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Blitzkreig Combination Big Dai-X

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Hyper speed!

Thanks for the great review of a somewhat neglected toy! I guess the fact that Star Fleet was just never as popular in the US as it was in the UK (and, of course, its somewhat unknown even in Japan) means that the toy line tends to get a bit overlooked, which is a real shame - I have the smaller, non-combining (though it does transform!) Big Dai-X DX and its a lovely piece of metal.

I keep hoping that sooner or later Bandai will get round to doing a Soul of Chogokin version...

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Posted by F-ZeroOne on 26 October, 2010 - 13:29
Star Fleet in the USA

Not that Starfleet was unpopular in the USA, it was just rarely shown. When I watched it back in the 1980's it was only shown on HBO. HBO used to show Thunderbirds 2086 as well, with Dyanman on VH1 Friday Night Flight and Mysterious Cities of Gold on Nickelodeon. For the kids that watched them such as myself we LOVED these shows. The big problem was these shows were on cable. Unlike today few people had cable TV back then. I actually loved Starfleet show and recorded it on VHS when it was shown and I still have the VHS tape! The best of the show was when they formed the Robot at the end. That was a mindblowing moment! Still one of the greatest dramatic Gettai's ever!

In the UK and Ireland is was a much bigger show.

Starfleet was also remembered by some with Queen's Brian Mays' Starfleet Project 12inch EP with Eddie Van Halen, Phil Chen and Alan Gratzer. Brian May's son was a fan of the show and that got Brian to think of covering the theme of the show. That is actually when I first say Bid Dai -X on the cover of the LP as my brother had the record. So when Starfleet was shown I already thought the robot was cool! I still have the record and I already located Phil Chen and he signed it. I'm working on Eddie right now as we work with on his various projects. A must pick up Tokusatsu related record to own.

The review is awesome, I so need Big Dai X right now!!!!

LF

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Posted by Modcineaste on 27 October, 2010 - 13:50
Star Fleet in the USA

Thats a good point, actually, one I hadn't considered before. Back then, there were only three TV channels in the UK (I'm not sure Channel 4 had actually started then!) so to a certain extent, I guess Star Fleet sort of became a hit almost by default...! (another factor, though, might also be the popularity of Gerry Andersons productions, which created the right sort of imaginative environment for kids to be used to puppet based science fiction shows... )

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Posted by F-ZeroOne on 28 October, 2010 - 14:35
SOC

Yes I also would love a Soul Of Chogokin version of Dai-X. The smaller Dai-X is also a very nice figure.

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Posted by Mark M on 16 January, 2013 - 17:18
looks like a great toy!

looks like a great toy!

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Posted by Goldenage on 26 October, 2010 - 18:00
Spinny blades? You can't go

Spinny blades? You can't go wrong with spinny blades.

You may want to take his arm apart if the launch mechanism isn't working. Launching mechanisms are one of the easier toy fixes. Better than the nightmares that can confront you if you're into 80's batt-ops like me. Chances are you just need to replace the spring, or lube the button mechanism.

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Posted by jacksauce on 27 October, 2010 - 09:30
Speaking of Batt-Ops robots,

Speaking of Batt-Ops robots, I had a great robot from the Guardian Defender(?) toyline. It was a large white centaur like robot with 4 legs and came with a Sectaurs style figure. I loved that robot but due to age the arm broke and could not be fixed.

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Posted by Mark M on 16 January, 2013 - 17:30
Overdue reply.

Thank you for the kind comments on my review. Sorry I never replied. I had some computer problems and could not access this site to log and reply.
Sadly since I wrote this review I ended up selling this great piece.
As much as I loved it I really needed the space, so I sold Dai-X to a buyer in the USA.
It really wasn't worth the cash I spent on it and I barely got 50% of what I paid for it.
If I had, had it from new and it been in better condition I would have kept it but as it is the space and money was more appealing to me.
I still hope Bandai or some other company release a better Soul Of Chogokin style Dai-X. If they do I shall probably buy 2 lol.

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Posted by Mark M on 16 January, 2013 - 17:26
It's weird to see the Dai-X

It's weird to see the Dai-X having eyes (I don't recall it having them in the actual show)

Really, it was on HBO? Granted that was before my time but that's interesting (knew it was made into the Crappy compilation movie the Thalian Space wars and the search for F01 and on VHS but not on actual tv)

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Posted by mrtrainfreak12 on 4 November, 2013 - 18:27
 
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