Bandai Option Hands rundown

This was a gallery that I posted to Reddit some time ago, but I figured was worth republishing here.  It’s a rundown of various Hand/manipulator parts from Bandai and B-Club:

Bandai Builders Parts 1/100 EFSF Hands

 Bandai Builders Parts 1/100 EFSF Hands

Full Plate, kinda. It’s actually two. The armor on the left side are a separate plate that comes pegged into the main one. I assume this is so that they will be able to sell variations on these in the future. A package comes with 2 of these sets.

Bandai Builders Parts 1/100 EFSF Hands

Very nice sculpt of the inner hands

Bandai Builders Parts 1/100 EFSF Hands

These pieces are mechanical details for the back of the hand. They cannot be seen once the hand armor plate has been attached.

Bandai Builders Parts 1/100 EFSF Hands

Even the armor plates are nicely detailed.

Bandai Builders Parts 1/100 EFSF Hands

Size comparison with the hands from the MG Strike Freedom

Bandai Builders Parts 1/100 EFSF Hands

Size and detail comparison of the fingers with the hands from the MG Strike Freedom.

B-club 1/100 Strike Rouge Manipulators

B-club 1/100 Strike Rouge Manipulators

Color cast resin in 3 plates: The two pictured here and a separate for the hand armor.

B-club 1/100 Strike Rouge Manipulators

Incredible detail on the inner side of the hands.

B-club 1/100 Strike Rouge Manipulators

They look far better than the hands that come with the MG but the fingers are fixed in place. It’s probably for the best, as I find that the hands that come with the kit have a hard time holding anything. (For some reason the originals lack pegs for securing weapons).

B-club 1/100 Strike Rouge Manipulators

Colored Plates for the back of the hands.

B-club 1/100 Strike Rouge Manipulators

The details on the back are very similar to the original but lack some of the color separation. Considering the cost of these, you’d probably paint them anyway.

B-club 1/100 Zaku Manipulators (Char Color)

B-club 1/100 Zaku Manipulators (Char Color)

Color cast resin in 3 plates: The two pictured here and a separate for the hand armor.

B-club 1/100 Zaku Manipulators (Char Color)

Very nice hands. The fingertips have pads!

B-club 1/100 Zaku Manipulators (Char Color)

Clenched fist. Note the detail in the knuckles.

B-club 1/100 Zaku Manipulators (Char Color)

More Knuckle detail on the fingers for the grasping hands.

B-club 1/100 Zaku Manipulators (Char Color)

Palm detail in comparison to the hands of the 2.0 version.

B-club 1/100 Zaku Manipulators (Char Color)

Hand Armor Plates.

B-club 1/100 Zaku Manipulators (Char Color)

Armor plates compared to the back of the 2.0 hands. There’s a huge difference in the design, and I prefer the B-club version.

MG Strike Freedom and Zaku 2.0 Hands

MG Strike Freedom and Zaku 2.0 Hands

Size comparison between the MG Strike Freedom and the Zaku 2.0 hands. The picture may not convey it very well, but the Zaku hands are huge. Many hobbyists have complained that they are oversized for the kit.

MG Strike Freedom and Zaku 2.0 Hands

Comparison of the MG Strike Freedom and the Zaku 2.0 fingers and inner hands. Bandai’s engineering has definitely come a long way.

B-club 1/144 Dra-C Manipulators

B-club 1/144 Dra-C Manipulators

Color cast resin in two plates. The pictured and the hand armor.

B-club 1/144 Dra-C Manipulators

The detail on these is incredible for 1/144.

B-club 1/144 Dra-C Manipulators

I thought the hands from the HG Zaku II F2 were exceptional, but these blow them out of the water.

B-club 1/144 Dra-C Manipulators

Very nicely detailed armor plates.

B-club 1/144 Dra-C Manipulators

They’re much closer in design to the HG Zaku armor plates than the 1/100 version are to the Zaku 2.0.

B-club 1/100 (Rick) Dom Manipulators

B-club 1/100 (Rick) Dom Manipulators

Color cast resin in 2 plates. This set does not come with armor plates for the back of the hands and has a very cast design when compared to most other B-club manipulators. I’m guessing these weren’t very popular, as they tend to sell for about half the price of other B-club manipulators.

B-club 1/100 (Rick) Dom Manipulators

The inner hand detail is good, but not as good as other designs.

B-club 1/100 (Rick) Dom Manipulators

I actually really like the armor design for the back of these hands. It’s a shame that they aren’t separate pieces. Painting them will take a bit more masking than the others.

B-club 1/100 Turn-A Gundam Manipulators

B-club 1/100 Turn-A Gundam Manipulators

B-club 1/100 Turn-A Gundam Manipulators

Really nice detail on these hands that’s very different from the others. It’s fitting, considering how different the Turn-a is from other mobile suit designs.

B-club 1/100 Turn-A Gundam Manipulators

Detail for the closed fist.

B-club 1/100 Turn-A Gundam Manipulators

Plain hand armor. Nothing impressive about these.

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1 comment
  1. Winston said:

    Thanks for making the comparison! Many of us have spent a lot of money on the Manips. While the Bandai Builders Parts are a great alternative, they are suspiciously large. They seem Nu Gundam sized than proper UC. Worse still, inapplicable for the smaller designs from Wing and Seed.

    You’ve made a wonderful resource.

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