Review by EVA_Unit_4A
This toy appears courtesy from HobbyLink Japan.
Both halves, Geki Sabers A and B- use the same flexible blades as their on-screen counterparts, albeit made of thin PVC. A and B are the same length, 13 1/8th-in (33.5cm), while Souken Gasshin Mode is 17 ¾-in (45.0cm) long.
Geki Saber A
Geki Saber B
GekiSaber B contains the sound effects equipment for the set (requires two AAA batteries to operate), which Geki Saber A only has the locking mechanism for when they are combined. (There are no electronic lights or movement in this toy, only sound.)
Souken Gasshin Mode
Sound effects are determined by whether the two Dao swords are connected or separated. Turning it On and combining/separating produce the same single effects. When they are separated and the trigger is pressed, B will make two different sword-swinging effects. These two effects do not repeat one after the other as is common, but rather one will play only once every third click of the trigger. (This gives the effect of randomness without being repetitive & predictable.) When in Souken Gasshin Mode, however, there is only one sword effect when the trigger is pressed. (Wow, the volume on that speaker is very loud. The first words out of my mouth when I turned it on the first time were “Holy s***!”)
Even though the Geki Sabers are used in “Power Rangers Jungle Fury” (2008), the Red Ranger did not use them for long, but rather the Shark Spirit Ranger did (who had no counterpart in “Jyuken Sentai GekiRanger”, and is an American-only creation). Unfortunately, save for simplistic ones used by smaller action figures, no full-sized Shark Saber(s) were ever produced in toy form.
I’m going to be honest and say that, while “Jyuken Sentai GekiRanger” was one of the better of the Super Sentai Series, the toy line was really lacking in 2007. I never bought any of the mecha (though I did get most of the cheaper scaled-down PR counterparts). Though I usually don’t go for role-playing items, there were only two toys I wanted that year, the Geki Sabers, and the standard-issue Geki Tonfas.
Going into it, I knew this would be a very simple toy, and considering the craziness of gimmicks in years before, that was fine with me. Though the A sword is a little puny in the grip compared to the B, I almost felt a longing for it to have its own unique feature to counter the electronics of the other, beyond having the built-in locking mechanism for the combined weapon. One small error that cropped up in mine was the B’s blade was somehow distorted during manufacturing and/or shipping, and I have to consciously hold the PVC blade in place when I connect it to the A, but that is simply a problem that slipped through the cracks of QA. What shocked me, though, was how dammed loud that speaker is. It makes my ears ring, for cryin’ out loud! (Fortunately, my hands are big enough that I can just cover the speaker with the corner of my palm, but still!) Overall, the Geki Sabers are a simple yet satisfying role-playing toy with no major flaws.
|Posted 19 June, 2010 - 13:12 by EVA_Unit_4A|