|Toy Design||Katsushi Murakami|
Review by JoshB
God Sigma has never really been on my radar. Up until just recently, I hadn’t considered adding him to my collection. Something about the aesthetics of the robot never really appealed to me, but as is with other things in toy collecting, it just takes one little hook to get you into collecting something.
Space Emperor God Sigma was a 1980 Japanese Anime that ran for 50 episodes. Yutaka Izubuchi, the creator of Raxephon, was involved in the mechanical design for this series.
If you grew up in the US in the 80s, you might remember this character being one of the big Godaikin robot sets released by Bandai America. Unfortunately, they never released the ST size version in that line. For that, you have to go to Japan.
The ST God Sigma, while non-transforming, is a fine toy in its own right. It’s a big, blocky chunk of metal with swords, missiles, and other dangerous objects. What’s not to love about that?
The box is standard Popy, with beautiful art all around. The paintings on these boxes really grabbed you and screamed “BUY ME!” They still do to this day. Inside, the toy rests in its Styrofoam tray.
Right away, you can tell that this is a bit different than your average Chogokin. For starters, look at the head. The head can turn, and the head spikes are RUBBER, not hard plastic. It’s a great idea that they didn’t use nearly enough.
Yep, there is a sword.
The shoulders turn, and each shoulder holds a melee weapon that can be removed and placed in either hand. The fists fire, of course.
The metal chest has front and back clip-on sections. The back wings are removable, as is the front armor. The armor has a neat little cut out that allows you to see a gem embedded in the chest.
The legs are articulated at the hips and knees. There’s a pretty good range of motion for a toy of this era and series. Granted, it’s not much compared to today’s figures, but compared to most other ST Chogokin, it’s nice.
I mentioned missile launchers, didn’t I? Each leg has a hidden launcher. Flip down the panel just below the knee to reveal the launch hole. Yellow missiles fire from the hole, but cannot be stored inside.
Once I got a chance to hold this toy, and play with it, I am finally getting the appeal of God Sigma. He’s a brick, but he’s a posable, action-packed brick. I know it’s a contradiction, but somehow it works.
The toy was packed with a catalog / mail in card. Check out the other awesome toys Popy put out at the time:
|Posted 30 August, 2010 - 10:19 by JoshB|