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Gashapon Dekaranger Robo (Ver 1.5)

I got this figure with cheap price, and I am so lucky to get this set.

Dekaranger Robo is one of my favorite Sentai mecha due to its bulkiness, ridiculous siren gimmick, and its status as definite police mecha. Back then, I wish I could buy DX toy of this Dekaranger Robo, but its expensive until now. I only bought a terrible knocked off version and yes, it deserves the name I gave. But I didn’t know what figure that became the base of knocked off figure I bought until I realize that this set is the answer.

For those who want to own Dekaranger Robo figure but can’t afford to buy, then this set is a perfect choice. It retains everything you’ve found in DX counterpart, except the sound gimmick, gyro-wappa, and signal canon (which is given to another versionĀ  of this gashapon). To my surprise, it also has light gimmick. For this small scale, this figure offers more than enough.

Dekamashin (or Dekamachines?) look gorgeous. Less paint job doesn’t look bad, they fit perfectly for a gashapon release, much better than applying sticker like in Minipla. Speaking of the machines, they are Patstriker, Patgyror, Pattrailer, Patarmor, and Patsigner. Very sentai-ish name in my opinion. Patstriker, Patgyror, and Pattrailer have light gimmick while Patarmor and Patsigner have pull back motor mechanism. Also, Pattrailer can detach its trailer and become semi truck.

Combine these machine and there we have Dekaranger Robo or Delta Squad Megazord in Power Rangers SPD. Combining them is easy, but what can you expect? Note that floodlights part from Patarmor can be detached.

Dekaranger Robo looks amazing for this small scale. I feel this just like a DX being shrunken as it retains light gimmick which is very important. Luckily, this set gives Judgement Sword instead of Signal Canon (the gun). Although I do like police mecha has gun as weapon, for “Sentai mecha” its always be the sword. Now I realize this gashapon is actually Dekaranger Robo ver 1.5 (original gashapon release gives you Signal Canon).

Yes, this mecha is too small and no articulation points to be discussed, but I don’t mind at all. Look at my knocked off Superion and Microzord Engine Shogun Megazord compared to this figure, you will understand why.

It’s simple, great, bulky, sometimes cute, satisfying gimmick, and cheap.


Micro Zords Engine Shogun Megazord

First, I hate High Octane Megazord or Engine Oh, because of my particular hatred to Engine Sentai Go-Onger. The most ridiculous Sentai and in my opinion everything in there is disastrous. But some people said that actually Power Rangers RPM is a good adaptation. It’s dark, very different from its Sentai counterpart. Too bad, I haven’t watched RPM yet.

Engine Shogun Megazord (or in Japan called Engine Dai-Shogun) is actually retooled version of Engine Oh with Samurai cosmetic and I have to say that this mecha is very good in design. Still we have that totem-kind of mecha but changing the attire into darker colors and samurai theme proved that Engine Shogun is not as bad as Engine Oh. Even better…

These are four zords from this set. Looks nice except for that shark/dolphin-thingy.

Combining this figure is very very easy.

This Micro Zords set is not released in US, but rather for Asian market. Strange decision I think. This set gives you four zords (3 actual zords and 1 strange non-existent zord that has nothing to do with the set at all)). Some parts are made from soft plastic which I hate. Nothing can be expected from this set except for combiner gimmick. All zords can be combined into Megazord complete with the sword and shield. As for the other zord (what kind of animal is that, I have no idea), either can be used as double swords or double blasters, is pretty useless. Its articulation is only on both hands, other than that it is a brick. On a plus side, the weapon can be stored at its back.

This figure is too small although I know the name of the line is Micro Zords. If only Bandai could make it a little bit bigger. This set is only for those who love RPM/Go-Onger or love Samurai theme mecha.

Top Ten Sentai Mecha

This is purely fan based. As a Super Sentai fan, my highlight on this series is their mechas. But some are hit and some are miss. The following list is my top ten Sentai / Power Rangers mecha. It’s just my personal taste so expect something to argue. All photos are taken from various sources.

10. Timerobo Alpha / Time Force Megazord mode Red

It’s cool to have a triple changer mecha, two robots and one jet combination. The dark atmosphere of the series combined with futuristic design (hence the name future taskforce) make this Timerangers something they can depend on. But I prefer Timerobo Alpha. It’s red, symmetric, and proportional. The only miss from the design is the sword. Yeah I know it’s a gimmick of the sentai,but if only the designed the sword better.

