Engine Gattai Series #9- Engine Jumbwhale
- Name: Engine Jumbwhale
- Number: 9
- Release Date:
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- Char. Design: PLEX
- Toy Design: PLEX
- SRP:¥ 5,500
Review by EVA_Unit_4A
In one of the eleven dimensions, Machine World is a planet populated by Engines- giant sentient living machines with individual personalities and capabilities. They succeed in driving the destructive Ban KiZoku Gaiarc clan off their world during one of their largest planet-wide races. Unfortunately, the Gaiarc decide to move on into the dimension where Earth is since it seems to be an easier target for them to conquer in order to turn it into the ideal world of unchecked pollution and waste which they favor. Several Engines cross the dimensional barrier to pursue them, but they will begin to suffer fatal rusting if they exist in the atmosphere of the Human World for more than ten minutes at a time! To protect against this, they separate themselves into two halves- inanimate Engine Casts which are smaller versions of their physical bodies, and Engine Souls which contain their life energy and personality. Therefore, they and their smaller rust-resistant assistant Bomper chose a team of young humans to fight the Gaiarc in their place, and restore them to their larger forms whenever they are needed. Together with the arrogant & expertly-trained Go-On Wings, they form the Engine Sentai Go-Onger! So far, the Go-Onger have had it rather easy in their fight to prevent the Gaiarc from taking over Earth. But now, the mighty Engines are all cowering before the evil genius of the Land-Pollution Vice-Minister & Gaiarc’s tactician Hirame-- ummm... Hiramesusukidesu- Hirakimekimedesu-- (Hang on- I’ll get it...) Hiramekideathme- Hiramekiss- Hira-Hi-- rrrrgh! Wait- it’s Hiramekimedes! (Yeah- that’s it.) He is the only Gaiarc whom the Engines have never been able to defeat, and they fear him greatly for all the devastation he caused on Machine World. Unfortunately, Hiramekimedes suddenly disappeared just before the three Gaiarc ministers were defeated on Machine World, and no one’s heard from him since... until now. So his sudden arrival on Earth has shaken the Engines badly and sent them running for cover, leaving the Go-Onger near-powerless! And even when they manage to outwit him just one time, Hiramekimedes is still able to keep the upper hand! But then, suddenly, two new Engines appear from out of the clouds...
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A few episodes earlier, the Suto siblings learned that their mentor from Engine World, Jumbwhale has arrived on Earth to help them as they fight against the Gaiarc. Then, in Grand Prix 20 – “Sibling Battle!?”, Mia is disheartened when she finds out that her brother Hiroto has been courting other girls in order to find another career, and that he was staying as part of the Go-On Wings team because of her. So Mia tries to strike out on her own against Chainsaw Banki, determined to show that he need not stay for her sake if that is his wish. Feeling that his kohai are conflicted, Instructor Jumbwhale launches from his giant secret hangar in a commercial airport, and extinguishes the flames surrounding the Go-Onger and Go-On Wings. Making sure that they are okay, he then engages Banki fighters alone with his fiery Jet Mode! With Hiramekimedes retreating to leave the grown Chainsaw Banki to finish them off, Jumbwhale instructs Jettoras and Toripter to join with him in the sky....
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Jumbwhale has two special features that go beyond just his vehicle mode… The first involves the two engine nacelles. These can separate from his wings, and each opens up to reveal a hollow interior. By itself, this is a pointless feature as far as the other DX-sized Engine sets (and truthfully I find no need to use it). However, Bandai created a short line of die-cast Hot Wheels®-sized (1½”) Chogokin Engine vehicles of Speedor, Buson, Bear RV, Birca, & Gunpherd that can fit one at a time into the compartment engine pods. (I don’t have-or-want any of the mini-Engines, so I can’t demonstrate this.)
In addition to future accessory DX Engine sets, the common ‘collecting’ gimmick is the battery-powered Engine Soul cartridge. These serve as a replacement in all of the toys for a dedicated light-and-sound effect. Each Engine Soul shares an identical shape (2 ½” x 1 ¾” x 9/16”, or 2.57cm x 4.5cm x 1.5cm), has a single bright red LED light (which can project over 6ft / 2m in a dark room!), a large decal which identifies it, and they all have some generic sounds. Because of this, any Engine Soul (or Change Soul, which I won’t get into here) can be fitted into any properly-fitted toy that can accept one. But, the gimmick is that each Engine Soul has a unique set of sound effects...
- ???: take-off!
- Attention please!
- Mission Start!
The phrases will always play in that order, each preceded by the same sound of a jet plane flying past. Now, if you place Jumbwhale’ Engine Soul into any other DX Engine set, it’ll say the same things, but it’ll obviously be inaccurate since that’s not the right Engine for it to go with. Also, since English is the primary language used in the commercial aviation industry world-wide, it is not much of a surprise that Jumbwhale speaks a lot of it rather than Japanese for all these phrases. Like most of the DX Engines before him, access to Jumbwhale’ alternate/generic sound effects can be accessed in both his regular mode and transformed mode:
This time, however, instead of a jet p[lane flying overhead, you hear a power-up sound followed closely by energy blasts (presumably from his Bowale Beam attack). But it is still Jumbwhale speaking. As with all other earlier Engine Souls, if you press both of Jumbwhale’s sound-activating buttons at the same time, most of these phrases will be repeated (though now preceded by the crackle of a radio), but now two new phrases will also sound which can only be found in this way:
- ???: Go-On!
- Bon Voyage! (French, "Good Voyage")
One final addition is made here, which Engine Gattai Series #7- Engine Toripter and #8- Engine Jettoras also shares. And that is that when you hold down either of the buttons for any length of extra time, you will hear the respective sound effect (jet flying or weapon firing), and then regardless of which sound effect you stopped on earlier, you will hear Jumbwhale proclaim in Japanese:
- ???: take-off!
So, that makes three new effects piled into this new Engine Soul which are each triggered in different ways from each other! The activation buttons for Jumbwhale are the small dark navy blue squares on top of the fuselage behind his head.
For those of you wondering the differences are between the Engine Gattai Series #9- Engine Jumbwhale from “Engine Sentai Go-Onger”, and its English-speaking counterpart- the Whale Carrier included in the [Deluxe] Mach Megazord from “Power Rangers RPM”- well, let’s just say that 2008 was a very good year to be importing… In addition to being sold in a set with two other Zord Attack Vehicles (the Chicken Copter and Tiger Fighter), they are two completely different toys. Bandai America scaled down all of the DX-class Engines to make them more affordable to sell during the 2009 world financial crisis. However, this came at the cost of removing all electronic features (an Engine Cell chip is still provided), and shrinking down the toy by about a third. Materials were relatively un-changed (there was no die-cast metal in Jumbwhale), but the Whale Carrier is a complete redesign.
…but wait-! The story’s not over yet! With Hiramekimedes on the run, Jumbwhale calls Toripter and Jettoras aloft to help him finish off Chainsaw Banki. Go-On Gold and Go-On Silver are honored to be with their powerful and wise Instructor once more after their training on Machine World months ago. Attention please! Engine gattai! Engine Gattai Series #9- Engine Jumbwhale is the final component required to make a new combination which also utilized both Engine Toripter and Engine Jettoras. And so, please proceed to the next page to read the review on the Engine Gattai Seiku-Oh!
|Posted 10 June, 2009 - 23:13 by EVA_Unit_4A|