I promised to review a large item long ago, and here it is. It was originally released in December last year but combined it with another item which got pushed to this month, and I was busy these few weeks so I couldn’t do a fast review.
My first Soul of Chogokin toy, as I slip further down the rabbit hole of ridiculously expensive toys.
As with most die-cast toys, it comes in a styrofoam tray.
Some accessories are stored separately in a small plastic tray.
Overall views. It has superb proportions in this mode. Most of the die-cast content is located in the joints. Being a fully transformable toy, it’s expected that articulation is compromised. In this mode, only the limbs can move; the head is stuck looking forward.
The mouth can open and close. No surprises here.
Most of the joints on the limbs are ratcheted; only the wrists, lower knees and ankles are non-ratcheted joints. The ratcheted joints are ridiculously tight. While it is understandable that the hips and leg joints are tight as they serve the same purpose in GaoGaiGar, the shoulder joints are almost unnecessarily tight.
The front paws can rotate sideways sort of like an ankle joint to make poses more convincing. I don’t have a big enough stand to support this figure, so action poses are really limited. While the waist can rotate, it’s not flexible enough to make it do more cat-like poses.
The legs are straightened and extended at the shins. The rear paws open up and become the feet while the front paws fold up to reveal the hands. The mane on top is folded down, the lion head is lifted to a diagonal position and then rotated round.
The waist is rotated 180 degrees, while the head is revealed by opening up the shoulders to lift it out from inside.
TO BE CONTINUED
Narrator: This is the key to victory!