Japan‘s newest life-sized Gundam is coming to the Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Fukuoka in Spring 2022. The 1:1 RX-93FF V Gundam project was first announced back in September by Bandai Namco.
Standing at 81.3 feet tall, the Gundam is a play on Amuro Ray’s Nu Gundam from the 1988 Char’s Counterattack. Prolific Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was also involved in the design of the statue as well as the new tri-tone color scheme. The RX-93 Nu Gundam is expected to be the tallest Gundam model with a height of approximately 65.6 feet (20 meters), towering over Tokyo’s full-size RX-o Unicron Gundam, Yokohama’s RX-78-2 Gundam and Shanghai’s ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam. A key feature of the Fukuoka Gundam is that it will include a long-range Fin Funnel.
While there are still some finishing touches that need to be made for the Fukuoka Gundam, the life-sized statue is on track to be completed by the end of February and will be open to the public in April 2022. Take a closer look above at the Gundam. via Hypebeast.com
Takashi Murakami has teamed up with New Era for a collaboration that’s full of his signature multicolored flower designs.
The collection features New Era’s 59FIFTY, 9FIFTY, 9FORTY A-Frame Trucker, 9THIRTY Cloth Strap and 9TWENTY Cloth Strap hats with a variety of Murakami characters and flowers. In addition to New Era’s classic hats, the collection includes wool beanies, caps, long sleeve tees and short sleeve tees.
Earlier this month, the renowned Japanese artist unveiled a new collaboration with watchmaker, Hublot. The new collaboration sees the Hublot Classic Fusion with Murakami’s signature flower donning 487 gemstones, including rubies, amethysts, tsavorites and an array of colorful sapphire crystals.
Ranging in price from ¥5,500 JPY (about $48 USD) to ¥9,900 JPY (about $86 USD), the Takashi Murakami x New Era collaboration drops exclusively in Japan on New Era’s website and in designated stores on Saturday, January 1, 2022. via Hypebeast.com
Union is wrapping up its 30th-anniversary celebrations with BAPE, yielding a collaborative collection as steeped in history as it is in mutual respect. It ties up the impressive run of exclusives that the retailer launched throughout 2021, ending on a suitably strong note.
Logos like the APE HEAD and Union's Frontman are mashed up across a spread of athleisure staples like hoodies and sweatpants in the anniversary capsule, yielding some surprisingly understated BAPE pieces.