Every now and then a Mobile Suit comes along that grabs your attention no matter your feelings on where it came from or what it belongs to. The HG Elf Bullock (Mask Custom) is one of those. I caught a glimpse of it at the Gunpla Expo last year and told myself to keep an eye on it. Well, it has arrived, I’ve built it, and now I finally have time to write down my thoughts about it.
Overall Look: 9/10
How to describe the Elf Bullock? I suppose I could say it is very Evangelion-ish with those narrow, long limbs. Most Gundam MS are known to have backpacks and the Elf Bullock does and it doesn’t. You are able to use the Elf Bullock in its stick-man form but also have option of attaching those wings to its back.
And I love the face on this thing.
More of these, yes please. We are all used to red, white, and blue with yellow but this cream, brown, and rust coloured contraption, though subdued, is really eye-catching thanks to the balance of the colours. Some stickers are found on this kit adding a bit of colour, such as on the legs and to break up the all cream-coloured, arms.
There is even one on the back of the head that is almost impossible to see from most angles
This is a tough one. Looking at the box images on the box and in the manual the Elf Bullock looks to be able to shoot lasers from many points throughout its body. Well, that doesn’t translate to plastic. With the Elf Bullock the only thing you have to use to defend yourself, or attack if that’s your style, are two long blades that attach to the legs.
I’ll show that process in the Build Design section of the review. For now, let’s move on to…
This thing has great movement forwards and back in the shoulders, hips, and knees. That’s great but doesn’t make up for the fact that you can’t swivel/pivot those joints much at all. If you want your MS to suddenly change direction, it is going to be tough. But he’ll go straight no problem. 😉 I did enjoy playing with the arms, though.
It also doesn’t help that this guy doesn’t have any feet! Okay, that’s not really true. He does have high-heels.
This doesn’t really help him stand up any better though. It’s like standing on tiptoes.
Build Design: 7/10
There’s no mind-boggling new design technology in this kit and we shouldn’t really expect any given how narrow and slim everything is here. I did find the torso to be interesting as you’re assembling the shoulders much differently from other HG kits and their poly-caps. Instead of those, the Elf Bullock uses plastic parts that form ball-type joints allowing the arms to tilt up a fair bit, but not swivel sideways as I’ve already mentioned.
Most of the thought in this kit went into the legs with the large effect parts and the transformation. Did I mention it transforms? Well, it does. But it’s mostly part-swapping so don’t get yourself too excited.
To get the blades on the legs remove an armour part from the shin and a small part from the bottom of the foot. I’m not sure what that little part really accomplishes other than acting as a bit more support when its standing.
A substitute shin part then fits into place to hold the blade.
With those on you can go all Jackie Chan and kick some ass.
The transformation involves using this assembly.
Then basically adding one part of the mech to it at a time.
There is an neat little locking mechanism in the center of the torso which locks it in a straight position when it’s in its flight mode.
Fun Factor: 9/10
Despite being small and simple the Elf Bullock was a good way to spend a couple of hours. I never once got bored. Sure it’s a simple build process but being different in many ways from what I’m used to seeing in High Grade kits there was quite a bit of novelty here.
That’s the big extra right there; a stand. With concerns for how this kit would stand or even if it could if this kit would have released without a stand I think a lot of people wouldn’t get to experience the Elf Bullock to the fullest. Bandai seems to be going for form over function more and more these days and it is good to see quite a few kits with stands included. Adaptors are included so you can mount to the stand in both forms.
After the stand the remainder of the extras are all for the weapons and transformation.
I don’t get too excited for HG kits these days but Reconguista in G has kept my interest thanks to some very unique Mech designs. If Reconguista in G and the MS designs appeal to you then I’d say the Elf Bullock is worth the time.