GFF GN-001 Gundam Exia
Who doesn’t like highly detailed completed action figures ready to be displayed straight out of the box?! That’s what I love about the GFF toy line, for a lazy toy collector like me, they are the perfect alternative to Gundam kits:P
Gundam Exia is the main protagonist Gundam from the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (機動戦士ガンダム00). This is the seventh series of the Gundam franchise consisting of two seasons that was first broadcasted from late 2007, each with 25 episodes. A movie sequel is planned for 2010.
Gundam Exia, officially GN-001 Gundam Exia is piloted by Setsuna F Seiei during the first season of the series. Built by the private paramilitary group called Celestial Being, they use the Gundams to rid the world of war and conflict. Designed for close combat, Exia’s main weapon is a massive metal blade mounted on its right forearm which folds down to reveal a beam gun. In addition to its main weapon, Exia is also armed with handheld swords, beam blades and a shield.
At the end of season one, Gundam Exia is heavily damaged after a battle with the upgraded GN-Flag and was left drifting in space. In season two, the partly repaired Exia makes a brief appearance and later by combining its GN drive (some sort of solar reactor) with GN drive from Gundam 0, a mobile suit with two GN drives is finally completed, known as Gundam 00.
Name: GN-001 Gundam Exia
Line: Gundam Fix Figuration 00 Region
Sculptor: Based on Design by Hajime Katoki
Material: PVC, ABS
Release: Mar 2008
Original Price: ¥4,000 (approx. $50AUD / $44USD)
Height: 120mm / 4.72inches
Packaging is a pretty standard GFF affair, functional but nothing too fancy. To be honest, I find it a little bit wasteful as there are is so much empty space inside. Not only that, when you compare the amount of material in the packaging to the actual contents, they weigh almost the same. Oh, and there are those twisty ties, need I say more?
This Gundam Exia action figure comes with all of its signature armaments which includes, GN sword (flips to reveal gun mode), GN long blade, GN short blade, a pair of GN beam sabres and GN beam daggers, and a GN shield. All of which are nicely modelled and painted, with small print detail. A display stand is also included.
There really isn’t anything to fault here, I love Hajime’s interpretation of Gundam Exia, especially the face design. Proportions are great and there is plenty of nice sculptural detail to admire.
Contrary to the superb sculpt and form of the toy, articulation is not at all impressive. The problem with this figure is that the key joints do not have a big range of movement, namely the knees and elbows. These two joints alone make a huge difference, as you can imagine if the knees and elbows can only just make it to 90 degrees it really does cut down on the possible poses.
One thing I’ve noticed with the GFF line of toys is how good they look on the shelves. Yet if you pick them up and look closely, you can see all sorts of imperfections on the paint job and print detail. Majority of the print detail is quite clear, and still readable but the paint can be a bit fluffy in places and quite uneven. It all looks very “hand crafted”, but somehow it kind of works.
Detail wise, it lives up to expectations. The green gems like parts are nicely replicated in the head, arms, legs and chest area. Look closely at the waist and lower chest and you can really appreciate the sculptured design of this Gundam, very different from the traditional boxy design.
It’s hard for me not to like this line of toys, even with all its little flaws and restricted articulation in this particular model. The GFF toys just displays so well, they are affordable and really good value for a fully assembled, painted and printed Gundam model. Being a 1/144 scale, they are also quite easily collectible as they don’t take too much space, and can be displayed with other 1/144 toys!
If it’s articulation you’re after, then best to try the Robot Damashii Line!
Thanks for reading my toy review!