U-Combine Shogun Combatra Deluxe Set
|Character Design||Tadao Nagahama|
Review by NekroDave
In addition to being released separately in individual boxes, all 5 of the U-Combine Shogun Combatra vehicles were released in a large boxed set. Retaling at $49.99, this set was the highest priced item in the Shogun Warriors line and is believed to have been sold only in high end department stores. (My specimen still has a Macy's sticker on the box.) With a high price tag and limited availability, the U-Combine Shogun Combatra Deluxe Set today is one of the rarer toys in the Shogun Warriors family.
This set comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box measuring 18" x 13" x 4". A separate full color printout is attached to the front, bottom and sides, while the top and back has the artwork printed directly onto the cardboard.
The way it's packaged inside is pretty unusual. Normally with a set like this, you would see one big styrofoam tray with room for all of the individual parts. In this case, what we get is more cardboard with an insert that has spots cut out that the individual styrofoam pieces are then placed in.
I've already reviewed each vehicle separately so it's time to get down to the business of combining them all to form Combatra! First, get all of your individual pieces ready by removing any of the superfluous parts.
It's best to start with the Battle Craft, which separates to form the feet.
Next, use the Battle Marine to form the legs and slide it onto the tabs on the top of the feet.
The top of the Battle Marine can then be inserted it to the Battle Tank to form the pelvis.
The Battle Clasher goes on top to form the chest and arms.
And of course, the Battle Jet is inserted into the Battle Clasher and forms the head.
At this point, you're almost done, but to keep the whole thing absolutely secure, a single suspender is included. This wraps around the back and hooks into the shoulders. At first, I thought this was pretty dumb looking but I've come to appreciate it's silly charm.
I'll be honest. I used to think this was a pretty ugly toy. But now that I have one on my own shelf, I've come to appreciate it. I think it would look a little nicer if you could remove the treads of the Battle Tank, but aside from that and perhaps the feet being too large, it's a much nicer proportioned robot than it appears at first glance.
Of course, if articulation is important to you, you may want to look elsewhere for your Combatra fix. This guy can only really move at the elbows and shoulders and even there, your options are limited. The knees and hips can also bend, but it seems more for weight distribution than actual poseability.
Lastly, Combatra can also transform into a heavy tank mode. Basically, the feet fold and it lays down on it's stomach.
It feels a bit like a cheat posting this since this review is for the Shogun version, but they are exactly the same toy so here's the original Japanese commercial for the Popy toy.
Not only was this toy released in Japan by Popy and in the US by Mattel, but it was also released in the US (in two different Godaikin boxes, I believe) by Popy's parent company, Bandai. You can read our own Modcineaste's review HERE
|Posted 2 May, 2014 - 23:12 by NekroDave|