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It's amazing--the fire truck

It's amazing--the fire truck from the Boukenger/Operation Overdrive transforms almost exactly the same way (with the legs splitting like that), but it has almost no articulation. I only wish Bandai would put a tenth of the effort into its Sentai product as it does into SOC. Yes, I know Sentai is meant for kids, but just a little more ingenuity wouldn't hurt.

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Posted by atom smasher on 27 October, 2007 - 12:49
Hear hear! I completely

Hear hear! I completely agree with you!

Although, to be fair, the Boukenger line- in my humble opinion- wasn't as strong as previous lines. I still think that over the last 15 years, regardless of how the series' themselves did in popularity & ratings, the ZyuRanger, OhRanger, GoGo-V, TimeRanger, GaoRanger, Hurricanger, and MagiRanger toy lines were very good. After GaoRanger, though, a lot of fans have noted that the show has slowly become more and more gimmicky and has strayed from its roots. Both Boukenger and the current GekiRanger lines are proof of this as I keep reading so-so to disappointed remarks about both of them (myself included in that). Fans are also getting worried that the Super Sentai saga is becoming too predictable and is starting to rehash itself now, GekiRanger being the current reincarnation of the more-popular DaiRanger. (The only toys from GekiRanger that I really want is the DX Juuken Gattai GekiFire, and the hand-held electronic Geki Tonfa standard weapon. Alas, having a job with some kind of income would be nice too...)

Oh, BTW, the DX Kinkyuu Gougou Gattai Siren Builder from Boukenger (aka Flash Point Megazord) wasn't even released in the US. But the DX Chouzetsu Gougou Gattai DaiVoyager (aka BattleFleet Megazord) was... without physical modifications. Which means that it is not compatible with the larger remake Deluxe DriveMax Megazord. What in thee hell is BA doing over there!?
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 28 October, 2007 - 10:07
I agree with the rehashing

I agree with the rehashing thing. Boukenger, to me at least, seemed like a massive throwback to 80s Sentai. The costumes and mecha all had that feel. (And maybe this was just in my crazed mind, but the Black Ranger looks like one of the troopers in Spaceballs.) Gekiranger actually looks very interesting and I'll try out the mecha.

I've been a Ranger fan since the beginning--the first Megazord was my prresent for my seventh birthday. So I've seen the slide in quality first-hand. Still, PR holds a place in my heart alongside TF.

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Posted by atom smasher on 28 October, 2007 - 13:51
Oh, Boukenger definitely had

Oh, Boukenger definitely had that old-school feel to it. A lot of people commented on that, and it was supposed to be like that. Actually, I liked that as well, since I am not old-school in my learnings of Super Sentai; having been raised- like Atom Smasher here- on PR first, and then having to backtrack.

No, what I was commenting on earlier was that the toys of the mecha were faithful to the designs seen on the show, but were designed rather poorly. Many unanswered questions were left in the wake of the series as far as combinations and functions. The DX DaiVoyager, by far, was the biggest let-down even compared to the DX Siren Builder. As I said in my review of the DaiVoyager, it's just a big ol' block of ABS with a motor function thrown in at the last minute. Not smart at all, rather clumsy actually. There were some places they could easily have gone with it even without the whole giant-battleship-design thing.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 28 October, 2007 - 18:29
more metal, less plastic please...

I think this thing has too much plastic and very litle metal. Plenty of gizmos ok, but the vintage feel is virtually non existant. I am starting to grow tired of these large scale SOC's. The only three done right in my opinion are GODMARS, Vultus and Zambot. The others may be great to look at and might impress the eye, but as far as i am concerned they are more precision models than they are toys. And for that price, i can get a lovely as new condition vintage toy...though its too late now..., i did the dancouga mistake again (twice, i got it with the Baikanfu)... I am definitely switching to Marmit daigokin and CM's. That is after the GX-44....

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Posted by maltagokhin on 11 June, 2008 - 14:13
Have you actually ever

Have you actually ever handled the old Clover DX Irongear? It's almost ALL plastic, so the SOC actually in this case adds MORE metal than the original.

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Posted by JoshB on 11 June, 2008 - 14:34
I agree. I think this is

I agree. I think this is perhaps one of, if not the most vintage style SOC out there. I think most of your complaints would be valid in almost any other SOC review (including Zanbot, actually!), but I can't agree on this one. I love Irongear. :) Still, I'm not sure how much longer I'm gonna keep getting modern diecasts. There's little to no joy in it for me lately.

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Posted by NekroDave on 11 June, 2008 - 15:11