Albegas (Denjin Dimension)
Review by JoshB
Albegas comes from the series Lightspeed Electroid Albegas, which aired in Japan from 1983-1984. It's mostly known in the US as the Gladiator Voltron, or Voltron II. While three different Voltron toys were marketed, only two shows made it to the air. Some of us who asked for Voltron toys sadly ended up with the Voltron that never was.
The series must not have gotten a lot of love in Japan either, because there were only a few toys made from the original series, and even less for the modern collector. And there definitely was never a Jumbo, until now.
A new company out of Taiwan called MaxxWork has come screaming out of the gate with not one, but THREE different vinyl jumbos of Albegas, in the three main modes. In this review, we are looking at the most popular mode, Denjin Dimension.
The toy ships in a plain cardboard box, but I know some of you like that, so here it is.
Inside you get a rigid cardboard box with a clear window. When you first get the toy, the thing is in a clear plastic bag so the view isn't great. I would have rather had a solid cover like traditional jumbos, but It's not a big complaint.
The toy rests in a clear plastic tray, but since it's so heavy it sort of begins to collapse when out of the box. Better take it out quickly!
This toy is ASTOUNDING. It's 60cm tall (24inches), 90% vinyl, and it just looks spectacular.
The head is harder plastic, and the body is vinyl. The paint is great, with no overspray or fingerprints. Lines between colors are tight, and the colors are smooth and vibrant.
Each section of Albegas is represented, and it almost looks like they are individual pieces, but they are not.
All the paint, aside from the black, appear to have a slight metallic finish to them. The red is especially intense.
In the anime, the extra arms of the robot fold onto the back and are not very visible, but in this sculpt they have decided to make a more toy-like approach and have the arms more pronounced. I like it.
Like most jumbos, movement is limited. the Albegas has the traditional jumbo points of articulation with the head and shoulders being the only moveable parts.
The right wrist is removable, but it has to pulled out by force, so I recommend using a hair dryer to heat the vinyl so it becomes softer to remove. You can then replace the sword holding hand easily.
The sword is massive and made out of firmer ABS plastic. It's about 20 inches long and stunning.
Another cool feature is the light-up eyes. You will need to remove the head to insert two LR44 batteries (not included.) Turn the head about 15 degrees and lift up to remove. Then remove the battery cover using a small phillips screwdriver. Turn the switch to ON and replace the head.
The visor lights up, but it's not terribly bright.
It's going to be a bit tricky if you want to track one of these down. These were manufactured for the Taiwan market, and I only found them for preorder on one site (http://www.tfh.com.sg/) and preorders are now closed. Your best bet is going to be paying an elevated price on the secondary market, or finding a connection in Taiwan. I would LOVE to have all three, but at almost $300 a jumbo before shipping, it just isn't very likely.
If you have the money to burn, this thing is worth it.
|Posted 8 August, 2018 - 08:27 by JoshB|