|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
|It is a known fact that ROBOT Damashii figures have excellent articulation and play value. However, releases have tendencies to be aesthetically inconsistent when compared to each other. Some have stylized proportions while others have two-tone color schemes. This is most common in their Gundam releases.
Not really sure if this will fix the inconsistency, but Tamashii Nations will release ROBOT Damashii figures with the ver. A.N.I.M.E. moniker, an acronym meaning Action New Imagination Memory Emotion. Doesn’t really make much sense but whatever. This also presents an opportunity for Tamashii Nations to make another version of an already released figure.
Kicking this are four figures from Mobile Suit Gundam as shown.
|Tamashii Nations in continuing the Gundam SEED trend for their ROBOT Damashii releases, this time further expanding through the OVA Mobile Suit Gundam SEED C.E.73 STARGAZER with the Strike Noir Gundam.
Seeing as this is essentially a variant of the Strike Gundam, there have been contentions as to whether there have been improvements made aside from the obvious retools as some had issues with the original figure. Nonetheless, the Strike Noir always looked amazing in whatever form it took. This also opens the possibility for the Blu Duel and Verde Buster, though those would likely be Tamashii Web Exclusives.