Review by Atom
Bandai follows up their initial Super Robot Chogokin release with another Go Nagai creation, Great Mazinger. Now, I have never actually sat down and watched Great Mazinger, but he was ever present in my childhood growing up as most of my friends had him as either a Shogun Warrior or Jumbo Machinder.
I always loved the look of the character and I have always wanted a nice Great Maz in the collection but not at the SOC/Jumbo Machinder prices. This new Super Robot Chogokin lines gives fans and collectors the chance to grab some classic and unique robot designs in metal and at an affordable price.
The packaging is pretty standard fare for a Japanese figure release but I do find the four color graphics and art design of the box very sharp and eye catching. Inside the figure and all its parts and pieces are neatly stored in vacuum-formed trays.
Boy is it loaded with gimmicks. Included in the box is...
- Great Mazinger
- Brain Condor
- Drill Forearm
- Leg Fins
- Act 5 Tamashii Stage Stand Adaptor
- Mazinger Blade
- Thunder Break Hand Effect
- Thunder Break Sword Effect
- Scramble Dash
- 2 Leg Fins
- 10 Swappable Hands of varying hand poses
The SRC releases are a fusion of all of the best technological gimmicks of the various figure and chogokin lines to create a very affordable, hi-metal, highly posable line of robot goodness. Great Mazinger is no exception.
The front chest, hip joints and lower legs are made of metal. The rest is made of high quality ABS plastic.
The fit and finish of this figure is very much on par with the quality and craftsmanship of the bigger (and more expensive) Soul of Chogokin line. Paint applications are all very sharp and clean with no under/overspray anywhere. It's a flawless specimen.
Great Mazinger stands just a bit over 5-1/2 inches tall and is highly posable. The shoulders feature a high range of motion utilizing the Saint Cloth Myth/S.H.figurearts ball and socket design.
Elbows feature a double hinge joint with the top joint being a ratchet style and lower joint being a tension joint.
The lower torso, waist and hip joints all expand out to allow a wide range of motion.
I cannot find a pose it can't hold!
Something I did forget to mention in my SRC Mazinger Z review but is featured on that and this release are the collapsing hatches behind the knees.
This allows you to really get the legs in kneeling positions. I didn't notice it originally as the mechanism is so smooth and fluid it just works without you having to think about it.
So, the figure is highly posable and well crafted, but why is it more expensive than Mazinger? He comes with a ton of parts included in the box without you having to buy another set to complete it. The suggested retail price is approximately $50 US give or take a few dollars depending on the strength of the dollar vs. the yen, which puts it at the same price point of Mazinger Z with the accessory set. You can pretty much recreate just about every special attack or gimmick from the show...
Drill Pressure Punch
If you do have the Mazinger Weapon set you have two extra smoke trail/rocket punch effects left over. Well, you can use them with Great Mazinger.
As you can see there is a lot of value packed into this little guy. This is a Japanese toy collector’s dream: great, high metal, high quality mini SOC's at a very affordable price. It is the ST line reborn for the 21st century. Highly recommended and I look forward to collecting the whole line.
Now if we could just get some of those play-sets they where teasing us with...
Is Super Robot Chogokin the best new toy line of the year? In this man's opinion, yes!
|Posted 29 December, 2010 - 01:29 by Atom