The High Grace Universal Century RX-110 Gabthley Gundam model came out in the winter of 2005 and is based on the mobile suit featured in the 1985-1986 animated series Zeta Gundam.
The Gabthley was piloted by Titan pilots Jerid Messa and Mour Pharoah, and was featured in several episodes mainly near the mid-point of the anime series.
The mobile suit is notable for being one of several transformable mobile suits in the series; transforming from its mobile suit form to a “mobile armor” which resembles an insect.
The HGUC model retains that aspect with the Gabthley able to change forms.
The Gabthley model comes with a Feyadeen rifle, four beam sabers that are placed within sockets in the arms, a pair of hands that hold the sabers, a hand to hold the rifle and a stand that holds any pieces the model is not currently using.
The design of the model is amazing and one of my top five of all time for Gundam.
Zeta Gundam is known for its strange designs, and although it’s not an over the top design (like The-O or Messala), the Gabthley doesn’t look like your ordinary mobile suit with its slimmed down sleek look and insectoid influences, especially in its mobile armor form.
The model’s poseability is pretty decent for a 2005 model. It’s good, but nowhere near where Bandai has pushed the capabilities of today’s HG kits. I was pretty surprised that the arms were very flexible to the point you can do a bicep curl.
The weakest part of the model is definitely the hand that’s supposed to hold the Feyadeen beam rife/saber, made up of two parts. It falls apart very easily, and I was not able to get the hand to hold the rifle.
I specifically bought a third party pair of hands (Hobby Base’s mechanical hands for 1/144 models) since I knew beforehand about the problems.
Hobby Bases’s hands are similar to Perfect Grade hands miniaturized for High Grades. Although they are somewhat big for the HG Gabthley, they’re pretty tight and were able to grasp the rifle. It took me a lot of patience and time to put Hobby Base’s hands together, since the parts were so small, but it was well worth the effort.
The other pair of hands that come with the Gabthley perfectly hold the sabers. There are four sabers that are placed within the arms of the model.
The mobile armor form of the model looks exactly like an insect complete with its circular eyes and feet which are grasping claws that look pretty neat and can be also used in the Gabthley’s mobile suit form.
It almost looks like a robot from the Transformers series. The mobile armor form looks good, but I doubt that I would leave it in that form since I think the mobile suit looks much better.
The HGUC Gabthley is a very strange looking but interesting model. I really like the mobile suit design, and even though the model isn’t really up to par in the poseability department, there’s still a lot of various poses you can get the model in.
Just don’t count on getting the hand that’s meant to grasp to the rifle to work. I highly recommend third party hands to get any type of decent poses with the Feyadeen rifle.
I would definitely buy a Master Grade of this kit and hope Bandai looks toward Zeta Gundam for ideas for future MGs, especially from the Titan designed suits.
HGUC RX-110 GABTHLEY
+ Unusual and interesting design.
+ Ability to change forms to mobile armor mode.
+ Decent amount of poseability for a 2005 model.
– Hand for rifle comes apart easily. Difficult to hold the weapon properly if at all.