Engine Gattai Series #8 - Engine Jettoras
- Name: Jettoras
- Number: 8
- Release Date:
- Toy Line:
- Char. Design: PLEX
- Toy Design: PLEX
- SRP:¥ 2200
Review by EVA_Unit_4A
In one of the eleven dimensions, Machine World is a planet populated by Engines- giant sentient living machines with individual personalities and capabilities. They succeed in driving the destructive Ban KiZoku Gaiarc clan off their world during one of their largest planet-wide races. Unfortunately, the Gaiarc decide to move on into the dimension where Earth is since it seems to be an easier target for them to conquer in order to turn it into the ideal world of unchecked pollution and waste which they favor. Several Engines cross the dimensional barrier to pursue them, but they will begin to suffer fatal rusting if they exist in the atmosphere of the Human World for more than ten minutes at a time! To protect against this, they separate themselves into two halves- inanimate Engine Casts which are smaller versions of their physical bodies, and Engine Souls which contain their life energy and personality. Therefore, they and their smaller rust-resistant assistant Bomper chose a team of young humans to fight the Gaiarc in their place, and restore them to their larger forms whenever they are needed. Together with the arrogant & expertly-trained Go-On Wings, they form the Engine Sentai Go-Onger! So far, the Go-Onger have had it rather easy in their fight to prevent the Gaiarc from taking over Earth. But now, the mighty Engines are all cowering before the evil genius of the Land-Pollution Vice-Minister & Gaiarc’s tactician Hirame-- ummm... Hiramesusukidesu- Hirakimekimedesu-- (Hang on- I’ll get it...) Hiramekideathme- Hiramekiss- Hira-Hi-- rrrrgh! Wait- it’s Hiramekimedes! (Yeah- that’s it.) He is the only Gaiarc whom the Engines have never been able to defeat, and they fear him greatly for all the devastation he caused on Machine World. Unfortunately, Hiramekimedes suddenly disappeared just before the three Gaiarc ministers were defeated on Machine World, and no one’s heard from him since... until now. So his sudden arrival on Earth has shaken the Engines badly and sent them running for cover, leaving the Go-Onger near-powerless! And even when they manage to outwit him just one time, Hiramekimedes is still able to keep the upper hand! But then, suddenly, two new Engines appear from out of the clouds...
. . .
Toripter and Jettoras are members of the previously-unknown Wing Clan, and it was they who chased Hiramekimedes off of Machine World and allowed the Engines to finally drive the Gaiarc off of their planet. Unfortunately, both were injured, and they crashed on Earth during their pursuit. Laying weakened, their psychic calls for help were heard by a pair of wealthy siblings- Hiroto and Mia Suto. They picked up and cared for damaged Engine Casts & their Souls, which helped them to recover. Being told of the Gaiarc, the two flying Engines transported the Suto siblings to Machine World, and there they received top-level training from the leader of the Wing Clan- the grand and wise Jumbwhale. Returning to Earth, the four have watched for some time at the amateurish efforts of the foolishly-optimistic Go-Onger. When the Go-Onger finally appeared to falter before the might of Hiramekimedes’ return, the Go-On Wings and their Engines finally intervened. But their superior training made them look down their noses at the Go-Onger as pathetic, and they shrugged them off as never able to stand up to the might of the Ban KiZoku Gaiarc.
In addition to future accessory DX Engine sets, the common ‘collecting’ gimmick is the battery-powered Engine Soul cartridge. These serve as a replacement in all of the toys for a dedicated light-and-sound effect. Each Engine Soul shares an identical shape (2 ½” x 1 ¾” x 9/16”, or 2.57cm x 4.5cm x 1.5cm), has a single bright red LED light (which can project over 6ft / 2m in a dark room!), a large decal which identifies it, and they all have some generic sounds. Because of this, any Engine Soul (or Change Soul, which I won’t get into here) can be fitted into any properly-fitted toy that can accept one. But, the gimmick is that each Engine Soul has a unique set of sound effects...
