The latest product themed after Mobile Suit Gundam antagonist Char Aznable is a fine china teacup. Created by high-quality ceramics maker Noritake, the teacup is tinted Char’s signature red and is emblazoned with his logo.
The teacup also comes with a red plate. In the center of it is an image of a flying swan, the symbol of Char’s doomed lover, Lalah Sune. In the original series, Char and protagonist Amuro are both in love with Lalah. Her death is what turns their rivalry personal.
Char Aznable holds a cultural position in Japan similar to that of Darth Vader in the United States. Throughout multiple Gundam series, Char has a tendency to pilot red mobile suits, leading to products such as sneakers and even a car being labeled as “Char Aznable Custom” products.
These items are often jokingly said to allow its users to accomplish tasks three times more quickly, a reference to the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
The Char Aznable Teacup will be on sale March 2017 and will go for ¥9720, or approximately $97 USD. If you get it, consider drinking black tea (which in Japanese is called “red tea”), or rooibos (which means “red bush” in Afrikaans).
Source: Comic Natalie