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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.

Minipla Kamitsuki Gattai Kyoryuzin

This is Kyoryuger’s main mecha which is the combination of Gabutyra (T-Rex), Stegochi (Stegosaur), and Drycera (Triceratops). Speaking of this Sentai, actually I have mixed feeling on it. The omission of yellow on the team is decreasing my interest to this series although it seems quite promising. Oh well, I can’t judge it as whole before the series finished next year.

The first lineup of 2013 minipla consist of four boxes which in my opinion are useless. They could make it only in two boxes but profit orientation since Gokaiger creates more disasters on Minipla’s releases. They could make Gabutyra in one box only and the rest are in another box. One thing I have noticed on this release is that the assembling is simplified drastically. It’s very very different from previous releases. But that doesn’t mean bad, it’s good in some ways but not for those who wants to experience complicated plastic model assemble. This is actually predictable considering the target of this kind of toy is for kids.

As I told earlier, these dinosaurs are very easy to assemble. I have no problem at all assembling these all ranging from snap-fitting, decal applying, and it’s very fun to do. The last time I got this kind of feeling when I assembled Goryujin (Gokai Silver’s mecha).

After assembling it, they are looking good. The only missing feature we have on this minipla is sound gimmick (which is impossible and indeed the main selling point of DX counterparts). For me it doesn’t really matter but maybe for those who are accustomed to hear samba ringtone or “si ha ha” shouting will feel the lack of that gimmick on this minipla. Who cares anyway.

Combining them into Kyoryuzin is very easy and for those who are already familiar with combination sequence from the series will never need the instruction manual at all. First-timer can do it without problem at all.

Kyoryuzin looks great as his name means God of Dinosaurs. He has a good range of articulations but with one serious complain. This one doesn’t have articulations of both elbow parts (similar to DX) which is in my opinion is very very disappointing. It is understandable considering the gimmick, transforming sequence, and the parts given make that feature impossible to be implemented here. But still, I am disappointed.

But don’t get me wrong, it is a very good mecha. It looks fantastic and menacing. It retains all gimmicks (except the sound) from DX counterpart and has more articulations.

Overall, aside from missing elbow articulations, I have no problem with this figure. It is worth to be collected especially if you are Sentai fans.

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.

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger

Super Sentai series is reaching its burnout state as this movie proves it.

As annual tradition, this versus movie feels a little bit awkward because previously Go-Busters and Gokaiger worked together in Super Hero Taisen so their meeting feels not as fateful as previous Super Sentai cross-over before. Somehow their cross-over is not exciting at all other than pretty good action scenes that fill this movie as whole. Probably due to underwhelming reception of Go-Busters as the series itself is a major blow in ratings and the quality of the series itself is seriously panned.

The story is predictable, which is why Super Sentai is burnout now, using the same formula, the same setting, and the same cliche method. The only thing that is special from this movie is that their mechas transformed (Gokai Change) into past Super Sentai mechas according to their resemblances. Even though Kyoryugers have their appearance earlier and Kyoryu Red interacts directly with Gokai Red and Red Buster, unlike previous early-bird Sentai cameo, but their appearance is not that special.

Surprisingly, the acting of Gokaiger’s cast is pretty bad, unlike their previous appearances (series or movies). Their acting is stiff, awkward, and seems they forgot their previous characterizations naturally.

Overall, this is a pretty messed-up versus movie.

Score: 2 out of 5

Go-Busters Minipla Series

I forgot to review each set of them last year, so I put the whole thing (minus that green frog that useless in my opinion) here. Beside Transformers or Gundam, I also collect Minipla which stands as Miniature Plastic Model. Basically it is plastic models but with Sentai mecha to assemble. I started to collect Minipla since 2011, way too late to collect them all.

Anyway, the whole set here is from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. Before I talk about the minipla, I want to complain about the Sentai itself. It is a complete fail. Why on Earth calling it dark series among other series while it has stupid gimmick? And the mechas here are actually not that impressive. It is a huge letdown compared to the previous year (Gokaioh and the gang) by having this ridiculous clusterf*** apartment combination again. I love the complicated transformation and combination, but the whole set is just a colossal mess.

I don’t talk each combinations because seeing them all are already painful. The only thing that impress me a lot is Go-Busters Ace. I am aware that the DX counterpart of Go-Busters Oh looks stupid. Luckily this one has decent look, but still far from perfect. I can’t help but compare it with Gokaioh which was absolutely amazing from the beginning.

As I said earlier, Go-Busters Ace is the only thing that impress me.

Believe me, Ace is impressive.

The rabbit and the gorilla are decent kits, I do feel the Ace is incomplete without them.

The first combination itself is already crosses the OMG line.

The beet and the stag? Quite okay but have a lot of “yet to be desired”.

Yes, I am so lazy taking his pictures. Go-Busters Beet is not impressive at all. I don’t like the hand, really. And I just realize that I forgot to create Buster Hercules and took pictures of it.

Oh my, just oh my. Whoever designed this mecha, he/she had no idea about aesthetic value at all. This gigantic combination is ridiculously bad. The name is Great Go-Busters and it is a great disaster. When I thought this nightmare is over, but not yet.

Tategami Lioh, very good in concept, quite fail in execution.

This lion if not because of Ace, will never be this good.

This Go-Buster Lioh? I can’t continue this….

……………………………………………………….. King of Clusterf***!

I am so sad seeing all combinations. The process is complicated and involves partsforming which I hate so much. But don’t get me wrong, this whole set of Minipla is superb. They can create all colossal mess in form of small plastic model kits. The problem lies on the design itself. Sentai mecha is degrading now, thinking nothing but adding more gimmicks and less innovations.