To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series, legendary mechanical designer Kunio Okawara has revealed his designs for the ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam and ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam in Real Type Colors. The concept of “Real Type” colors began with the original RX-78-2 Gundam as an alternate design by Okawara to give the mobile suit a more realistic color scheme for combat use, first appearing on the poster for the 1981 Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow theatrical film.
“About 40 years have passed since the birth of the Real Type, and our perspective on realism has also evolved,” commented the 75-year-old designer. “We’re excited to see how this item will be embraced by the new generation and new fans.”
Beginning his career with the 1972 Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Okawara was the first credited “mechanical designer”. He would go on to design the iconic RX-78-2 Gundam for the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam series, and continue to contribute his talents to the Gundam franchise and many other mecha anime works for over 40 years.
ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam
ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam
In the 2002 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series, Freedom Gundam and Justice Gundam are the final mobile suits piloted by protagonist, Kira Yamato, and deuteragonist, Athrun Zala, respectively.
To coincide with the unveiling of these designs, Bandai Spirits has announced a new line of products featuring the Real type colors.
A special webpage has been launched and pre-orders have also begun for the first wave of items: Mobile Suit Gundam G Frame FA Freedom Gundam (Real Type Color) & Justice Gundam (Real Type Color). These items are scheduled to be shipped in December, and the price is set at 7,975 yen.
Additionally, there are more items slated for release from the Master Grade Gunpla series and the TAMASHII NATIONS METAL ROBOT Spirits figure series.
Announced in May 2021, the SEED series began celebrating its 20th anniversary with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED PROJECT ignited. The project included the installation of the life-sized Freedom Gundam statue in Shanghai with a special video by director Fukuda to commemorate it, Gundam Docks at Shanghai event, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Eclipse manga, a new video game in development, and the anime theatrical film sequel to the SEED and SEED Destiny TV anime series, now titled Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Freedom.
Source: Official Website