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I...ermm...*ahem*...may have

I...ermm...*ahem*...may have had a chance to play with this toy at some point before... ;)

Dan, I don't recall there being a problem at all attaching the Cosmo Arrows to the lower legs. If I recall correctly, you put the tabs on the back of the Arrows into the holes on the legs, then you slide the whole Arrow to the side to click them into place securely. Are you sure you're doing the slide? I remember these being tight as a drum.

I don't really remember experiencing the other two problems either, but then again, I don't think I ever changed it to Satellizer mode.

[nerd]Oh, and lastly, as I recall from the (Force Five) cartoon, the "Photon Punch" technically wasn't a true Rocket Punch: I think his fists didn't actually go anywhere, but pulsing energy copies of his fists would fire off and blast the enemy![/nerd]

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Posted by Sanjeev on 13 May, 2009 - 15:45
Hi Sanjeev, I know the

Hi Sanjeev,
I know the Cosmo Arrows slide over but they still just come off very easily and the Teleportation Punch was the name they call the Photon punch on the Yamato USA website. So go kick some nerd science with them...LOL

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Posted by Shogundan on 13 May, 2009 - 17:20
Connecting Pin

"the legs should have a connecting pin to add more rigidity to the Satellizer mode."

Search the box once again, it does come with a connecting pin! It fits snuggly in the middle screw holes on the inside of the legs.

Note that if you fill in the hole with the cover you will then not be able to attach the pin. I didn't realize this at the time and spent ten minutes trying to find the hole the pin used to go in. Not my brightest moment...

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Posted by TimF on 13 May, 2009 - 17:42
Hi Tim, Thanks for the

Hi Tim,
Thanks for the heads up! Somehow this part eluded Josh and I. Must have been all the trip to Tokyo excitement.
-Dan
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Posted by Shogundan on 13 May, 2009 - 18:10
cool

great item, I pre-ordered mine from bigbadtoystore..hope nothing is delayed or less diecast..could you list out what parts were diecast...or did you point out in video...

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Posted by AJProDie-Cast on 13 May, 2009 - 19:06
Sorry for the delayed

Sorry for the delayed response, The parts that die-cast are the following:

Legs, in thighs
Arms both upper and lower
Chest and waist joint
-Dan
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Posted by Shogundan on 19 May, 2009 - 11:12
I was actually waiting to

I was actually waiting to see a review of this guy here before I took the plunge, but I couldn't hold out any longer and bought a metallic version (not the chrome) for about 200 shipped locally. I was so impressed with it that I did a video review of it but CDX's version is much more entertaining to watch and gets into the transformation. I was a bit overwhelmed with the diecast content. Pricey yes, regret buying? no. It stings spending that much on a toy, but the fascination and awe this figure provides and high quality build make up for that. Don't care that some of its proportions are daring or off to some, this is one awesome figure. Thinking about getting the chrome version now, but it will have to wait since I've got about 6 chogokins on the way and wallet is empty :(

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Posted by chachipower on 14 May, 2009 - 09:02
... I did want to add that

... I did want to add that the shin pieces on mine stay on real good as long as they are slid in correctly. they use friction to stay on so adding nail polish (great advice I learned on this site) may close up the tolerances a bit for those of you with that problem of loose shins. I have no other loose problems that I know of.. too afraid to transform it and scratch it or break it after spending so much haha

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Posted by chachipower on 14 May, 2009 - 09:27
Nice review.

I just received mine a couple days ago and I just love it. The shin thing is a little annoying since I don't know why they didn't design it to install from top to bottom instead of side to side but that's a minor quibble. Also in your picks it looks like you didn't extend the legs all the way in the groin area, that would have increased your articulation considerably and raise the height a good 3/4 of a inche. But this is a solid piece and has some real shelf presence, also Angolz has it on sale for $134.00 for the regular version so it's actually quite reasonably priced too, I'm thinking of buying another one.

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Posted by CHEN on 14 May, 2009 - 10:14
I'm tempted by this... it's

I'm tempted by this... it's a massive looking piece of Gokin, and the transformation is significantly less parts-swapping than I initially thought, but I just wish the proportions on the bot mode were better... the lower arms and hands are just too small looking at the chest too wide.

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Posted by Prometheum5 on 14 May, 2009 - 15:58
Not to call anyone out in

Not to call anyone out in particular, but I just don't get the whining about the "proportions" of the robot mode (sorry, Ben! ;P ).

I mean, have any of you seen the friggin' cartoon!?

It's like, fine, I can accept that modern gokin are "adult collectibles", not toys. They emphasize "anime-accuracy" over imaginative play. Whatever. But now we have a toy that fits that bill PERFECTLY...and people are still complaining. WTF?

This toy looks just like he did in the show. Deal with it.

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Posted by Sanjeev on 14 May, 2009 - 16:20
Regardless of whether or not

Regardless of whether or not it's supposed to be that size, I still think the head is too small.

That said, if I were still buying die-casts, I would have gotten this one right away. Hell, I still kind of want it...

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Posted by NekroDave on 14 May, 2009 - 16:56
Well...

You can't really go by the Anime 100% of the time because it was so inconsistent, one episode he had a tiny head then the next it was huge. In the second season of Danguard he appeared much more proportionally than in the first season but still it wasn't consistent. But for the figure itself it's just in human nature to be attracted to what's proportional. When I was in Collage for computer animation we had to learn proper proportion for the human body, the hands should end at mid-thing, the head should be roughly the size of you hand ect. Granted these are giant robots, but there human styled giant robots and for the most part they look like humans wearing armor or something especially the ones with human like faces like Danguard. Truth be told I was quite bothered when I first saw the head size, but actually owning the figure it really doesn't bother me at all, sure if the head was 25-50% larger it would look better to me but as it is it's not gonna stop me from thinking about buying a second one.

