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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Engine Gattai Series 04 — Engine Birca (2008)

Birca may be way too tightly ratcheted to execute a compelling Bircutter but I’d rather he be solid than floppy in the absence of a disengage-able locking mechanism. When combined with Engine-Oh, Carrigator, or Jum-bowhale, he can turn around when rotated forward to achieve his speaking/G6/G9 Grand Prix position. Like Toriptor, it’s basically impossible to spin him from any other orientation than this one. It’s admittedly awkward, but having the screen-necessary static positions on lock is more than enough for me and most collectors. His Engine Soul is included and he’s undeniably the most adorable Engine in the line, on that front.

Comparisons between the various versions are below the cut.

4 Randomly Italian Words out of 5

Having owned the Bandai Asia release, I can confirm it is pragmatically identical to the BoJ original. The American version accomplishes much the same in a slightly less polished way while completely foregoing voice-clip functionality. Ebay will wreck your wallet. Enlist the help of a middleman service to scour Yahoo Japan Auctions or try your hand at Mandarake.

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