'Mobile Jet Gundam' Ready To Take To The Skies

Look! In the Sky! It's a bird, it's a plane... well yes, it IS a plane, but this one is extra special if you're a fan of Japanese anime or grew up watching "Mobile Suit Gundam" on TV back in the 1980s. Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) is saluting the 30th anniversary of Gundam, which made its broadcast debut on April 7, 1979 and ran for 43 episodes, with a very cool collaboration involving Gundam creator Sunrise Studio and advertiser Sotsu.

The ANA x Gundam Sky Project will feature an official ANA Boeing 777-300 jet airliner emblazoned with anime graphics that will make it look like the "White Base" - the mother spaceship for Gundam.

The classic anime style graphics will run down the jet's left side while the right side will display a huge Gundam head and the ANA x Gundam Sky Project logo. The Gundam Jet will begin making runs between Tokyo to Osaka from July 16th, 2010 to mid-March of 2011 and service to Fukuoka and Sapporo will start later this summer.

The Gundam Jet may be the biggest part of the Gundam anniversary promotion but it's not the only one. Specially made Gundam robot figurines in 1/144 and 1/48 scale, decked out in official ANA colors, will be available for purchase priced at 3,000 yen ($33) and 8,500 yen ($89) respectively.

Passengers are advised to please fasten their seat belts and return their Gundam figurines to the upright position before landing. (via Mainichi Daily News and Anime News Network)