|CATALOGUE BLOG NOTE: The "ROBOT Damashii" line will now be referred by its official English name, THE ROBOT SPIRITS. Same applies with the METAL ROBOT SPIRITS and THE ROBOT SPIRITS TRI brands.
With Legendary Pictures launching the PACIFIC RIM Uprising campaign, Tamashii Nations also got the gear rolling with THE ROBOT SPIRITS line and the new <Side Jaeger> category. What’s cooler is that these figures come at a lower price point when compared to previous releases. Not really sure if this is also indicative of the quality but here’s hoping that it won’t be.
The opening wave will include Gipsy Avenger, Bracer Phoenix, and Titan Redeemer — all slated for a February 2018 release along the with movie itself.
|Tamashii Nations World Tour commemorates the 10th anniversary of Bandai’s collector division via a worldwide tour of display events across 10 cities. The sixth stop is at the CCG Expo 2017 in Shanghai, China from July 6-10, 2017. [Official Website]
Tamashii Nations has revealed two upcoming figures with their PACIFIC RIM license. Appearing in the sequel PACIFIC RIM Uprising is the new lead Jaeger Gipsy Avenger and it will be part of the ROBOT Damashii line. Was expecting this to be more of a Super Robot Chogokin release but this totally ain’t bad as the ROBOT Damashii line really needed something new outside of the ver. A.N.I.M.E. stuff.
No release information is currently known for this guy but it definitely looks good based on this display prototype.
|Bandai Hobby has been known for milking their Unicorn Gundam molds with endless recolors and versions. Seems like the same can be said with Tamashii Nations and their ROBOT Damashii RX-78-2 Gundam ver. A.N.I.M.E. as they’ve already released four recolors and variants with the upcoming Prototype Gundam being the fifth.
On a related note, many have expressed disappointment with the recent ROBOT Damashii figures being mostly ver. A.N.I.M.E. variants. With related brands like ROBOT Damashii TRI and METAL ROBOT Damashii getting better variety of releases, many are wondering what Tamashii Nations plan is.
For the last number of years, Bandai has been slapping "Try" / "Tri" to pretty much anything. There’s the card game Gundam Try Age, then Gundam Build Fighters Try, heck there’s even Digimon Adventure tri — that last one’s a stretch but the same idea nonetheless. And so Bandai tries to do it again, this time to the long-running THE ROBOT SPIRITS / ROBOT Damashii line, which in all honesty has been stale nowadays. Outside of the Ver. A.N.I.M.E. and the Ka Signatures, there’s not much out there especially for non-Gundam designs. Looks like Tamashii Nations thought the same and in an attempt to revitalize the line, here’s THE ROBOT SPIRITS TRI. So what is it exactly?
|So here’s yet another new brand within the ROBOT Damashii line called ROBOT Damashii TRI. Not really sure which figures fall into this brand but the first two releases will be the Silhouette Knights Earlcumber and Guair from the upcoming anime adaptation of Knight’s & Magic.
The source material has very interesting mechanical designs integrating the whole knight-based aesthetic, last seen from the likes of Vision of Escaflowne. Definitely getting one of these.
Images via Knight’s & Magic on Tumblr