One High Grade Please, Bandai Spirits! RX-79[G]BO Gundam Bouncer

I was making my usual rounds of Gundam stuff online when I again stumbled upon a design I really liked the first time I saw it a year or so ago. So much so that I already imagined how a CATALOGUE Entry of it would look…


#1*** / Hobby Japan Scratch Build // RX-79[G]BO Gundam Bouncer

One High Grade Please, Bandai Spirits! RX-79[G]BO Gundam Bouncer

Product Line / Hobby Japan Scratch Build
Scale & Class / 1/144 Scale Plastic Model Kit
Manufacturer / SUOU@kawaguchi
Release Date / Hobby Japan, December 2017
Appearances / Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Side Story: Sean the Desert Rat


This is the RX-79[G]BO Gundam Bouncer, brought to life by Hobby Japan’s SUOU@kawaguchi (@suou_ray), and appearing in the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt side story manga. While many have touted the Gundam Thunderbolt designs as a bit out-there (I’m looking at you Atlas Gundam), Gundam Bouncer right here has quite an appeal.

One High Grade Please, Bandai Spirits! RX-79[G]BO Gundam Bouncer

Breaking down the design, it is mainly a desert custom of the Gundam Ground Type-S, with the torso unit sharing similarities to the GM Ground Type and the legs coming from the Thunderbolt Sector/Moore Brotherhood variant of the Full Armor Gundam. Adding to the uniqueness of the design is its use of a “Hover Mantle” which are the strip-like things that cover the mobile suit, probably for camouflage.

One High Grade Please, Bandai Spirits! RX-79[G]BO Gundam Bouncer

The modeler also notes in the Hobby Japan article that since Bandai Spirits has now produced both the Gundam Ground Type-S and the Full Armor Gundam, it’s much easier to scratch build this mobile suit from the aforementioned kits. Though it would be much, much better if they’d also release a High Grade kit of this guy.

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