Although no scale is mentioned for this figure I would place it somewhere very close to the 1/220 scale meaning it matches Assault Kingdom, STANDart and Ultimate Operation very well. I don't know if the other figures in this Banpresto line are made to scale with the Gaplant, but I am really eager to find out.
|The Gaplant compared to a STANDart Zeta Gundam (above) and a Zeta from FW Ultimate Operation (below). With its 25 meter height the Gaplant has about five meters on the Z Gundam so the scale feels close enough.|
Mobile Armor Mode
Just like the other two figures in this set, the Gaplant can transform into a high speed mobile armor mode. The whole transformation takes place without any need for parts removal; instead you twist and turn key components to transform it to a reasonably good representation of the actual design.
In spite of the large instruction sheet I missed the point the first few times before finally understanding how the machine is supposed to look when fully transformed. I first took a set of photos before I realized that I hade put the wing binders backwards. Then I took a second set and it wasn't until I actually began typing up this blog entry that I realized the arms should not point forward but backward, so I had to take it out for a new round of photos. However, when I tried to rotate the wing binders according to step five, neither binder wanted to budge. Of course, I tried to apply more force and one of them snapped. So, I managed to glue it back together and will refrain from trying to mess with the arms again, so bear that in mind when looking at the below pictures.
|Note: No action base is included with this figure.|
Gaplant Booster Unit
There is really only one accessory with the Gaplant figure in this box, and it is big enough not to be missed. In fact, it is bigger than the mobile suit itself. Out of all figures coming with extra boosters, nothing compares to the behemoth jet pack they attached to the Gaplant...
The booster pack attaches to a point on the back skirt and slots in perfectly, presenting a continuous and clean fuselage line. Again I ended up using my custom action base because otherwise I fail to see how you can get any enjoyment out of this figure.
Overall the Banpresto Gaplant is a very fine figure which fills an important gap in the 1/220 collection (whichever figure series you happen to collect). This being a secondary market item only, it is tricky to find but still not particularly expensive. Perhaps in the future we will see a Gaplant popping up in the Universal Unit series but I am honestly not holding my breath about that. If you like 1/220 figures and find a moderately priced one, buy on sight would be my recommendation.
|You should have stuck with the Gaplant Rosamia; that Baund-Doc was just messing with your head...|