When you're attached to something, you would acquire virtually anything that helps remind you of that unique attachment. This is also correct for an anime series that you like so much to the degree where you want a collectible of it. And speaking of which, one of the most in demand anime figures in the marketplace is the Gundam franchise action figures. In fact, it is not a rare sight to see a simple fan turn to a collector of Gundam action figures.
The very first and original timeline for the anime series was the Universal Century (UC) series. This includes Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985). In the 90's, different timelines have been created and produced that includes the Future Century, After Colony, Correct Century, Cosmic Era, Anno Domini as well as the recent Advanced Generation timelines.
Many of the very early Gundam series are under the Universal Century (UC) calendar. Those that came after that are set in alternate timelines and primarily unrelated to the UC calendar system, instead connected in the Correct Century. Each timeline defines GUNDAM in different acronyms. The conflicts and settings also vary from timeline to timeline.
The first Gundam is the RX-78-2 from the first series: Mobile Suit Gundam. The designs of MS that came after that can trace its beginnings from the RX-78-2.
As of the present, the Gundam franchise is a brand name that is worth billions of yen. Not only is Gundam praised in Japan but it is well-known all over the world for its story and famous mecha. With its longevity and accomplishments, Gundam has remained as one of the most successful anime series ever.
Gundam Mecha Types and Variations
The various variations of the Gundam mecha vary from series to series. In the UC series, the Gundams are usually equipped with beam weapons and armored in a special alloy metal called Luna Titanium or "Gundarium". When the use of this Gundarium came to be widespread, distinguishing the Gundams got harder, especially because they utilized other alloys to make the robots, such as the RX-178 Gundam Mk-II.
In this age, GUNDAM is an acronym for General-purpose Utility Non-Discontinuity Augmentation Maneuvering weapon system.
The robots in Future Century were made from light-weight and ultra durable Gundarium alloy. The mobile fighters in the Gundam mecha were piloted by their pilots with the help of the Mobile Trace System.
Here, GUNDAM stands for Gamma Unificational Dimalium Amalgam Mobile-suit.
In the time of After Colony, the mechas were already loosely defined as mobile suits made from Gundarium.
In AC, GUNDAM stands for Genetic on Universal Neutrally Different Alloy-nium Mobile Suit.
As the After War era began, the mecha were now advanced high-performing mobile suits that were designed and developed by the United Nations Earth. However in the Correct Century, only one Gundam was present, which was the SYSTEM-99 (WD-M01) Gundam.
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