Mobile Suit Gundam celebrates its 40th anniversary since its conception this year and what better way to celebrate than by a collaboration with Uniqlo. For those who don’t know, Gundam is a Japanese anime series created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and its popularity has made it a fashion favourite to collaborate with, with previous collaborations being BAPE and mastermind JAPAN. So, it’s only fitting that fashion retailer Uniqlo is the latest to collaborate in a special capsule collection under its UT line.
Paying homage to the iconic characters within the show, the 12-strong piece collection features graphic prints on short-sleeved tees of RX-78 Gundam, Amuro and Ramba Ral. Whilst some of these pieces remain a little simpler in design – as is the norm for most of Uniqlo’s UT collaborations – there are still a few stand-out pieces. The “RX-78-2” shirt is definitely a hot-cop with its staple simplistic design on the front and reverse print on the back, bringing more dimensions to the piece.
What makes the collection so special for fans in Japan is the chance to grab one of two special HG Gunpla models. The models of RX-78-2 and Zaku II don red and white colouring, with the Zaku II model arguably leading the better design of the two through the dominant white over red colouring. The models are only available in Japan and are gifted to fans when they purchase two or more shirts from the collection.
The shirts are out now retailing at £12.90, available online and in-store.