|Character Design||Ken Ishikawa|
|Toy Design||Taku Sato|
Review by JoshB
It’s hard not to fall into the trap of calling each EX Gokin release excellent automatically, but when time and time again they go above and beyond, sometimes it’s justified.
The EX Gokin Getter Liger, like the Getter Dragon, is amazing. Most of what I’m going to tell you here is old news if you’ve read the other reviews or own an EX Gokin product. I won’t go into exacting detail about what’s the same, instead I will highlight the differences and surprises of this release.
These toys are among the best the Japan hobby industry has to offer. They are re-imagined versions of classic giant robot characters, as seen through the lens of professor Taku “Robo” Sato. While the Professor has left this mortal world, he leaves behind a sketchbook of his ideas for other classic robots, hopefully fueling the line for years to come. His legacy lives on in these amazing pieces.
Getter Liger is the “air” mode of the Getter Team. Three ships combine into three formations - Dragon, Liger and Poseidon. Liger is sleek and made for speed, his angular weaponry driving home the motif.
Like the others, he’s full of dense diecast metal with a glossy enamel paint job. Craftsmanship is impeccable. I did have some small specks of paint loss on the front of the face though, which is a bit disappointing.
The faceplate is removable, revealing the metallic skull beneath.
The chest opens up revealing a compartment for the energy generator.
Each arm has a full compliment of joints for a wide range of poses. Most joints click, and they give a greater range of movement than a toy like this has any right to have.
The right arm features a giant drill that can turn manually, There is also an alternate arm part that lets you replace the drill with a normal hand. There are several variant hands included, most with specific uses.
The left arm features a flower shaped missile launcher that can collapse when not in use. The missile inside does not fire, but rather attaches to the base with a magnet.
Alternately, you can attach a chain and claw to the same magnetic point.
The waist has a working piston that flexes and extends when the waist is turned.
The hips have metal plates on the sides that must be attached and move independently from the legs.
Each glorious metal leg is mostly diecast with swivel thighs and ratcheting knees. The feet, while small, have no issues supporting the metal giant.
On the back are three removable medals with Kanji, one denoting each machine.
In addition to the figure you also get a ship of the Liger. This ship is a bit light but does feature a removable medal and movable wings.
A stand is included, but it’s the same boring stand as always. The stand takes up a ton of space and quite frankly doesn’t need it. There’s a small door on the back where the stand would screw into place.
If this seems short for such an expensive toy, I apologize. As great as it is, it breaks no new ground that wasn’t covered by the Dragon. One can only say how awesome it is so many times. If you know EX Gokin, you know what to expect, and this toy delivers on all fronts.
|Posted 12 March, 2014 - 21:42 by JoshB|