Raideen DX Fade in Set
Review by JoshB
We’ve already discussed the previous SOC Raideen set in great detail in another review, so here we are just going to discuss the differences between the two sets. The Raideen figure itself is essentially the same as in the other set, with the exception of the arms and legs being white instead of chrome. This is how Raideen appears in the show, and also how the first edition chogokin was decorated.
The box here in this set is a monster, maybe the biggest SOC box to date. Inside is a Styrofoam container for Raideen, multiple plastic trays, and a large box. The included manual has more pages than the standard manual, and features additional concept artwork for Raideen.
All the previous accessories are there, and the DX set includes a bunch of additional accessories from the show.
Gogun Sword looks like a bow but is instead a large, double bladed chrome sword that fits on the left arm
Jet Boomerang is similar to the God Boomerang, but has extra details, and does not close. It too adheres to the right wrist by a magnet.
God Block Big Spin is a big shield that looks like a surfboard. This shield is permanently attached to the wrist ring and can spin 360 degrees. Unlike the other wrist accessories, this one is firmly attached.
Energy Cutter is a beam of energy that comes out of the base of the God Breaker shield.
The God Bird mode of Raideen gets a few extra parts as well
Head Cutter is a solid, non transforming head for the God Bird that has extra detailing in the back – this head is meant to “launch” at an enemy vehicle, although for the toy it just plugs in. It has better proportions (in my opinion) than the original head.
Body Cutter is a large blade that takes the place of the head of the God Bird.
Probably the biggest reason one might get this set is for the included God Face Mountain. This mammoth monument holds a large golden statue of Raideen, which is revealed when you pull out a tab on the base. The head is solid plastic and requires some assembly. The stone statue is about 9 inches tall.
The Gold Raideen statue is a fixed-pose plastic statue. The only movable part is a small door in the waist that opens to accept the Sparker superbike. It is these accessories that allow one to re-enact Akira Hibiki’s “Fade In!” move when he wants to activate Raideen.
The Sparker (or Supercar) is a microscopic vinyl motorcycle that includes an even smaller Akira figure in riding position. This thing could ride an ant, it is so small. The cycle attaches to a black plate that can be stored in either the statue or on the display base.
This leads me to my one gripe about this set – the base. While all the original accessories have a place on the base, the new accessories do not.
If I had the choice to get only one Raideen set, I would get the DX set. I just love the classic look of the white limbs, and the God Face Mountain is like getting a whole additional toy.
You can get your DX Raideen Fade in Set at BetaToys.com
|Posted 13 June, 2008 - 06:08 by JoshB|