Review by EVA_Unit_4A
This toy appears courtesy from HobbyLink Japan.
The Gosei Angels are beings who have secretly defended life on Earth for thousands of years, lead by Master Head. While human in appearance, they are usually not seen as they move among us. The road between Earth and Gosei World is Heaven’s Tower, a massive structure which hangs upside down from the clouds. Unfortunately, an empire of aliens, called Warstar, has chosen Earth as their next target, and they have destroyed the Heaven’s Tower in a preemptive strike! Now isolated on Earth, five Gosei Angels-in-training must learn to cooperate with each other, and bring the powers of their three tribes: Skick, Landick, and Seaick together in order to defeat Warstar, as the Tensou Sentai Goseiger!
The Gosei Blaster is the standard sidearm of the Goseiger. While all five are identical, when summoned, the Headders can be attached to the muzzles of them, allowing for more powerful specialized attacks.
Like several recent previous Super Sentai standard sidearm releases, the Gosei Blaster can be placed onto a small gold-colored clip which can hook onto the right side of your pants, belt, or the Gosei Buckle (sold separately).
Rather than the standard On/Off switch located somewhere out of the way, a gold-painted dial at the back above the handle serves that function.
When the trigger is pulled, there is a simple shooting sound, accompanied a red light flashing on the left side of the Gosei Blaster. The speaker is on the right side, opposite the belt-mounting knob on the left.
It is assumed that those who buy the Gosei Blaster may not also have access to the five main Headders from the DX Tensou Gattai Gosei Great. Therefore, two ‘fake’ versions of the red Dragon Headder and blue Shark Headder are provided as substitutes. (While they cannot move, they are just as compatible as the real ones on the Gosei Great with any toy that has a Headder mounting point.)
When any Headder is attached to the mounting point on the muzzle of the Gosei Blaster, a triangle-shaped targeting sight will pop out of the top automatically! Inside the sight is an actual pair of windows with a reticule. Sweet!
Depending on which Headder is attached, you will hear one of the three Gosei World tribes’ anthems (Skick, Landick, or Seaick) play when it’s put on. Also dependent on this is that one of three tribe-specific blasting sounds will play when the trigger is squeezed. For example: the toy does not differ between, say, the Snake and Tiger Headders since they’re both Landick-oriented, but it will between those and the Seaick-oriented Shark Headder.
(Confused? Watch the video, because I explain it better there…)
A single Gosei Card is provided, which can be used with the Gosei Power Kaihoki Tensouder.
SUMMON - Dragon Headder
(Gosei Red’s Headder for the Gosei Dragon)
Since the beginning of its existence, Super Sentai heroes always had a pistol of some kind in addition to their personalized weapon. (Sometimes, in later years, it was a bladed weapon instead of a gun.) For the earlier years, the toy sidearm was a simple light-and-sound blaster with no movement on it. After a little while, the sidearm was capable of transforming into a dagger or short sword to allow for melee combat beyond their personalized weapon. While certainly not a throwback, and despite the swapping Headder gimmick (what is up with that anyways???), this toy carries on that tradition of a non-transforming blaster. It has a Turn On sound, and a blasting sound. So, unless you attach a Headder, that’s all you’ll ever get out of it. Considering most all of the Goseiger’s personal weapons are swords, axes, etc., I don’t mind that. It’s a nice change.
When I first opened the box and actually had it in my hand, the word that popped into my mind, devoid of any sarcasm, was “cute”. It’s small, but fits just about perfectly into an adult’s hand, and the lack of a real barrel gives it a pudgy appearance.
If I may be finicky for a moment, I don’t think that amidst all the technological marvels and magic of the Goseiger’s arsenal, this particular weapon fits the theme of their style. I have come up with two possible scenarios, both of which could easily apply here. It actually strikes me as more reminiscent of the steampunk or retro-futurism genres: a ribbed pre-fire chamber, extra pistons, gold or brass highlights, visible screws and bolts, wide muzzle with short barrel, curved grip, and even simply its size; if it had a brown wooden grip, that may have further sold my point. I mean, without a Headder attached, it looks like a friggin’ ray gun! It doesn’t have nearly as many of the sharpened edges or boxy format which is the standard of Super Sentai.
I can turn the On/Off dial with my thumb. For that matter, the On/Off switch isn’t a switch, but rather a giant rotating dial which is seamlessly integrated into the style of the weapon. Awesome! I also really like how the pre-fire chamber has a yellow-gold hue to it when the light and sound is not active, but then turns red when fired. Also very nice. I remember in 2006’s “Gougou Sentai Boukenger”, the Bouken Weapon Survi-Buster had the separately sold Scope Shot accessory, which could attach to the side as a sniper’s scope (among its various other functions), but the only thing the toy couldn’t do was let you look through it! I think that was the first time a targeting scope was ever used on a Super Sentai weapon of any kind… until now. Plus, the scope folds down so you don’t even know it’s there, and there’s two reticules inside it that you can line-up for a straight shot! I really liked that. Having the Headders attach simply makes it customizable so you can become whatever Goseiger you prefer. Meh.
There is only one item I can think of to complain about, and that is that the pre-fire chamber only lights up on one side; the right side is painted over. Why!? Is PLEX biased towards the left side to carry the glamour of their toys or something?
I don’t buy Super Sentai role-playing toys unless they’re special or stand-out in some way, because I tend to get just the DX-sized mecha. The Gosei Blaster is definitely a winner, and I recommend getting it!
|Posted 1 August, 2010 - 14:31 by EVA_Unit_4A|