• Light-Up UFO No. 1 by Sakura
  • GX-09 Minerva X
  • Crossword Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Megatron Animated Voyager Class
  • Optimus Prime G1 Reissue Black
  • Scrapper - Constructicons G1
  • Grimlock Titanium
  • Silverbolt - Aerialbots G1
  • Great Mazinger SRC Review by Gold
  • GD-16 RX-78-2 (Limited Edition Titans Version)
  • Ramble Giant by Takemi
  • GA-64 Oba-Q
  • Breakdown - Stunticons G1
  • Mazinger Z DX SOC Review by Gold
  • Young Mekanda by Bullmark
  • EVA Mass Production- Revoltech #26
  • Pegas Robo Tank by Grip
  • Random Images
  • Cy-Kill Super Gobot Machine-Robo
  • SG-01 Tetsujin 28
  • Meister BT-08
  • Popy Toys catalog 1977
  • Metroplex G1 Reissue
  • GA-22 Robo Pu
  • Bull-Gator ST by Takemi
  • Slugfest G1
  • Dreadwing G2
  • Smolder with Chopster PCC
  • Megatron MV2 ROTF Leader Class
  • Gunbuster SRC and Effort and Guts Weapons Set Review by Gold
  • Mirrorman Tin Car
  • GA-69  Issun Boshi
  • Takatoku Catalog 1983
  • First Aid - Protectobots G1
  • GX-31V Voltes V SOC Review by Gold
  • Brimstone HFTD Scout Class
  • Lazerback PBH Deluxe Class
  • MR-31 Water Walk Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Air Raid - Aerialbots G1
  • Star Mites Rocket Borer
  • Time Dotabattan DX
  • Robot ST 1 by Strenco
  • GD-53 Hyaku Shiki
  • Pipes G1
  • Smokescreen MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • GX-02B Great Mazinger Black SOC
  • MRT-44 Stinger Machine-Robo Gobot
  • GX-46 Dygenguar and Aussenseiter SOC Review by Gold
  • Revoltech Organic Hobby Flyer
  • Sideswipe FOC Deluxe Class
  • Polimar Granpass
  • GX-25 Garada K7 Bandai SOC
  • PB-49 Queen Cosmos
  • Starscream G1 Reissue
  • Punch / Counterpunch G1
  • MR-23 Blaster Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Dairugger Custom Paper Creation
  • Chaos Dread Launcher Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Optimus Prime HFTD Voyager Class
  • GX-48 Big-O SOC Parts Kit Review by Gold
  • Fireflight MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Daikyozin by Uni Five
  • Robo-Q from Robodatchi
  • Swindle - Combaticons G1
  • Brawl - Combaticons G1
  • GD-44 MSZ-006 Zeta (Limited Edition Titans Version)
  • Nakajima Toy Insert Catalog 1970's #1
  • Dirge Generations Deluxe Class
  • Nosecone - Technobots G1
  • Construction Robot Dozer-Bucketer by Shinsei
  • Ultra Magnus G1 Reissue
  • Silverstreak Reissue E-Hobby G1
  • Maha Gogogo Jumbo Series by Grip
  • Getter I Black Ryoma
  • Power Rangers Wild Force Deluxe Ultimus
  • Rodimus Prime Titanium
  • Space Shuttle Star Mite
  • Akumaizer 3 - Zaidabek by Grip
  • Sentinel Prime Animated Deluxe Class
  • Getter Robo One SG-09 Original Black by Aoshima
  • Chromedome - Headmaster G1
  • Jungle Bonecrusher MV1 Deluxe Class
  • Bug Bite Super Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Starscream HFTD Leader Class
  • Power Rangers DX Samurai Clawzord Megazord
  • Wheeljack Generations Deluxe Class
  • Starscream TP Voyager Class
  • Grimlock Animated Voyager Class
  • Jazz MV1 Deluxe Class
  • GC-29 Daileon DX Godaikin
  • Big Hawk by Takemi
  • MicroRobo V
  • Ravage FOC Data Disc
  • Shockwave / Shockblast Alternators-Binaltech
  • Grindcore MV1 Deluxe Class
  • God Raideen GD-03B Black
  • GX-08 Aphrodai A SOC
  • Thrust Powerlinx Armada Deluxe Class
  • Scavenger - Constructicons G1
  • Mudflap MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • PB-49 Queen Cosmos
  • Soundwave PBH Deluxe Class
  • Cyclonus - Targetmaster G1
  • Rewind FOC Data Disc
  • Stalker Scorponok MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • Aile Strike Gundam
  • Daitetsujin 18 Custom Paper Creation
  • Defensor - Protectobots G1
  • Jeeg - Transparent Magnemo Reissue by Takara
