GFF Perfect Gundam

GFF#0037 PF-78-1 Perfect Gundam- A geared up RX-78-2 with a few cannons strapped on. I don’t know its backstory or anything about this design but I guess this would make the RX-78-2 “Perfect” back in the OYW but it sure as heck doesn’t look very mobile nor energy consumption friendly.

Out of the Box

Like with its “sister”(?) Gundam, the Full Armor Gundam, this GFF comes with all the basic stuff and nothing unnecessary that would be wasted at the end (except the beam sabers). Just the armor parts and the usual pairs of hands for holding weapons. At first sight, one probably can’t spot any difference between this and the Full Armor  Gundam’s design but closer examination shows some slight variations.

The Gundam

This is the exact same RX-78-2 from the FA Gundam and I felt like I wasted time and image space from taking pictures of it when I can reuse the ones from the other GFF >_<. Anyway… this GFF incorporates the new Frame Model which is basically an inner skeleton similar to that found in MG models and allows for better articulation than the past GFFs.

In concept, the Frame Model might sound like the best thing ever for a GFF but in reality… it’s very flawed. The frame is very weak and since there’s less solid single parts, there are bigger risks of having fitment issues like the hands falling off or loose joints. The shoulder armor is unsupported so the part just flops around which is very annoying when trying to pose the GFF. The Frame Model might allow for some more decent action poses but it’s nothing great.

Armor Up

Step by Step…

The process was exactly like the FA Gundam- Snap on and go, no tricky bits. There are slight differences due to design variation but the general process is exactly the same. My only quirk is the left leg armor doesn’t fit very well and leave a tiny seam line. The power cable around the waist is actually hard plastic so I didn’t have to worry about it popping off and it doesn’t limit mobility because the waist can’t turn anyway.

Full Armor Perfect Gundam

I must say… being a fan of bulky armored mechs, this Gundam gives off a “powerful” presence. The bulky Perfect Gundam looks more like something out of Power Rangers than from Gundam. One can question the functionality of the armor’s design but I could care less; it’s all about how great it looks! Sadly… the loose shoulders stayed and ruined it a bit.

The first thing I noticed was that the right arm is not strong enough to hold up its double barreled cannon and the whole figure is not as easy to pose as I thought; it’s not very nimble. Still, I managed to pull some poses it can hold itself in. The Gundam lost balance during one of the poses and crashed onto the floor and the armor bits exploded everywhere (it was a cool scene). Luckily, nothing broke.

Loose quirks aside, this is a solid GFF overall and looks quite unique so it’s not “another RX-78-2”. The Frame Model structure is a great idea and need improvements but it’s a lot better than nothing and I hope Bandai will keep using it for the rest of its GFF line-up.

7 thoughts on “GFF Perfect Gundam

  1. The Perfect Gundam actually hails from a non-cannon manga (I forget the name unfortunately), in which some school kids are able to build, and then battle thier own Gundam models. The main character modifies a regular RX-78-2 so that he can beat his rival (who of course, makes Red, very Char-like kits). That’s why the design seems entirely unfathomable for a UC mobile suit. Katoki however, has since tweeked the design a bit and made it some what more realistic. I know you’ve mentioned the lack of “head turning” ability, but remember, Most Gundam type units come with a 180 degree camera set up (that’s why they have two “eyes” as well as a 85-90 degree camera in back, so very little head movement would be needed other than just looking cooler when its glaring down at you.

    GFF’s are a double edged sword. They look amazing for the scale, but as you’ve pointed out, they are a bit flimsy and finiky. My RX-78-5’s front skirt armor constantly falls off. The only thing preventing me from gluing it on is that someday I may want to switch him over to the Mudrock (Rx-78-6).

    Awesome pictures as usual though! I can’t wait for the Deep Striker review (I think you said that one was coming up!)

  2. ah, I see… thanks for the backstory! Now I remember why I saw a kid on the box of its MG and yea…its original design did look a little silly and Super Robot-esque. It sucks that Katoki and co. aren’t even doing anything to actually fix the flaws. It’s like they want it to there as if it’s a unique part of its line-up!

