So far, I have loved all the Origin HG kits that have come out with the previous one, the YMS-08B Dom Test Type turning out to be one of my favourites. Well, another just released. This one being something a little less eye-catching but maybe more of the same. Let’s take a look at the HG YMS-03 Waff.
Overall Look: 9/10
Compared to the Dom it is looks much smaller but lacks the kind of distinctive details you would see on a Char’s Zaku or Gouf. That said, as a grunt suit it looks solid with elements that really appeal to me such as that round head and shoulders.
MS like this are never meant to be flamboyant but the Waff has its own appeal.
Perhaps the Waff is something useful but not something to which you should get too attached. Because of this the colour palette isn’t striking but I like what Bandai has done here for that very reason. Grey and brown aren’t colours I would event think of using on a model but here they are and they look good. Maybe not great, but still very good. To break up all dullness Bandai has provided plenty of stickers.
The Waff has its own bazooka, which is kind of cool, and has a curved shoulder rest so it sits comfortably on the Waff’s round shoulders.
The handle also pivots to allow it to sit better.
You get a simple shield, which I kind of like due to its simplicity.
The attachment on the back is really firm and you won’t need to worry about it falling off the Waff’s arm.
Though if you don’t plug it in there properly it does look pretty pitiful.
And there are two axes but these seem more like a throw in considering that a lot of the frame parts come on runners called Zaku (Origin).
Though this shares much of the same frame and design as the previous Origin HG kits I never got the feeling it has as much articulation particularly in the legs. That said, it still has a great range of motion and stands very stably.
That great HG Origin torso design also means it poses with its bazooka really well.
I can even get him leaning back a bit as if he’s just pulled the trigger.
I did notice, however, that when you’re assembling the foot it starts out pretty bendy.
But when things are pushed into place it doesn’t bend much at all.
Build Design: 10/10
This being the same overall frame design as the Dom and other kits before it there is basically no difference between them though that is not a bad thing considering how great these Origin kits are. Even areas like the shoulders which seem to have three layers are done by using three layers of armour parts rather than just one moulded to look like three.
Another sweet design element to the Waff is it’s ability to swap arms with other such kits in the Origin series like the Gouf Prototype and the Mobile Worker. You simply pop off the forearms.
And put on the attachment you want to use.
Watch out for the Waff!
I’ll also mention that the wrist connection is quite strong. It forgoes the poly-cap in favour of a frame part that fits into the bottom of the forearm. It is so strong that when trying to swap hands to hold a different weapon the frame piece came out as well rather than just the hand.
It’s a nice problem to have.
Fun Factor: 9/10
It is a simple build yet thoroughly enjoyable. This is consistent across the other Origin HG kits I’ve built and Bandai should be commended for it.
There was an issue I did have when it came to the stickers that I think can ruin some of the fun of this kit especially for younger, less-experienced modellers. Some of the stickers just don’t do what they say they should. For example, the foot has one sticker that goes around the toe area.
The truth here is that the sticker isn’t the right size.
I had to trim some areas to get it to have the correct look. This wasn’t necessarily that hard.
However, look at the manual that shoes the sticker for the back of the skirt.
It is one sticker across the bottom, however that area has two large ridges sticking out that will totally ruin you putting the one sticker on properly. I had to take my knife and carefully cut the sticker into three parts to get it in the right place.
I can do this because I have experience and I also am willing to put in the work to get it done but what about the young modeller who got this really cheap simple kit who may not be allowed near a knife? This is a minor issue which won’t really affect the majority of people who are reading this review but, and I’ve stated this before, it is kind of deceiving of Bandai to show a kit looking a certain way in the manual only to have it not be able to look that way when you’re building it yourself.
For the most part the extras are the stickers but if you’re the kind of person who loves having extra unnecessary parts then you’ve got a few extra runners from which to prune some extra pieces of plastic.
And you’re also given a little hook onto which you can attach the bazooka and mount it to the back skirt when he’s not firing away.
Overall, it’s another great entry in the HG Origin lineup which is fast becoming one of my favourite High Grade series of kits ever.