In time for this year’s 15th anniversary of its first TV anime, Shoji Gatoh’s Full Metal Panic! was slated to come back for a fourth anime series, Invisible Victory, in fall 2017. That then got moved to spring 2018, and a new director’s-cut edit trilogy of movies from the earlier anime got added to the plans. Bandai’s Tamashii has now boarded the project with a METALBUILD figure of the IV version of the Abalest mech.
The anime’s mech designer Kanetake Ebikawa supervised the figure, which aims to recreate details like the Λ Driver (featuring a new texture on the parts), ECS: Electromagnetic Camouflage System – with an array of 16 sensors, and all the guns, ammo, knives and other accessories you could hope for- including Sousuke Sagara in his winter uniform. Made out for ABC and PVC with die-cast pieces, the 18cm figure is planned for March 2018 release at 22,680yen.
Check it out at http://tamashii.jp/special/metalbuild/arbalest/
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