Saturday, May 28, 2011

SOC Tetsujin 28: Here's A Robot With Some Charm And A Pot Belly


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Today we've got Tetsujin 28, that name might sound familiar if you read my review of the GX-44s Tetsujin Vs Black OX. I didn't try and mask my disappointment with that set, and it's what prompted me to go out and buy this version. Whereas the other one I reviewed is a modern reimagining of the world's first giant robot, this is the original design.

Really, there's not a whole lot to say about this figure, he's got a goodly amount of articulation, and some accessories. The real draw with this figure is the extreme retro design.

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Okay, so on the short list of accessories, we've got a rocket pack, with a removable housing.

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The arms are held on by a simple magnet system, which makes it easy to swap one out for the included broken limb.
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Tetsujin is one of the few SOC toys to have a battery powered gimmick. If you flip the switch on his back, his eyes light up yellow, it doesn't show up very well in the photographs, unless you have a more sophisticated technique than yours truly.

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If you place a magnet in the right spot on his belly, his eyes will change color to red, this can be accomplished with the remote control prop that's included.

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The last accessory that the big guy comes with is the little kid that controls him, Shotaro, via the remote, in the same scale as the main figure.

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Tetsujin has a nice stand, with his name in Japanese, and SOC number designation, it's got a place for everything, and even includes a stand that locks into the bottom of the jetpack, although in my experience, he doesn't need the extra support. He's surprisingly steady, since you'd think he'd be very top heavy.

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Bottom line, I feel silly for liking this figure as much as I do, since there's not really anything to it, and he looks kind of silly. The silliness really works in it's favor though, giving it that nostalgic charm.

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