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Saturday, May 15, 2010

WING SABER TOYZ SPOTLIGHT: BANDAI SOUL OF CHOGOKIN GX-52- SHIN GETTER ROBO #1!


Hi there folks, its a calm night for blogging, and here once again is another random posting from yours truly, WSX. Ive been gripped by Super Robot 1970's Anime fever, specifically from the creations and brain-child of Mecha designer and story teller extraordinare & genius that is Mr. Go Nagai-sama. The man is solely responsible for getting me fascinated with the Super robot Anime genre and therefore igniting my passion those huge mechanical humanoids, period. LOL! 





Getter Robo
ゲッターロボ
(Gettā Robo)
GenreActionMecha
Manga
AuthorGo NagaiKen Ishikawa
PublisherJapan Shogakukan
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
Original runApril 7, 1974 – May 18, 1975
Volumes5
TV anime
StudioToei Animation
NetworkFuji Television
Original runApril 4, 1974 – May 8, 1975
Episodes51







Here in the spotlight is yet another one of his most ingenious creation to date, together with another highly talented individual, who goes by the name of the late Mr. Ken Ishikawa-san The personification which I will be blogging about is none other than the recently Bandai-Japan released Soul of Chogokin:- GX-52 Shin Getter Robo No.1 !!





Pictures and basic review LINKED, CREDITED, AND COPYRIGHTED  Amiami Japan order-page and super-robot review site:- Collection DX.





Plot

The plot involves three strong-willed teenagers from the same high school: martial artist Ryoma Nagare, rebel loner Hayato Jin and Judo master Musashi Tomoe, who pilot three specially designed combat jets which can be combined together into three different giant robots, Getter-1 (for flight combat), Getter-2 (speed advantage for ground\undeground combat), and Getter-3 (strength advantage for submarine combat). They were assembled by Prof. Saotome, who conceived the Getter Robo project as a means of deep-space exploration; it became instead Earth's first line of defense against the Dinosaur Empire, a civilization of reptile-like humanoids who evolved from the now-extinct dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago. They have lived many years underground, and they now want to reclaim the Earth as theirs and destroy humanity.
The series was groundbreaking in the anime mecha genre: for the very first time, it introduced the concept of separate machines combining to form a Super Robot. Using three jets, Getter Robo could combine in three different ways to create three different versions of Getter Robo for different conditions and situations. This idea was originally discussed during the creation process for Mazinger Z (the first Super Robot to be piloted internally), but was dropped and then developed for Getter Robo. This combination idea proved to be a very powerful concept that has been used in the super robot genre ever since.







IMPRESSIONS:-


A SUPER ROBOT WITH A CAPE! So WIN. LOL! The ingenious concept of having combining vehicular/ animalistic individual parts and robots is the catalyst for the emergence of all those super combining mecha genres. Id say that that is the reason alone to go out and try to find this excellent Soul Of Chogokin Bandai version. Solid, heavy and build to handle tough action-poses, this diecast brute is the best version to date, according to fans who have had the luxury of obtaining and fiddling with one. 









Product Name

Soul of Chogokin GX-52: Getter 1 

 From change!! Getter Robo 

[Bandai]

Item Code
TOY-RBT-0967
Remarks
*The images shown are of an assembled and painted sample presented by the manufacturer. Its marketed version may differ in some details.
Manufacturer
Product Line
Original Title
Copyright
(C)1998 Go Nagai, Ken Ishikawa / 
Dynamic Planning,
Change!! Getter Robo Production Committee
Specifications


Complete diecast poseable figure


Size: approx. 16 cm in height.


The set includes: the main body, 
Getter tomahawk,
Getter wing (cape), Getter machinegun 

and display stand.
Weight
0.74kg



WSX VERDICT:-






BANDAI SURE KNOWS HOW TO MAKE MUST-BUY CHOGOKINS. GRANTED, NOT ALL OF THEIR RELEASES HAVE BEEN HITS, AND ARE IMHO, QUITE "DELICATE"-- READ CONNECTOR JOINTS ON SOC VOLTES V, FOR EXAMPLE; HOWEVER, I THINK ITS SAFE TO ASSUME THAT IN TERMS OF QC AND DESIGN ENGINEERING, THE DESIGN TEAM FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT. EXPECT TO PAY APPROX $100 USD FOR THIS GOKIN AT THE TIME OF RELEASE. UM, THIS IS SUCH A RECOMMENDED BUY! A++







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