THE BIG O
Review by Shogundan
The Big O is a Japanese animated television series created by director Kazuyoshi Katayama and designer Keiichi Sato for Sunrise Studios. The writing staff was assembled by the series' head writer, Chiaki J. Konaka.
The story takes place forty years after a mysterious occurrence causes the residents of Paradigm City to lose their memories. The series follows Roger Smith, Paradigm City's top Negotiator. He provides this much needed service with the help of an gynoid named R. Dorothy Wayneright and his butler Norman Burg. When the need arises, Roger calls upon Big O, a giant relic from the city's history that may hold the key to its future.
The television series is designed as a tribute to Japanese and Western shows from the 1960s and 1970s. The series is done in the style of film noir and combines the feel of a detective show with the mecha genre of anime. The set pieces are reminiscent of Toho monster movies and the score is an eclectic mix of styles and musical homages.
The Big O premiered 13 October 1999 on WOWOW satellite television. It finished its run on 19 January 2000. The English language version premiered on the Cartoon Network on 2 April 2001. Originally a thirteen-episode series, positive fan response internationally resulted in a second season co-produced by Cartoon Network, Sunrise, and Bandai Visual. Season two premiered on Japan's SUN-TV on January 2003, with the American premiere taking place seven months later.
Today I will be reviewing Bandai's GX-48 Soul of Chogokin, "THE BIG O". You can pick this item up at Big Bad Toy Store or just click on the Ebay links at the bottom of the page for a direct links to the item reviewed today.
The Big O arrives to you in the standard, aesthetically pleasing SOC box you see below. Inside the box is The Big O in Styrofoam and all accessories in plastic trays (not shown). Honestly it is just what you would expect when opening a high end modern chogokin collectible.
So, whats included in the box you ask?
- The Big O Figure
- One pair of arms with "Sudden Impact" punching gimmick
- One pair of closed fists
- One pair of articulated open hands
- pair of upper chest mounted guns (cannon party)
- one torso mounted missile cluster (missile party)
- One display base
After some very minor assembly you are rewarded with the impressive figure you see below
Big O is made from a mixture of high quality plastics and die-cast metal, weighing in at a hefty 1 lb 4 oz. For those of you that are hard core die-cast fans, you can find plenty of the good stuff in the chest, torso, upper arms, thighs, and the bottom of the feet. Also, lets not forget that die-cast is used throughout the figure, in the joints etc...
Not only is Big O heavy, he is also pretty tall at nearly 9 inches from head to toe. Here you see a shot of Big O with the GX-01R SOC Mazinger Z. You can really see the scale of his massive size in this comparison photo.
In the next three photos I would like to take a brief walk around the figure. Please note that Big O's sculpt is very anime accurate and he really looks great from every angle. I even don't mind the exposed screw holes in the back because they sorta fit in with Big O's "steam punk" aesthetics, with his boiler like chest and all the rivets. Also note that in these photos I have Big O with his open articulated hands.
Moving right along to what I consider the "good stuff". Of course I mean the gimmicks/play value.
First off, we have the "Cannon Party" upper chest cannons and the "Missile Party" torso missile cluster. Both parts are easily swapped out and affixed. You basically remove his original torso piece and lift his upper chest and attach said pieces. No I did not come up with either of these bizarre weapon names. I actually took them right off the back of the packaging. Party weapons..LOL!
Next weapon is the "Sudden Impact", piston punch gimmick. You use this weapon by simply pulling back on the chrome plated arm piston until it clicks. It releases with some pretty decent force when you push on Big O's fist. Its a pretty cool gimmick and it is one of my favorite things from The Big O anime.
Another really cool gimmick is that you can pull up on Big O's collar area to reveal Rogers cockpit! The cockpit is very hard to see in the photo, but I assure you that it is just like the anime, right down to the translucent red pieces. You can totally picture Roger in his command seat with Dorothy next to him.
The next few photos I would like you to check out the detail of Big O's chest and head, Notice that his face has that anime accurate blank stare. Also check of the translucent red piece that adorns the top of Big O's head. I also love the gold chest piece, it totally reminds me of a steam boiler.
Well, he is a really nice gokin', but is he poseable? The answer would have to be yes! The Big O features a ton of articulation and is very sturdy in any pose because of his nice and tight, ratcheting joints. Big O features 13 points of articulation and even has a waist joint. In the second photo below you will see that some of his impressive articulation is achieved via an extendable area between his legs that allows for greater movement. Big O also has extendable knees for the same purpose.
I apologize for the blur and my sausage finger for being in this next photo. I wanted to show you the cool spring loaded suspension piston in the ankle. This totally reminds me of the old Takara Dougram figures that had suspension in the legs.
I almost forgot this cool gimmick. On each foot is a small hatch that you can store Rogers car inside of. Just like the anime! Yes they do sell a weapons add on set that will be reviewed here on CDX in the future. In that review you will see Rogers sleek black car that fits into the foot.
In conclusion, I really love this figure and I have to recommend it to everyone who is a fan of The Big O. It truly is the best toy replica of this iconic figure to date. The only suggestion I have is that you track down the weapon add on set to really make this figure complete.
|Posted 19 December, 2009 - 14:31 by Shogundan|