|Toy Design||Lu.K (Awakening Studio)|
Review by JoshB
Shuttle Robo is the seventh release in the re-imagined Machine Robo line from Action Toys. These designs are somewhat based on their original Machine Robo designs, but also they take into account their appearance in the Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos anime.
The box is compact and keeps the design elements of the other entries in the line. Should you want to, you could line up all the boxes in a row and they would all look good together. Inside, the toy rests in a simple tray, in shuttle mode.
In vehicle mode, Shuttle Robo looks like your average 80s Space Shuttle. There aren't a lot of markings on the toy, and mostly the detail is left up to panel lines where the various parts converge. There are tabs all over the toy that ensure that parts stay into place, but the surface isn't as smooth as it could be. What I mean by that is not all parts sit as flush with the body as they could.
A configurable stand is included that can attach the figure in vehicle mode (with the help of a connector)
The underside of the figure is reasonably compact, and there's storage space for the weapon components in this mode. I do wish the vehicle had landing gear.
Transformation is a bit complicated, but once you've got it figured out it becomes easier over time. The instructions are helpful, and have no words so they can be understood in any language.
The result is a bulky yet dynamic robot mode. Despite initial appearances you can achieve a good variety of poses. the folks at Awaken Studio did a great job translating the transformation while keeping articulation in mind.
Diecast metal parts are in the chest and lower legs.
On the back of the figure, the cockpit opens to allow storage of the weapon in robot mode. the weapon is a three part rifle, and it can be disassembled and stored on the back when not in use.
The rifle assembles easily and stays together well. it can be held in either hand.
The stand can be re-configured to support Shuttle Robo in robot mode. The figure can stand on its own, or be supported with the same support arms and attachment part. Be aware that the support arm joints are very tight, and could break if too much force is applied. Instead, I recommend you use a phillips screwdriver to loosten the joints while adjusting.
I really grew to love this figure after transforming it a few times. The toy is loaded with tabs and slots so everything stays together in either mode. I was still finding new secure points even when writing this review.
Thanks again to Awaken Studio for providing these review samples!
|Posted 20 February, 2018 - 08:15 by JoshB|