Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Tue, 8 Jun 1999 17:59:23 -0700


>In a message dated 6/8/99 3:15:03 AM Central Daylight Time, gundam@loop.com
>writes:
>
><< Looks, gotta be the Gouf - it's full of attitude!
> >>
>But then again, would the Gouf be as popular if they hadn't redesigned it for
>the new models?
>
>Jason

It has been way popular in Asia before the redesign of 08th MS Team - just
check out the number of true labors of love being entered in the modeling
contests such as Ora-Zaku. People would rather scratchbuild or perform
heavy modification on existing Zaku kits instead of building a Zaku right
out of the box. Witness all the cool Gouf modifications in the MG Zaku
special of Gundam Weapons, too.

Bandai redesigned it because they realized that no matter how many Zaku
variants you have, they are still cannon fodders at the end of the day.
Gouf, on the other hand, belongs to skilled pilots who can give hero Gundams
a run for their money without relying on NewType gimmicks or "Red Comet"-type
of reputation!

Eddie

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