GFF Full Armor Gundam - Blue Version

I got this since last Christmas... at first I plan to sell it in e-bay next time but at the end I decided to keep it for my self and display it on my Gundam Gallery...



As you can see from the box there... Produced by Katoki Hajime...




That means the RX-78 Gundam design is in accordance to the Katoki design.

I have experienced 3 MG kits for RX-78-2 Gundam so far. The first being RX-78-2 Gundam (Ver. Ka) - I already sold this model with some handsome profit and then I bought the RX-78-2 Gundam (Version One Year War 0079) - which I still keep for now, coz I think I like that festive mood animation color scheme. The last one is the RX-78 Gundam CA which we will see here in Shewsbury Land soon. Someday, I would also want to try the RX-78-2 Ver. 2.0

Talking about the differences between OYW and Vr. Ka - the easiest one to spot is the Beam Saber part at the back. The Katoki version have that long thing - something like an athenna or something on the Beam Saber handle.

Look at the photo below;

Version Katoki Hajime


Version One Year War


Yeah of coz you can also highlights many other differences like the decals and so on.... that is why Ver. Ka. is always something different - not perfect, but different...

The box is quite huge for a 5 inch figure (almost at the same scale as 1/144 HG kits) - nonetheless it's the extra accessories and armament that make you wanted to buy this item.



The price in Hobby Link Japan is 4,500 yen (that's about SGD 69.00 or just say SGD 70.00) and then the shipment price (if you buy this item only alone) is 2,220 yen (about SGD 34.00)

So now you know how expensive those Gundams made, assembled, colored and decaled by Bandai factory...

The next one that I'm interested to get is GFFN Aile Strike Gundam - though I know this is damn expensive 6,800 yen (about SGD 104.00) plus maybe shipment cost around SGD 40.00 to SGD 50.00 but somehow I love Aile Strike Gundam and I believe many other modern viewer feel the same (specially those Cosmic Era fans like me) and also in my opinion that is what Bandai still produce this model in GFFN now - about 6 or 7 years after the anime first aired in Japan and maybe the rest of the world.

GAT-X105 Strike Gundam and all of it's variations (Aile/Launcher/Sword) is quite popular that I can tell for sure...

By the way this GFFN Aile Strike Gundam that I want is at around 20cm tall (about 7 to 8 inch) - almost the same as MG 1/100 kits.

So back to this GFF that we have now...

This is the contents inside the box;


Other than the figurine and all the extra weapons and armaments, you also get the manual and additional decals (which I don't bother to touch - quite lazy actually)


Additional/extra decals that you can use...


Also comes with the nice manual...



And yes, you also get this nice action base/display stand...


To take out this thing from the box will take some time... all those wires... sigh...




And another thing that I don't like is too many cellotapes...




30 minutes later.... I finally managed to take them all out... I have to prepare a special contena to put all the stuff...


Ok, now let's see the size of this figure;


That's the MG 1/100 RX-78-2 (OYWV), followed by the GFF RX-78 and HG 1/144 Strike Gundam. The Coca Cola will also help you to roughly judge the size...




I also do some testing on the articulation differences...






Basically this GFF have a decent articulation but somehow it can never compete with the more modern HG 1/144 from the Gundam 00 series...



The 3 famous heroes from 3 different era...


Standing on that nice action base/display stand...


The beautiful standard GFF action base/display stand...




Once you attached the Gundam on the action base/display, you can pose it in a few different positions and height...








OK let's do some action pose...










Now let's see the details all over the body;





















All those extra decals/markings is really the insignia of Hajime Katoki. I am quite happy with all the details presented on this figure.

And now, those extra stuff...



Those few things on the floor... I'm quite lazy to fixed them, it is basically the front and rear armor skirt...




This is it with (almost) all of the extra armors... in a way this is like a RX-78 Gundam with Heavy Weapon System (HWS)



Being Version Katoki, I'm not surprised about certain weaknesses on this Gundam... the joint is quite soft (disappointing) - that left hand have problem to lift up that attached gun further... as you can see from this photo... that is as high as the hand can goes...









Pointing both hand straight like this required some efforts to "keep on trying"... the joint is not quite sturdy...


OK, let's check out the body again with the (almost) full armor.
















And a little bit more of posing.... damn to heavy... this is why I never like Heavy Weapon System... I prefer agility and mobility... but this is GFF RX-78 Gundam Full Armor and that "Full Armor" is the extras that you wanted when you buy this unit.


At the end.. this is the final appearance that I choose and I shall display it like this...


A little bit heavy armor on the legs and chest... I prefer to just use the beam rifle and beam saber and of coz the shield... I love the shield...




Overall, unless if you share the same interest of great looking Gundam, it's quite difficult for me to recommend this GFF to you. It is really intended for serious and matured collectors.

However, if you seriously wanted the beauty of the GFF and can tolerate the weakness that comes with it and if you can afford the hefty price, then why not, you should get at least one of them.

This our first GFF and despite all the weaknesses... overall we are quite happy with it...

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