9. Gokaioh

The combination is simple, but seriously a mindblown mecha to us. A galleon, a jet, a racing car, a trailer, and a submarine? But overall design of Gokaioh is pretty dang good. It is a pirate mecha after all. Gokaioh is one tough mecha that survived until the end of the series. My only complain, that matroska doll-esque!

8. Gaoking / Wild Force Megazord

You’re the king, you’re the king, you’re king!
Combination of five power animals, mostly inter-changeable, and sometimes six including GaoElephant. If I’am not mistaken, this Gaoking is the first ‘true’ present day animal combinations (Liveman to be noted). Gaoking stays true to it’s name, he is a King, a badass one. The only downside is the finishing move. Meh.

7. Dekaranger Robo / Delta Squad Megazord

Too much siren lamps around the body to retain the police gimmick, still one hell of a robot to destroy monsters. The design is quite bulky, but understandable because it is the combination of bulky machines. Thanks to the animatic 3D CGI, the movement looks smooth and contains all police actions done by this robot.

6. Great Five

The first five-piece combination in Sentai history, ever. Great Five is a fine example how everything is useful. Picking sword from the shield is very cool scene and the finishing move is with aura, deadliest to the max. Five piece gattai is cool, and that gimmick makes us want to buy the toys.

5. Gekitouja

The combination is inspired from Godsigma, and the design is superb. Three cats combined into a robot that master kenpo? The flexibility of the robot is fine, but the finishing move is not that good. Still, a kenpo robot with plausible combination is simple yet genius. The design helps this robot creating ever more badass combination called Gekirintouja.

4. Muteki Shogun / Shogun Megazord

Five small robots to become one big bulky robot (and, are they robots?). Quite slow in movement, but this mecha doesn’t need speed. It’s big, bulky, powerful, and dangerous. And is Muteki Shogun the first five robot gattai?

3. Dairenoh / Thunder Megazord

Technically confusing because the sentai is based on kungfu while the mecha is a samurai robot, complete with katana. But the Chinese dragon transformed into a robot and then combined into another big robot is mind blowing for that time.

2. Galaxy Mega / Astro Megazord

Simplicity at its finest. The combination is very simple, only one shuttle to become head and the rest to become the whole body. While other mechas mostly dominated with red colors, this blue spaceship-like is symmetric, sleek, badass, cool, and fine with the color of the sky. Kudos to the designer of the mecha, if only not because of personal taste, Galaxy Mega ultimately spots number one. Then why he is not, read my number one choice below.

1. Daizyujin / Dino Megazord

There are lot of reasons why this jerk spots number one on my list. He is a jerk in Zyuranger but adorable in Power Rangers. The animal combination is technically a miss because sabertooth tiger and mammoth are from different era, but who cares anyway. The design is perfect for me. This purely my personal choice considering I share a lot of memories with the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Luckily I already own the DX figure so my love is complete for Daizyujin.

Honorable mention: Magiking / Titan Megazord

Five mystical creatures to combine into big dragon and finally a rather bulky robot is not a bad idea. The wings on the back are very wide and large. Unfortunately the other ten mechas I mention above are superior than him in my opinion.

DX Dino Megazord 2010

This was my wishlist for a long time before finally I got this on the right time and the right place.

The reason is simple, only for nostalgic purpose. If not because of childhood memories, I would not ever pick this one. Yes, no matter how cheesy and mess Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was, it always be in my heart as one hell TV show that I watched every week in the past.

The figure itself is actually a new mold, different from previous 1993 DX releases. It can be good and bad at the same time. The dinosaurs themselves look sleek, accurate proportion, accurate decals, and brighter plastic color (notably the Sabertooth Tiger). I never own the old version but I have watched several reviews about the comparison between both. But there are some hollow parts, and I find it disturbing. I know, cost efficiency is the only reason. No more chrome plastic or wheels gimmick.For me, that is not a big deal.

This figure is fantastic, and my biased judgement helped this. Not bulky, great proportion, accurate decals, and it is Megazord, the gigantic figure that served the justice of great childhood.

Finding this DX is a pain. The real price according to Bandai America was only $20 but now on eBay it costs more than $100. Rather because of its rarity, Saban-Disney dispute, or any other problems, it just went nuts. The price is skyrocketing.

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