  • MR-42 Tail Pipe Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Ratbat G1
  • Convertible Laser Gun by Playtime
  • Albegas Custom Paper Creation
  • GX-31V Voltes V SOC Review by Gold
  • Super Change Robo Mechabot-1
  • Popy Toy Insert Catalog 1970's #3
  • PA-73 Kagestar Kageboshi
  • Soundwave G1 Oversize (Knockoff)
  • GX-24 Tetsujin 28 Bandai SOC
  • Scorponok Energon Leader Class
  • Gigan Bull Pet by Bullmark
  • Daitetsujin 17 SD Custom Paper Creation
  • Shockblast Energon Voyager Class
  • Baldios (CM's) Review by Gold
  • MP-08 Grimlock Masterpiece
  • Mazinkaiser Black Wing Version by Aoshima
  • GX-02R Great Mazinger Reissue SOC
  • Tryder Kanzen Henki Gattai
  • Optimus Prime Alternator and Binaltech
  • Blazer Zenmai by Bullmark
  • Optimus Prime Roll Out Command Supreme Class
  • Apolon Kichi by Bullmark
  • Apolon Legger Vinyl
  • Tryder G7 Cel
  • Sideswipe Alternators-Binaltech
  • Runamuck G1
  • Soundwave FOC Voyager Class
  • Thrust Armada Deluxe Class
  • Pegas by Nakajima
  • Tracks G1 Reissue
  • MR-11 Dozer Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Browning M1910
  • Daitarn Custom Made of Lego
  • GA-44 Robo Peke
  • GD-16 RX-78-2 (Limited Edition Roll Out Color Version)
  • Wingblade MV1 Ultra Class
  • Goshogun Brave 08 (and review by Gold)
  • Metroplex G1 Reissue
  • Dreadwing Energon Voyager Class
  • Mazinkaiser SG-03 Overseas Version by Aoshima
  • Starscream Animated Voyager Class
  • Grimlock FOC Voyager Class
  • Daitetsujin 17 SD Custom Paper Creation
  • MP-06 Skywarp Masterpiece
  • Promaxis by Sansei
  • Voltes V Godaikin
  • Dino Stegazord
  • Cutthroat - Terrorcons G1
  • Gran-Fighter ST by Takemi
  • Super Couper Super Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Daitetsujin 17 magazine ads
  • Power Rangers Wild Force Deluxe Megazord
  • Getter Robo One SG-06 by Aoshima
  • MR-39 Zero Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Megas XLR Robot Photos
  • GX-07I Iron Z SOC Review by Gold
  • Clover Catalog
  • GX-45C Comic Color Mazinger SOC Review by Gold
  • Cybertronian Bumblebee Generations Deluxe Class
  • PA-65 Kage Roller by Popy
  • PA-48 Fordham G Base
  • Airazor MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • GX-01B Mazinger Z Black SOC
  • Govarian
  • Gear Fighter Dendoh SRC Review by Gold
  • Polimar Drill
  • GX-14 EVA-01 Test Type Evangelion
  • Mekanda Robot TV Poster
  • Tic Tac Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Getter Robo One SG-08 by Aoshima
  • PA-93 Goranger Varikikyun
  • Gaogaigar Golden Destroyer Tamashii Nations 2012 Exclusive SRC Review by Gold
  • Great Robot Base
  • Shockwave MV3 DOTM Voyager Class
  • Hound G1 Reissue #14
  • GX-34 Gunbuster SOC Review by Gold
  • Alteisen SRC Review by Gold
  • Reverb MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Getter Robo One Anime Export Limited White Test and Training Version by Aoshima
  • Insecticons G1 Reissue E-Hobby
  • Getter Robo Two Black SG-19 by Aoshima
  • Mixmaster - Constructicons G1
  • PB-94 Gatchaman Gatchaspartan ST
  • Deep Desert Brawl MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • GB-32 Sun Vulcan ST
  • X-70 Space Robot or Tulip Head
  • Star Mites Rocket Borer
  • Ramjet G1
  • Bug Bite Super Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Voltes V Camp Big Falcon by Toyz Secret Review by Gold
  • Akumaizer 3 - Gari Bird by Grip
  • GX-47T Energer Test Type SOC Review by Gold
  • Sentinel Prime Animated Deluxe Class
  • Optimus Prime TP Voyager Class
  • Galaxy Express 999 Ads
  • Megatron Animated Voyager Class
  • Goranger Varidorin by Unifive
  • GC-22 Bismark DX Chogokin
  • Gunbuster SRC and Effort and Guts Weapons Set Review by Gold
  • Runamuck G1
  • Silverstreak Alternators-Binaltech
  • Topspin G1

