Review: Chogokin Drossel (Juno-XIII) – Fireball Charming

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Be prepared as this will be the most long, in depth review i have made till today. For that i’m assuming direct control. Here we go, the review of Chogokin Drossel Juno XIII from Fireball Charming.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

The box, is rather small and WIDE… let me tell you this it is REALLY WIDE… wider than most SoC or SRC boxes, probably even longer than the previous Juno XIV or the “new” Drossel. But it does its job well, sturdy enough to protect what’s within without weighing like a tow boat.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Within the box you will get:

  • 1 extra head unit
  • 1 base + stand set
  • 3 pairs of feet and head support
  • 2 types of stand clamps
  • 1 sword
  • 1 glass flower

Pretty scarce? Well i think so too but let’s see how she blends into the game of being a worthy collectible item to my family.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

SO here we go, bear with me as this will be one LONG review…

Let’s start with her basic overall view.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

You’re kidding me right, those are some wicked sick details man… i mean even the words on her forehead is READABLE. The flower designs are so crisp and they don’t rub off or nicked easily, added that the glossiness of it made it stand out more of being something that’s on a metallic surface. I’m head over heels for this kind of small details.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Well she got that right lol, i mean even at a glance you can see that the details are not something you can NOT notice. It stood out but not devilishly eye gouging.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

I love her arms, no i really do, you actually have multiple joints on it. Name it all? Why not? From her shoulders you have the natural and common ball joint, from there you have a twist joint connecting her shoulder ball joint hold with the upper biceps. Moving down from there you have a 2 time elbow joint, and moving to the lower forearm you have another twist joint by the wrist… shit, she’s amazing.

Her neck also has 2 ball joints, one connecting her neck to her torso and one connecting her neck to her head.

And that’s not all folks her waist orb is also jointed, the upper torso to the orb are connected with a twist and a limited ball joint, while the lower half to the orb are connected with a similar joint. Posed together and you can get some really nice dynamics out of her.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Her fine details doesn’t cover the head only, it covers her WHOLE body as you can see from the pic. Tiny details everywhere from the logo to the small gibberish that you probably wouldn’t care to read. Seriously she’s something else.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Believe it or not folks, for someone who has a weird shape, she is EASILY balanced without a stand. This is due to Bandai’s clever choice of weight distribution making her center of gravity easy to guess and play with.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Ok, i admit that was a wrong choice of words on my part. Since it seems to machines, asking to see their engine blocks is like asking a women if you can see their privates with no panties while spreading your legs…

Anyway, the machine parts are finely detailed too, from the hydraulics to the motor systems. Which like i said always a nice plus for me because i fancy such small yet sometimes meaningless details.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Now about her extra head unit… Where should i start, oh right, it’s SIMPLY GORGEOUS. I mean look at ALL THOSE DETAILS. Seriously as a Drossel fan this is really really REALLY pleasing.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

She got me there… a sharp one, she is… sometimes, i suppose…

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Yep you guessed it, her glasses are MOVABLE, although NOT REMOVABLE. This alone already opens up to various pose options and ideas as she literally can look either smart, sexy or playful with a single re positioning of the glasses.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Yep she can move those 2 parts to give her more optional looks, from a laid back like “hair” to a short bob… Nice little gimmick… oh who am i kidding, I LOVE IT.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

The base, now the base is something extravagant and has a gimmick too, I’ll get to it later. But for now the base itself is quite huge, it can be used without the jointed stand or with i. While not using the stand set, the hole for the stand is hidden underneath a removable panel. Now that tile with the logo, is actually a button… A button? what for?

Ah let’s get to it then.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

On the backside of the base you will notice a small tiny button, poke this with a toothpick or a pen, then gently turn the circular part of the base to reveal the battery compartment. You can insert your batteries there and also there is a switch, just in case you don’t want to activate the button on the front…

So what DOES all this do?

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Now what it does is, nothing… until you plugged in the stand set though, which by all means is cool looking and detailed too.

Once the stand set is in, press the logo on the base and you can hear Drossel talks o.o

Well mostly prerecorded quotes from the series anyway, still i prefer more accessories rather than this… unnecessary gimmick. But you gotta admit this stand and base set is rather unique and cool looking.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

It’s an irony of sorts, a beautiful irony. One day maybe we will look at flowers the same way Drossel looks at it, preserved in a glass case…

Oh sorry, melancholy aside. The glass rose is something else, the detail of the capsule, the flower, the clear glass like plastic, even the stand and small details on it. This has got to be the single most lovely piece of accessory i have ever seen in a Bandai Chogokin.

