|As previously mentioned, Tamashii Nations has revealed their initial wave of releases covering the DARLING in the FRANXX. There weren’t much, but they what they have is probably what everyone wanted in the initial wave.
THE ROBOT SPIRITS <Side FRANXX> Strelizia has been announced, but displayed along with it is <Side FRANXX> Delphinium as well. Also on display were their respective Pistils or the negative side of their dual pilot system. Namely Zero Two and Ichigo, both part of the S.H.Figuarts line.
Strelizia has been given a retail price of ¥4,800 and the rest were given ‘display only’ tags.
|AnimeJapan 2018 is going to happen this weekend at Tokyo Big Sight and early news suggests that Tamashii Nations will be revealing their prototype shots of THE ROBOT SPIRITS Strelizia as it appears in the currently airing series DARLING in the FRANXX.
Nothing has really been revealed besides this image although based on how it looks, it’s quite an excellent representation of Strelizia.
Good Smile Company has also teased their take on Strelizia as a model kit in their MODEROID line.
This collector has figure preference over model kits for more complicated designs like this one.
|After releasing so many variants of the RX-78 Gundam, Zaku, and a bunch of MSV units under the ‘ver. A.N.I.M.E.’ banner, Tamashii Nations finally decided to expand outside the One Year War with THE ROBOT SPIRITS Gundam NT-1 ver. A.N.I.M.E. from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket.
As expected with all ver. A.N.I.M.E. figures, Gundam NT-1 is very articulated and comes with a bunch of effect parts to replicate iconic scenes from the OVA. What it doesn’t come with based on the couple of magazine scans already out is the Chobham Armor. Knowing Tamashii Nations, it’s highly likely that this would be a Tamashii Web Exclusive.
Regardless, this figure serves as a good visual reference on how this collector can build and paint the HGUC Gundam NT-1 currently in the backlog.
|Along with a new trailer comes new action figure reveals, and Tamashii Nations doesn’t disappoint with a triad of additional Jaegers to their THE ROBOT SPIRITS line.
Completing the quartet of protagonist Jaegers seen in that trailer are Saber Athena and Guardian Bravo. Now between the two, this collector finds the latter’s design more appealing but the former is very striking in its bright orange and sleek design. Also of note from the trailer is what seems to be a rogue Jaeger they’re fighting against, the aptly named Obsidian Fury in all its black glory.
Like Gipsy Avenger, these figures still have lower price points for THE ROBOT SPIRITS figures. Most likely considering the Western market being the primary demographic.
|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.