Review: Super Robot Chogokin – GaoGaiGar

First of all, he was an unexpected purchase… like TOTALLY unexpected… i never thought i’d get him but since he was on sale with a certain bonus i JUST HAVE TO GET HIM! So here it is, the review of Super Robot Chougokin’s Gao! Gai! Gar!

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarThe box, bla bla bla yeah yeah yeah. You guys aren’t here for it XD.

Excuse the rather beaten box though, as it was a sale item i couldn’t care less about the box it came in, as long as everything inside is intact. Do note however the box is not that thick. But as you can see it packs quite a lot inside that small packaging. Which i gotta hand it to Bandai to make blister designs that saves space lol.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarBehold, the King of Braves, Gao Gai Gar. Now as you might think, holy shit he’s bulky as hell how are we gonna pose him for ANYTHING?

Pffft yeah, i wouldn’t worry about that in an SRC line, watch…

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarAnd there you have the answer, Stealth Gao, the part that made his wings have foldable wings, not by much but it does allow for some major clearance for posability. Also, note the linings on it and the crispness of it. Pretty sweet i say.

Now let’s move onto the details.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarHis V crown comes with a replacement, the default one is made of plastic, but if you’re worried it might snap there is another one made of rubber just in case πŸ™‚

Look at that detailed face sculpt, you can actually see the eyes in that thick bulky head of his. Everything is just worth every cash i burnt for this guy (not that i burnt much since he’s on sale XD)

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarMoving on to his chestplate, the lion head. As you can see the jaw on mine is a little bit crooked to the left side (his left side), but from afar it’s not really apparent and i guess it’s just one of those common things people screw up once in a while. Another good addition is that it can open and close depending on the situation and the pose you set GGG in.

Does he have articulation clearance problem on the ab? NOT AT ALL. His abs has 2 joints, one connecting the upper torso to the ab, then the ab to the hip. His skirt is also can me moved around to a rather wide angle, ensuring him able to do dynamic poses.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarNow here’s where i start to gripe a little…

For those of you that knows or watches the GGG anime, you know damn well HOW HUGE some of his extension weapon units are. The size of his hand is rather… worrying… but for that matter, you might need some extra stands like the Tamashii Stage ACT.5 Mechanics that are designed specifically for mechas and can sustain the weight. Thus, reducing the load on his little bicep.

About the Tamashii Stage ACT.5 Mechanics, you guys should really get it if you have a lot of model kits/mechas/src’s it’s not a bad deal really since a box of it contains not 1, not 2, but THREE sets of the tamashi stage kit. So for the price of just around $12 – $13 it’s definitely worth the purchase. We’ll get to that later as i MIGHT actually review the kit itself.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarNow as you can see his shoulders are amazing pieces of work. Not only it’s finely sculpted, it’s also detailed and with a little extra gimmick of a semi clear hood on the Gao Liner. It’s a nice touch.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarMoving onto the hands you can also see that it’s an amazing piece of work. The forearm is different between left and right, but both are highly detailed and crisply painted. The hands though are rather coarse but they’re all good, nothing that can be seen unless you really zoom in on it.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarMoving onto the legs as you can see it’s also finely detailed and sculpted. There are complaints that some people have a rather loose leg joint, but i haven’t had it on my case. The drill on the knee is also nicely painted and POINTY, be careful not to let minors get to toy with it cause it will bleed something, or worse.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarAs you can see from this pose, he has really no issues with posability. Don’t let some SRC’s build fool you. Bandai planned it and designed it well so it can still be dynamic. as you can see his shoulders pose no problem since the Stealth Gao wings can be folded to a certain degree.

Now comes the fun part, let’s see what he comes with.

