Review by Shogundan
It's hard for me to believe that it has been 10 years since the Soul Of Chogokin GX-03 Combattler V was first introduced to the world. Let the truth be known, I remember all the hoopla about the GX-03 being released like it was yesterday. Man, I'm getting old!
I pose a question... Do we actually need another version of Combattler V? Some may say, why the heck not? We already have almost a dozen different SOC versions of Go Nagai's famous Mazinga Z. Others may ask... What's so different about this newer version. For those that ask this, I bring you my review of the Soul Of Chogokin GX-50 Combattler V!
GX-50 Combattler V arrives courtesy of HobbyLink Japan
First up, we have the box. The outside carton looks similar to the original GX-03 because of the way Combattler is posed, but, with a few additions. It's hard not to notice the Gold anniversary label and bright yellow stripe with, the orange/yellow Com-Battler V logo that adorns the box. Enough with the outside, the inside of the box is where it really shines! Check out the retro look. everything is nicely labeled and packed in glorious Styrofoam. I love that Bandai is doing these retro inserts in the combining robot releases.
I'm going to proceed with the individual components that make up Combattler V first. But before that, I wanted to mention that all component are made of quality plastics and heavy die-cast metal. Also, the paint on each component is flawless and the colors are more vibrant than the original release.
Moving along, we have The Battlejet which makes up Combattler V's head. This piece is very different than the original. Note the clear opening cockpit with pilots seat. Also, check out the detailed landing gear. But wait! There is more... Check out the laser that is concealed in the middle of the ship and the new dual retractable guns. Very cool, indeed! Still, the spinning blade mounting holes are present, but no blades?
Next up we have the Battlecrasher which is the upper chest and the arms of Combattler V. This really hasn't changed much other than the clear blue cockpit canopy, and the fact that you no longer have to remove the thrusters during transformation. Oh, almost forgot that the tiny wings are a little longer and now they actually fold up during transformation. This folding concept is cool but they tend to fall off rather easy.
Moving forward, we have the Battletank that makes up Combattlers V's torso. This is actually my favorite component. The new additions to this piece are again, the clear canopy and some actually grasping claws. My favorite thing, however, is the addition of the top-mounted cannon. I say this because what is a tank without a cannon? A bulldozer maybe?
Onto Battlemarine that makes up Combattlers legs. This is my least favorite component as its quite floppy. This is due to the addition of the new swiveling mechanism and the newer knee joint. The only other improvement is it actually now has rear landing gear that can be deployed by simply revolving Combattlers front knee pad. Like the original, The Battlemarine can hold the Battletank, However it's unbalanced and without the aid of the Styrofoam in the photo, it would have easily fallen backward.
Lastly, we have Combattlers feet, the Battlecraft. This component is the least changed of all. The only improvements are the new magnetic attaching point as shown in the picture below and the fact that the attaching point on the top of the feet is able to slide forward in the transformation to Grand Dasher mode.
Speaking of the Gard Dasher mode, Combattler V is able to achieve this move successfully with the addition of center wheels and the ability for the feet to slide forward on their mounts. This mode just looks odd to me.
OK, we have covered all the components, time to combine! In this mode, Combattler V is really not much different than the original. Įtempiamos lubos Vilniuje Gera kaina Montavimas ir priežiūra Albeit, Combattler now has some very small additional movement in the hips, a swivel in the knee and some more movement is the upper shoulders. That's IT! The figure still suffers from instability. Even with the additional movement available, it's hard to do any real dynamic poses and you still have to worry about this figure doing a shelf dive.
COMBINED ROBOT MODE
Combattler V once again has a stand that is equipped with an impressive array of weaponry that I will attempt to correctly name and show in the next series of photos
Super Electro Magnetic Yo-yo
Yeah, I know, its a lame name but a very formidable weapon, note the additional lightning effect parts.
Yo-Yo Double Cutter
A larger, singular Yo Yo
Super Electro Magnetic Spin
This is sort of a giant Combattler V drill bit.
