I will never understand how people are able to make good-looking custom guns. Every time I try, they are awful. You, however, were able to make a good one, and for that, I applaud you. The overall figure looks great as well. Good luck!
I'm not a Judge of course, but I made sure to familiarize myself with R1 ruleset so I knew what goals you guys'd be shooting for, and I gotta say... as far as a TOTAL fit for the ruleset, this is a WIN, i.m.h.o.. Sturdy, simplified, accessorized. Almost CUUSO (or whatever it's named, these days)-able. Not overdone, but done well. The Optimist in me thinks that articulated hands would be respected and not utterly destroyed/lost by the average 7-Year-Old, but that's likely over-optimism =) And, an admitted affinity for them. -I like this, hope your Judges do, too! Good luck!
That chest design is pretty cool! ^^
I like how filled out the lower legs looked, but I don't like how high the black shoulder pieces are from the actual shoulders, but I guess that's a matter of taste. The Gelu helmet is a tad generic, though (which is understandable as it looks so good), and those foot pieces look kind of weird. But other than that, I like it. Good luck in the contest!