It got my curiousity so i asked her if i can take a look at it.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Like i said, a beautiful irony…

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Wait, WHAT? Are those wheels?

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Anyway… while she’s… doing… whatever she’s doing now… let’s close up with the verdict.

My verdict on this Chogokin is that, she is not for everyone. Sure, she’s gorgeous, has nice posability and also great balance, but the amount of accessory and price might be a turn off for some people. Especially since chogokins are 80% made out of metal and considering she is white colored, care should be taken when handling her.

That’s why i used gloves, because if i didn’t her whole body would be a fingerprint hell, and would get dirty easily.

But for me personally she’s a nice addition to the family despite her rather quirky personality at times. I simply love her and her details. It’s on a whole different level, then again money never lies. She is quite costly but the playability and the detail on her, to me personally, is worth it… that’s why i’ll give her:

So this ends my longest review ever… though if i get more detailed figures in the future i might make reviews as long as or even longer than this lol, bare with me until then.

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

Review: Chogokin Drossel - Fireball Charming

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Author: Yamadipati

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20 thoughts on “Review: Chogokin Drossel (Juno-XIII) – Fireball Charming”

  1. Wow… The price is a… *whistles*
    Then again, the sheer (minute) details and construction… I bet it was all worth it.
    The stand for the base is very nifty, using hydraulic pump-theme. But the prerecorded voice was unexpected. D=

    Welp, looks like she just caught you off-guard there. 😄

    >>privates with no panties while spreading your legs…
    Nice choice of words…

    Then again, most of the girls in my collection are… heavily-armed… So I won’t be venturing that far. >.>

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    1. Well i did change the choice of words when i asked her. So yeah it’s nothing severe… it’s just that…

      i forgot what i wanna reply… god damn cold making my brain a fuzz

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    2. She is worth every penny i tell ya (speaking as a drossel fan), detail and size wise. Yeah that gimmick was UNNECESSARY… They should have thrown more accessories instead,

      I was already half sick the moment i reviewed her so i guess she spotted an opening and caught me off guard.

      Like i said asking a female mech for her engine blocks is like asking to see a woman’s privates and spreading her legs while you’re at it…

      Considering her size, she isn’t less dangerous than the rest. Although a bit quirky at times she does have her brilliant and devious moments…

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  2. Wow she looks really great, at first I thought it was the figma. I think I kinda like her with her “hair” up better haha, those glasses are quite charming.

    I didn’t expect her head piece to have a wheel inside it though.

    Great buy, except for the price! But if she’s 80% metal I guess it’s not that bad.

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    1. That’s why i only gave her the recommended award as not everyone will be inclined to get her due to her price and accessory count.

      But detail wise, she must be one of the greatly detailed chogokins out there…

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  3. Man Chogokins seem more of an investment than just pure collection and it was a good call to handle her with gloves as some natural oils from hands might screw up the surface in the long run..

    Tremendous review and I learnt quite a fair bit about this release, if I’m right her eyes can also glow no? Or was that the Figma or Nendoroid Drossel?

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    1. Sadly the glowing eyes are replaced with that silly “talking” base gimmick… BUT however… i’m still glad she can’t or else her head would look a little bigger which would make her look weird.

      Oh i’ve been handling figures with gloves since dead master. I just never show my hands on reviews except a certain few like Nadeko and this Drossel.

      The whites on her are deadly and i mean DEADLY, She’s SO WHITE you could see your finger prints on her if you touch her without gloves…

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      1. are gloves finicky to use? As in can you easily switch Figma hands without any trouble? If not I will follow in your footsteps and go with gloves as well. =D

        Hahaha but the white looks really good though, especially when the patterns contrast against it.

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      2. No if its the right size, none too big or too tight that it instantly absorbs your sweat, don’t use latex gloves or plastic gloves, use soft cloth gloves.

        white would be preferable because you can see when it’s dirty and can clean it.

        And i agree, the patterns stood out but doesn’t poke your eyeballs out. It’s like they’re naturally there.

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  4. OK… Both Drossel designs have been growing on me lately… but the chogokin versions are darn expensive… will just settle on the Figma ones… if I can still find one… orz!

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  5. I’ve got one of these as well. I don’t normally buy poseable figures because the joints look a bit funny but because she is a robot it looks normal.

    I’ve got her posed on one leg with her arms above her head. She has great balance. That and I love the amount of different hands she comes with.

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