5 October 2010
Suzumiya Haruhi x Katoki Hajime
A new sample display is shown for the relatively new COMPOSITE Ver.Ka. action figure line in the very recent Tamashii Nation 2010 event, and it's gonna be... Suzumiya Haruhi in a mecha suit?
The tentative name for Haruhi's new mecha suit is called 「ハルヒ☆隊長☆専用機 全領域汎用人型決戦外骨格（仮）」, or Commander Haruhi Suzumiya's customize model General-purpose Humanoid type Decisive Battle Exoskeleton PRODUCTION MODEL according to the info. Talk about a long name... ^^; I was originally thinking of putting that as this post's title, but it is just impractically long to be one.
Designed by Katoki Hajime, a mechanical designer for Sunrise who is well known for his famous, angelic-like Wing Gundam Zero Custom, the collaboration with Haruhi is sure something rather unusual to have, well at least in my opinion that is.
It appears that Haruhi has her whole torso to the left. There should be a joint within the chest which separates the top part of torso from the lower part.
The exoskeleton without Haruhi
Bunny Haruhi with visor on
I'm not the only one who thinks that the waist looks a bit too thin from the side right? It kinda reminds me of the thing with Revoltech Fräulein Bunny Haruhi action figure.
And finally a clearer look at the rifle
No release date, scale of figure, or price are known at the moment. As far as I know this design does not appear in the anime series or the original light novels, and seeing a manga cover on the info will give it a very high possibility that the mecha suit exists in at least one chapter of the manga as manga exclusive content. I have not read the manga (only up to volume 8 for light novel and have not started 2nd season of anime nor the movie), so I can't be fully sure that this really comes from the manga. Oh well I'm sure more info will come eventually.
Images and source from:
GA Graphic via Ngee Khiong
Hobby Stock Blog
P.S. A lot of Gundam fans will be well aware that Ngee Khiong, who has been providing timely Gundam and other mecha-related news for the English-speaking community for years, has decided to quit blogging on 1st October. I will plan to make a post about it by this weekend.