|Character Design||Rou Yasuda|
|Toy Design||Katsuhisa Yamaguchi|
Review by JoshB
Overman King Gainer (OVERMAN[オーバーマン]キングゲイナー) is an anime series written and directed by longtime animator Tomino Yoshiyuki.
Yes, the same Tomino that created Mobile Suit Gundam.
I have always been fascinated by the look of King Gainer, but I’ve never seen the show. When Kaiyodo and Organic announced that they were finally making a toy of the titular robot, I had to get one.
I had always thought that Overman King Gainer was a human-sized robot, but that is not so. The Overman King Gainer robot is actually super-robot sized. Check out this image from the official Bandai king Gainer website
The name Overman King Gainer comes from the main character’s video game handle. When “Gainer” steals the “Overman” giant robot, he logs in with his video game name, King Gainer.
The toy is one of the best designs suited for the Revoltech style. The Revoltech joints blend seamlessly into the design. King Gainer manages to fit 16 Revoltech joints into this line, not to mention the standard monoshaft joints.
The head has 4 articulated…tendrils (?) connected by smaller Revoltech joints. They can be posed in any direction, and really can give the figure a sense of motion. The photon-mat ring can be connected to the ends of two of tendrils by two Revoltech joints.
The shoulders are comprised of two separate monoshaft joints, followed by Revoltech joints in the elbows and hands. King Gainer comes with two open hands, two closed hands, and two hands that can hold weapons.
There are two Revoltech joints in the torso – one in the neck and one in the abdomen. There is no waist joint, but there is a removable belt that can be moved.
Each hip has two monoshaft joints, and then the knees and feet are Revoltech joints.
In terms of weapons, King Gainer only has one weapon: a Chainsaw Gun that has two different tips. The photon-mat ring is also some kind of energy weapon. The chainsaw gun can be attached to the peg on the back of the belt when not in use.
Also included is the standard Revoltech base, with the figure’s name imprinted on the bottom.
This figure is highly recommended. I have it at my desk in the office, and it’s a great sturdy toy to fiddle around with.
|Posted 29 November, 2006 - 14:11 by JoshB|