This is the big 12″ deluxe version of the Nu Gundam from Char’s Counterattack. This model was an upgrade over the Mark II (see the figure on the left – purchased in Japan 1985 – which was part of Z Gundam or Zeta Gundam) and featured fins on the back that could independently attack an enemy. I believe they could also form a shield around Gundam as well. This cartoon came out in 1988 I believe but we didn’t see this toy until much, much later as I bought this in a toy store in Portland (of all places) in 2003. I’m guessing since there was a Gundam craze in the early 2000’s (Gundam Wing, G Gundam were playing at the time in the States on Cartoon Network as Toonami), they just thought they could make some money by introducing anything Gundam related.