Review: Soul of Chogokin GX-62 Danguard Ace
GX-62 Danguard A is the latest Soul of Chogokin figure from Bandai’s Tamashii Nations. This mecha comes from the anime of the same name, Planet Robo Danguard Ace. Here is the review.
Figure: As usual, the first impression that I got from holding Danguard A in my hands is that it is damn nice. The figure is rock solid and full of heavy die-cast. The sculpt is sharp and the colors are vibrant. This is a beautiful upgrade to the inconsistently cartoony mech. Looks wise, the Danguard is aces. Articulation though, is a little on the questionable end. Due to the design of the armor, the legs have some limited articulation; especially in the thighs and knees. It’s a shame, considering how much martial arts moves the cartoon model does. Limited legs are the biggest cons to an otherwise perfect figure. The upper-body, no complaints. Though I wish that a waist-joint existed, that I can forgive; only because this figure does what most other Soul of Chogokin figures do – transform.
Alt Mode Danguard A can transform into it’s fighter jet mode: The Satelizer. Though the design itself is 70′s-era questionable, this is an excellent physical representation of the jet. I can’t even tell if the transformation deviates from how it did on the show. The biggest surprise are the gold fins, which I believe are a nice touch. The landing gear is also nice, but they’re hardly useful. The Satelizer needs a little stand to keep it upright, even with the landing gear deployed. What is nice, however, is that there are three different ways to display this jet. Choose whichever your heart desires.
Accessories: Feel free to skip this part, because it’s going to be long. First, there are four sets of hands; the default hands are my favorite since they have articulated fingers. Next on the list are the Spartan Javelin parts. The first set pop off the legs and unfold to form the javelin. I love how well this feature works, it’s just unfortunate that the bottom half of the spear-tips are flat (to fit on the legs). To combat this, there’s a second set of Javelin parts that are double-sided… but they don’t fold up. Not that I’m complaining, but if they were going to do this anyway, why give the leg versions that feature in the first place? There is an alternate chest Pulsar Cannon part, as well as an alternate back piece to replace and hide the backpack wings. There are two versions of Danguard A‘s helmet, the first unfolds to become the tip of the Satelizer. The second helmet becomes a mini jet fighter with the aid of another alternate part. Lastly, there’s the obligatory SoC stand to house all the accessories, but it feels skimped for the line. There is another jet that splits into two, and a few other pieces to transform Danguard into the jet… so overall a nice little package.
Overall: Though the figure is smaller than a typical Soul of Chogokin figure, it is a really nice set. There is a ton of playability here. Either way, at the end of the day… Bandai is still the king when it comes to these premium robot toys. Danguard A is a beautiful addition to my collection. Get it while it’s affordable.