Contributor: Chris 'KokopelliChindi' Knudtson Date: February 3, 2004
The GP01Fb is the GP01 with modifications for space combat. These
changes include new Core Fighter, shoulders, lower legs, skirt
armors, feet, and colors. The MG has undergone some design changes
from the animation. The torso is slimmer, the shoulder armors
are widened, and the head is more rounded, to name a few. The
armament is pretty basic, but the Core Fighter makes up for that.
always thought the GP01 head looked like it had been squeezed
on the sides, so I welcomed the wider design. There are two different
V-fins, a blunt one that is made out of two colored pieces, and
a sharp one that comes in one piece and needs to be painted red.
There are some small pieces, like the mohawk sensor lens and the
antenna, which are both best glued into place. The protruding
head vulcans are well-molded. The head can move up and down a
little and has a full range of side-to-side movement. There are
pistons molded into the neck.
are three parts to the torso, an upper part, the Core Block, and
the lower part.
The upper part is pretty simple, consisting
of a large blue covering, the opening cockpit hatch, and the
interchangeable vents. The small protrusion on the chest has
been moved back from the position in the OVA. The auxiliary
sensors have small pieces like the mohawk. The entire cockpit
housing is hinged, as well as the hatch. For an open cockpit
the housing needs to be pulled up and the fighter canopy pushed
through the open hatch. I was disappointed that there was no
mechanism for the vents to open, just interchangeable parts.
I guess that would be too much complexity to ask for. The upper
part slides onto the top of the Core Fighter easily, but removing
it can sometimes be tricky.
is covered in the Accessories.
The entire assembly plugs into the cradle-like
lower torso. The back panel will pop out of place, but it does
nothing to affect the stability and is covered up by the backpack.
The lower torso has a ball joint that connects to the waist,
allowing for side-to-side motion and a little up-and-down. The
forward and rear skirt armors have identical ball joints to
the crotch armor. The side skirt armors have a raised structure
on top that is repeated on the other skirt and knee armors.
There a big spot on the underside of the crotch that needs to
be painted white.
the inside of the torso is taken up by the Core Fighter, the arms
and shoulder armors connect to a peg that juts off the upper torso.
The shoulder armors have an opening hatch with a nice mechanism
that extends the verniers. There is a small gap in the shoulder
armor that would look better filled. A flap folds up to reveal
another hidden vernier. The arms themselves are disappointing
due to their simplicity. Bother upper and lower arms are basically
two halves joined together with polycaps. The attachment to the
torso is done with a spherical structure. It stays on the torso
fine, but the ball joint attachment to the arm pop very easily.
The standard MG hands are included, open, closed, and gripping.
thighs could stand to be longer since sometimes the front skirt
armor will bump against the knee armor. The knee armor is enlarged
from the animation and moves independently of the rest of the
leg. The legs are built up from the basic joint structure, to
another layer of inner details, to the outer armor. While it looks
impressive while at the same time being simple. A hinged structure
behind the leg opens to reveal another thruster. There's a lot
of articulation around the ankle including the ankle guard, the
forward armor flap, and pistons in the ankle. The foot is actually
normal-sized but is covered by additional armor. The foot is articulated
with a thruster hidden in the arch and a bunch of details on the
beam rifle is simple, with a moveable clear sight. The structure
for a beam jutte is there, but no beam jutte is included. I cannibalized
one of the beam blades to build one. The E-pacs fit on the rifle
and in the hand easily. The stabilizing bar moves, but posing
with it is difficult at best. Besides, the Fb looks better doing
one-handed poses. The
shield is excellent and reproduces the sliding action as seen
in the animation. The E-pacs fall off the shield easily, so mine
are glued on. The shield attaches to the arm firmly but takes
some balancing to pose hand-held due to its weight. Beam sabers
fit in the hands easily. The blades are thin and can get bent
at the connection site.
The Core Fighter has a lot of articulation. There are three points
on it for plugging in landing gear, two of which have covers you
need to remove. The boosters can rotate and all the thrusters
are ball jointed. The boosters are constructed so the joint retracts
into the pod when in fighter mode. The beam guns are the sabers
positioned along the bottom of the fighter. The hinged canopy
is clear with a little pilot molded inside.
Block transformation involves folding the back half of the body
down and extending and moving the boosters backwards. The boosters
can take any position, including full reverse. The beam guns/sabers
rotate up and into a vertical position. The bottom of the Core
Block drops out and the nose folds together. The entire back
half of the block moves up and two connection points for the
upper chest are folded up. The thrusters on the front can be
exchanged with extended versions for the open chest verniers.
While I do like the GP01Fb for all its thrusters and the booster
pods, the model doesn't have a real solid feel to it due to the
core block and all the extra verniers. The arms are definitely
a disappointment. The armament is basic and no beam jutte is included.
The outer armor is designed so all the seams are hidden in the
natural panel lines of the GP01Fb (there's a lot of them). The
only real noticeable ones are on the feet and head, but they don't
stand out very much. The GP01Fb definitely has the feel of a prototype
mobile suit. It's designed for space, so a lot of its potential
is lost in standing poses, put this guy into a mid-flight stance.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes the technical look of