|Character Design||Mitsuteru Yokoyama|
|Toy Design||Alen Yen|
Review by Prometheum5
Gigantor USB comes courtesy of Incubot Productions. Get yours here!
Incubot Productions is ToyboxDX founder Alen Yen's toy company, maker of soft vinyl classically styled robots and rubber robot USB flash drives of both original and licensed characters. In 2010 Incubot released their fully licensed Voltron USB, and now they are back with something heavier.
Like all Incubot USB releases, Gigantor comes in a beautiful full-color printed box. The artwork is clean and classic, with plenty of vintage packaging nods. This is a box designed by somebody that knows old toys. Gigantor rests safely inside a bubble wrap baggy.
I have to admit right now that I am no expert on Tetsuijin-28, aka. Gigantor, but I do know that he's old and important. Wikipedia tells me the original manga is from 1956, and the cartoon first aired in the US in 1964, long ahead of Go-Nagai's work on Mazinger and the beginning of the chogokin and robot craze. I also know that he's got a chunky, clean, and timeless design that makes for great toys. Gigantor stands about three inches tall, shorter than previous rubber Nekobots but taller than a Glyos figure.
You may notice from the photos that Gigantor is not rubber like previous Incubot USB releases. Rather than squishy rubber, Gigantor is made completely out of cold, glorious bare diecast. He's solid and weighs a ton.
Gigantor is articulated at the shoulders. The movement is really smooth, and I think the arms are held in with some kind of rubber gasket so they will not loosen up and will take a few knocks in your bag.
Besides being heavy, chunky, and fun, Gigantor is useful. Inside the belly of the bot is an 8GB USB flash drive. The figure separates at the waist to reveal a slim USB chip. Included on the chip is a full episode of the original black and white Gigantor cartoon in English. The video file is in MP4 format and 480p, so the quality is good for a show that aired in 1964.
Unlike the rubber figures, which are molded around the flash drive, Gigantor's drive is actually removable and held in the upper body by two rubber pads. The fit is very tight, so there is no risk of losing the chip, but it is nice to know that it could be swapped out or replaced in the future.
Because Gigantor features a slim USB chip, his pants are not compatible with Nekobots, but Gigantor can wear Nekobot pants just fine.
Incubot's Gigantor is heavy, fun, and useful, and is also gorgeous. The sculpt is flawless, and I can only assume it was designed on a computer. The surfaces are smooth, with just a hint of pitting and mold lines on the torso. The whole thing has a fantastic vintage vibe and just feels right in your hands. I'm tempted to try antiquing the finish a bit with some black rub in the detail and some polishing.
The nose is sharp! You'll definitely want to make sure that part's sticking outward when stuffing Gigantor in your pocket on the way to work.
As I said above, I'm no big Gigantor expert, but I love this toy all the same. The fit and finish are perfect and the figure looks and feels incredible. For $39.99, Gigantor USB seems like an excellent deal. Larger, more expensive toys feature less metal, and Gigantor happens to be useful as well. 8GB of storage is great for moving files around at work all day, and makes for a great excuse to always have some good, proper chogokin with you. This debut release is also limited to just 150 pieces, so don't wait too long to decide! You can get yours right now from the Incubot Store.
|Posted 13 August, 2012 - 10:09 by Prometheum5|