Well, I think both the writer and the director are pretty talented. https://myanimelist.net/people/3067/Ichirou_Ookouchihttps://myanimelist.net/people/39270/Hiroshi_Kobayashi
I don't think they're going for a Tomino formula, though of course they do have to sell toys. I don't think that has gotten in the way too much so far, though. I think the designs are good, though my preferred designs are from the Gundam 00 series. I think those were far more competent and "real" if you can even call a Gundam show that. There was a bit of thought put into the engineering of it, even though it was fantastical by all standards. I'm currently in love with the Messer from Hathaway's Flash, though. I really like that design. That being said the Tieren types are boss, especially given the VR headset type of setup they have for actual interaction. Seeing as how these were used by some sort of future version of PRC/USSR mix, I think they had it spot on. Looks like a tank, which is far in contrast with Union's line of suits that resemble aircraft.