Kotobukiya Releasing Decommissioned Yellow Tachikoma Plastic Model Kit

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The 1/35th scale model kit of the cute Tachi-Yellow measures approximately 65 millimeters tall.
© Masamune Shirow / Production I.G / Kodansha / Ghost in the Shell Production Committee

Figure and model company Kotobukiya will be releasing a plastic model kit of the decommissioned yellow Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell.

The “Tachi-Yellow”, a decommissioned version of the Tachikoma AI walker repurposed for civilian use, appears in anime series “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”. Originally painted blue and used for battle, the yellow Tachikoma appeared in episodes 15 and 16 of the anime series, and was the result of some of the original Tachikoma units getting shipped back to the lab for analysis after starting to become self-aware. In episode 25, the blue and yellow Tachikomas join forces to save Batou when he is attacked by an Armed Suit bipedal exoskeleton.
The Tachi-Yellow plastic model kit, due for release in October, is the same 1/35th scale as Kotobukiya’s previous kit of the Kenbishi Heavy Industries HAW206 Prototype Think Tank. Every aspect of the Tachikoma is reproduced in detail, from the exterior to the cockpit, and the cockpit hatch can be opened and closed without needing to switch parts.

To replace the 50mm grenade launcher in the standard Tachikoma, new parts have been created from scratch for the Tachi-Yellow model, along with exclusive decals to accurately duplicate the decommissioned unit’s design. The model kit also includes scale figures of Batou and Motoko Kusanagi, the latter of which is in a seated position for piloting the Tachi-Yellow.

The plastic model kit retails for 3,500 yen, plus tax. Preorders are currently available online, and the model kit will be released in October.

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After painting, the model kit is incredibly true to the Tachikoma’s original design. The top part of the cockpit hatch and undercarriage are pre-painted parts
© Masamune Shirow / Production I.G / Kodansha / Ghost in the Shell Production Committee

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The lower cockpit hatch can be opened and closed without needing to switch parts.
© Masamune Shirow / Production I.G / Kodansha / Ghost in the Shell Production Committee

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The top part of the cockpit hatch can also be opened and closed without replacing parts.
© Masamune Shirow / Production I.G / Kodansha / Ghost in the Shell Production Committee

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The model kit includes scale figures of Batou and a seated Motoko Kusanagi. The unpainted figures can be finished by the kit’s builder.
© Masamune Shirow / Production I.G / Kodansha / Ghost in the Shell Production Committee

Link:
Kotobukiya Tachi-Yellow
http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/product/product-0000001677/

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