Special Express Railger
Review by JoshB
Wing is one of those odd little Japanese toy companies that never got a real license for any specific toy property. Instead, the company chose to make their own designs, which in fact are actually pretty cool.
While original Wing products are unknown in the west, many of their toys were bootlegged and ended up in discount stores and pharmacies.
This guy is pretty cool and I'm sort of bummed that I just discovered him recently, and I would have had a blast with this as a kid.
Special Express Railger is an actual motorized train that transforms into a super robot. What a great name!
The packaging is awesome. the box art is great and you can clearly see the product through the die cut windows.
In vehicle mode there are three train cars - The middle car has the battery powered engine and due to the connection method they cannot be placed in a different order.
The thin track is sturdy and actually not a bad size all things considered. Place a double A battery into the middle car and move the switch and the train slowly and noisly goes around the track.
To transform into Railger, start with the front white train. Pull the rear of the train off and then split it in half. Unfold the arms and plug into the sides of the cab. Flip up the head and flip down the torso.
Then, take the green train car and split that in half. Unfold the feet and pull out the legs. Flip out the wheels on the side. Attach those two legs to the white body via pegs.
Finally, take the motorized car and place it into the slot behind the figure - it's only use is to act as a motor to move Railger around in robot mode.
The design is great, and very brave-inspired.
Plastic is cheap, but not overly cheap. It feels "real" but not at the Takara or Bandai level of quality.
There are a few different variations of this toy, one having steam trains.
I love odd unknown toys like this. The hunt continues!
|Posted 10 November, 2011 - 06:54 by JoshB|