Review by NekroDave
You may (or may not) recall that when I did my review of the Bandai Jumbo Astro Megazord, I mentioned that there was a version released in Korea. Well, I managed to get one recently so you get a review of it. This won't take too long as it's essentially the same toy with one difference, but sold in a new box.
The main difference between the Korean release and the US/Japanese ones is that the Korean version is slightly smaller than the others. Check it out...
Beyond that, it's the same mold, same transformation, same stickers, same weapons, etc... I will note here that before I sat down to write this review I figured I would transform it to vehicle mode (and hopefully get it right this time!), but I found that the connection points were extremely tight and nothing fit as easily as it did on the regular version. So I decided not to push the issue and just left it as is.
OK, packaging next. The box for this version is much larger than the others and the reason for it is because the toy comes pre-assembled in robot mode and resting in a large plastic tray. This is very similar to the strange packaging for the Korean King Of The King jumbo. Both are knockoffs of toys that were made to be disassembled and placed in smaller boxes sold assembled in even bigger boxes.
But you know what? I'll take a bigger box if it means I don't have to put up with twisty ties!
You may have noticed that this release also comes with some things that the regular versions do not, namely a couple of rectangular cards featuring a picture of the robot and the rangers, respectively. Also, 3 round cardboard cards with art of the rangers are also included. These are a bit weird as they seem like coasters more than anything else.
Also included in the box is a sticker sheet, instructions and catalog.
I don't see a year of manufacture on the box so I'm going to assume it was the same year as the regular version. There is a sticker on the front of the box that says "Toei Co. Ltd./Sunny Home Video(1)" so I guess that means this is licensed. Korea Animation Vision (코리아애니비젼) is listed as the manufacturer.
|Posted 18 March, 2010 - 21:06 by NekroDave|