EX Gokin Robin-Chan
Review by chachipower
I love robots. We all know that. This would explain the insane amount of robots that adorn my living room. There is a special spot in my display case for what I call "my wife's robot's". These robots are usually the ones which girls look at and say "awww, that's so cute!" While my wife rarely sits down to enjoy these, she will be quick to claim them. Doraemon? hers. Hoi Hoi San? Hers. Chogokin Hello Kitty? Hers. Robocon and the like? Hers. I didn't even finish saying the name when I showed her the the following figure. She just said "that's mine right?" Of course it is babe.
The figure I'm speaking is none other than Robin Chan from the Japanese kid's show Robocon. This is only the second version of this character I myself have seen in toy form. The first would be this one, the Bandai Chogokin Robin-Chan. I may have thrown up a bit in my mouth when I first saw it. Go ahead, it's ok to spew a little. Normally, during the design of a toy, they are provided with reference material to closely match what is seen on the screen. The process used here was something the Japanese referred to as "Wingin' it" (photograph is not mine. It belongs to someone with a stomach strong enough to handle owning this.)
Fewture however, has decided to to employ fastidious sculptors in the design of their new EX Gokin Robin-Chan. Gone are the days of wingin' it and/or the use of LSD during the design process. What you get is a beautiful box not unlike what you get with all the EX Gokin figures. Thick and heavy with a beautiful sleeve.
Here is the inner box. It's quite big actually. I half expect to find a nine or ten inch figure inside.
Once I open the super-vacuum sealed box, I fold away some cardboard flaps and pull out a huge Styrofoam tray. Wait, where's the figure? Oh there. In the middle.
She is so happy to see me. I can tell because she is smiling at me.
Once I removed her from her plastic sack of torture, I posed her tiny little feet so that she could stand on her own. And she did quite well.
So because this is a Fewture release owned by me, it was bound to have some sort of defect. It was missing a bead. She also had blue paint marks form her arms rubbing on her skirt. You will see these later.
Her face however, was awesomely painted. No complaints here. So happy.
She also cam with a bunch of needles which you have to stab into her naturally blonde hair. You get about 20 of them but only 10 get used at a time. I guess this is in case you lose some. One of these needle beads can also serve as a replacement for my missing bead.
Fewture already did the stabbing of the holes, all you have to do is insert said needles into her skull. The needles flex a bit so you can droop them a bit for realism. I decided to just leave them be.
So by this time, I realized her ankles really couldn't hold up to the stress of standing up alone, what with being so top heavy and all. So I popped out her included heart shaped stand.
Since all you pervs are staring up her skirt, I should also tell you that her fluffy parts are lace cloth. And by fluffy parts I do mean the soft goods under her skirt... Sheesh I give up.
She is top heavy for a reason. Not only because she has skinny legs, but because she is after all a gokin. Here is my patented diecast effect thingy.
She comes with heart sticker like other Robocon toys do which I chose not to use. She also comes with a jewel that suprisingly enough, sticks to her chest with double sided tape. The finish on her chest is like eggshell. Soft and matte. Not exactly a spot I want to affix an adhesive to.
She also has a gigantic necklace with a metal chain.
Next I'd like to show off my super-awesome ballerina posing skills which consisted of looking at the box and trying to make it look the same on my figure. Somehow it wasn;t as easy as the box leads you to believe.
I nearly smashed her in frustration at trying to get her feet in this position which looked more awesome on the box than it does here.
This pose was way easy. You can probably also see the blue scuff marks on her arm. Maybe at $168 they could use plastic packing sleeves like most high end toys use to protect them during shipping.
To change her facial expression, you have to remove her current one. Like this.
Then place the new face.
Then place her 70's bangs back on and voila! This is the not so happy face.
Now back to some posing.
Not sure what I was going for in this picture but here.
Here is another pose I bit off the box. Speaking of posing, for the most part she is well articulated but I found the legs to be somewhat limiting for a ballerina. I don't know if she's meant to do all types of other ballering poses, but here knees dont bend as much as I would expect them to. (90 degrees)
Robocon has a crush on this pretty ballerina. For the next photo I need you to use your imagination because I do not have a Robocon that scales with Robin-Chan. I only have this Chogokin reissue. JoshB did a review of the EX Gokin Robocon which scales with this.
Here she is with other Robocon buddies also not in scale.
Here she is with some other EX Gokin.
And with some of the gokins my wife claimed as her own.
To end the review, we scale her with the CDX Pheyden.
I had a fun time reviewing this and it was nice to do someting a little different. I did it with an open mind and tried to understand the purpose of it's existence. Only then could I appreciate what Fewture has done. It's a well executed figure of a character that I believed deserved a redo after that horrid vintage chogokin.
I've been inspired to write a Haiku:
Robocon likes her
Because she can dance real good
and she has boobies
|Posted 7 July, 2014 - 21:14 by chachipower|
Comments5 comments posted
I think you too hard on the original, I think its a great looking 60's toy doll style we were seeing through the 70's and 80's.
This is great as well, I love her face sculpt they did an excellent job.
Its more just my twisted humor than really thinking its horrid. I actually bid on one a while back. To the untrained eye it might cause vomit though
"Mom....why is daddy playing with a doll?" :P Just kidding Chachi and good review :)
That haiku was beautiful.
I was very excited for this toy, regardless of whether the robocon released prior had been made or not. I said to myself, "They've brought back Robin Chan, this will be one for the books." I was hoping it would be as show/real world accurate as possible. The biggest shortcoming for me is I wanted the face sculpts to look like the original actress in character (see the picture on the popy box above). The faces they included don't come close, maybe the non-smirking one looks the closest.
The actress is still alive, so I am wondering if they were not given permission to use her likeness on the toy, or if they just didn't want to pay for it.
All in all, I do like the figure overall (maybe not the features like the diaper so much) but if I had input on its design, I would have done a few things differently. Still a nice companion piece to represent a key female character and it is a great companion to the robocon as well.