in Gunpla form is quite slim so this might have to do for the CATALOGUE.
|Also announced as a May 2016 Tamashii Nations release is the Gundam Kimaris from Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS as part of the ROBOT Damashii line. Yes, they skipped over Gundam Gusion as this guy is scheduled to be released a month after Gundam Barbatos.
Previous marketing material has suggested that this mobile suit is equipped with a lance. But this image hints of another weapon that appears to be some projectiles being shot from the shoulder armors. Its Gunpla counterpart is getting a Jan. 2016 release so there’s not much to wait to see this mobile suit in action.
|And if the recent Gunpla Expo reveals hasn’t gotten you covered on your Gundam Barbatos fix, then maybe this will. Tamashii Nations has revealed their April 2016 releases, and one of them is (you’ve guessed it) Gundam Barbatos.
Not much as been revealed by these images, aside from the accessory count which, as of this post, will include the long sword and its signature mace. And unlike its Gunpla counterparts, don’t expect a fully functional inner frame with this release. Or does it?
|Tamashii Nations 2015 has come and gone, but wasn’t really able to put thoughts into it (especially the ROBOT Damashii stuff) thanks to the whole Korea trip. That said, of all many figures on display there (hint: on display not confirmed), here are two that this collector most wanted to become real.
On the left is Sirbine from Aura Battler Dunbine: The Tale of Neo-Byston Well. It’s a given since it’s the lead machine for that OVA. On the right is the Destiny Impulse Gundam which should represent all forms of the Impulse Gundam. Aside from the Master Grade kit, the suit hasn’t really received that much love and either an HGCE or a ROBOT Damashii release would really suffice.
Oh and yeah, still have two HG Force Impulse Gundam kits in the backlog.
|Tamashii Nations released a video promoting the ver.A.N.I.M.E. ROBOT Damashii line. This includes the four previously revealed figures and will feature new engineering, articulation, and proportions using aesthetics based on the source animation — Mobile Suit Gundam.
Video via Bandai Official on YouTube