A new Overwatch skin concept finally reimagines Reinhardt as a Gundam, and it looks just as awesome as it sounds.
Gundam is basically the godfather of the giant robot trope in anime. The first series, ‘Mobile Suit Gundam,’ was originally released in 1979, over 30 years ago.
Since then the series has become one of the most recognizable and successful animes ever and, as it turns out, a perfect Reinhardt skin as well.
Overwatch fan and concept artist Salvatore Tabbi is the mastermind behind Gundam Reinhardt and just from these sketches, it looks like it would be an incredibly awesome skin to rock in a match.
“The idea was to create a “toy” skin for him,” Tabbi revealed. “Since I’m a huge fan of mechas and model kits, I decided to create this skin based on some Gundam kits I have on my shelf.”
Gundam Reinhardt definitely hits all of the mecha targets, and looks like a true Gundam model on top of it all. Normally we’d say this type of skin wouldn’t be possible, but since LEGO Bastion came out, you never really know what Blizzard is willing to do.
On top of his armor being made into a Gundam, Reinhardt’s shield has also been replaced with one of the Mecha’s heads.
But the most distinctive part of this skin might be Rein’s hammer which has a devious-looking drill added to the back, that seems like it would do damage to rival Gundam and Overwatch heroes alike.
If you think we’re overdue for a new Reinhardt skin, you may be in luck, since we have the annual Anniversary event coming up at the beginning of May.
Whether or not we’ll be getting a new skin for the shield tank this year remains to be seen, but this Gundam skin concept does get us a little bit excited about the possibility.