-lots of diecast! Gaigar's torso(not counting the lion chest), thighs and legs are all diecast.
Genesic's legs are 75 percent diecast. The only non-diecast parts are the claws, chrome drills and upper half of the red part (where the drills are attached).
-Toy stands roughly 9-10 inches tall.
Tv GGG and GGGG
-Weight of the toy is roughly around 1220grams.. 20 grams heavier than MPC Voltron!!! Making this baby the heaviest gokin toy in my collection (BTW, the all plastic 12 inch DX version clocks in at 1300grams, while the Maxfactory one is at 1000grams.)
-The Goldion Hammer fits!
Now for the negatives: -loose groin and knee joints. Better be careful how you pose this toy, since the wings make it top heavy, one might have to "hyperflex" the thighs backward and hyperflex the knees forward a bit to lock them in, to prevent it from falling down(but actually, it's not really as bad as it sounds..)
However, You can pose it standing upright, just takes practice. The other joints(arms, shoulders, etc) are very tight. Almost all the joints are ratchet joints. It's too bad the ones in the groin and knees are really weak.
-no display stand or some sort of support for the toy(hey, even Star GGG had that puny prop... )
-No "bolts" for the bolting driver.
-No "Hell and Heaven fists".. just two open hands..
-Lots of very small plastic pieces. Be careful when assembling or posing the toy. The fins in the shoulders can break if you don't know what your doing. Take it slow( I cannot stress this enough).
I even opted to pull out the shoulder connections and rotate the peg then plug it in again, in order to prevent "accidents" when posing the arms.
-very small shoulder connection slots.. Yessshhh! You'd think with that big block already in place, instead of the original anime connection design, they could've made a bigger and better connection piece. Not a very good decision on CM's part.
-very loose head/helmet(not as bad as the GGG but loose is loose). Also, The gold parts on GGGG's head go all the way into the helmet. So now my Gaigar's head's sides has some yellow stains on it ..
Overall: It's the best looking GGGG toy, it's got the anime proportions and looks down pat and has a lot of accessories, plus it transforms and has plenty of diecast and heft. You can even fool around with it and the Tv GGG and make your own "Frankenstein" GGG from the parts. Plus the price tag of 200$ isn't that bad(try paying for a 700$ one without diecast and accessories, and had a lot of design problems and came with a black and white manual from hell..now that hurts..).
The somewhat loose groin and knee joints and skinny shoulder connectors really hurt the toy, it would've been really something great if these flaws weren't present in the toy.
Given the choice between the Maxfactory or this one, I'd go with the Maxfactory, if you're looking for a toy.
Maxfactory and CM's Corp GGGGs
But if you're looking for something that stands out in your display cabinet, the diecast CMs GGGG will catch anyone's eye!
You can try to contact my local retailer here in the Philippines, he has a user account on Ebay(Greattoys-Greattoys). He's selling the diecast version for 200$.
The 500$ is indeed the DX version. But make sure the one you get is the one with "Kai Ten Pan" sticker on the box(meaning it's the fixed, second release version) and that the manual is colored(the flawed first release had a very bad black and white manual).
The first pic on this thread has the image of the DX box with the "Kai Ten Pan" sticker(the three chinese characters below the "Genesic Gaogaigar" name).
... must....restrain...myself (chain leg to bed) ... must ... secure ... wallet and credit card....!! AAAAARGH!!!!
Very nice review Gold, it's very enlightning! Very nice job with the GIF animation too! GGG is not popular where I live, but seeing those pictures of yours already makes me drools!!
I suppose there's a way to tighten the joints in the groin?!
Thanks Nikodiablo, hehe, please give the GGG series a try, the TV series might be a little "kiddie" for some, but try to watch it then move onto the 8-part GGG Final OAV(it kicks up the action, animation, sounds and visuals 200%) and that's where the series really shines.
You have to watch the TV series first though, to get a grasp of the characters, and the TV series and OVA are linked together, continuity-wise.
Oribitron, please try to contact my retailer at greattoysonline.proboards43.com, or you can check his Ebay account for the DX GGGG(seller name greattoys-greattoys), He's selling his last piece for 650 US$, it's brand new and is the second fixed version(I'm sure of this since it shipped in the same time as my "kai ten pan" GGGG unit).
KumaStyle.com (TJ): Oh definitely. I think that there are a number of times where KOs do it better especially since they come out later and have the opportunity to rectify stuff the officially made mistakes on,
May 4, 2020 16:11:43 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): I don't know how into transformers you are but the NeoArt Toys Beast Muscle Leonidas absolutely destroys the quality of the original PerfectEffect releases and even has an Eva 01 inspired variant. I try to support the original when I can but I'm not
May 4, 2020 16:13:01 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): going to sacrifice quality for the sake of it. I'm with you.
May 4, 2020 16:13:27 GMT -5
getterjehuty: yeah I agree with you. Quality should be high importance. I actually love FansToys products. and Yes, I do prefer Fanstoys over takara tomy.a bit controversial but I like the die cast and the accuracy of fanstoys.
May 4, 2020 16:37:17 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): It's a fair statement. The MP official line has been a q.c. dice roll for years and I feel like MP-44 was such a big release that no one could avoid that elephant in the room anymore after it turned out to be a mess but I'm glad the community is
May 4, 2020 16:41:22 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Isn't the Perfec Effect Leonidas have loose joint legs?
May 4, 2020 16:41:22 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): at a point where they are vocal about it... and the PerfectEffect Leonidases literally have a loose everything. Even if they're half decent out of the box they seem to just go to heck sitting on a shelf after a bit and unfortunately it's pretty universal.
May 4, 2020 16:42:48 GMT -5
getterjehuty: THis is my opinion but the issues of mp-44 are the knees and the paint. You have to be really careful or the paint will scratch. It is near the abdomen area side.
May 4, 2020 16:44:27 GMT -5
getterjehuty: I need to ask, KumaStyle. What is your favorite EX Gokin Fewture Robot?
May 4, 2020 16:45:29 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): I agree on the issues and those compounded with how incohesive the aesthetic is compared to the third party offerings that came out around the whole time was just.... ugh. Ref EX Gokin: That's a tough call and I honestly don't really think I have a
May 4, 2020 17:13:56 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): favorite in terms of look and quality because it was a very consistent line for me in that regard but if someone put a gun to my head and said choose now I'd probably go with the original release Getter Dragon. I think it has
May 4, 2020 17:15:11 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): the perfect mix of homaging the original design but having Sato's signature stylization while the build and articulation were pretty tops. I feel like it has the most crossover appeal to those wanting something more faithful while not having any
May 4, 2020 17:16:25 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): little finicky parts that will fall off during handling like some of the others do.
May 4, 2020 17:16:49 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Mine is Reideen or Shin Getter. I love their designs
May 4, 2020 17:31:07 GMT -5
KumaStyle.com (TJ): Yea. Shin Getter is up there for me as well. Probably my favorite visually but it's definitely not one I like handling at all anymore.
May 4, 2020 17:40:17 GMT -5
getterjehuty: Happy Friday Folks
May 8, 2020 13:56:52 GMT -5