Review by mcfitch
GODAIKIN: An Innovative Series of Super Robots.
That's the tagline for the Godaikin series from Bandai America which started in 1982. Guardian was one of the first released to American children, and possibly the most unique. Its design is based on matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls).
There are 3 robots included in the set; 1) Protteser, the smallest, 2) Delinger, the middle size, 3) and Garbin, the largest.
They all combine to form Guardian. Protteser is piloted by the show's hero Daigo (a small yellow rubber figure), which is then loaded into Delinger. Delinger is then loaded into Garbin to form Guardian.
In the completed form (and as separate pieces) there is limited articulation in the legs (they only bend back at the knee), but the arms have 2 swivel joints at the shoulder, and one at the elbow. The fists fire from a spring loaded mechanism in both Garbin, and Delinger.
There are many accessories included in the set. There are 2 melee weapons for each robot, and a sword/spike/club (Laser Screw), and shield (Shine Shield) for the combined Guardian robot. The full list of accessories is as follows:
- White Light Sword
- Yellow missiles that shoot from the shins
- Garbin Hooker hand spikes
- Red Light Sword
- Magnum Hatchet
- Double Knuckle
- Green Light Sword
- Bomb Drill
The set also comes with Daigo's robotic panther Clint.
The set displays nicely, if rather static due to the leg articulation. Combining and taking apart Guardian lets you really admire the detail, and engineering. The inner detail in each robot is above and beyond what you would expect since when combined you won't even see it. You certainly won't see this level of detail in a modern toy aimed at children, and not adult collectors.
Guardian truly was a marvel for it's time.
For those eager to run out and acquire this piece please be careful.
There is a very common knee joint problem in Garbin. The blue plastic made to make the shins gets rather brittle over time. When opening the knee joint look inside to where the blue meets the white plastic. Often you'll notice that the blue plastic chips there. It won't affect the toy other than having the knee joint flop back when picked up, but it will stand very firm with this problem. No tumbling.
Originally released by Popy in 1982 as part of their Chogokin line. Each individual component had a GB number, GB-09 (Protesser), GB-10 (Delinger), and GB-11 (Garbin).
|Posted 14 June, 2005 - 15:33 by mcfitch