MG Gundam F91


The Gundam F91… depending on my mood and how I look at it, I sometimes find myself hating this Gundam almost as much as the Mk II or appreciate it as a simplistic yet still coolsome mobile suit. The F91 packs huge amount of power in a little package due to 30 years of technological advancement after Char’s Counterattack. Hmm… I forgot why I bought this MG… I watched F91 twice and twice I find the movie to be a mess (all thanks to it being a full series cramped into one movie format). I wasn’t fond of Seabook nor was I particularly impressed with the F91. Maybe because the selling point was “OMG NO POLYCAPZ!”. Anyway, let’s just get to the WISP…

Out of the Box

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13 Total runners (yes, including the beam sabers and that little one for the fins). Typical of most MG. The Rafflesia is one giant red plastic mold with green tentacles. The decal set for F91 looks too busy. I like the runner-free shield. Parts are noticeably smaller… almost on par with 1/144 scale stuff.

The Works

Straight built. Total “home look”. No topcoat (except head… before I found out that Japan banned all spray cans). No paint. Just decals.

Body

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Haha the body looks like a giant radiator/heatsink. The F91’s body take a rather long time to cut, clean and snap together compared to other MG Gundams simply for the fact that the parts are a lot smaller and that you are already assembling the backpack as well. The blue is VERY shiny and feels very cheap. The blue side body panels also feel very fragile and thin.

Head

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Whoops… forgot a completed shot. Many terribly small pieces here as well (look at the red chin and V-fin gem!). Very hard to remove the nub without almost slicing into myself (file was almost too wide). Issue: The normal face plate can rub against the eye sticker and lift it up… and the helmet can rub against the side of the eye sticker and push it down.. -___-;. Had to keep removing the helmet to realign the sticker…

Shoulders

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Very simple here. The fins are one solid piece but they are very thin and thus… very fragile. You can feel them flex. You can pop open the top shoulder piece to push out the fins…or do what I do and just pull them out by grabbing them; the top shoulder piece isn’t exactly readily removeable.

Arm Unit

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First off, I hate the elbow design. It is like Bandai went backwards with their joint engineering. I haven’t seen elbows connected at its “pivot point” (for lack of better term) since… maybe the 1/100 Gundam Wing/X models. Since the elbow is not “enclosed”, it is bound to wiggle out as you play and the joints are generally weaker. I also hate the hands… the three bottom fingers are molded together completely so I can’t really cut them out individually. The hands feel loose and weak. I think it is fairly obvious why such design sucks. On another note, it is only building this MG that I realize F91’s arms are different on each side; the right arm is plain while the left houses its shield and a bit more design. I’ve always thought it had shields on both side ^^;.

Leg Unit

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I like the design of F91’s feet but it needs more useful articulation… all it can do is have the front part point up.

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While there is a lot going on here, there is little complexity as things are pretty straightforward. Most, if not all, of the leg parts are heavily infested with nubs so a lot of time was consumed just trying to clean up every piece. At this point, the legs show some promise…

Waist Unit

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For something that virtually has no gimmick in and of itself (save the side skirt pockets for the beam sabers and extra shield generator), the waist sure has some fancy assembly process and parts.

VSBR (Variable Speed Beam Rifle)

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Easily the worst assembly process of this whole model. The part that makes assembling the VSBR so troublesome is slipping that PC-like cube through the sliding rail of the VSBR’s inner frame. It is that initial fitting in part that makes this process a chore because you basically have to force that little cube in through the rail due to there being a notch at the tip. I can feel the stress and flex on the rail (it was bending) as if it is about to break as I try to force that little sucker inside. It took awhile but sign of relief came around when I heard the *pachi* of the parts and a sore thumb afterwards. The rest is a breeze. Blue plastic = overly shiny and cheap.

Weapons

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You can pretty much figure out how to assemble these just by the pictures right?

Rafflesia Base

Just personal preference and nothing else here… I really couldn’t care any less about this thing so I decided not to build it ^^;… which makes me wonder why I didn’t go for the Martin Harrison F91 since I like that color scheme a lot more (incidentally, I also like his F91 GFF more than the original as well).

