It was announced on January 30, 2019 (Wed) that as part of the "Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Project", the gundams appearing in "Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Commemoration KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN Gunpla Project Special Movie" and the gunpla collaborations with "12 Professional Baseball Teams" and "Uniqlo" will be released sequentially by BANDAI SPIRITS.
"KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN" Led by Ken Okuyama Designs Gundam for the First Time!
The gundam designed by"KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN", led by industrial designer Ken Okuyama, appears, and LDH JAPAN will release the songs that appear in the "Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Commemoration KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN Gunpla Project Special Movie" that has been produced, and the "RX-78-2 Gundam" that appears in the movie will be released as a plastic model kit.
For this project, the world-wide successful Ken Okuyama approaches gundam imagining it as a real product and approaches the design both from a "video" and as a "gunpla" point of view. Gunpla that can express action linked to the video is currently under development (Release date, price unknown.)
■Commentary from industrial designer Ken Okuyama
As a designer, Gundam had a large influence on me, and based on the structure and system of industrial design, a real-world application of the design was performed. It is the "succession" of the RX-78 and a true "evolution". Please look forward to it.
Kiyoyuki Ken OKUYAMA
Industrial designer / KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN Representative
Born 1959 in Yamagata City.
He was the General Motors (USA) chief designer, Porsche (Germany) senior designer, Pininfarina (Italy) design director, and Art Center College of Design (USA) chairman of industrial design. He has been part of the design process for cars such as the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte, motorcycles like the Ducati, trains, ships, architecture, robots, and theme parks.
As the representative of KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN from 2007, the KEN OKUYAMA brand is involved with automobiles, interior products, and glasses from development to sales.
"12 Professional Baseball Teams" Collaboration! 12 Team Color Gunpla Appear!
For the "12 Professional Baseball Team" collaboration, during the 2019 season, there will be the deployment and collaboration of various products at various stadiums. At BANDAI SPIRITS, 12 team branded gunpla will be made, and beginning April 2019 each team's gunpla will be released. Further details will be announced from each team.
■HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam 12 Team Version
To be released beginning April 2019
The "HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam" will have coloring representing each team in 2019. The colors of each team are reproduced in detail, and each has a distinctive finish.
※The items will have the name of each team they represent.
※The release method will vary and depends on each team.
※There might be stadiums where there are no collaboration events.
※The image of the item pictured may differ from the final product.
※For details of the collaborations and 12 team version gunpla release please visit the Professional Baseball×12 Team×Gundam 40th Anniversary Official Site
UT Appears in "Uniqlo"! Limited Gunpla as a Purchase Bonus!
In collaboration with "Uniqlo", all 12 types of "Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Commemoration UT" will be released in late March at Uniqlo stores and the online shop. In addition, if you purchase two UTs, as a purchase gift you will receive one "Uniqlo UT Original Limited Gunpla".
Also, this T-shirt will be released in Uniqlos worldwide, and it Japan also planned via UTme! Further details will be released on the Uniqlo Official Homepage
※1 Supplies are limited, sales will end once items are sold out.
※2 Uniqlo developed this service where customers may design and create original T-shirts using their smartphone.
■Mobile Suit Gundam 40th Anniversary Commemorative UT (12 Types in All)
¥1,620 each（tax inc）
March 2019 Release
※Uniqlo UT Original Limited Gunpla "RX-78-2 Gundam", "MS-06S ZAKUII" are bonus items if two UTs are purchased.
※Information current as of January 30, 2019 (Wed), may change without notice.
※Product photos may differ from final product.