Review by Shogundan
The Brave of Gold Goldran is a Japanese anime television series series begun in 1995, created by Sunrise under the direction of Shinji Takamatsu, and was the sixth in the Yuusha meta-series funded by Takara and produced by Sunrise. Goldran follows the adventures of three young boys who are tasked with finding alien robot fighters, or Braves, that are sleeping in the form of crystals. Their major antagonist is the flamboyant and thoroughly incompetent Walter, and the villains that follow him are often similarly humorous. The entire show is extremely focused on comedy and silliness almost to the exclusion of much in the way of storytelling, although the series does develop some running plot lines towards its end. In terms of television ratings, Goldran was the peak of the Brave series' popularity.
Great Goldran is a solid chunk of quality plastic standing at approximately 13 inches tall and weighs in it at almost 4 lbs! Articulation is limited to the shoulders. Hey, but who needs articulation when you have all that missile firing goodness? Great Goldran has a staggering 27 launchers including the missile that launches from his massive crossbow type gun made up of Leon Kaiser's front legs, chest, and tail.
Great Goldran is pretty impressive, yet "busy" looking figure. I think the thing that is one of my favorite features about most of the Brave Series figures may detract from this figures aesthetics. I am talking about being able to attach almost all the extra parts someplace on the figure. He has a lot going on! Heck, just look at the backside and you will see the sword sheaths of both Goldran and Sorakage. Way too much kibble.
Speaking of swords, Leon Kaiser's staff and Great Goldran's sword can combine to make one massive weapon.
There is not much else to say that hasn't already been said in the previous reviews of the individual figures, so to wrap things up, Great Goldran is really a "busy" figure to say the least. It does, however, have undeniable shelve presence. The size and the array of firing gimmicks still make this over the top figure a winner in my book!
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|Posted 18 January, 2010 - 13:18 by Shogundan