GFF RX-78-02 Full Armor Gundam
Introducing the first Gundam action figure to our website, it’s the Gundam Fix Figuration #0000 Limited Edition FA-78-01 Full Armor Gundam Frame Model. The Gundam Fix Figuration (aka GFF) series of figures are based on the mechanical designs of Katoki Hajime (カトキハジメ) and his “Gundam Fix” illustration artbook. These are highly articulated and detailed figures that are sold already complete ready for play or display.
The FA-78-01 and the RX-78-02 Gundams are part of the Mobile Suite Variations (MSV) which are variations of designs seen in the anime Mobile Suite Gundam, specifically those of the Universal Century (UC) during a period known as the One Year War.
The FA-78-01 Gundam Full Armor type was developed under the Full-Armor System and Weapon System (F.S.W.S.) upgrade program of the Earth Federation forces, it was designed to increase the already considerable power of the RX-78-02 Gundam. The RX-78-02 Gundam continued to perform beyond expectations during the last months of the One Year War against the Zeon Forces (Initially a colony that declared independence from the Earth Federation), as such was a perfect platform for upgrades. The FA-78-01 Gundam Full Armor type features removable external armor modules all over the Gundam’s body, new weapons such as shell firing cannon, several missile launchers and a large two barrel hand held beam gun which vastly increased the Gundam’s firepower and armor.
Despite all the weapons upgrades and the addition of extra thrusters mounted in the external armor, the extra weight created such an unacceptable loss of speed and performance that the development of the FA-78-01 Gundam concept would never be completed. It later serves as a basis for the much improved FA-78-02 Heavy Gundam.
Name: GFF FA-78-01 Gundam Frame Model Blue
Line: Gundam Fix Figuration
Sculpter: Takahashi Nobuhito / Moriwaki Shuji (MIC)
Material: PVC, ABS
Original Price: ¥4,725 (approx. $65AUD / $50USD)
Height: 125mm / 5inches
The packaging of the newer GFF series are quite nice, it features a sturdy box with a clear plastic cover, the cover has information of the designer, modellers and the name of the figure printed as well as a transparent lineart of the figure. Detailed explanation and photos of the toy can be found on the back of the packaging showing the two different configurations. The contents are well secured in two plastic trays, but Bandai continues to make use of twisty wire ties despite criticism from the toy collecting community. Overall the packaging is quite successful albeit being a bit larger than it really needs to be for the amount of contents in my opinion.
As with most GFF figures there is an abundant amount of accessories including the signature beam rifle, two beam sabres, shield, 3 pairs of hands (2 closed fists, 2 for holding beam sabre, 2 for holding guns) plus an open palm left hand, a decal sheet, a display stand and of course all the components to turn the RX-78-02 into the FA-78-01.
This release of the Full Armor Gundam is essentially the same as the #0036 Full Armor Gundam with the exception of the colour scheme. However, the size and proportions are different to the first release of the #0001 Full Armor Gundam. The figure is now taller, with better proportions due to the fact that the new models have been redesigned to incorporate the “Frame Model” design.
With the extra armor and weapons off, it is a good representation of the RX-78-02 Gundam with great detail, however QC is a little bit off and some parts such as the should armor, the backpack and sometimes the forearms have a tendency to be quite loose and / or to fall off quite easily.
The articulation has been greatly improved with the new “Frame Model” design. This inner frame is similar to those that can be found in the Master Grade Gundam kits, however with this design using mostly peg and rod connectors for the joints, parts tends to come off quite easily. The theory behind this design was good, it has double joints for the knees and the elbows and all limbs can swivel 360 degrees. The shoulders have a complex triple hinge joint that allows for a large range of motion however, as soon as the Gundam parts go on, it loose some of its new found articulation.
In the RX-78-02 form, the knees become slightly restricted and won’t allow the figure to be placed in a kneeling position without looking awkward and the waist joint basically becomes obsolete. It is still capable of some rather nice poses though.
In the FA-78-02 form, it looses more of its articulation mostly because everything tends to fall off as you pose the figure. When you move the shoulders the breast plate comes off if you touch it even slightly. When moving the legs, the apron falls off (both the front and back) due to the fact that there isn’t much of a peg left once you clip on the extra armor. If you can get past all this and eventually have the whole figure holding together in a good pose, it does look good.
But there are advantages with getting all these extra armor parts, and I found it the most fun when you get rid of all the crappy parts that tend to fall off easily and make your own custom Gundam. Who doesn’t love putting extra armor on stuff!? – I call it HA-78-01 (Half Armor-78-01)!!
Paint application is mostly good on this figure, though there are a few places with wobbly paint work, overspray and random smudges of paint. The good thing about this figure is that it is so small you’d hardly notice the imperfections. Of course the print detail is amazing as always, very sharp and defined and this is what brings the figure to life and gives it that extra level of realism.
Few details worth mentioning, the hilt of the beam rifle has a small metal ring which I think shows great attention to detail. As mentioned earlier, when the extra armor is placed on the apron parts, the pegs become very short, maybe Bandai should have considered only wrapping 3 sides of the apron?
I think this is not a bad toy straight out of the box, it’s great as a display piece and still fun to pick up and play with from time to time. The new “Frame Model” is interesting but needs improvements to stop it from falling apart so easily, QC needs be improved to ensure parts fit together properly and paint application is up to standard as this line is mainly aimed at adult collectors.
There will be more GFF reviews to come as this is a great toy line for those that want the look and feel and detail of MG kits without having to do all the hard work, ie me!
Thanks for reading my toy review!