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Posted by CHEN on 14 May, 2009 - 17:51
"I mean, have any of you

"I mean, have any of you seen the friggin' cartoon!?"

To be fair, I have not. I'm just looking at the toy through my 'Standard Robot-fan' goggles, and am used to slightly more human, or even the standard 'heroic' proportions different sculptors and designers use. In Dangard's case, the only thing I have is the ST, and I like how the arms and hands are a bit bigger and meatier on that toy... I could live with the rest of the stuff a bit more on Yamato's offering if the hands and forearms were larger. The hands are just too 'dainty' for the rest of the robot... especially with those massive legs and that big barrel-chest. It's a super-robot... it should look 'super' and powerful, like it can kick the snot out of any bad-guys. With the size of the chest and torso, any other comparable design would have big meaty butt-kicker paws to swing around that giant weapon and generally put the hurt on.

As a toy it's still slick tho, and like I said I'm way more impressed now that I see it uses much less parts-swapping to transform... I thought it was like Braiger or Grozier, and had an entire different leg assembly for Sattelizer mode.

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Posted by Prometheum5 on 14 May, 2009 - 19:04
Scale?

Any chance of seeing a pic of this next to a few of the Soul of Chogokin robots from the other Force Five shows? I'm just wondering how this looks with that group.

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Posted by paulvg on 18 May, 2009 - 09:56
Hey paulvg!!

Look up in the review at the end, I added a group photo for you with all the other Force Five robots...

-Dan
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Posted by Shogundan on 19 May, 2009 - 08:44
That is a freakin' killer

That is a freakin' killer pic, Dan! Of course, you're missing the Starzingers! ;P

And if ya wanna get real technical, Tranzor (Mazinger) Z shouldn't be there, either!

Very cool shot, though...great to see all these classics together.

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Posted by Sanjeev on 19 May, 2009 - 10:06
Bah, Starzingers (aka

Bah, Starzingers (aka Spaceketeers)! They aren't Super Robots! Anywho, I grandfathered Mazinga Z (aka Tranzor Z) in the photo because Koji (Mazinga Z's pilot), piloted the smaller yellow saucer in Grendizer, so I figured I'd sneak him in.
-Dan
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Posted by Shogundan on 19 May, 2009 - 10:19
Sweet pic, but now you need

Sweet pic, but now you need the Shogun Warriors lineup from the comic books (Danguard, Raydeen, and Combattra)! I've been picking up the SW comic series in bits and pieces, and it's a riot.

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Posted by Prometheum5 on 19 May, 2009 - 10:33
Viola! Marvel's Shogun

Viola! Marvel's Shogun Warriors lineup, Ok now I have to stop doing requests and get some work done...LOL

-Dan
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Posted by Shogundan on 19 May, 2009 - 10:56
pics rock

that comic montage pic was awesome...made me wish i had not lost all my shogun comics...sniff.
BTW I wish with all these million releases of th same darn robot some company would release spaceketers (yeah i know i misspelled it)...go star crow

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Posted by AJProDie-Cast on 20 May, 2009 - 21:57
about the proportion issues,

about the proportion issues, any of you who took any art classes or at least have a remedial knowledge of proportions and perspective, would know that a small head emphasizes overall size. also, i dont understand the proportions issue with giant robots, be they humanoid shaped or spider shaped or whatever. the way i look at it, any deviation from the standard "One quarter of one head down in this second head is the shoulder line" and "The nipples to the belly button equals one head length" is a design feature in my mind. anywho, thats just my $0.02

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Posted by Astronopolis on 19 May, 2009 - 11:37
Thanks for those comparison

Thanks for those comparison shots! He looks great next to them, although a bit big. I don't suppose we're going to get a S.O.C. version of him, so I may cave and get this one. Just one more question: there's also a metallic version of Danguard Ace that's a bit more pricey. Do you think he'd fit in better with the more metallic S.O.C. line?

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Posted by paulvg on 20 May, 2009 - 10:24
More GN-U Hagane series???

I have the metallic version of Ace sitting in my BBTS shopping cart waiting to have the trigger pulled. It's been out awhile now with no dramatic price drops yet.

If this was released in '08, what is the hold-up on future release GN-U Hagane series???

GN-U Hagane (in Japanese, "gun'yuu" means "rival chiefs," and "hagane" means "steel")

Grandzinga....

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Posted by Grandzinga on 20 November, 2009 - 15:10
$ Saved $

I kept looking for a better deal and found it. Angolz was overall about $20-US less than BBTS. I ordered mine today- about $168-US shipped.
Grandzinga....

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Posted by Grandzinga on 20 November, 2009 - 18:12
Hong Kong Limited Ed Plated

I have the Hong Kong Limited Plated Ed.

Pretty cool, particularly the blue sections of the arms and legs. The silver sheen is closer to the GX-01R Mazinger than the GX-31V Voltes. One of those things where your taste may vary since the original sheen of the upper arms, upper legs and lower torso are more anime accurate.

The overall effect of the plated really comes out in the Satellizer form.

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Posted by Bengus on 6 December, 2009 - 09:55
 
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