Next in line is Chris Blued, Aobon’s upgraded ride. His robots seem to have ambitious gimmicks which don’t translate to reality well. His previous ride had a minigun-style B-Da Unit that was supposed to fire a stream of 6mm BB balls when you rotated a knob at the back, but the gimmick never worked. This toy also has an ambitious gimmick involving an unusual projectile which might not work well in reality.
The illustration on the rear still has the remaining robots shown as CG renderings.
You get 8 runners, a bunch of differently sized springs and a small rubber O ring. For the same number of runners this toy is 100 yen cheaper than Chris Whiter, and costs the same as a typical Super B-Daman toy from around the same era which had around half the runner count.
Assembly starts with the arms.
Upper Unit complete.
Next up is the interesting B-Da Unit, starting with the core section. I’ve mistakenly shown a wrong sized spring in this picture. It’s supposed to be a smaller spring.
The large spring is responsible for providing the forward force for launching the projectile. A false trigger conceals a small button which releases the white catch to make the gray core section spring forward and release the projectile.
The projectile itself is called a Homing Unit and conceals a complex mechanism. The rear wheels are spring loaded and act as a trigger for the mechanism.
The trigger releases the plunger in front which has to pass through the rubber O ring. The friction between the plunger and O ring provides a delay to fire the 11mm metal ball after the projectile is released. The cover in front fits snugly and doesn’t flip open as freely to prevent the ball from falling out of its chamber when the projectile hits the floor. The manual mentions that depending on the ambient temperature, the delay may vary.
B-Da Unit complete.
The feet are assembled next. The right foot conceals a fist used for the combiner mode.
The left foot conceals a bunch of joints.
With the head remaining.
The B-Daman figure and helmet are assembled.
Strangely the helmet sits quite high on the head of the figure.
Armor Mode complete.
Rear view. This toy has the same articulation issues as the previously reviewed Chris Whiter.
Ride Mode resembles a plane and its appearance is mainly helped by the Homing Unit projectile sticking out the front.
Rear view. Transformation is quite simple too. The B-Daman figure has a hole between its legs to connect to the peg on the faux trigger.
Transformation into combiner mode involves messing around with the feet to convert them into the combiner mode arm. The clear green bits on the helmet are used for the combiner mode helmet leaving behind the unused B-Daman figure.
The Homing Unit gimmick has an issue with the delay mechanism. Out of the box my copy did not have a delay at all so I applied a bit of super glue around the plunger part, but filing it down and adjusting its size until the gimmick works flawlessly is a chore. Well at least the projectile itself can still fire, compared to its predecessor which had a gimmick that simply could not work.