Review by EVA_Unit_4A
This toy appears courtesy from HobbyLink Japan.
Within all of us is a spirit that is in tune with nature. Through special training techniques and control, a form of Chinese martial arts was discovered 4000 years ago called jyuken (beast-fist), which allows a user to harness their unique inner beast. Through the use of jyuken, two martial arts schools arose: the peaceful & focused Geki JyuKen Beast Arts, and its secretive & dark opposite Rin JyuKen Aku Gata. When he re-acquires a special bracelet, its current leader Rio will be able to summon the three original Rin JyuKen Kenma masters, and destroy Geki JyuKen. Leaning of Rio’s plan, the public front company for Geki JyuKen, SCRTC [pronounced as “scratch”] begins recruiting experienced users of jyuken and equipping them with technology which utilizes their mystical powers into physical armor and weapons. As Rio struggles with inner demons and harsh training to become the most powerful jyuken user ever and lead the Rin JyuKen to victory, the newly-formed Jyuken Sentai GekiRanger will do everything they can to prevent him from harvesting the despair of humans and silence their evil twin school forever.
In Lesson 17, “Goro-Goro! Teacher and Student Love”, to combat the new threat of Rin JyuKen Kenma of the Sea, Rageku, the three GekiRanger travel to receive training from Geki JyuKen Kensei master Sharkie Chan. As Ran and Retsu struggle to understand Sharkie Chan’s odd teaching techniques, Jan makes quick friends with the Shark-ken master, and is presented with his own personal weapon from SCRTC, the GekiSabers.
The GekiSabers are two Dao swords with oddly-flexible blades, but used together they form both an offensive & defensive stance in combat which is difficult to break through, especially for those who know the Shark-ken technique. For additional strike force, the two GekiSabers can be combined into a single longer sword, Souken Gasshin Mode, for the specialized Geki Waza finisher, Nami Nami Zan.
Both halves, Geki Sabers A and B- use the same flexible blades as their on-screen counterparts, albeit made of thin PVC. A and B are the same length, 13 1/8th-in (33.5cm), while Souken Gasshin Mode is 17 ¾-in (45.0cm) long.
Geki Saber A
Geki Saber B
GekiSaber B contains the sound effects equipment for the set (requires two AAA batteries to operate), which Geki Saber A only has the locking mechanism for when they are combined. (There are no electronic lights or movement in this toy, only sound.)
Souken Gasshin Mode
Sound effects are determined by whether the two Dao swords are connected or separated. Turning it On and combining/separating produce the same single effects.
When they are separated and the trigger is pressed, B will make two different sword-swinging effects. These two effects do not repeat one after the other as is common, but rather one will play only once every third click of the trigger. (This gives the effect of randomness without being repetitive & predictable.)
When in Souken Gasshin Mode, however, there is only one sword effect when the trigger is pressed.
(Wow, the volume on that speaker is very loud. The first words out of my mouth when I turned it on the first time were “Holy s***!”)
Even though the Geki Sabers are used in “Power Rangers Jungle Fury” (2008), the Red Ranger did not use them for long, but rather the Shark Spirit Ranger did (who had no counterpart in “Jyuken Sentai GekiRanger”, and is an American-only creation). Unfortunately, save for simplistic ones used by smaller action figures, no full-sized Shark Saber(s) were ever produced in toy form.
I’m going to be honest and say that, while “Jyuken Sentai GekiRanger” was one of the better of the Super Sentai Series, the toy line was really lacking in 2007. I never bought any of the mecha (though I did get most of the cheaper scaled-down PR counterparts). Though I usually don’t go for role-playing items, there were only two toys I wanted that year, the Geki Sabers, and the standard-issue Geki Tonfas.
Going into it, I knew this would be a very simple toy, and considering the craziness of gimmicks in years before, that was fine with me. Though the A sword is a little puny in the grip compared to the B, I almost felt a longing for it to have its own unique feature to counter the electronics of the other, beyond having the built-in locking mechanism for the combined weapon. One small error that cropped up in mine was the B’s blade was somehow distorted during manufacturing and/or shipping, and I have to consciously hold the PVC blade in place when I connect it to the A, but that is simply a problem that slipped through the cracks of QA. What shocked me, though, was how dammed loud that speaker is. It makes my ears ring, for cryin’ out loud! (Fortunately, my hands are big enough that I can just cover the speaker with the corner of my palm, but still!) Overall, the Geki Sabers are a simple yet satisfying role-playing toy with no major flaws.
|Posted 19 June, 2010 - 13:12 by EVA_Unit_4A|