By DOM GALEON 

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I have recently rediscovered an old hobby: building Gundam plastic models or Gunpla, for short. For one reason or another, it was something I dropped a couple of years back, partly because it can be quite pricey. 

But having largely been cooped up at home, I’ve found the time to enjoy building Gunpla again. 

In my search for anything and everything Gundam or Gunpla related, I stumbled upon a post of a Uniqlo shirt with a Gundam design in it. But I wasn’t so sure if it will be available in the Philippines. 

Well, as it turns out, it already is!

Before May ended, Uniqlo silently launched its Gundam Model 40th Anniversary collection for its UT shirt line. The new collection features designs that commemorate some of the most iconic Gundam designs in history. These include the RX-78-2 Gundam, Nu Gundam, Zeta Gundam, and Strike Freedom Gundam, as well as designs and iconography from the Gundam universe, like the Earth Federation Space Force engraved on the mobile suits, and a design using the injection molding runner from the first Gundam.

Check out some of the designs below.

GUNPLA 40th SHORT SLEEVE UT (66 Blue)GUNPLA 40th SHORT SLEEVE UT (00 White 2)GUNPLA 40th SHORT SLEEVE UT (09 Black)GUNPLA 40th SHORT SLEEVE UT (46 Yellow)GUNPLA 40th SHORT SLEEVE UT (00 White)GUNPLA 40th SHORT SLEEVE UT (09 Black 2)GUNPLA 40th SHORT SLEEVE UT (27 Orange)

But, here’s the best part for Gunpla builders and collectors. Those who buy two Gunpla UT items will receive one of two original Gundam plastic models, designed exclusively for Uniqlo—a limited edition HG (High Grade) RX-78-2 Gundam (the first-ever Gundam in the franchise) and Char Aznable’s Zaku plastic models with bodies in the clothing brand’s red and white colors, accented with black for a striking impact.

Uniqlo x Gunpla models a

A popular mecha title in Japan and all over the world, Gundam was created in 1979 by Yoshiyuki Tomino. The franchise now includes dozens of anime shows, manga, as well as a ton of video games, and of course, the hugely popular plastic model kits that kids (and kids-at-heart) of all ages have been building for decades. 

Anyone who loves anime has seen a Gundam series at least once. And those who really love it have probably tried their hand at building Gunpla. I remember the first Gunpla I ever built was an MG (Master Grade) Gundam Deathscythe from the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing series, which my dad bought for me. 

The UT Gundam Model 40th Anniversary collection is available in Uniqlo stores, and each shirt starts at P790.| www.uniqlo.com/ph/product/men/collection/ut


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/06/15/if-you-love-gundam-youre-going-to-love-these-shirts/)