Gus Jae (gusjae@rocketmail.com)
Tue, 24 Oct 2000 17:15:50 -0700 (PDT)


Thanks for the great review Mark. Gave me everything I needed to know.

Gus
  --- Mark Simmons <scorpio@best.com> wrote:
> Gus Jae writes,
>
> >YOU GOT IT ALREADY!!!!
>
> My last night in Japan, the new MG kits were just being loaded onto
> the
> shelves of the local toy store. (A couple of days early - they were
> due
> to ship on the 15th - but I'm not complaining.) Since our luggage
> space
> was so limited, this was the only kit I brought back with me... :-)
>
> >How's about a review Mark?
> >Pleeeeeeaaaaaaaasssssssseeeeeeeeee?
>
> Sorry, full-fledged reviews aren't my forte (besides, you'll see
> for
> yourself soon enough). But a few quick notes...
>
> * Design: The details are very similar to the HG-UC version, though
> the
> colors are distinctly darker (this seems authentic to the animation).
> The
> proportions are also different - shorter calves, longer skirts,
> smaller
> shoulders, bigger head. I must say I prefer the MG proportions. My
> only
> beef is that its right (normal) hand seems too small... it's
> consistent
> with earlier MG kits (the Zaku et al), but their hands have always
> been
> too tiny, and the Gouf's huge forearms really make it noticeable.
>
> * Construction was pretty simple. Like the RX-79[G], it has a very
> complete internal frame - including the entire leg, shoulder,
> forearm,
> top of head, chest and backpack. It's easily the frame-est Zeon
> mobile
> suit since the Gelgoog. Also like the RX-79[G], it uses a lot of
> screws
> for major joints, and lots of "ABS" wear-resistant plastic (as
> pioneered
> in the Brain Powered kits). The renewed innovation of the RX-79[G],
> Gouf,
> and Gundam v1.5 makes me wonder whether a Zaku remake might be in the
> cards (though I'd rather see an HG-UC version first).
>
> * Highly articulated - great job here. Modest waist swivel, highly
> flexible legs, articulated skirts (including a clever ball-joint for
> the
> front skirt piece, which gives you amazing leg clearance). Sweet
> double
> ankle joint reminiscent of the Dom. Though the elbox joints are more
> faithful to the design than the Zaku ones - they only rotate about
> one
> axis - I miss the added flexibility of the Zaku's multi-directional
> elbow
> joint.
>
> * Instead of wear-prone fingers, it has plug-in finger blocks for the
> different weapons. Still not an ideal solution IMO... couldn't they
> just
> make the fingers out of ABS plastic, or make the hands bigger and
> fully
> articulated a la the Dom? The new palm sockets solve most of the
> weapon-
> holding issues anyway...
>
> * As noted, the gun-hand fingers are movable, which allows for some
> great
> poses. The heat rod is a 50-segment flexible doodad. The shield clips
> on
> to the forearm along the outer side - annoying, since the elbow is
> one-
> directional, and the shield ends up dangling from the underside of
> the
> arm when you bend the albow. Only other weapon is a heat saber,
> stored in
> hilt form on the inside of the shield, with a transparent plug-in
> blade
> (good news for those who like to think of the Gouf as having a beam
> saber!).
>
> * Last but not least, I'm sick of those damn conductive cable
> segments.
> The fifty segments for the heat rod were the last straw. From now on,
> the
> only Zakus I'm building are Old Types. :-)
>
> -- Mark, going back to playing with the awesome HG-UC Bawoo...
>
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> "If you can kill it, it's not a god, just a good old-fashioned
> monster."
>
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Gus Jae

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