Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is the most recent Gundam anime I watched, and I especially enjoyed some of the music from the opening themes. My wife, being thoughtful as usual, knew that I had been getting into gunpla, so she picked up these two Petit’gguy figures to begin my Gundam 00 collection. She definitely chose the right ones too, since I’m currently working on the HG Cherudim kit (Lockon) and have an RG Exia (Setsuna) coming in the mail soon!
Petit’gguys are among the oddest kits in the gunpla figure world, as they do not resemble the usual gundam figures at all. Originally from the Gundam Build Fighters Try anime series, Petit’gguys were lower-end versions in the Beargguy F series of mobile suits. They helped pilot the Mamagguy mobile suits (had weaponry such as beam sabers) when the pilot was unable to, and could continue to fight as secondary mobile suits, despite their lack of weaponry.
Since 2015, Bandai has created these figures as a supplement to their main gundam kits, and in 2017, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Gundam 00, five 00 Petit’gguys were released: Setsuna F. Seiei, Lockon Stratos, Allelujah Haptism, Tieria Erde, and Graham Aker. One thing to note is that all of the Petit’gguys in the 00 series are identical with the exception of color and the text on the placard (both Japanese and English).
Building the these two Petit’gguys was pretty straightforward. As you can see in the photo above, each kit only came with three small runners (four if you include the six PC parts) that included a total of 30 or so pieces. The initial snap build took me a couple of hours, and I’m definitely on the slower end of gunpla building since I’m still relatively new. The most difficult part of each build was the giant triangular sticker that serves as the figure’s chest-piece. The surface it sticks to is curved, so it was difficult to align perfectly while folding the edges slightly downward. There were also a couple of obvious nubs that were difficult to remove perfectly on the sides of the head (especially given the dark colors), but they don’t show if you’re taking pictures from the front or back.
There was pretty much no panel lining to be done, with the exception of the bow in the back of the bear. And while I did top coat the Petit’gguys, their appearance didn’t change much since most of the pieces are of a matte finish already.
In addition to the stands that each Petit’gguy comes with, there are also a fair amount of leftovers after building. Each kit comes with two additional stand adapters, in case you want to fly your Petit’gguy through the sky with some of Bandai’s other action bases. In addition, there are many stickers remaining for future use: three additional sets of eyes and noses (in case you mess up), a Celestial Being logo, a pair of hearts, a pair of stars, and a Haro sticker. I’ll definitely be using these in some of my future 00 gunpla kits.
In terms of appearance and articulation on the Petit’gguys, I was impressed. The tail and bow in the back were a nice touch, and each placard is built sturdily with appropriate quotes for each character. The Petit’gguy is well articulated, with its head, arms, legs, feet, claw, and even its ears able to move for different poses. The stand was also easy to use, although not wholly necessary, as each Petit’gguy is capable of standing on its own.
Please check out some more photos below of the Setsuna F. Seiei and Lockon Stratos Petit’gguys!