Bandai Namco’s hobby business subsidiary Bandai Spirits, has announced they will be taking additional pre-orders the Messer Type-F02 and Messer Type-F02(Commander Type) for the High Grade Universal Century line of Gundam model kits through Premium Bandai.
Designed by Hajime Katoki with Seiichi Nakatani and Nobuhiko Genba for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash film trilogy, the Me02R-F02 Messer Type-F02 is a variant of the Me02R-F01 Messer Type-F01 outfitted with lifting flares. The Neo Zeon-based Messers serve as the main mobile suit of the Anti-Earth Federation Movement Mafty. In the film, the Messer Type-F02‘s are piloted by Mafty members Fencer Mayne and Golf, and were first seen raiding Davao.
The HGUC 1/144 Messer Type-F02 features its “lifting flares” that are accurately reproduced with new molded parts. It will also include an open left hand part that wasn’t included in the HGUC 1/144 Messer Type-F01, and a newly sculpted head part denoting a commander type.
- Long Beam Rifle
- Beam Saber
The HGUC 1/144 Messer Type-F02 is priced at 3,190 yen with a May 2023 release date.
Designed by Hajime Katoki with Seiichi Nakatani and Nobuhiko Genba for the Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash film trilogy, the Me02R-Fc Messer Type-F02 (Commander Type) is the Messers’ commander unit, equipped with a blade antenna on its head and enhanced communication functions. Before receiving the RX-105 Xi Gundam, it was Hathaway’s mobile suit, and was painted in a different color from the other Messers to signify that it was the unit of their leader, Mafty Navue Erin.
Though the Messer Type-F02 (Commander Type) isn’t seen in its traditional form in the first film, the Type-F Naked version(with its Type F02 equipment removed) appears and is piloted by Emeralda Zubin, given to her by Hathaway. Emeralda uses the Messer Type-F Naked to help Hathaway retrieve his Xi Gundam from Cargo Pisa while in orbit, sent by Anaheim Electronics.
The HGUC 1/144 Messer Type-F02(Commander Type) features its “lifting flare” that are accurately reproduced with new molded parts and signature color palette through color molds. It will also include an open left hand part that wasn’t included in the HGUC Messer Type-F01, and a newly sculpted head part denoting the commander type. Parts are removable so you can form the Type-F Naked as seen in the anime film.
- Long Beam Rifle
- Beam Saber
The HGUC 1/144 Messer Type-F02(Commander Type) is priced at 3,300 yen with a May 2023 release date.
First in a trilogy of anime films helmed by director Shukou Murase, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash or Hathaway is the official sequel to the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack movie. The project was announced in November 2018 to celebrate the Gundam 40th anniversary, adapting the Yoshiyuki Tomino-penned novel series of the same name. The novels were originally released from 1989 to 1990, as a follow-up to Tomino’s Char’s Counterattack: Beltorchika’s Children novel.
Ergo Proxy and Genocidal Organ’s Shukou Murase is directing the film project, with scripts by Yasuyuki Mutou. Pablo Uchida, Shigeki Kuhara, and Naoyuki Onda serve as the character designers for the films. Hiroyuki Sawano returns from Mobile Suit Gundam entries Unicorn and Narrative as music composer, with rock-band [Alexandros] performing its theme song “Senkou”. The films’ mechanical design team consists of Hajime Katoki, Kimitoshi Yamane, Nobuhiko Genba, and Seiichi Nakatani.
Opening to Japanese theaters June 11, 2021 the Hathaway film has earned record box office sales with 2.21 billion yen in revenue, with over 1.08 million tickets sold, becoming the second highest grossing Gundam film. As of June 2021, producer Naohiro Ogata confirmed the second installment was in production, tentatively titled, Sun of Bright.
As Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury has completed its first season, a TV edition of Hathaway’s Flash is broadcasting as a four episode miniseries in its 5pm time slot on MBS and TBS‘s Nichigo anime block.
The year is U.C. 0105. Twelve years have passed since the end of the second Neo Zeon War (Char’s Rebellion). Even after “the Axis Shock,” which seemed to indicate the future of humanity and the Universal Century, the world is still in a chaotic situation where intermittent military conflicts continue to break out. The Earth Federation government is more corrupt than ever, and its leadership has not only accelerated Earth’s pollution, but also implemented an inhuman “Man Hunting” policy in which civilians are forcibly exiled to outer space.
The anti-Federation government organization “Mafty,” led by someone called “Mafty Navue Erin,” has taken a stand against the corruption of the Earth Sphere. Mafty carries out fierce acts of terrorism, assassinating high officials of the Federation government one after another, but it gains a certain level of support from the populace who are growing more opposed to the Federation government.
The person who calls himself “Mafty” and leads this organization is Hathaway Noa, the son of Bright Noa, an officer of the Earth Federation Forces who once participated in the One Year War. Hathaway himself joined the forces trying to stop Char’s Rebellion. With firsthand knowledge of the ideals and ideologies of Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, he has become a warrior following in their footsteps, and plans to clear a path forward through armed resistance. His destiny, however, is drastically altered as he encounters the Federation Forces officer Kenneth Sleg and a mysterious young beauty named Gigi Andalucia.