Gougou Gattai Vehicle #3 - Gougou Mixer
Review by EVA_Unit_4A
The Super Sentai saga - created and produced by Toei Company, Ltd. since 1975 - celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2006! Every year for the past 31 years, a completely new Super Sentai [“special taskforce”] series had aired, with new characters, new villains, new storylines, and new mecha- creating a genre that has become generational in its appeal to of the island nation of Japan. In fact, some of the actors today who perform in a Super Sentai series were fans themselves when they were younger. Rarely does a franchise last for so long and succeed at being able to reinvent itself from year-to-year and continue to please fans of young and old; very few have been able to keep pace with it. It is filled with both drama and humor - with some hero characters actually dying or being replaced. And the villains- ranging from mad human scientists, buried demons, to invading space ninja aliens - are no less varied in personality, motives, and methods; aggressively attacking with carefully planned operations. Super Sentai was so popular that in 1983, “Kagaku Sentai Dynaman” was brought over to the USA Network as a dubbed comedic parody. Unfortunately, American audiences failed to stick with it. Saban Entertainment attempted to reintroduce Super Sentai to America as a children’s series in 1992 with “Choujin Sentai Jetman”, but failed with the younger test audience. Saban tried one more time the following year with a new version of “Kyoryu Sentai ZyuRanger”, and succeeded when the less-intense first season of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” became an instant hit with children 6-to-10yrs. While “Power Rangers” is based on the previous year’s Super Sentai show, it is a separate entity that will be celebrating its own 15th anniversary in 2007. Here are the Super Sentai that have come before:
|“Himitsu Sentai GoRanger” (1975-1977)
“JAQK Dengeki Tai”................. (1977)
“Battle Fever J”........................ (1979)
“Denshi Sentai Denjiman”.......... (1980)
“Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan”....... (1981)
“Dai Sentai Goggle V”............... (1982)
“Kagaku Sentai Dynaman”......... (1983)
“Cho Sentai Bioman”................. (1984)
“Dengeki Sentai Changeman”.... (1985)
“Choushinsei Flashman”............ (1986)
“Hikari Sentai Maskman”........... (1987)
“Choujii Sentai Liveman”............ (1988)
“Kousoku Sentai TurboRanger”.. (1989)
“Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman”.......... (1990)
“Choujin Sentai Jetman”............ (1991)
|“Kyoryu Sentai ZyuRanger”......... (1992)
“Gosei Sentai DaiRanger”........... (1993)
“Ninja Sentai KakuRanger”......... (1994)
“Chouriki Sentai OhRanger”........ (1995)
“Gekisou Sentai CarRanger”....... (1996)
“Denji Sentai MegaRanger”......... (1997)
“Seijuu Sentai Gingaman”........... (1998)
“Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo-V”........ (1999)
“Mirai Sentai TimeRanger”.......... (2000)
“Hyakujuu Sentai GaoRanger”..... (2001)
“Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger”........ (2002)
“Bakuryuu Sentai AbaRanger”..... (2003)
“Tokusou Sentai DekaRanger”.... (2004)
“Mahou Sentai MagiRanger”........ (2005)
The 2006 series - “Gougou Sentai Boukenger” [“Thundering Taskforce Adventure-Rangers”] - is a tribute to all that have come before, with old and new styles mixed together. For a more expanded explanation of Super Sentai, be sure to view this Wikipedia entry.
The Search Guard Successor museum organization (also known as SGS, or Sargess) has created a secret team to begin tracking down ancient artifacts that have been disappearing. With skills in treasure hunting/recovery, and their adventurous hearts, the Boukenger use their Accellular henshin devices to scan relics (called Precious) to discover their hazard levels and value. However, the many Negative Syndicates - the ancient stone Gordom Civilization, bio-engineered reptilian Jaryuu Clan, and covert ninja Dark Shadow - are also separately on the lookout for Precious to rule the world... or destroy it. The Precious are many, and they hold unknown power. Who will gain the most from them?
“Vehicle number eight!”
