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.
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.
Here’s what the manual states:
Dead End Giant Heat Hawk
Voltic Machinegun Z
Super Custom MMP-78 120mm Zaku Machinegun
Super Custom MMp-80 90mm Machinegun
Super Custom Hand Grenades
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!
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.
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.