Review by NekroDave
The Shogun Action Vehicle Shigcon Jet is a re-branding of the Popinica PB-13 from Popy and originates from the show Daitetsujin 17. It is a companion piece to another Action Vehicle, the Shigcon Tank. According to the guy in the following commercial, the "c" in the word is essentially silent.
I bet that this is one of those toys that I would have enjoyed much more as a child than I do now. My imagination back then would have been more likely to run wild and I would have actually played with it. As it is now though, since I have no attachment to the source material and the toy doesn't wow me in and of itself, it really just represents a mark on a checklist for me. Just one fewer Shogun branded item I need to add to my shelf. Yes, I realize this is kind of sad.
The Shigcon Jet is obviously an aerial vehicle with a 6.5" wingspan but there are a few surprises hidden in it's otherwise nondescript appearance. First off, even though it's not mentioned or depicted on the box, there is a retractable panel that can be pulled out of the nose of the ship. I'm not exactly sure what this is meant to represent though, having not seen the show.
Next, of course you can fire the missiles from the silver holsters positioned on the inside edge of the wings. The outside edge the wings can also fold up, providing a 4th and 5th pair of wheels that I suppose can help out on those extra treacherous touchdowns.
I think those wingtips are best left lowered for the next gimmick though. Pressing the red button on the bottom of the tail fin causes the wings to swing backwards and form one large wing at the rear of the vehicle. Again, I'm not sure exactly what this accomplishes. Perhaps the Shigcon Jet doubles as a land or even water vehicle in a pinch?
Lastly, it's got one more trick up it's sleeve. Much like the infamous Sky Arrow (review forthcoming, I promise!), this vehicle can launch it's cockpit with the press of a button; the little red one behind the red nose cone to be precise.
I'm probably being a little harsh on the toy. I'm sure kids of the day would have loved it but for me now, it's all about the box it came in!
|Posted 8 September, 2013 - 00:02 by NekroDave|