Gaijin Gunpla

When the first Gunpla Builders kits were released I picked up the GBP-X80 Beginning Gundam and was wowed by its articulation and enjoyed building it.  So when the HG Super Custom Zaku F2000 arrived on the scene I wanted to give it a try.  It’s quite different in many ways.

Overall Look: 5/10


This thing seems to be all over the place.  On the one hand it looks like a giant brawling suit should.  It’s got a tonne of armor and carries a massive arsenal.  However, in some ways it is overdone.  The mounted missile pod on the shoulder is cool, so why do I need one on the arm, and on the either side of the head?  Speaking of which, that head seems dwarfed by everything around it and is incapable of much movement rendering it seemingly useless.  I like the spikes on the knees, which give it an ogre-ish look, but the two on the chest remind me of something you would see in a 70’s adult film of some kind.  I really like the shape of the back skirt armor, but wish it was used for the shield instead.  Backpack is cool, though.

Colors: 8/10

Purple and Dark Blue/Black are can’t miss, as evidence by the coolest Zaku of them all the MS-06R-1A (I will build that kit, one day).  There are two shades of purple to go with the dark blue and it gives the suit a better look overall.  Of course, the frame and weapons are the standard gray but that doesn’t take anything away from it.

Weapons: 10/10

Here’s what the manual states:

Dead End Giant Heat Hawk

Voltic Machinegun Z

Missile Pod

Super Custom MMP-78 120mm Zaku Machinegun

Super Custom MMp-80 90mm Machinegun

Super Custom Hand Grenades

Shield

On top of that you get the regular Heat Hawk, and the extra missile pod that mounts on the arm, and the extra machinegun that mounts on the other arm, and a regular Zaku shield that is held in its hand!  There is a sub-arm on either side of the hips to wield the machine guns or keep them out of the way.  This guy is loaded!

Articulation: 5/10

It’s what you would expect from something this weighed down.  The arms actually move pretty well, but the legs not so much.  There is an interesting design in the skirt armor which allow the legs to move a little further if you want to, if it can stand up when you do.

Build Design: 7/10

The previously mentioned design of the skirt armor seems well thought out and there are other interesting aspects to this kit such as the sub-arms and the Dead End Giant Heat Hawk with its transparent blade but other than that it’s your basic Zaku and even shares quite a lot of parts with the Zaku F2. And you’re even left with quite a few pieces for the spare parts bin.

The attachments used to mount the missile pod and gun shield to the arms works well and doen’t hinder movement at all.  I do have a complaint with the hands molded in the shape of fists.  The other hands are assembled using a separate purple piece for the back of the hand but for some reason the fists lack that.  Why?

Fun Factor: 7/10

It’s a pretty enjoyable build as you progress from one beastly section to the next.  Some parts need careful attention which keeps the builder’s interest up.  Just when you think you’re almost done you start on all the weapons and realize you weren’t almost done at all.

Extras: 7/10

Lots of extras in the form of optional weapon attachments, attachments for both Heat Hawks, and the hands.  Bandai also included 3 different heads so you can choose what you want your F2000 to look like.  Even the extra foil sticker logo is nice to see. Of course, I haven’t applied it yet until I determine what I’m going to do with this kit.

If you are tired of building the many different types of Zaku then maybe this kit will be a welcome addition to the collection.   It’s definitely unique enough to separate itself from the pack.

15 Responses so far.

  1. madmoz says:

    I think Bandai is doing a parody or taking a piss at the mods that many of the modelers are so fond of nowadays. I see so many overdone kits, people (but very skilled people at that, i may not like your end product as opinions are often subjective, but I do admire your skill and handiwork) slapping pla plates and aftermarket parts on kits just for the sake of slapping them on.

    Ask yourself, just how many massively huge gigantic pla plated monstrosities have you seen blog walking recently or in gunpla competitions?

    IMHO modifications can be both clever and subtle – that is the work of a true master.

  2. Marty says:

    I had the same reaction this kit as I had with the Beginning Gundam: at first glance, I loved its distinct design and stance, but, the more I looked at it, the less it all made sense to me. Gradually, I was turned off to buy either kit, and I’ll tell you why. The “controversial” chest design I actually quite like; as a matter of fact, it’s the only part of it that I like. And it’s not a breasts thing, it’s a design thing. The whole just seems incredibly unfocused. The side skirts, with the extra missile pods, are just stupid. You’re absolutely correct, all the suit needs is the array on the arm. The chest integrated the spikes very well, I think, and, personally, I would’ve liked the chest spikes to be disk caps (even polygon caps to match the sharp edges of the chest), but the other spikes are strewn about too haphazardly. The knees and shoulders don’t integrate them at all, and their round curvature completely clashes with angular torso. Skirt armour makes even less sense in this context with its pseudo-layering effect and even more unnecessary missile pods. Every element is all right on its own, but, combined together, they form an incredibly confusing design. It’s just terribly executed.

