I actually had no idea that this Gundam existed before its GFF announcement. After checking its lineart out, I thought it would make an awesome GFF. I definitely liked the Zeta Gundam-esque body design and thought it was even transformable but surprisingly, it doesn’t. When its Full Armor version appeared in GFF form, I was shocked… first at how hot it looks and by its color scheme. It’s color scheme was atrocious! It was like the engineers were spray painting in the dark! “White on gray and red? Wtf?” were my thoughts and I berated this GFF until its release. I’m a sucker for “Full Armor” Gundams though so I grabbed it anyway in hope that I’ll get used to the awful color choice…
Out of the Box
I like how there’s so little wasted parts in this GFF. You basically have the Gundam, armor parts, weapons, and base. Most of the parts will be out on display and few will be back in the box. Please stop using metal wires for packaging, Bandai!
I find it strange how Bandai didn’t incorporate the Frame Model on this GFF like the previous two GFF (Perfect Gundam and Full Armor Gundam) but they put it in Gundam NT-1 which came out after the Gundam Mk III. With that said, this GFF is solid and completely stiff out of the box; it has absolutely no articulation except basic range of motion but even that was restricted. It took a few snap and twist to get the joints to move smoothly.
Very few Gundams can look great at every angle and the MK III is one of them. This Gundam really looks good almost anywhere; its streamlined design allows for that kind of stance where I can take pictures at all sides. I especially like the design of the face; it’s plain and has this grim look on it. Although it has no articulation, this Gundam can look great just by standing (like the Nu Gundam). My main design gripe I have with this Gundam is the rear skirt which is just one big weird looking piece; it has this big flat piece sticking out for no reason (see the side shot) and it just swivels around. Very annoying.
Additional armaments include two bazookas, a pewpew machine gun (not listed on box but thats what it looks like), and an obligatory Hyper Beam Cannon for the Full Armor. Those are actually cannons on the shield but I stuck the beam sabers in there because it looks a lot cooler than the generic beam saber it has.
Putting on the armor for this Gundam is quite simple (there’s not much to it) but it can be quite susceptible to potential fitment problems and parts just outright falling off like the chest piece and the two shoulder cannons since they are just tucked in on the Gundam.
Full Armor Gundam MK III
After seeing the Full Armor Gundam MK III in person, I take back what I said about its horrible color scheme. The gray and white contrasts very nicely together and doesn’t look awkward as I initially thought. The Gundam just looks simply incredible. Amazing details as usual but what I love most is the armor design- it’s still your usual unrealistic excessive and non-functional katoki design but at least this one doesn’t bulk up and at least looks like it can still be very mobile, making it something along the lines of a Ex-S lite and FA Hyaku Shiki Kai. The obligatory giant gun, Hyper Beam Cannon, completes the Full Armor package.
Though I did say this Gundam’s articulation sucks, it didn’t stop me from attempting to pose it. As a consequence, I’ve actually destroyed the stiffness on the legs and it became very loose… almost unable to support its top weight. At that point, I knew I’ve taken it too far. Hahah… It’s all for the sake of this review.
Even without the Frame Model, this Gundam still makes a solid GFF in the line-up and easily became one of my top GFF right now. Initial impression of its color choice might not be easy on the eyes but in person, it actually works suprisingly well. Colors aside, the Full Armor is one of the best I’ve seen since the GFF Full Armor Hyaku Shiki. Mmm… now where’s my Master Grade version of this, Bandai?