Mobile suit Gundam is popular worldwide, but in its home country of Japan, it is practically a cultural institution. And although the original ‘Universal Century’ Gundam setting receives the most attention, spin-offs such as the one from 2015 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans are popular in their own right. That may be why Bandai is honoring the series’ fifth anniversary by releasing a new custom clothing and accessories line inspired by the show. [Thanks, Famitsu!]
Thanks to the Bandai Apparel Division (the same people who run the Kamen Rider clothing line), the Iron-blooded creature 5th Anniversary Collection is sold through Bandai’s Gundam-centric clothing store, STRICT-G and the Premium Bandai online outlet.
The items are inclusive Iron-blooded creatureThemed t-shirts, hoodies and other accessories such as tote bags and pins. Rather than embellishing the merchandise with depictions of mecha or characters, the designs evoke the show more obliquely, through iconography and quotes. That can be a plus for a customer who prefers to keep their fandom a bit more relaxed.
For example, while most of the items in the line have Tekkadan’s stylized fleur-de-lis-esque logo, the main group in Iron-blooded creature, a hoodie design inspired by the character McGillis Fareed with nothing more than a candy colored logo that says ‘Chocolate Guy’.
The design is a reference to McGillis’ first personal meeting with protagonist Mikazuki Augus. After narrowly avoiding a traffic accident involving Mikazuki’s friends, Fareed tries to make up with the young teens with some candy. Mikazuki, who has never remembered so many names, refers to Fareed as “The Chocolate Guy” for much of the series moving forward.
The Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans The clothing line for the 5-year anniversary can be reserved via the STRICT-G Online Store.
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