Review by chachipower
Yamato has brought us a wide range of collectibles in the past. Metal Box is one of their sub-lines that is comprised of Super Deformed super robots. While cool looking and interesting, interest was quickly lost unless you were skilled in modeling. This is because the Metal Box kits are made of resin and required a pin vise. Many wondered what it would be like if these were made as Gokin. Well, Yamato must have been listening because they have recently released the Metal Boy line of Gokin figures. Until now, the only gokin SD figures were the ES Gokin coming from Fewture/Artstorm. Now the Metal Boys are here for a piece of the action.
Metal Box's first release is the MB-01 Getter Dragon. It is a chibi style version of Getter Dragon. While this is the first release, I have already covered the Getter Dragon Black Version previously. Now you guys get to check out what that was based on.
The box design is well done with great product shots and modern graphic design.
What the regular feature has that the Black Version doesn't is the vintage-style window cover over the contents which are laid out in a plastic tray.
After removing the hefty figure from the tray, all that is required is the attachment of his shoulder armor which is ball jointed to allow free movement independent of the shoulder.
The back is relatively clean save for some screw and accessory holes. The back of the head holds a rectangular button for his LED gimmick.
The figure features many articulation points ranging from joints with great range to almost negligible range.
Diecast is abundant and gives this figure a hefty solid feel.
This set includes a cape called the Mach Wing which requires removal of the standard shoulder armor pieces. The cape has built in shoulder armor that floats above the shoulders.
Getter Dragon comes with standard fists out of the box. He also has a pair of grabby hands. Ladies beware.
He's also got a pair of pointing hands.
The other pair of included hands are weapon-holding hands in which his Tomahawks fit into. The bladed part of the weapons come off the handles for easier insertion into the hands.
Pressing in the button on the back of his head activates his LED function which lights up his forehead crystal, eyes, and mouth. Three LR41 button batteries are required and not included. Installation of the batteries requires removal of the back of the top head fin. The button stays in while the gimmick is in use and pressing it again deactivates the gimmick.
One of the things I really enjoy about this figure is the amazing finish it has. It is highly polished and free of any defects.
The panel lines are flawless and paint apps are super sharp without any fuzzy edges.
Here's how he look next to his Black Version.
Here's how he scales with the Metal Boy Gokin 02 Grendizer which is the lines second character release.
For fun, here he is next to the Hybrid Metal Figuration #005 Stormtrooper.
And of course, the almost obligatory CDX Pheyden.
For those of you wanting to display him in a flight pose, there is an included stand. It can also be used for an upright position since it's adjustable.
Overall, it's a great piece. I am very impressed with the fit and finish of the line so far. I've already committed to getting all the releases so far and just recently grabbed a spot in line for the Black Version Grendizer.
|Posted 6 March, 2013 - 07:30 by chachipower|