Hasshin Shift On:
In Task 07- “The Scale of the Salamander”, a Jaryuu Clan monster was on the verge of a magnified meltdown. To contain the explosion and defuse the situation, the Boukenger called on the quick curing concrete of Gougou Mixer. Gougou Vehicle #8’s debut was fairly easy, and required little effort. Using materials dug up onsite by DaiBouken’s Gou Scooper, the Hyper Concrete mix was enough to contain the explosion. Its second battle, in Task 08- “The Atlantean Treasure”, was a little more complex. A Precious which could mimic anything, created dozens of copies of Bouken Blue. However, the real Bouken Blue used Gougou Mixer to smash through them and catch them all in a carpet of Hyper Concrete. So far, it is the only auxiliary Gougou Vehicle to be equipped with offensive lasers for when it operates alone. When launched from the Sargess mecha bay, Gougou Mixer emerges from behind a waterfall, catching water in its rotating drum to be used for when it arrives on the battlefield.
Gougou Mixer (back) continues as the third Gougou Gattai Vehicle in “Boukenger”, dressed in a comfortable if somewhat unusual green plastic coloring. Unlike Gougou Gattai Vehicle #1 - Gougou Drill, Gougou Mixer’s cylindrical concrete mixing drum cannot rotate on its own when rolled across a smooth, flat surface. Instead, a small green gear can be spun, which turns the drum; this constitutes the special feature of this toy when used alone. The drum can be rotated upwards, but this is really only for the purpose of transformation. The six black tires, like Gougou Dump’s from the DX Gougou Gattai DaiBouken, are made of PVC, and actually ‘grip’ the flat surface a little. The two laser cannons, mentioned above, are molded into the front bumper; though they do not fire, of course. Like Gougou Drill before it, there are a few small cautionary lights placed on it which are painted gold.
For those of you wondering what the differences are between the Gougou Gattai Vehicle #2- Gougou Shovel from “Gougou Sentai Boukenger”, and it’s English-speaking counterpart - the —
Wait a minute --! What am I saying!? “Power Rangers Mystic Force” only came out a few months ago! We don’t even know what the 15th anniversary “Power Rangers” series will officially be called yet! I’m pretty sure, though, that there will be a few paint alterations on the yet-unnamed accessory Zord. They may release it as a paired set with another Gougou Vehicle, but that is just a guess. However, I suggest you appeal to Bandai America immediately and tell them, “Leave It Alone!”
Gougou Mixer, function wise, is pretty simple when it’s alone. It looks kinda cool and has nice details as always, but it doesn’t really do that much. At least Gougou Drill had the tractor tread which could rotate around. The rubber PVC tires are a plus, as is the rotating drum feature. It does have qualities that need further explanation to show off its value, but it’s a fair thing to get.
Gougou Gattai Vehicle #3 - Gougou Mixer in action!
Sets required for combination:
DX Gougou Gattai DaiBouken(sold separately)
Gougou Gattai Vehicle #3 - Gougou Mixer
Gattai Shift On:
Mixer- Power On!
To provide enough power to shoot the concrete from far away at the overloading Jaryuu Clan monster, the Boukenger combined Gougou Mixer with their lead mecha to form DaiBouken Mixer. Activating its new left arm, the spinning concrete drum suddenly splits open like three flower petals, and uses its Wall Shoot technique to douse the flames and cover the monster in special fast-hardening Hyper Concrete.
DaiBouken Mixer (back) like DaiBouken Shovel, swaps out Gougou Marine Diver once more for its combination. However, what replaces it isn’t much better. The left arm of DaiBouken Mixer is a contorted green and silver super arm with a big dark gray pod at the end. (Personally, I tend to think the pod is mounted to the ‘wrist’ like a giant cannon.) The really cool part of Gougou Mixer happens when a green button on the top of the pod is depressed, and the pod springs open like a flower! The three-petal cannon can still spin around via the small green gears on the side. Finally- some decent firepower! A shame it can only shoot Hyper Concrete for its Wall Shoot attack...
|Posted 14 June, 2006 - 07:14 by EVA_Unit_4A|