When the first Gundam was introduced decades ago, it adopted the usual super robot frame. Most of the mecha designs back then were boxy, as if the angular armor was meant to make it more mechanical. They also tended to be bulky, though not as vast as the Super Sentai robots. The Gundam designs would eventually inherit the classic super robot look and would stick to it for years to come. And several forms of monstrosities would soon evolve from the basic Granpa Gundam. Later suits became larger, sported strange appendages, and some grew bulkier. I mean, they are meant to be real robots, but these beasts now looked meaner than their super robot counterparts.
And it all changed in the coming years.
In the '90s, suit sizes began to shrink. From the monumental monsters of the UC timeline, we were introduced to the so-called Pocket Mobile Suits of Gundam F91. Supposedly, they were improvements as the story suggested. But this might have been an attempt by Bandai to sell kits to people living in smaller rooms. The suits might be tiny but it still retained the muscular look of the traditional Japanese mecha. The years went on, and it wasn't just the size that went down. Though later Gundams retained their bulk, others slimmed down a lot. Gone were the wide frames and boxy armors. We were presented with sleeker, but skinnier classes of suits. One might wonder if skinny Gundams are a good thing and how the fans might react? In my case, just read below for more.
When Gundams Got Thinner
If the Gundams shrunk by the early 90s, they then started to lose weight when Gundam Wing Endless Waltz came out. I’m not sure but this seemed to be the trend back in those days, based on how other mecha anime adopted a leaner look. Again, not all of them stuck to the slim-lined designs, but leaner robots were becoming more common. The mystic mecha of Magic Knight Rayearth were less blocky. And who could forget the ultra-lean monsters of Neon Genesis Evangelion?
The Mashins of Magic Knight