Review by VZMK2
This figure was provided by HobbyLink Japan.
The late 70’s to the mid-80’s were the golden age of the combining robot. Many such as Combattler V, Golion (Lion Voltron), and Dairugger XV (Vehicle Voltron) would helm from this era. One such robot was God Sigma.
This Super Robot Chogokin comes from the 1980 robot show Space Emperor God Sigma. Check out the nice opening.
While we’re at it, have the Italian opening (Italy sure was lucky to get all those super robot shows shortly after their Japanese airing).
This toy however, isn’t a combiner. Since this toy doesn’t turn into it’s separate components like its large SOC version, it’s a bit more stylized, especially around the legs that taper off into a trapezoidal shape rather than just straight down.
Standing five inches, it is, however, very articulated. While being a very blocky design, it’s able to do all sorts of crazy poses. Shoulders can swing upwards, elbows are double jointed and detented. Even the shoulder rods can swing around (but aren’t removable like on the original ST Chogokin).
Knees can bend further in thanks to the collapsing panel in the back although on mine it gets a bit stuck on the blue leg, so I have to manually push it in with a tool. The hips do have a swingable bar, but I wish they could make the legs go higher. The feet get a bit more movable when you pull down the ankle. It can rock forward to back as well as side to side (although not much).
Check out that sexy ab crunch.
Since this is in the Chogokin label, you’d expect a decent amount of diecast. Really though, other than the shoulder and the swingable hip joints, the only major diecast content is the upper part of the lower legs (which I have highlighted here). It adds a little bit of weight, but not much. I would have prefer just a bit more especially for the price this goes for (7500 yen).
Accessories are minimal but satisfactory. Three pairs of hands (closed fist, open palm and sword holding hands). Along with that is the sword, sword handle, shield, and attachment for stand.
There’s a little piece of that comes off the wing, so the sword handle can fit in so it looks like it’s pulling it out.
As for the sword itself which is called the Musou-Ken (Peerless Blade) it’s a bit of a struggle to get it in the hand so I wouldn’t recommend taking it out once it’s in there. Still it’s cool to have both hands hold it since the hilt is long enough.
Special guest, Godzilla 1985 by NECA.
Now for the shield (called the God Shield), there’s one that you can take off the back but that’s just for show. In actuality, you use the large shield to hold.
While yes this toy isn’t transformable, at least the Big Wing can come off.
And of course, it’s usable on a Tamashii stand.
Because it has the same overall colors and blocky design, he it is next to SRC Daizyujin (which IMO is the most solid SRC I own).
The neat thing about this SRC is it’s ability to switch it’s arms and wing with others that are compatible. Putting in the other arms is a bit tight but that’s probably since its regular arms fit loose on mine.
In overall, a pretty good entry in the SRC line. While I’d would have a bit more diecast (not a deal breaker but it comes off a bit of a rip off), it’s still a worthy one to collect if you like the SRC line or old school robots in general.
Thanks goes to HobbyLink Japan for sending this figure.
|Posted 20 July, 2015 - 20:22 by VZMK2|