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Sunday, November 15, 2015

DX Samurai Kyojin DaiKai-Oh (2009)


On his own, DaiKai-Oh has a satisfying, extended presence thanks to his perpetually unfurled legs and orange trappings. All of his in-built weapons are accounted for and his Samurai Busou with Ika Origami is screen accurate. The combination with Shinken-Oh makes for a radically and gloriously different robo. While it may move the girls to the back to serve as sword holders/blasters it also subjugates Shinken Red. When that happens, it’s easy to forgive such transgressions. Though, it IS hard to ignore that the connection between the two torsos is tenuous and badly executed. Treat Genta like the Sixth he is and only do it every so often. If you have the space necessary, buy it.

Comparisons between the various versions can be found below the cut.

4 Doses of Textual Healing out of 5

If you’re a fan of Genta, I sincerely recommend this in all of its incarnations. The original and Bandai Asia releases are the same, as usual. The American Clawzord is extremely well done. If you’re fine with displaying Shinken-Oh and DaiKai-Oh side by side, though, go with the Eastern releases.

DaiKai-Oh's faces are engraved into the back of a removable disc, on this release. The front of that disc is predictably Ebi Origami's.

If you want to display the ‘whole’ team together, go for the combo pack issued in the US for the Samurai Megazord and Clawzord. The connection between the torsos of the American mecha is solid and satisfying.

If you cannot live without Ika Origami (Octozord), you’ll most assuredly want the original molds, as the armament is not executed in a screen-accurate way for the BoA pieces. Ika gets held like a sword, even though the box art speaks to it being able to be done accurately. Not so.

As usual, either Ha-Oh release is fine and is a choice dependent almost entirely on your tastes and wallet.

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