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Vault Review: S.H.
Figuarts Gokai Red

Gokai Red also comes with two dangerously tiny red keys.  One is in the regular position and the other is in key mode.  This was also a pleasant surprise because I figured keys for a five inch figure would be way too small to do.  Well they weren’t too small to do, but I get a bit nervous every time I pull it out of the package.  I love that they included them, but something this small is just asking to get lost.

Marvelous also has his Mobirates cell phone/morphing device, which is just as super detailed as his gun and saber.  But even more surprising, his tiny Ranger key in key mode can fit into the phone.  This allows you to imitate their morphing sequence from the show.  How nifty is that?

Red has five sets of hands: fists, open, slightly open, gun holding, sword/phone holding.  There’s also one extra right hand made specifically to hold the tiny keys.  As if that wasn’t enough, he also comes with an extra pair of folded arms, which he does quite a bit in the show.

I’m not done with the accessories yet!  All first release Gokai figures will come with an exclusive Gokai Darin piece.  This is the ship’s wheel that each member uses to steer their individual vehicle, or the giant Gokaioh robot when they all come together.  Like the other accessories, this piece is incredibly detailed all the way around and is articulated to spin.  And just like the show, you can even place the tiny key into the center of the wheel to activate Gokaioh’s special powers.  Again, I was surprised and delighted by this feature.  This definitely makes getting the first release even more enjoyable.

Gokai Red will cost you about $40 to $50.  The figure did sell out at most of the import retailers I keep track of, so finding one with the Darin piece may cost a bit more.  If you don’t care about that piece, then you should probably wait for the second release.  I wish there was a bit more attention placed on the painting side of the factory, but I’m pretty happy with this figure aside from that issue.  I love the show and this is probably the best representation of the character that we’ll get.

If you’re planning on picking up this line, you should be warned that it won’t be cheap.  Importing costs are high, but to make things a bit harder Bandai is only releasing Gokai Yellow and Pink through their Tamashii store.  So expect some middleman fees also.

-Vault

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23 comments to Vault Review: S.H.
Figuarts Gokai Red

  • Nice one. I almost picked this guy up myself. Fun figure.

  • manekochan

    “Continue to page 2” links back to page one. 🙂 FYI

  • Battle Catman

    “The greatest treasure in the universe?”

    It better not be something stupid like friendship or love.

    • Lol, they haven’t said what it is yet, but you’re probably right.

      • Battle Catman

        You have to hand it to Bandai of America though. First the excellent ThunderCats toys, then they finally release Rita Repulsa, now they’re importing (unaltered) Shinkenger Red and Gold Figuarts to Toys R Us? They’re really stepping their game up.

    • manekochan

      Vault said that, too. 🙂

  • manekochan

    I like his folded arms a lot. It surprised me that they were included. Also, the Gokai Darin spins like nobodies business! 😀 So smooth…
    The painting on the sword and guns are also quite good and surprisingly well done for such small pieces.
    I’m enjoying the heck out of this show. Vault and I watch them on Facebook. You can check out the videos here: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=207056589309511#!/video/?id=187603047920404&s=45
    The opening and ending sequences alone are worth it. 🙂

    • manekochan

      I gave up looking for this before I posted that but Vault kept going, so here is the opening sequence:
      http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=182625281772961

      • Pity it’s Facebook. I don’t, and won’t do Facebook. No biggie. 🙂

        It’s always interesting seeing what they do for each year’s Super Sentai series. There’s a bag of ‘fallback’ they go to again and again but I think this Pirate motif is one of the more original styles in some time.

        But it’s funny how it’s so ‘late’ to the party! I know this was somewhat triggered by the insane success of One Piece and, to some extent the Pirates of the Carib. movies (nothing like coattails of a pop culture trend to ride on! That’s Toei! 🙂 ) but really, that’s both kinda old. Maybe it’s time delay from finally getting past the whole limiting Saban/Disney partnership deal.

        But what I’m really grooving on is, even with that whole ‘ride the Pirate boom’ tip somehow, in some way, and maybe it’s the director and maybe it’s the actor but SOMEBODY throws in some little nods to Captain Harlock here. And of that I approve.

        It looks like a cool figure, Vault. I’d have to make sure they went ahead and did the WHOLE team before I signed on, there’s a bad habit of Bandai Japan pulling the plug shy of complete teams. Don’t get me started on the Armor Plus line. 🙂

        • manekochan

          I don’t think you have to log in to see them or anything. It’s not participatory– just click and watch. 🙂
          It is kind of funny that they jumped on to pirates so late in the game, but it is super fun so who am I to quibble?
          It’s hard to find these reliably anywhere but facebook. You can try checking some other places, but that’s the best we’ve found so far.