- Iku sa, buddy. (Let’s go, buddy)
- No problem
- Aye, sir
The phrases will always play in that order, each preceded by the same sound of a jet roaring past. Now, if you place Jettoras’ Engine Soul into any other DX Engine set, it’ll say the same things, but it’ll obviously be inaccurate since that’s not the right Engine for it to go with. Like Birca, Gunpherd, Carrigator, and Toripter before him, access to Jettoras’ alternate/generic sound effects can be accessed in both his regular mode and transformed mode:
- Go On!
This time, however, instead of a jet roaring past, you hear the sound of the Jettoras Torahawk missile being fired. But it is still Jettoras speaking. Also, be aware that the button for firing the Jettoras Torahawk missile is the same as the right effects-activation button- so if you want the Engine Soul to activate, you’re also gonna fire that missile off at the same time! But, easily removing the missile beforehand solves this problem. As with all other earlier Engine Souls, if you press both of Jettoras’ sound-activating buttons at the same time, most of these phrases will be repeated (though now preceded by the crackle of a radio), but now two new phrases will also sound which can only be found in this way:
- Iku sa, buddy. Go On!
- You cannot escape from my fangs
One final addition is made here, which Engine Gattai Series #7- Toripter also shares. And that is that when you hold down either of the buttons for any length of extra time, you will hear the respective sound effect (jet engine or missile firing), and then regardless of which sound effect you stopped on earlier, you will hear Jettoras proclaim in Japanese:
- Mission Complete.
So, that makes three new effects piled into this new Engine Soul which are each triggered in different ways from each other! The activation buttons for Jettoras are the white engine intakes on either side of his head directly below his eyes.
As of this review, “Power Rangers R.P.M.” has not aired yet, so it is impossible to compare the Engine Gattai Series #8 - Engine Jettoras to its English-speaking counterpart. We haven’t even gotten a name for it yet. However, taking into account pre-release images, I am doubtful that the transition will be smooth in any way. With the complete rebuilding of the [Deluxe] High Octane Megazord for 2009, it is clear that the Engine Soul cartridge system will not be making it to American shores in their current forms, so the possibility of seeing the DX Jettoras coming over are slim-to-none. Expect a scaled-down remake, and some non-poseable in 2009...
Engine Busou - Engine-Oh Jetripter
Components required for this combination:
- DX Engine Gattai Engine-Oh
- Engine Gattai Series #7- Toripter
- Engine Gattai Series #8- Engine Jettoras
“Engine-Oh Jetripter: Tune Up! Go On!”
In this new form, Engine-Oh Jetripter is able to deflect the bullets that Vacuum Banki sucked up from the Gunbir-Oh’s earlier use of the Gunpherd Gun attack with the whirling rotor on the right arm. The rotor can then be shot out like a boomerang for the Toripter Rotor attack. The severely-weakened air-pollution monster Vacuum Banki was defeated by Engine-Oh Jetripter with use of the Jetori Bull’s Eye finisher- it shoots a fiery arrow pulled back with the right arm, and fired off from the longbow-like left arm. Engine-Oh Jetripter (back) is the first non-super-combo where both of Engine-Oh’s arms are replaced with another Engine; which Birca and Gunpherd could not in the series [even though the DX toys obviously can]. The function of the new right arm (Toripter) is not immediately obvious, and it is not until you see it used in the series when you find out what it does. Unfortunately, like Engine-Oh Birca, the rotor cannot be spun around because it bumps into the shoulder. The only way to combat this is to twist the lower arm either forward or backwards along the eight-point ratcheting elbow joint, and then the rotor will clear the red plastic. The Toripter Rotor is easy enough to do- just pull it out. But, please don’t throw it; it may be made of PVC, but it will not fly. As for the left arm (Jettoras), while it may be a little easier to accept that the wings form the mechanical-longbow weapon. Now, obviously, there is not nearly enough flexibility in the shoulders (nor the head) to allow the DX version of Engine-Oh Jetripter to assume a firing stance for the Jetori Bull’s Eye finisher, and so simpler poses must be used; though the Jettoras Torahawk missile can still be used as a stand-in for the flaming arrow if you wish. Though Jettoras’ are a little obscured now by his replaced wings, the Engine Soul activation buttons on both arm-component Engines can still be accessed just the same as if they were separated.
|Posted 21 January, 2009 - 22:01 by EVA_Unit_4A|