BLOG: RX-78-2 Gundam [Gundam THE ORIGIN Ver.] – Gunpla Announced!
Not expecting to do another full column blog post but this warrants one. With Chara Hobby 2015 C3 x Hobby happening this weekend, Bandai Hobby made an update to their event page. Based on this horrible Google-translated version of their page, the Bandai Hobby booth will feature displays from Star Wars, Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN, and Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS. Most of these were already expected. What’s not expected is this news flash that’s highlighted at the bottom.
They have decided to release
(presumably) a High Grade a Master Grade of the RX-78-2 Gundam [Gundam THE ORIGIN Ver.]. While many may have expected this one way or another, this is surprising simply because this adaptation of Gundam THE ORIGIN isn’t meant to replace original series/movie trilogy but rather supplement it with a backstory. Also, the way the RX-78-2 Gundam (or specifically the RX-7802 Gundam) is depicted here is different from the original design. In any case, this is an automatic purchase for the CATALOGUE. That said, Bandai has just released the ‘Revive’ HGUC RX-78-2 Gundam and making the announcement at this time might introduce design fatigue or something.