I really enjoy the look of the Gouf and had a great time when I assembled the Gouf Ver 2.0. I stayed away from the MG version of the MG MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom mostly because it’s a model that is almost ten years old now and Bandai’s engineering has improved so much I didn’t want to be disappointed. Now that Bandai has released a new 1/144 Gouf Custom it seemed the perfect time to take the plunge.
Overall Look : 9/10
I like the look of the Gouf and the Gouf Custom is just one step up in the mean department. The massively sexy shield/gatling gun it sports makes it look even meaner than mean. I can’t help thinking the head is just a little bit too small, though.
I like the baby blue. I am man enough to admit it. I do wish they would have added one more color somewhere just for contrast’s sake. I am a big fan of (well done) contrast. I am a man of contrasts. I am not one to not appreciate contrast. The piece they used for the ammunition for the gatling gun should have been a different color. It came on a runner unto itself. Why not make it a different color, Bandai?
Massive (sexy) shield – check. Gatling gun – check. 35mm Gatling on its arm – check. Beam Rod and Beam Saber – Oh yeah! This guy is loaded! The saber sliding into the shield for storage is a nice gimmick and the flexible wire they include for the rod is great. As it is actual copper in the center it should retain its flexibility for a good long time.
It’s got great articulation except for one spot. The side skirt armour inhibits the movement of the legs. However, this is a necessary evil due to how the side piping is designed.
Bandai even designed a locking system to hold the arm in place when it is holding the massive gatling shield.
Also raising the arm upwards from the side causes those massive shoulder pads to jam into the head of the Gouf so posing in that direction is limited.
Build Design: 8/10
One of the notable things on this kit is how they designed the piping. It is molded as one piece but there are some slight gaps between some sections allowing it to bend in that direction. This makes it curve/bend where it should. It’s not terribly difficult but still is enjoyable to assemble.
One section that drew my ire is the design of the shield and how it fits in the hand. You have to put the hand onto the handle of the Gatling Shield and then snake the hand around the Gatling launcher on the arm before putting the male/female connection of the shield and lower arm together. This proved rather difficult and the hand never seems to be gripping the handle of the Gatling Shield correctly.
You can also adjust the position of the Mono-eye but you need to remove the head and do it manually.
Fun Factor: 7/10
Nothing mind blowing, but still enjoyable. It was interesting to see how the piping parts worked and the flexible part for the gatling ammunition and beam rod are appreciated. After building the Sinanju so recently this kit is a step down. That shouldn’t really count against it, however.
I’m going to give it points for giving me the extra hands so it can hold its variety of weapons. Also, the previously mentioned flexible gatling ammunition piece. The even included an orange clear effect part for the torso when a sticker would have sufficed.
I like this kit and am going to enjoy messing about with it. After building this I find myself attracted to the MG version again. Bandai, MG Gouf Custom 2.0! The people (well, just me) have spoken.