I've been so amazed by the Genesic Gaogaigar that my interest in this serie has grown and my attention was caught by the Gaofighgar. What I like in this mecha is the fact that he has a style that lies somewhere between traditionnal Brave super robots and more "modern" robots like Gundams. It has the same style as Genesic Gaogaigar/ Gaogaigar but without the most shiny gimmicks, as the clawed feet, lion chest and tail.
Once again we have a nice, big box : 43 x 31 x 18 cm, so clean some space for the box & for the model ! The artwork on the back is anime-like but with the actual miniatures, showing the beginning of the Final Fusion sequence.
Inside the box are the 4 separate models : Gaofar, Stealth Gao III, Linear Gao II and Drill Gao II. On these, only Gaofar has some diecast on the chest and top of legs. This is a bit disappointing compared to the Genesic. All parts look still nice, but the amount of detail is not as high as in GGGG. I advise you to put the small plastic parts that cover the screws before assembling GFG, it will be a lot easier.
Doing the final fusion was quite easy, parts assemble quite well, but I have some problems to attach the wings, the pegs to attach air intakes to Gaofar's body are too small. Finally I used the part to attach the GFG head to Stealth Gao III and like this wings are better secured, and the head locks well on Gaofar's head too. GFG's helmet opening is very loose, so I had to use a small ball of "blue tack" to hold it locked.
Another small problem is that the "skirt" armour isn't as close to GFG'sbody as it could be, on some angles the view is not so good because of this detail. Good thing is that he's very stable, and it has a solid feeling when you hold it. Joints are tight.
Besides of this, this is still an awesome robot, 23 cm from feet to head, with some nice gimmicks (drills extend, Linear Gao II can eject it's boosters, green ends for the wings to simulate flight mode), and very anime accurate. Just the "value for money" is not as good as Brave 03 Genesic Gaogaigar's, but both are worthy and are now good friends here :) :