Bandai Namco’s hobby business subsidiary, Bandai Spirits has released more product information the Premium Bandai release of the Messer Type-F02 and Messer Type-F02(Commander Type) for the High Grade Universal Century line of Gundam model kits.
Featured in Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash, the Me02R-F02 Messer Type-F02 is a version of the Messer F01 with lifting flares added to the legs with an improved hover run duration on the ground. The Me02R-F01 Messer Type-F01 is a mobile suit operating as the main unit of the Anti-Earth Federation Movement Mafty.
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 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.
The HGUC Messer Type-F02 features its “lifting flare” that are precisely reproduced with new molded parts. 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.
- Long Beam Rifle
- Beam Saber
The model kit is priced at 3,190 yen with a September 2021 release date.
The HGUC Messer Type-F02(Commander Type) features its “lifting flare” that are precisely reproduced with new molded parts and characteristic 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 Messer Type-F02(Commander Type) is priced at 3,300 yen with a September release date.
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash is currently released in Japan and will stream internationally through Netflix July 1, 2021.
First in a trilogy of anime films helmed by 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 Childrennovel, published by Kadokawa’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.
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.
- Kensho Ono as Hathaway Noa
- Junichi Suwabe as Kenneth Sleg
- Reina Ueda as Gigi Andalucia
- Soma Saito as Lane Aime
- Toru Furuya as Amuro Ray
- Kenjiro Tsuda as Gawman Nobile
- Yuki Ishikawa as Emeralda Zubin
- Fukushi Ochiai as Raymond Cain
- Shunsuke Takeuchi as Iram Masam
- Misato Matsuoka as Mihessia Hence
- Chiharu Sawashiro as Kenji Mitsuda
- Atsumi Tanezaki as Mace Flower
- Koichi Yamadera as Hundley Yeoksan
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.