          • Yeah, I took a look anyway and you can’t access the vids unless you’re a Facebook member. It’s OK, I can rattle the cages of my various and sundry Most Dangerous men and find it if need be. 🙂

            It’s kind of funny, were this done by an American company I’d assume it was a ‘hail mary’ to justify breaking out the old toys tooling and get some more ROI by slapping them in new tie-in packaging. Doesn’t seem to be Bandai’s plan.

            • manekochan

              That’s too bad. I wondered about it since I’m never logged in to Facebook. Maybe I just never log out. ^^;

        • manekochan

          Also, if you’re a fan of the other sentai, you should try to find that ending song. You’ll enjoy it… all…. 3 or so incarnations of it…

          • Yep, got it. Quite a huge ‘roll call’ to name-check every previous series. 🙂

            What’s going to be interesting is to see how good all the other songs that are bound to be generated by the show turn out. Used to be you’d get an OP and ED theme, a theme for unleashing the giant robot (and the partner robot or other power-up) and maybe a ‘bad guy’ theme. Nowadays there’s a song (if not used in the show then just existing on its own or used in a radio drama) for everything and the kitchen sink! 🙂

            • manekochan

              I love some of the incidental music on this show. It’s very fun.
              They do have specific music but they also use themes from old shows– like when they’re all being Jet-man or something they get the Jet-man theme.

  • dayraven

    man, i am not a power rangers fan (nor sentai) but this looks like a great toy. the wheel piece is a fantastic extra. the keys and the folded arms and all that are again a reminder of how some US companies cheap out on “deluxe figures” where we get less than half that crap for well over half the price. i just dumped 30 bucks on “deluxe” real steel figs that look like yak turds next to this dude.

    what can i say, i’m a toy fan first, and everything else a distant second… and that is a cool toy.

  • orionpax636

    I haven’t watched anything Rangers in years, but it’s good to hear they’re spicing up the stories a bit. I’m a bit shocked that it’s taken Bandai to bring a franchise like this to the Figuarts line, as it seems tailor made given all the other tokusatsu franchises that excellent line carries.

    As a fellow afficionado of good posing, I must give props for the pose with the ship’s wheel – it’s funny how the most casual or light-hearted of poses can be the most difficult to attain.

    I’m a bit confused as to why he needs a special “arms-crossed” attachment. I have Wouldn’t a Figuarts figure be able to do that on it’s own, given that they usually have more articulation than 90% of the other toys out there?

    Figuarts has me by the sack once Figuarts Vegeta hits…

    • It’s not the joints, it’s the difference between the human body and plastic. Cross your own arms and feel, see the parts that mush and squish together, as well as the subtle motion of your shoulders, chest, ribs and all that stuff.

      Don’t work like that with plastic. 🙂

      So you make arms that are ‘squished’ in the right places. Downside, they ONLY look good when crossed.

      See also: Gunbuster.

      • orionpax636

        Your explanation totally makes sense, I was just curious as to whether this figure had the joints to do the pose on its own. Only reason being, I have a couple Figuarts figures, and sometimes the extensive shoulder articulation allows them to “squish” (as you aptly described) and actually pull off the arms crossed pose. I guess that’s not the case with this figure. (Come to think of it, Figuarts Piccolo did the same thing.)

        I actually consider the “arms crossed” pose one of the holy grails of figure-posing – it’s just not possible with most figures, even super-articulated ones. Amazingly, I have a 18″ Spider-Man figure that can do it – albeit, he has 60-something joints to do it with.

  • dayraven

    it would require a flexible shell pax, and that tech doesn’t exist yet. or a more articulated interior skeleton. or both. i know, you’d think some company out there could pull that trick off…

  • Oh man, I love it when you guys do import reviews because it’s always interesting to hear what american toy fans have to say about japanese toys. I’d love to get Gokai Red, but then I would be compelled to get the rest and I don’t really feel like playing the overly expensive prices for Gokai Yellow and Pink.

    Though saying that I did just got a DX Mobirate (the phone henshin device) with the keys and man this thing is FULL of sounds and the keys just add so much to it, it’s a good alternative if you like that sort of stuff.

    P.S
    I hope we see a review of the Glyos Big Rig from you guys. That thing looks NUTS!