Joe’s predominant color is blue, of course. Most of the body is molded in the proper colors, but there is a terrific gloss effect on his helmet that I really like. Also, the gold highlighting seems to be painted with more care on Blue. My Gokai Red had a lot of little imperfections (and a couple of big ones), but it seems the quality control on Blue is much better.
Same body means same articulation. Joe’s head, neck, torso, hips, and ankles are all ball joints. His shoulders are swivel/hinges attached to a ball joint. His elbows and knees are double hinged, and there’s also a hinge on his toe joint. His wrists are swivel/hinges, and his biceps and thighs have a swivel joint. He has great posing ability, which is good because Joe has some great poses in the show.
Gokai Blue comes with even more accessories than Red did. He has a slew of eleven alternate hands. There’s also the standard Gokai sword and gun, his Mobirates morpher, and two tiny blue Ranger keys. Joe also comes with a couple of special swords that are melded together so he can reenact his special Five Sword Technique attack. I’m really glad they chose to personalize some of his weapons; it helps take the sting away from the price. One thing I don’t like is that even though his two multi swords come with alternate charges with keys molded in, they aren’t made to flip up like the regular sword does.
All first release Gokaiger figures come with their Gokai Darin pieces. These steering wheels are what the Rangers use to pilot their own vehicles, or combined in the main cockpit to control their giant robot Gokai Oh. Where Marvelous has a more traditional ship’s wheel, the rest of the crew have more of a driving design and are piloted sitting down. The wheel and chair are two separate pieces and are just as nicely sculpted and painted as Marvelous’ Darin. Even though the wheel is smaller it still spins very freely, and you can insert a Ranger Key into the center. These are definitely great bonus pieces in my opinion.
All around I’m pretty happy with Joe. I knew what to expect after Gokai Red, but the additional accessories and new Darin were a nice surprise. Plus, the more crew members I get, the better they look as a whole.
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