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.
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.
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.
SO here we go, bear with me as this will be one LONG review…
Let’s start with her basic overall view.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She got me there… a sharp one, she is… sometimes, i suppose…
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Like i said, a beautiful irony…
Wait, WHAT? Are those wheels?
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.