Enter the F91

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How to start off… hmm… well the model looks as good as a relatively modern MG should be. Proportions are probably about anime-accurate with a slight bias toward sleek/GFF. And as you can probably expect of any UC mobile suits, the F91 looks great just standing there. Unsurprisingly, this is quite a lightweight model and as for its size…

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As you can see… the F91 is not just short, but also quite small compared to other Master Grades… >_>
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I didn’t like the bulk of the decals for this Gundam (it was mostly a bunch of red triangles and circles) so I omitted them and just used the main ones that do make a difference. Kept the model clean overall. Most importantly is that I successfully got the “F 91” on there ^^

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I swear Seabook’s mom was thinking of Iron mask when she designed the open-face for the F91…

Beam Rifle

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I thought the beam rifle had some color accuracy issues since it was only half pieces snapped together but it really IS that plain…

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The beam shield is cool and all but… it is so big that it gets obstructed by the shoulder -_-. But eh, the part didn’t look as cool as I thought it would be at first sight.

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F91 JUMP!

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Articulation is good… and that’s it. Nothing to really praise about it. Sure it beats older models but it is not something that this MG sticks out for.

Beam Saber

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Posing with the beam saber is almost like posing without any weapons at all…

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Beam Launcher

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Even with a rotating handle, the Beam Launcher was hard for F91 to hold firmly since the hands are kinda weak. The launcher also doesn’t rest well on the shoulder either and it can easily slide right off. Overall, not a really poseable weapon despite looking so cool… after spending quite some time doing the panel lines.

VSBR

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This is the main highlight of the F91 that I was looking forward to play around with.  I find it odd that the VSBR has two handles (not shown: there’s one further out, you can see where it is hidden). Awesome looking cannons… had some trouble at first getting the hands to hold but once set, it can move along with the VSBR almost hassle-free. No problems here…except that the inner frame could use some detailing ^^;

FACE OPEN!

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That’s a permanent frown…

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The F91 is so powerful and produces so much excessive heat that it causes a Metal Peel-Off Effect, creating after-image of itself…

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/lame attempt

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The Rants

By itself, the F91 doesn’t seem so small. It is still taller than most HGUC and other 1/144 models out there so size isn’t much of a problem after assembly. However, most of the issues I have with this kit are the following:

Parts- They are thin and feel fragile. It’s like if you’re not too careful, they can easily snap. This mostly applies to the inner frame parts though. I supposed this one can be overlooked since the Gundam is so small but thought I should still point this out.

Color inconsistency- For an MG, this model requires a bit more painting than other models released around its time (again, must be due to size…). It’s not so much that this kit needs some coloring in here and there that irks me but the color of choice Bandai chose to mold some parts in. For example, look at the front skirt armor… the black vents are supposed to be WHITE. Why the hell didn’t Bandai just mold them in white so we can just color in the vent instead of having to paint the entire thing white first THEN paint in the black OR… just save some plastic and just mold them onto the entire skirt? The shoulder fins are understandable because they are so thin.

Legs- They are on the weak side and not very rigid. Articulation doesn’t mean much if the legs can’t support the Gundam during dynamic poses. Either the model has a tendency to do the splits, the body falling back, or the pose not working when it should. Rigidity: the legs don’t feel very solid and kinda hollow..especially the knees. The parts also doesn’t move smoothly.

Nubs- For a model with such small pieces, the nub marks are obnoxiously abundant and thick. The nubs leave a lot of scars that you can’t really file or filet out with a knife but luckily aren’t readily noticeable… but they are there out in the open.

Any other rants I have are already mentioned above.

VERDICT

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I think the MG F91 looks great as a display piece. I don’t understand what was so great about “NO POLYCAPS!” but I felt it could actually use some here and there as some parts feel terrible moving around. The small parts are easy to get used to so that’s no big deal. Most of the problems I have with it comes from playing with the model. Its articulation is nothing to write home about and neither is the detail so effort should be put into the kit if one wants a good display piece of the F91. Those who aren’t really interested in the F91 can pass on this model without missing much while those who loves it probably wouldn’t mind the extra effort to clean up this model.

