Getter Dragon Black Version
Review by chachipower
Yamato has brought us a wide range of collectibles in the past. Metal Box is one of their sub-lines that is comprised of Super Deformed super robots. While cool looking and interesting, interest was quickly lost unless you were skilled in modeling. This is because the Metal Box kits are made of resin and required a pin vise. Many wondered what it would be like if these were made as Gokin. Well, Yamato must have been listening because they have recently released the Metal Boy line of Gokin figures. Until now, the only gokin SD figures were the ES Gokin coming from Fewture/Artstorm. Now the Metal Boys are here for a piece of the action.
Metal Box's first release is the MB-01 Getter Dragon. It is a chibi style version of Getter Dragon. While that release is excellent, I've decided to concentrate this review on the black version of this release. It just hit all the right buttons for me with it's sleek black and gold finish. Black/Gold versions of robots goes back to the vintage chogokins like Reideen and Daltanious and many more. Without further ado, here is Getter Dragon Black keeping that tradition going.
The release comes in the same box as the regular release. The only difference being the Special Edition sticker located on the lower right of the box that allows you to distinguish this one from the regular version.
After removing the hefty figure from the tray, all that is required is the attachment of his shoulder armor which is ball jointed to allow free movement independent of the shoulder.
The back is relatively clean save for some screw and accessory holes. The back of the head holds a rectangular button for his LED gimmick.
Pressing in the button on the back of his head activates his LED function which lights up his forehead crystal, eyes, and mouth. Three LR41 button batteries are required and not included. Installation of the batteries requires removal of the back of the top head fin. The button stays in while the gimmick is in use and pressing it again deactivates the gimmick.
Diecast is abundant and gives this figure a hefty solid feel.
Getter Dragon comes with standard fists out of the box. He also has a pair of pointing hands, a pair of weapon-holding fists and a pair of relaxed hands.
He also has a pair of Tomahawks. To use them, you remove the bladed end from the handle. Insert the handle through the optional weapon-holding fists and reattach the blade. Here he is shown using the included stand.
This set includes a cape called the Mach Wing which requires removal of the standard shoulder armor pieces. The cape has built in shoulder armor that floats above the shoulders. The cape is made of rigid high quality metallic black plastic with gold painted trim.
The included stand can be used for flight pose.
If the black and gold color doesn't justify the purchase of another Getter Dragon, how about the fact that this version includes the Getter Laser Cannon? I'm sure some people will feel cheated by the inclusion of this is the alternate color version of this release. Surely an incentive to buy the repaint.
The cannon is made of a thick PVC and requires removal of a small section of the cannon for attachment to the hand. After inserting handle, said piece is reattached.
What started as a scale comparison, ended as a showdown between Pheyden and Getter Dragon!
I have to say that this line is going to give the ES Gokin a run for their money. The size and diecast content of the MB releases so far go beyond what the ES Gokin line is currently offering. I have the regular version of this set and the introduction of a black repaint was a no-brainer for me since I was very impressed with the regular version. The build quality, finish, Articulation, diecast content and overall execution was enough to warrant buying the black set. Those who can't or refuse to buy this alternate color may be a little miffed that the Laser Cannon was included in this set. I however, couldn't resist. I am going to assume this black version trend will continue since the MB-02 Grendizer is also due for a black version release. To that I say, bring it on!
|Posted 28 January, 2013 - 19:29 by chachipower|