|Character Design||Mitsuteru Yokoyama|
Review by JoshB
When the Tetsujin 28 Soul of Chogokin came out, we knew a Black Ox was inevitable. If you have one, you NEED the other.
Black Ox was released in November of 2005 amid little fanfare. It doesn't combine or transform, but it does have a ton of cool features.
First of all, he has light up eyes. There are actually two different head assemblies - a light-up head that offers little articulation, and a non-lit head that offers full poseability. The lit head is activated by either a switch on the back of the head, or by proximity to the small remote control accessory. The heads are swapped by opening a small hatch on the back.
Black Ox also comes with 3 sets of hands; closed-fist, open-hands, and a third set of hands with outstretched fingers, each tip with red holes in them.
Also, a small figure of Dr. Franken sits atop the display stand. The stand, once again, has a molded plastic nameplate.
The feet conceal retractable foot-spikes, that automatically dissapear into the sole when standing via a spring loaded mechanism.
If youy have both Tetsujin 28 and Black Ox, you get a little added play value. If you activate T-28's lights, and you place Black Ox's fist to his chest, T-28's eyes change from yellow to red!
While all these gimmicks are cool, what really makes Black Ox stand out is the beauty of the design. He is just so.. Black. Smooth lines, Tons of metal, this hulking form has always been a favorite of mine. I am overjoyed to have him in chogokin form.
|Posted 5 February, 2006 - 21:42 by JoshB|