Review by Shogundan
Without getting into too much detail...Gunkid appears in the anime, Brave Command Dagwon as an enemy to start off with but then decides to defect from the evil side on the Sargasso prison asteroid and join the Brave Command Dagwon team.
To start off with, the packaging is exactly what I am beginning to accept as the norm for these Sonokong Brave re-issues. A heavy corrugated cardboard box with great pictures of the toy inside of the toy in all its modes. Quality, all the way.
Moving on to the figure inside, Gunkid stands approximately 8.5 inches tall in robot mode and weighs in at just slightly under 1 lb. The figure is comprised of high-quality plastics with metal screw holding it together. The combination of the two materials gives the figure a nice solid feel.
The first cool gimmick is Gunkid's old west style out-law mask that can conceal or reveal the lower half of his face. Also note that on the left and right shoulders, Gunkid has move-able cannons.
As you may have noticed in the first photo above, Gunkid has a cute looking set of mini-wings. Fortunately those mini-wings can be extended giving Gunkid a more flight capable appearance.
Like Power Dagwon, Gunkid also has an impressive amount of articulation for a Brave Series toy. Check out the pics below. *Also note that the gun barrel doubles as a cool, albeit large jet pack.
As I mentioned above, Gunkids western theme is all over this figure. Check out the spurs on the backside of the legs! Giddy up horsey! Note the tank treads, they are part of the next mode.
Gunkid can transform into what basically is a giant Bazooka on tank treads. In this mode Gunkid is able to shoot foam projectiles shown further down in the review. Sorry guys, no eye blinding goodness in this toy.
Jet mode is a pretty cool mode that uses the sight as the cockpit and the cannon as the fuselage. Landing gear extend down from the split trigger handle. You can clearly see those unfolded wings I spoke earlier were meant for this mode.
Bazooka/Hand gun mode
Gun mode utilizes the foam projectiles I mentioned above. In this mode you can use Gunkid as a hand gun or a massive Bazooka for Fire Dagwon/Power Dagwon or use in conjunction with Gunkid's mentor, Lian (sword) to defend Super Fire Dagwon against evil.
Here is Lian (sword above) with his student, Gunkid. I will be covering Lian in a later review.
Initially, I didn't care much for Gunkid. I felt the western theme was really hokey, until after I have played with it a bit. Gunkid has really grown on me and is now one of my favorite figures from Brave Command Dagwon. To sum it up, Gunkid is a quality figure with tons of play value, making it a must have!
|Posted 22 October, 2009 - 16:04 by Shogundan|