|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.
|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.