Genesic GaoGaiGar: Final Ver.
Review by AJProDie-Cast
There have been many versions ofGaoGaiGar from many manufactures. I have had some or most and finally found and kept this version from Max factory, part of their Max Gokin line.
Genesic GaoGaiGar is the second release by Max factory, now with Final ver. in the title. It comes in the, typical for the line, handled black folding box with styrofoam tray(s), stand that holds all the parts, and even a pair of white gloves to handle the chogokin!
The robot comes out of the box with many accessories that ALL fit on the stand... good job!.
The Final Ver. equates to (hopefully) fixed feet issues (a design flaw in original release) and cool extra hands, with a stand.
The size of the chogokin is eight inches, but it seems somewhat small for all the accessories and stand size.
The PVC orange hair or "power batteries" attaches behind the head, and, while looking cool, do limit the head's movements.
The legs are 80% diecast and very heavy. The knee area has spots to attach the golden cones (the smooth ones are the "normal" look... I think).
The feet on an the original often broke in transit (I vented on the web). These seem fine upon opening. The toes tilt with a ratchet mechanism, and no issues in posing for me. The clawed toes held up the robots weight well in my opinion.
The lion head chest has a sliding mouth and sliding mane (for when posing arms).
The myriad fists attach to the arm sockets with two different types of pegs (helps you keep track of each side).
The first set of hands are large and claw-like and with gold tipped thumbs. Genesic also comes with a fused combined fist.
The other hands are smaller and have golden fingers. The normal closed fists and flat hand with red sunburst-like cuff are from the original release, and the three additional hands are for the Final Ver.. It should be noted that the three additional hands are on ball joints, with moving thumbs... adds great options and makes it worth getting this version over the original.
The robot has nice ball joints at hips, but it is still hard to get an easy pose around the legs (the feet seem to angle weird). When finally settled, however, it seems pretty stable.
The bird-like accessories are the Bolting Driver (A-Type) with a weird orange plugs that slide into the green barrel (Genesic Bolt, Broken Bolt, and Protect Bolt), and a gauntlet-like "Will Knife" (I did not notice it was upside down until uploading pictures... you can tell by the blade). I of course don't know all the terminology but the amount of looks you can create make tons of cool and bad A$$ images.
Dirty Harry Genesic GaoGaiGar... Do you feel lucky, punk... well, do ya???
Genesic GaoGaiGar's wing, or "Gadget Feather", slides on a back clasp and has adjustable segments to create length (and form some ray in the anime) for the tail. FYI: the first four segments DO NOT come apart... I broke number four figuring that out... sigh.
The wing can be unfolded by sliding four parts in tracks for an extended design with cool red inlaid eyes.
The extra tail segments need to be taken out when Genesic GaoGaiGar is not on the stand or they push on the ground awkwardly.
Nevertheless, the look is great and I love having in my collection.
Genesic GaoGaiGar rests on the stand by gravity where the ball joint in the hips meet.
It went for 150 to 209 USD plus shipping around a year and a half ago, no idea how much this or the original may run you now. If you have the original, no need to get this baby, but if you can find this, I give him a nice thumbs up for stability, a huge thumbs up for diecast content, an incredible thumbs up for accessories, and a gigantic stupendous thumbs up for aesthetics... as for posability... a pinkie turn with a smile?
|Posted 12 September, 2011 - 21:21 by AJProDie-Cast|