The first part would be the effect part for the Broken Magnum.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarNow his forearms are both detachable so you can fit the effect parts anywhere and with a help of a tamashii stage kit you can pose his Broken Magnum flying onto someone’s face. Preferably a zonder’s.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarThe second part is a clear plastic part and a matching hand gesture to show when he’s blocking a zonder’s projectile attack with his shield. I personally love this part and the hand gesture as it’s really just an awesome “Bi*** please” move πŸ˜„

The third part is all the hand gestures for emulating the whole Heaven and Hell move,

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarAs you can see the Heaven and Hell movements require him to clasp his hands in front of him, this is why the lion manes are replaceable with ones that allows his arms to move to the front.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarAlso he comes with another gimmick of a zonder core being ripped out after being struck by Heaven and Hell.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarAs you can see the zonder core is just that, nothing fancy but to me it’s rather unique because it’s like an alien eyeball πŸ˜„

That’s all? Nope, withing the package, as you can see on the box arts, he came with the Dividing Driver. Now before you take a look i must tell you that it’s really LONG…

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar

As you can see the Dividing Driver is inserted by replacing his left hand and just plug it in. Do note that Despite the details and the metallic nature of the looks, it’s fairly light. But for safety reasons and joint longetivity, it’s best not to pose it in a way that it would burden his small biceps.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarAs you can see the length of the Dividing Driver almost took one full photo frame’s length, because yes that’s just how long it is, and therefore it’s awesome. End of story.

Well as you can see inside the package there are a lot of stuff given with the GaoGaiGar SRC that it’s definitely worth your every penny.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarThe details, the sculpt, the articulation (save for his rather small biceps) and the stuff that comes with him inside his package is enough reason for those that are either an SRC collector, a mecha fan or a GGG fan can ask for.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!

Remember the part when i said i also bought a little something along with GGG in the sale?

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGarBehold the Key of Victory set 1, the Goldion Hammer.

As you know banda sold GGG’s weapons as seperate “weapons sets”. Set 1 is the Goldion Hammer, Set 2 is Stealth Gao II that can turn GGG into Star GGG, Set 3 is for Chouryuujin, and set 4 is the Dimensional Pliers (a tamashii web limited item). I only got the 1st set since it’s the only one available at that moment.

Now let’s take a look what it actually does.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1the Marg Hand, in which Goldimarg changed into a hand that GGG can equip is one huge monstrosity, and to make it better (and worse at the same time) it’s mostly die cast. Meaning that you WILL need some kind of support to keep that hand up, either by using the hammer or using a seperate stand set. Do note however that if you plan to equip this set for long you might need that support more than you think because if you remembered a few pics back up, GGG has a really small bicep…

Let’s walk through the process of How GGG uses the Goldion Hammer after he equips the Marg Hand. On the Way you can see what else he comes with.

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1
GOLDION HAMMER!!!

To answer your questions:

1. Yes, it’s finely sculpted and detailed.

2. No, It’s not all die cast there are plastic parts to it but it’s 75% diecast and are heavy like one…

3. Yes, it’s one big mo****f***er.

4. Yes, it’s awesome

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1
HAMMER HELL!!!
Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1
HAMMER HEAVEN!!!
Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1
HIKARI NI NAREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

Super Robot Chogokin GaoGaiGar Key of Victory Set 1So as you can see… there’s nothing short of awesome for the Key of Victory Set 1, and GGG himself in general. with this, will give him a solid, hard, sure-

If you’re a mecha fan, get him, If you like articulated mechas that can be posed dynamically, get him. If you’re a fan of GGG, get him. If you collect SRCs, get him. If you just like how badass GGG is, get him.

as a disclaimer, get a Tamashii Stage Act 5 Mechanics while you’re at it. You will NOT be disappointed.

Tamashii Stage Act.5 Mechanics

 

3 Replies to “Review: Super Robot Chogokin – GaoGaiGar”

  1. Umm….Daicast Marg Hand? I have the set myself, and the Marg Hand AND Goldion Hammer are both all plastic. it’s just that unlike GGG’s lower arms, the Marg Hand is NOT Hollow, which adds a TON of weight.

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