Star Searchers Zeric
Review by The Enthusiast
As far as I can tell, Star Searchers was Bandai’s attempt to market Toei’s Metal Heroes to an American audience. Zeric is clearly Space Sheriff Shaider, although I’m not sure of the original toy mold.
Zeric is larger than the standard Popy size, measuring 7.5 inches high. If the back of the box is to be believed, a similar model of Sharivan was also released in America.
Zeric is a great figure, mostly plastic but with a substantial heft provided by the diecast rear leg components. The rest of the toy is executed in sharply detailed chromium, in blue and silver.
Zeric’s primary gimmick is a light/sound feature, activated by a switch on his back. His eyes and chest pulse along with a throbbing laser noise.
For a light/sound figure, Zeric is surprisingly articulated, with movement at his neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.
The fit and finish is pure Popy. This is a quality toy. Zeric comes with two accessories, a sword and a gun. The gun fits nicely in its holster.
Given the dearth of Metal Hero product in the US, I recommend picking up any Star Searchers product you can get ahold of.
|Posted 14 November, 2009 - 18:53 by The Enthusiast|