Gokai Machine Set 04 - FuraiMaru
Review by SentaiSeiya
In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, the Gokaiger clash with the Zangyack Empire. This evil empire is looking to take Earth for their own evil purposes. In order to fend of the relentless attacks from the Zangyak Empire, the Gokaiger must use the powers of the previous Super Sentai. Using the Ranger Keys, the Gokaiger can transform into other Rangers from the show’s long history. As the story progresses, the Gokaiger also gain the Grand Powers of the previous Super Sentai. Several of the Super Sentai’s Grand Power bestow the Gokaiger a new mecha to add to their arsenal.
EVA_Unit_4A has reviewed several of the mecha in this line:
Today we are taking a look at the FuraiMaru, which is the Hurricangers’ Grand Power.
This toy comes packed in several pieces. The body, arms, legs and the pinwheel weapon.
At the back of the pinwheel, you can lock the pinwheel into place if you don’t want it to spin. This is a must for attaching the pinwheel onto the back of FuraiMaru.
The FuraiMaru for this line is based on the design of Hurricanger's Furaimaru.
As you can see, the new FuraiMaru trades in the blue paint of the original a greener color scheme. The new FuraiMaru is also much beefier looking and has better proportions than its previous form. However, there is enough of a resemblance to its previous appearance in Super Sentai history that you can tell where the design came from.
The articulation on FuraiMaru is very limited. You can move the arms up at the shoulders. You can also move the shoulders in a bit. This is due to the fact that the shoulder pegs hide in the body of the toy when it combines with the Gokaiger's main mecha.
While the Furaimaru's articulation is limited, it is a pretty well armed toy.
It holds several blades in each hand and has the pinwheel shuriken on its back.
Hidden in each of the legs is another set of blades that can be released by pressing the grey buttons on the top of each leg.
The shoulders also have buttons to release the blades pm the sides of the arms.
These spring-loaded weapons are pretty darn fun to play with.
However, that is not the only thing that this toy can do. Being an auxiliary mecha for the Gokaiger, it can also combine with the Gokai-Oh. The gimmick with the Gokai-Oh was that some of the auxiliary mechas can tuck into the compartments in the legs, arms and chest of the toy.
You can't even tell that the Gokai-Oh is hiding another mecha within it!
Then when you turn the wheel at the rear of the Gokai-Oh, the auxiliary mecha, in this case FuraiMaru, would pop out and display its weapons.
When the blades extend out of the appendages of the Gokai-Oh, they form shuriken, in the same way that they pop out of the standalone FuraiMaru. Out of the chest, a new helmet appears for the Gokai-Oh.The piece that houses the helmet is the body of Furaimaru. This is likely a nod to the fact that ther was also a helmet within the orginial FuraiMaru's body.
The newly-emerging helmet does not automatically attach to the head of the Gokai-Oh. But no worries, you simply have to attach the helmet’s peg to the connection point that would normally hold the Goka-Oh’s pirate hat. Then you simply extend the red and grey panels at the side of the helmet.
Besides have shuriken coming out of its appendages, the Gokai-oh can also hold the pinwheel shuriken.
However, having the shuriken extending out of the arm and the pinwheel in the hand makes for a cluttered arm. So I will put the shuriken back into the arm so that we can check out the spinning action of the pinwheel shuriken.
The Gokaiger logo along with the yellow, black and green of the pinwheel create a nice pattern as the pinwheel turns.
When the FuraiMaru combines with the Gokai-Oh, the combination is known as the Hurricane Gokai-Oh; which is a nod to the fact that the Hurricangers provided the Gokaiger with the means of producing this combination.
Since this is Bandai of Asia release of the FuraiMaru, you do get a nice extra that did not come with the Japanese version. That is a Ranger Key of Hurricane Red.
It is a gashapon key, which you would normally get from a vending machine.
This key come in 3 pieces, which need assembly and sticker application in order to be competed. I am not a big fan of putting stickers on things, as I often do not get them on exactly right. But a free Ranger Key is a free Ranger Key after all, and that is always a plus.
Besides the bonus key, there are only a couple of slight difference that I found between this version and the Bandai of Japan release of the FuraiMaru. With this release the instructions sheets also have English translations on them. The box is also slightly different and does feature some English on it.
I know that the Bandai Asia releases of Super Sentai toys can sometimes be different from the Bandai of Japan versions. But this time around, the Bandai Asia FuraiMaru is actually superior due to its inclusion of the Ranger Key. Everything else is the exact same: the mold, paint apps and compatibility with the Bandai of Japan toys.
So this is a great purchase for those who missed out on the Bandai of Japan release of the FuraiMaru. It is a fun little toy that will enhance the fun you have with your Gokai-Oh.
|Posted 14 April, 2014 - 07:36 by SentaiSeiya