It’s extremely rare to hear of any Western involvement with the Gundam franchise which should probably come as no big surprise. After all, the only American to ever design an official Gundam, futurist Syd Mead, was responsible for Mustache Gundam which has been generally panned as a horrible design (I hear good things about the show, but I haven’t had a chance to track it down). So I greeted the news of Linkin Park and Gundam sent over by AZM Ally deepfreeze with some trepidation.
Linkin Park is providing the theme song to the Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. game entitled “Catalyst” seen here:
A little disappointed that there’s no actual Gundam in the theme song video. But that’s not all. “Catalyst” will appear on Linkin Park’s next album entitle “A Thousand Suns” which will drop November 24th. Bundled with the full album will be a custom HGUC 1/144 RX-78GP01-fb kit designed by the band shown above.
Frankly, I’m really disappointed with the custom paint job. Here you have the opportunity to design your very own official Bandai HGUC 1/144 kit and all you can come up with is a gray scale color scheme and a shitty shield sticker? I mean, this is the coolest damn event to ever happen to Western Gundam fandom and you turn out this shit?! Totally underwhelmed.
I was also a little confused with the choice of the GP01-fb, but then I remembered seeing the kit standing on the shelf in this video:
I’m disappointed because I so meh over all this. I mean, this is the first time an American band (American anything for that matter) is involved in Gundam. This should be pants crunching awesomeness! Instead, it all very soft pants. And no one wants soft pants, especially when talking about Gundam.
Source: Ngee Khiong