Gundam is continuing its 40th Anniversary celebrations this year and amidst Gunpla’s 40th Anniversary, Bandai Hobby Division has announced the franchise will be collaborating with Japan’s J.League ahead of their upcoming season.
This collaboration will include custom J.League painted Gundam models. The first of these J.League Gunpla will be the HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam J.League Ver. and Haropla Haro J.League Ver. They will be available for purchase when the season begins on Saturday February 8 at the Fuji Xerox Super Cup 2020 held at Saitama Stadium 2002. The models will also be sold on the J.League online shop early March.
The next wave of J.League Gunpla will be individual customs of the twenty soccer clubs in the league. They will be released Spring 2020 and comprise a variety of High Grade 1/144 models such as the GAT-X-105 Strike Gundam and ZGMF-X56S Impulse Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny, GN-001 Gundam Exia and GN-0000 00 Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, and ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos from Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans.
The collaboration event presentation was held at the JFA House in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo and was attended by Sotsu Co Ltd. President and Representative Director Hideyuki Nanba, Managing Director Retsu Tamura, Bandai Spirits Chief Gundam Officer Takashi Fujiwara, and former J.League soccer player Hiroshi Nanami. Director Tamura noted the decision for the collaboration was made from the popularity of last year’s Nippon Professional Baseball 12 Team collaboration. “..there were voices from inside and outside the company asking whether it was possible to colloborate with the J.League.”, explained the Director.