I really like the Gouf Mobile Suit but perhaps that can be chalked up to how much it resembles the Zaku II, though I would call the Gouf the Zaku ‘Tude (attitude, get it?). Having enjoyed the build of the HGUC MS-07B3 Gouf Custom I expected much the same with the Build Fighters version but there were a few surprises in store for me. Looking inside the box I wondered how the runners will be labeled, but they almost all were labeled HG 1/144 Gouf.
Except for this one which is called the Rocket Booster Pack.
Then, of course, you have some ‘special’ runners.
So how does it all come together?
Overall Look: 8/10
The Gouf R35 is one of few Build Fighters kits that doesn’t differentiate itself much from its regular version. Seeing as I love the Gouf that’s a good thing, right? Well, yes, however I think the additions on the R35 look a little odd. For example, the Rocket Booster Pack.
And those giant hands that fit onto the arm above his.. um.. hands.
Really liking the one giant hand on the Gouf seeing a third and fourth hand kind of lessened the overall effect a hand that big should have.
Is this more or less than a Gouf with a funky backpack (I mean rocket booster pack)?
Here is what I would call a missed opportunity by Bandai. As much as I love the blue on blue of the Gouf, Bandai could have taken an opportunity to come up with a striking colour scheme on the Build Fighters show much like they did with the Wing Gundam Fenice, or even given that odd backpack some more colour.
You just get double everything with the R35. Two beam swords, two shields, two large goofy hands. I guess that’s fine and I shouldn’t really demand more from a Gouf but again, with this kit/Mobile Suit being designed just for the anime Bandai had an opportunity to give us more.
Despite the lumbering lower legs and those large shoulders there is quite a bit of movement on the R35. The shoulder joint especially allows you some room to move those giant turtle shells it has for shoulder armour around.
The skirt armour doesn’t get in the way of the leg movement thanks to the design which is very similar to the assembly I just experienced on the F91.
Even with the large backpack he can stand solidly.
And even passes the one leg test.
Build Design: 8/10
I really expected the R35 to be an exact replica, for the most part, of the Gouf Custom but that isn’t the case in certain areas like the shoulders, hip joints, feet assembly, etc. It does look like Bandai did some redesigning for this guy along with the added features such as the sword handle holders on each leg.
And those big hands, regardless of whether you like them or not, are pretty interesting to put together.
Fun Factor: 8/10
Despite the additions this is a pretty quick build and once done you’ll be able to have some fun with this guy. Don’t expect anything groundbreaking however, but if you’ve enjoyed other Gouf Builds you will enjoy this one if only to see how it differs.
You get the chain (only one, Bandai? What happened to two of everything?), which is okay, I suppose but you do get three extra joint parts.
Not sure I’ll ever need them for this kit.
While building this it occurred to me that to truly appreciate the Gouf R35 you will need to see it in action in the anime. I haven’t done that yet and maybe that is why I’m a little lacklustre about building an HG kit of it (though the possibility of an MG intrigues me!). But for those out there who loved it in Gunpla Build Fighters this kit would be more than enough for them.