Upon its launch in 2019, Gundam Breaker Mobile, or Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare as it’s known in the west, had interesting mobile suit designs that many were totally expecting to get some form of limited-release Gunpla. Many expected wrong as not one kit came out of these designs. But you can never be too sure with how the minds over at Bandai Spirits operate as they just revealed a whole slew of Gunpla releases as part of their newest project: Gundam Breaker Battlogue.
As seen in recent series, they usually use the term “battlogue” for the closing production in a Gundam Build series, with Gundam Build Fighters Battlogue and Gundam Build Divers Battlogue acting as caps to their respective runs. And while the former had tie-in kits, the latter one really didn’t have any. And you really can’t expect something similar from Gundam Build Real. So the next best thing is to tap the Gundam Breaker Mobile game and here we are.
The Gundam Breaker Battlogue Project basically links the custom Gunpla premise of the Gundam Breaker titles with actual Gunpla. This is through the new set of High Grade kits that can be built and customized just like in the games. Many kits were revealed as part of this project but like always, I’m only covering those that interest me, just because.
HG Gundam Helios
First in the lineup, and what I assume would be the main protagonist Gunpla, is the HG Gundam Helios. The design should look familiar because this is basically the upgraded form of the Gundam Areus, the main protagonist Gunpla from the current storyline of Gundam Breaker, which is then the upgraded form of the Gundam Artemis. This kit is basically a mix of parts from the Destiny Gundam, Gundam X, Gundam Double X, and the Freedom Gundam with those big inverted wings.
Gundam Helios features the usual assortment of beam sabers, beam shields, the Twin Satellite Cannon and other nuances. Honestly, this kit looks customized as heck and I like it. Though I think it would be better if they also released Gundam Areus and Gundam Artemis as High Grades. In anycase, I am definitely getting this one.
HG 1/144 Gundam Helios
November 2021 / ¥2,300
HG Gundam Livelance Heaven
This is basically the confirmation the HGAC Gundam Deathscythe Hell is in the pipeline as they’ll likely retool this kit for that release. If you think the name is strange, well it just hit me that if you split the seemingly random words used, they are opposites of the words used to form “Deathscythe Hell” like Death = Live, Scythe = Lance, and Hell = Heaven. So there you go, HG Gundam Livelance Heaven. I think the design is okay though I’m not a fan of the yellow accents. That lance though, it’s like it’s Sazabi’s beam tomahawk as a lance.
HG 1/144 Gundam Livelance Heaven
November 2021 / ¥2,000
HG Gundam Perfect Strike Freedom
When Destiny Gundam first came out during the original broadcast of Gundam SEED DESTINY, it looked like a rejected design for what would’ve been the mid-season upgrade of the Strike Gundam. But the design has grew on us and I personally like it. Then they do the same with the Perfect Strike Gundam, which still looks like a mish-mash but it works within the context of the mobile suit. As for the HG Gundam Perfect Strike Freedom, it totally looks ridiculous. But you have to admit, taking the Super DRAGOON backpack of the Strike Freedom and turning it into an Aile Striker-esque unit is quite a creative reuse of the design. Not to mention, it has the beats and nuances of a main protagonist Gundam, so I might be inclined to get this kit. I would definitely love to have it on display side-by-side with the Destiny and Perfect Strike.
HG 1/144 Gundam Perfect Strike Freedom
December 2021 / ¥2,300
HG Blazing Gundam
If you haven’t seen the general pattern of these kits, they are basically taking existing designs, rearrange and combine them to something that works, at least that’s the idea. For the Blazing Gundam over here, the concept is basically what the Rising Gundam is to the Shining Gundam. And while the Rising Gundam is more of a color swap with subtle differences to its brother unit, the Blazing Gundam over here is not so subtle. You can practically see bits of the God Gundam in various places. You can also see two variations of the head unit, with one having a red mask of sorts. I assume this would require disassembling the head to swap parts. I’m not really a fan of the color scheme, but I do recognize the matching aesthetic with the Rising Gundam.
HG 1/144 Blazing Gundam
December 2021 / ¥2,000
HG Gundam Barbataurus
This takes the cake. I mean come on, a freaking centaur Gundam Barbatos.
HG 1/144 Gundam Barbataurus
January 2022 / ¥2,200
More kits were announced as part of this project, bringing the total to 10. Some are as radical as the ones above while others are simple recolors. They also mention releasing limited kits to international markets, particularly in North America. In addition, Sunrise is going to produce a 6-episode Gundam Breaker Battlogue anime where these kits would be appearing. It should drop sometime in Fall.
Now that’s a lot of upcoming Gunpla, and I think this is Bandai Spirits filling in the void as there’s no new mainline Gundam/Gundam Build series coming any time soon. They’re also emphasizing on the mixing build aspect which is the primary mechanic of the Gundam Breaker games. It’s basically built on the HG All Gundam Project where a standard set of joint parts for all High Grades are now used. For more information on these reveals, you can head to the Bandai Hobby official site for Gundam Breaker Battlogue.