Deluxe Animus Megazord
Review by JoshB
The Deluxe Animus Megazord is the US version of the DX Chogokin Hyaku Juu Gattai Gao God from the sentai series Hyakujyuu Sentai Gaoranger. Bandai America imported this toy and released it as part of it's Power Rangers Wild Force toy line.
I'm not going to even try to describe what the series was about. For that, check wikipedia.
What I can tell you though is that this figure is very cool, and one of my favorite releases from Wild Force / Gaoranger. The Deluxe Animus Megazord is based on the Deluxe Wild Force Megazord. While the design is similar, very few of the parts are actually the same.
The Deluxe Animus Megazord consists of five power animals:
This shark features wheels on the bottom, a moveable jaw, fins, and a detachable tail.
The lion appears to be the same as the one used in the Deluxe Wild Force Megazord, aside from different coloring.
The condor features a new head and tail unit, redecorated wings, and metal feet.
The Bison is similar to the Bull used on the Wild Force Megazord, with different detailing, coloring, and different horns.
The Leopard is similar to the tiger used on the Wild Force Megazord, with different coloring.
The combination is similar to that of the Wild Force Megazord, with a few notable exceptions.
On the chest of the Animus Megazord, the wings point upward and outward.
The horns on the head become a kind of bow weapon that can be held in the mouth of the Leopard.
Once again, this release retains all the metal of the DX Chogokin version. This is one heavy bot. If Bandai still made them this way today, I would still be a Sentai Fan.
So, what's different in this release from the Japanese release? The only thing I can see is that the gold metal shoulder plates are re-used from older US zords and not the ones that come with the Japanese version, which also has paint detail. That's about it as far as I know, but perhaps purists will correct me.
|Posted 11 April, 2008 - 12:43 by JoshB