Basically a super flame thrower.
Giant claw used for grabbing opponents.
Not sure about this one, looks like it may hurt?
Again, self-explanatory as well as being a little phallic.
Saw blades on ankles, why not?
So is it worth it? Is it better? Well, yes and no. I feel that the GX-50 does have some improvements over the original release, and it's definitely a cool combiner. I just wish they had fixed the instability of the combined form.
GX-50 Combattler V is available at HobbyLink Japan
You can also get the original GX-03 Combattler V at HobbyLink Japa
Comments13 comments posted
Hmm, interesting. A few questions...
Are the swords metal in this release? Also is there any upper chest movement?
The Twin Lancers are plastic and there is no upper body articulation, which by the way is VERY hard to separate the Battle Crasher from the Battle Tank. I have both and if your not a diehard Com-Battler fan and have GX-03 you should be happy with that, for me Com-Battler is one of my favorite combiners so it was a no brainer. It's a step above GX-03 but not a huge leap and just more or less keeps Com-Battler even with the newer combining SOC's.
Haven't handled this but just from the review I tend to agree. Looks like an improvement but not so much that you'd need both. I do love the new box though. And man, I always had the hardest time separating the Battle Crasher and Tank on the original even! Thought I was the only one.. lol .
"You can't sell it until you get it from him, but you gotta sell it to pay him to get it to sell it".
---Jerilock, talking about me trying to raise the money I need to pay for the toys I already bought....
And here I thought we closed the discussion on crotch thrusting... BAZING!
The Gundam Model Guy
I pre-ordered mine from HobbyLink Japan months ago and got it last month. Definitely worth it! I liked the improvements, the paint scheme and the weapons and accessories. However, I think I would nominate CM's GORDIAN for 'Toy of the Year' Award.
Grand dasher mode is a piece of crap. Would you display this toy like that? It looks like the sort of thing you try once, shake your head, and pretend it never happened. It's the toy equivalent of making out with a strange-faced girl with a powerful odor and finding out later that she's married to a crazy guy. Just walk away.
Battlecrasher and Battlemarine are disappointing. They look like the result of someone trying to figure out how to make vehicles out of humanoid parts and failing.
The robot looks great. His pile of weapons is gorgeous. Can someone do me a huge favor and put up a picture of his shooting the cock missile while the yoyos are blazing out of his hands? From a full frontal angle.
I have the GX-03 but I still want this one, in other words Im a fan of this combiner. I love the brighter coloring and the extra little gimmicks it has, basically all the things I wish it would have had before, it does now. Good review Dan
This SOC is great! I already had two GX-03, but getting this one was a no brainer. Which brings me back to my failure to understand why some people whine so much about companies continuing to release better engineered versions of the most famous Super Robots in history. When will these people understand that it is GOOD BUSINESS to make figures that people know versus making figures of lesser known characters that may or may not sell. Please, stop the whinning already!!!
Back to the SOC GX-50... IT ROCKS! I wish they had done the same with the Voltes V...
They did it with voltes v, thats why a gx31-v was released brighter color and a much nicer box....i got that instead of the originl release and it does ROCK!! it also converts to a volt tank so it does pay tribute to the old go-daikin version. Thats a nice step done by BANDAI.
I used to have this guy as a kid, it was the Matchbox or Mattel (forget which) release version and this one looks so much better and different too. It's interesting how this new release doesn't have any of the missile launchers like the old 70s/80s version did and there's no add on piece for the back of the Battlemarine. Best of all it looks like Combattler no longer needs the rubber suspenders that my old one did to keep him together. Wish I had the disposable income to pick this bad boy up.
This thing is huge. I have about 20 SOC's and this one stands above them all, which may add to his wobbly nature. It takes some patience, but can can get him to display quite nicely. The box is also my favorite.
Would like to see a video review of this baby. Still considering to get or not to get.
GX-50 so much better than GX-03 but the time i combined it the left elbow is a little loose... help....