OTHERS’ REVIEWS:

Baby TheEnd’s Gunpla and Toy Review

Beamknight87





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57 thoughts on “MG Gundam F91

  1. I don’ think re-releasing the exact model counts as a kitbash in anyway no..?

    The MK II is exactly the same as the white Qubeley released in 2001 and the red MK II later on. Only difference is that the MK II has different beam guns/sabers equipped.

    And the previous two qubeleys have special coating for their main armor as well. pearl for the white and glossy for the red, which is the same for the black one in november. It looks even more highly glossed than the the gold frame amatsu but I could be wrong on this.

  2. Am i the only one who seems to really like the design of the F91? I dunno why you dont like seabook… his my favourite gundam character. Not a powerful newtype but he did do alot of amazing feats. Like in crossbone where he defeated the death gale squadron with no arms and how he the first person in Gundam history to enter earth using a beam shield? I reckon he own char or amuro any day using his wits. I i really enjoyed this Mg really much. It got me back into gunpla surpisingly. It sure has a few flaws but the final result is great. I only have the harrison one but planning to get 2 more of the orginal to create my F91 Squadron =D. It was my 1st time in my 14years of gunpla seeing such a small mg too.

  3. heh yeah. i was playing with my friend tim [dynasty warriors gundam 2] and he chose the f91 while i had the sazabi, needless to say he giggled regarding the size comparison since he doesn’t know too much about gundam/gunpla though he’s very enthusiastic about the game itself and the gundams/characters in it. =]

    i really need to get him into gunpla/gundam…

    i can scratch this off my list now. older MGs turn me off for some reason… maybe it’s the lack of hand articulation and articulation in general or perhaps i don’t have the cash to burn, i’m sure it will change once i start working again.

    oh, speaking of work, i had the interview today. it went well i think, gonna give ’em a call tomorrow to follow up as per bryce’s instructions [he works there and they love him apparently]

    wish me luck! =]

    …finish that PG Strike already…

  4. I just watched F91 and I think it gets way too much hate. Perhaps most Gundam fans just watch for the mecha action, seeing as how the F91 doesn’t even show up till like halfway through. In terms of the character drama, there’s a lot less BS and frankly insane characters, though I guess you could say that makes it feel a bit flatter. And not everyone dies! Even more surprisingly, the guy ends up with the girl!

    I think this was supposed to be Tomino’s rebirth of Gundam, cutting away all the baggage (and poorly explained Newtype shenanigans) of the original UC series. I guess fans weren’t ready for this, and probably neither were the companies which would explain why it ended up a movie instead of a series.

  5. Yeah…
    If the orginal 50 episodes for F91 was completed i bet more people will appriecate F91 and the characters.

  6. Z! I finally posted my build of this! Pleased to tell you, I didn’t copy any of your poses. Now….if only I had a DSLR camera and a reactor, also the patience to pose for a while.

  7. This was my first mg that I built and I hate this guy. The joints are so loose and bad. He can barely bend his leg without falling back. It looks great but if you get guy, take your making this kit and try not to break the pieces like I did.

  8. So the joints of your F91 are kinda loose? Mmm, watching the review of this model in gundam.tk they actually state the opposite.
    Oh well, I really dig the design of this Gundam (UCE beam spammer lol), which will be my next project as soon as it arrives.

  9. I agree with you on the joints, I built the MG crossbone gundam which exact same frame as F91 and I don’t like that it has no polycaps in the joints. I don’t like to pose my kit too much because the stiff movement of plastic against plastic joints make me afraid parts will snap…or go permanently loose

  10. FYI, a crudely translated version of SRW 3 translated Seabook’s name as “Seabuck Ano”. Even worse, an English patch of Alpha 1 translated his name as “Sheapock Ahno”.

  11. Hi, I would like to ask that, if I want to get a small part of one of the part that is jointed with it’s hand. Can I get one of it? Because, I lost it while I was fixing it.

  12. Z you probably saved yourself from buying the Harrison custom since pretty much almost all the yellow on the body are stickers-shivers- but after its all complete and its legs don’t fall apart every time its touched, it is pretty awesome lol

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