Revealed during Tamashii Nation 2022, the TMF/A-802 BuCUE joins the Tamashii Nations brand ROBOT Spirits <SIDE MS> ver. A.N.I.M.E line of high end Gundam action figures. The “ver. A.N.I.M.E.”(Action New Imagination Memory Emotion) series features dynamic anime proportions and dense sculpting, as well as a state-of-the-art articulation system that allows fans to recreate the impressive action scenes from the figures’ respective anime works.
Designed by legendary mechanical designer Kunio Okawara, the TMF/A-802 BuCUE is a beast-like quadrupedal, ground-assault mobile suit fielded by ZAFT in the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series. Compared to the conventional bipedal models among ZAFT’s forces, it boasts superior mobility. The BuCUEs were famously introduced in SEED as the preferred unit of North African commander “Desert Tiger” Andrew Waltfeld. Waltfeld himself piloted a custom BuCUE, that appeared in the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV, which would eventually be developed into his signature orange-hued TMF/A-803 LaGOWE.
Mobile Suit Gundam SEED aired from 2002-2003 directed by Mitsuo Fukuda and scripted by Chiaki Morosawa. The series features character designs by Hisashi Hirai, mechanical designs by Kunio Okawara and Kimitoshi Yamane, chief mecha animation direction by Satoshi Shigeta, and music by Toshihiko Sahashi. The popular series was followed with a sequel series in 2004 titled, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. Both the SEED and SEED Destiny series received HD Remastered editions in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
Year 70 of the Cosmic Era. The Coordinators, a group of genetically enhanced humans, have moved into colonies orbiting the Earth. But that hasn’t quieted the tensions between them and regular humans; the conflict soon escalates into a full-scale war. On the neutral colony of Heliopolis, Kira Yamato, and his friends are going to school and just being kids. But when the ZAFT commando forces attack, Kira’s life changes forever.
Left with no choice, he and Federation officer Murrue Ramius are thrown into battle in a prototype mobile weapon, which Kira christens “GUNDAM.” Now, Kira must defend himself and his friends from his own people. For, unknown to anyone else, Kira is a Coordinator. And the enemy he faces on the battlefield is his childhood best friend, Athrun!
The ROBOT Spirits BuCUE figure features movable chest and waist blocks allowing it replicate the BuCUE‘s dynamic beastly poses as seen in the anime.
- 450mm Double Railgun
- Railgun effects x 2
- Beam Sabers x 2
- Vernier effects x 2
- Dust effect x 2
The ROBOT Spirits <SIDE MS> TMF/A-802 BuCUE ver. A.N.I.M.E. is priced at 7,150 yen with a May 2023 release date.
Source: Tamashii Nations