GFF= Gundam Fix Figuration, a line-up of “figures” run/designed/supervised by none other than Hajime Katoki.The Wing Gundam (Early Type) Ver. Ka is the sixth release in the series back in 2002 and it is also my very first GFF that got me hooked on collecting this line-up. The Wing Ver. Ka is the first non-UC and only AC Gundam that has received the GFF treatment so far. I should also note that this particular GFF comes with the least amount of accessories (weapons, hands, etc) compared to the rest- only two pairs of hands, beam saber, grenades energy packs, and buster rifle.
As expected from Katoki, the details and paint job are superb. There are warning markings just about everywhere and the overall figure looks great… from far away. Examining it up close, and you’ll see plenty of paint impurities (or plastic impurities if you’re that unfortunate). While you can expect great details, don’t count on quality craftsmanship; these figures tend to have less than stellar fit and finish and mild warped parts, causing some unusual friction on some joints while making others loose… but GFFs only have the most basic of articulation anyway so the adverse effect is not too bad ^^;.
Transforming into Bird Mode is very simple yet also a pain in the @$$, depending on how well the pieces cooperate together. There’s nothing to it really- you just attach the buster rifle to the bottom of the shield then attach that to the back and viola!… That’s what I did at least since I forgot the proper transformation procedure (and the legs wouldn’t bend properly)xD. Either way, I find the Bird mode to look a bit silly >_>
It looks pretty good at some angle actually but the Wing Span and added Buster Rifle adds a lot of width and length to this figure.
I didn’t want to pull the box for this figure out from the very bottom of my GFF Tower so I’m just gonna salvage the old photos ^^;. With the figure’s limited articulation, it’s not like it looks good holding the beam saber anyway…
Buster Rifle and Shield
Looks pretty cool huh? What’s with the highly detailed shield and long Buster Rifle that drags on the floor and all…
Seriously, it really doesn’t matter how many weapons it has since it doesn’t have the articulation to actually pose with them… Not to mention the damage it might cause to the joints. I think the line’s name is more like FIXED FIGURATION as the best this GFF is pulling different variations of just standing still… which the GFF line-up is actually GREAT at doing. Hold the weapons, stand still and look badass. Nothing more to it.
Size comparison with my very own MG Wing Gundam Ver. Ka… which also happens to be the very first MG that I spent a ton of time on trying to get everything right ^^;.
Close-up comparison. Details are almost similar…
Both looks great actually ^^
Couldn’t help inserting a shot of the MG version… xD
I think simple poses like this is probably as close as you can get to action poses but it still looks good though.
Honestly, this figure is a great looking piece of art but… I’d say the better alternative nowadays is to just buy the MG Wing Gundam Ver. Ka and put in the effort on it- both are roughly the same price at MSRP level anyway (~$35-40). You might be able to pick this GFF up on ebay for around $20-25 though (like I did). Again, great details but basic articulation so this figure is relegated to only just standing there… which is perfectly fine because it looks great doing just that. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t come with the white base like some GFF does. At the end, it all comes down to how much time and space you have on your hands in order to consider which one is best for you.