  3. My comment is going to be odd (and I apologize for its length) because I will admit up front to not having any GFFs, but in taking word of your reviews as accurate (and I have no reason to do otherwise), I’m coming to the defense of the lineup with the following: it honestly rings as if the GFFs are just as posable (my browser is telling me that’s not a word) as some of my first-edition (U.S. region) MSiA figures that I have, if not a little more or less so in some cases.
    My first-edition RX-78-2 Gundam, for example, is one of the most durable in that it’s not so easily breakable (although I sometimes wonder about when I take off the hands) but the more I try posing it, the harder it is without the parts coming off at all. My most posable (for lack of a better term if my browser, Firefox, is right) figure is my RX-79[G] Ground Gundam and its GM Head version (that I customized given the number of parts I seemed to have lost over the years) but I am recently careful with the legs given the front-and-back skirt armor piece that’s warpable (another lack of a better term) to the point where you could tear the two front skirt armor parts off and I almost did that with my ground Gundam.
    Putting that aside both are decently posable, yet with all of my MSiAs the figures either come with or develop quirks, like the sagging parts (forearms or entire arms in general, and legs) or the falling-off parts (when the limit of posability is stretched or it’s beginning to pose too much, or the design of the figure isn’t that good at all), not unlike GFFs. On one website the GFFs were described essentially as 1/144-scale, better-looking MSiAs with detail. That’s why that I’m interested in them even though I don’t have any yet and I want some, starting with the Wing Gundam ver. Ka (or “early type”) as that is one of my most favorite (if not the most) Gundam designs in the franchise since I saw the initial art of the Wing Gundam redesign on a website in 2001. I’d also settle for the MG version kit as well even though I prefer 1/144 or the in-between, not-truly-in-scale MSiAs that are between that and the 1/200 HCM-Pros.
    Should I come around to getting any GFFs though (beyond Wing Gundam) I don’t think I’d pick this up quite yet as I’m not a big fan of the Perfect Gundam design, though it doesn’t look bad at all. And if the parts are pretty durable to survive a fall that’s probably as good or better than my NT1 or EZ8 MSiAs (My NT1’s right arm has broken one of its hands and therefore can’t really use that arm much unless I steal the forearm and hand of my GM Head MSiA. And EZ8’s comm antenna is broke.), I’ll go for this someday.
    In any case, I do enjoy your reviews.

  4. @Z -> No Problem! I was confused when I first saw that kid in SD Gundam too, so I did a little research on him. I agree, Katoki could really make the design better, but then…it’d basically be the FA Gundam again. (BTW, I do like the Blue version!)

    As for Siroh’s comment, what I’ve found with my GFFs is this: The base figure itself (such as the RX-78-2 under the Perfect Gundam) is very sturdy and can be played around with alot. However, as soon as you need to start popping on armor parts, then they lose thier durability.

    My GFF RX-78 5/6 is an example of the newer releases, where they try to give you the opportunity to make it either on unit or the other (in this case the G05 or the Mudrock). However, because you’re snapping on the actual armor parts for the Gundam itself, and not just a HWS, they lose a lot of “playability” and parts fall apart. That’s why with my G05, I have it displayed with my MG kits, not to be touched, just looked at. My MSiA Gundam Hazel on the other hand, gets a lot of “playing around” time.*

    *I don’t actually “play” with it, but I’ll pick it up and try to work out new poses and stuff.
    ** okay, okay, so occtionally, I’ll make the “ptchu ptchu!” beam rifle sound. Hehe.

  5. yeah i think we have the same problem on the left armor parts of the legs on it. It falls easily and I was frustrated every time i pose the Perfect Gundam I hold off the left armor parts of the legs. It’s a great idea that Bandai incorporate the frame on GFF but the downside of it it has some flaws. Well I guess I might forgive Bandai for it since GFF Perfect Gundam is the only GFF that has an Internal frame similar to MG but not counting on Zeonography Kampfer.

  6. I fixed the loose shoulder armor by pushing the peg connection more in so the shoulder armor would fit the peg and be clamped by the connection. :D Nice review.

  7. My only thoughts on the durability of GFF figures (I’ve owned a few myself) is the softer, less brittle plastics are well chosen for toy play, but unlike the stiffer materials used in gunpl kits, thinner parts can bend or deform over time, especially under heat and in the package, it’s fixing them ‘straight’ isn’t always easy. I wasn’t totally pleased w my Freedom GFF because there were these deformations in the wings, V fin and hip railguns

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