  3. Priza says:

    The first time I heard this kit is gonna come out, I said,”Hey,an armored zaku,this is going to be great!”.I thought this is gonna be as good as the Full armor gundam,but lately I realized that this kit is way over.Sure it’s a good idea for an armored zaku,but this is too much.I agree with Marty about the knee,it didn’t integrate with the armor at all.
    I wonder if,Master Syd have any intention to mod this kit?If he is going to mod it,I can’t wait!

  4. Jesta says:

    … Well, now I feel stupid for liking it.
    I like the whole “missile clusterfuck” look, and how bulky it is.

  5. Joe says:

    You guys have got to be kidding?! A war machine loaded up for all out hell is exactly what I like to see! Aside from the coloration, which just doesn’t suit this Mobile Suit, I love this thing. The massive array of missiles strune about the entirety of this B.A. Zaku is very cool. Sure, this Zeek should me slow as molasses, being weighed down the way it is, but the armor and firepower make up for that. Plus with the sub arms on the back, it makes for a great opportunity for all range attacks, this guy has the firepower of four Zaku’s easily. My only complaint: Why give it any melee weapons at all? It would be too slow to use them. Like when the MSiA Zaku set that had the Magella Attack Tank came out and people were making Zaku Tanks holding heat hawks, simply laughable.

    I also like the spikes everywhere, when in doubt, bash people with a blunt/point object.

    But to each their own.

  6. Traviss says:

    I agree with the general sentiment, the bulk looks kind of cool but the color is off. I shouldn’t like it but I do.

  7. Joe says:

    Can’t wait to see what you accomplish with this Zeek!

  8. Z says:

    Haha I think I can sorta understand the nonsensical design of this mobile suit. Given that it is from the Gunpla Builder series, I guess it is safe to say that this is what the “most powerful” zaku will look like out of a little kid’s imagination; everything is overdone regardless of sense and style. Even the name sounds like something a kid would come up with for this creation- “Super Custom F2000”? The only thing that is probably missing in its name is the word “Turbo”. Given the premise of the anime it came from, I think the design aspect is at least understandable… even if it is utterly nonsensical. But that’s what I like about this model- it is deliberately overloaded to reek of “awesome!” power! I know that’s how I would’ve liked my robots back when I was 5-8 years old ^^;. Just my thoughts…

  9. Dennis says:

    Ithink this model looks great and one of the more interesting kit Zaku kits that are out there. I’d love to see Bandai make this in MG. This sort of reminds me of some of the feudal Japanese armor I’ve seen and I’m sure that was the point whern it was designed. Just look at those axes and you’ll what I mean. The shield though I think should be larger and more ornate and I don’t think it fits with this model. Color though…. Well, I’m not a fan of purple colors on mecha, but it look OK. I’d do this bad boy in light and dark gunmetal with gold armor colors. Hope this kit comes out as an MG….

  10. Sunny says:

    hmm this Zaku brings back the conflict i had with Ironman-Warmachine. It’s the same thing do i like sleek clean design (Zaku/Ironman) or over the top weapons slapped on ( F2000/warmachine). Tbh. I like them both the normal Zaku and this one. I love the color and with all those weapons it’s got over the top written all over it and that’s probably why i like it.

  11. CKai Cydek says:

    Wow, I guess for all those that hate excessive weaponry you guys probably won’t like the HG Astrea F-Type, huh? And unlike the Astrea F-Type, despite the loaded weaponry, he doesn’t look like he’ll topple over at the slightest breeze when he’s fully decked-out. Though seeing those two go toe-to-toe would probably be an awesome sight ^_^

    I think this guy isn’t too bad. And he looks like a fun build. Hell, he’d probably be more fun as an MG kit. Somewhere, I bet someone is modding an MG Zaku 2.0 in this configuration. Most of the weapons are just standard Zaku ordinance swapped around the same way the Gail Strike did to the Aile Strike Gundam.

    Normally, I’d be turned off by the excess weaponry if it wasn’t for the fact that this bad boy can mount all of them at the same time. And that’s what sets kits like this apart. A worthy purchase indeed.

  12. DerZocker says:

    well, maybe this thing is stupid on it’s own. But i bet it’s a great source for spareparts to mod an an army of Zakus into awesomeness*g

  13. RigShokew says:

    Yup this unit is the same as Astrea Type F, Kampfer and Nu Gundam HWS and heavy loaded units are cool! Got to have this one too!

    but I tnink the shield would be better if it has spikes on it (like Gelgoog’s knuckle sheild)

  14. translego1 says:

    the suit was from a three part OVA in which the pilot spent so much time improving the weapons and armor that the mobility suffered greatly. Quite honestly, it can’t move too quickly or else risk losing parts. Though I do get a very strong sense of missile spam.It’s essentially a walking missile tank with a giant ax. And I must agree with Syd on the point of the rear armor, but where else would it fit with everything else that’s already on this bulky piece of mech?

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