Re: [gundam] Zaku Variants

A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy, Far, Far Away.... (
Tue, 20 Apr 1999 18:39:49 -0400

On Mon, 19 Apr 1999 17:21:31 -0700 Mark Simmons <>
> Absolutely not. There's nothing intrinsically cool about the Zaku, or
>that matter about any of the classic Gundam mecha designs. Without
>exception, they're gaudy, goofy, and crude-looking compared to the sleek
>designs turned out by current faves like Hajime Katoki and Mamoru

On Mon, 19 Apr 1999 17:23:50 -0700 (MST) Prabal Nandy
<nandy@U.Arizona.EDU> writes:
> Great question! For me, the answer would have to be "No".
> But the fact of the matter is, the first Gundam I ever saw was 0083
>the Zakus _do_ look VERY cool in that anime. Next, I saw 0080 where
>the zakus kicked butt. I saw bits and pieces of CCA and naturally though
>the Guerra Dogas were awesome as well. By the time I finally got to
>the original MSG movies, the Zaku design had grown on me to the point

Thanks Guys. For the longest time I thought I was the only person who
thought that
the Zaku was an ugly design. My first Japanese models were the GP series
from 0083,
the S-Gundam from Sentinel Gundam, and the 1/100 Zeta Gundam, along with
Macross models. When I joined this list back in 1995, I remember reading
all you
talking about how the Zaku and Gelgoog were such cool designs. So I
bought the
Zaku-Fz, Gelgoog, and Dom from 0080. To say I was unimpressed would be an

understatement. Sure, the Dom and Gelgoog were pretty cool, but the Zaku
left me
downright disappointed after hearing everyone talk about it so much. So I
went out
and bought Char's Zaku from MSG, and that disappointed me even more. In
that and the Multi-part Gundam from MSG (the one that forms a tank and an
are the only Gundam series models to gain the distinction in my
collection of being
boxed up and hidden away.
A that point, I almost gave up on getting the "badguy" suits. Then I
found a Sazabi
and the Jagd Dogas. Those models changed my opinion completely. While I
have not painted my Sazabi, the Jagds have gotten painted, and hold
places of
honor in my collection. So then the question came back up, other than the
the Zaku played in MSG, and the many variants of the Zaku (which don't
count for
the purpose of this question), what about the Zaku makes so many people
think it
is a cool design?

Linwood Foster,   The_Sentinel@Gundam.Com
3 of 10, Rec.Games.Mecha Moderation Team
10th Lyran Guards, The Revenants.

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