Gao Icarus

5.0/5 rating (2 votes)

Description

Gao Icarus

Background

United States toy collectors will recall the success of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers line in 1991 where we had a Prehistoric collection of animals. Power Rangers was the first effort in the Saban television saga and this, Gao Rangers, will be the last TV series produced by Saban; Disney will be taking over. Pterodactyls, Saber toothed tigers, Mammoths, and Triceratops have been replaced by modern animals, a.k.a. the "Hundred Beast Task Force." Bandai took evolution to the next level to produce the Highly successful toy line Gao Rangers and our feature-- Icarus. The evolution of power rangers toys is now light years ahead of the humble Power Rangers beginnings.

GaoIcarus_robot GaoIcarus_box_JPG Icarus_box_bk_JPG 

Gao Rangers superceded Power Rangers and we feature more modern creatures. Icarus' land and air trekking denizens include the Gao Giraffe PA 2, Gao Deer PA 6, Gao Rhino and Majiro (Gao Armadillo) PA 5, and Gao Falcon PA 7. Each Zord (toy animal) has a solid, smooth and refined feel, and transformations are exacting versus times past.

The purported "real life" dimensions for Icarus are 70 meters by 80 meters by 4780 tons. That's a heck of a hunk of animal. Icarus features wings for both flight and shielding against evil.

Gao Rangers plot line (the beginnings):

- 1,000 years ago, six ancient Gao warriors fight Highness Duke Orgu with GaoGod; Shirogane dons Loki mask to defeat combined Orgu generals using GaoHunter. 
- Gao warriors regretfully seal possessed friend in crypt. 
- in modern day, modern Power Animals have been selecting Gaorangers one by one over the course of a year; granddaughter of ancient Murasaki, Tetomu, mentors team from Gao's Rock.
- Dr. Kakeru, empathic veterinarian, chosen by GaoLion as fifth Gaoranger after rescuing panicked elephant during Orgu attack. 
- Highness Duke Shuten born. 
- Orgu seek magical stone and scroll from temple, Rangers recover them and discover the stone is the orb for Gao Elephant. 
- Blue dreams of new weapon, Gao Giraffe soon emerges from giant crane.
-(episodes elapse) Four Rangers die, solve puzzle in afterlife to give Falcon Summoner and Gao Falcon to Red before returning to life thanks to Gao God. Gao Icarus is formed

The Toy

Impressive. Wide. Heavy. Stiff. All were my initial reactions to the GaoRangers and then, alas, FUN. Bandai has continued in its bomb proof toy construction philosophy. All movements are refined and elements to the toys, sturdy. I emphasizes this because a toy after all should be played with. Gao Icarus invites play time and is refined.

Gao Armadillo and Gao Rhinoceros are my favorites. The Rhino transforms into legs and is simply a brute tour de metal. Chogokin fans rejoice as this guy is heavy! The solid asymmetrical legs open up via metal pins and metal joints to provide a Chogokin anchor for Icarus (it can be used for the other Gao toy lines, say Gao King's legs). The Gao Armadillo can neatly tuck into a ball and then be flicked out of the foot. The Armadillo launched in ball form (from the right foot) is know as the Rhinos Kick.

Next on my list is the Gao Giraffe. It's smooth elegant lines remind me of Art Deco and are mimalist. Thick chrome plating is used all four legs. My version featured a metal neck that shoots out by pressing a button on the throat. Note the attitude in the face sculpt.

Gao Deer captivated me the least, probably because of the rubber antlers. Don't get me wrong, it is a great design, it is just lighter and has less features than the other toys. See "Design by Formula." The mouth opens; legs rotate; and the antlers can pivot, rotate, and pinch. The neck can ratchet up and down. To the toy's credit it has a classic vintage beauty that evokes memories of a sparkling aqua 1956 Thunderbird; new stock, classy old lines.

Last but certainly not least is the gigantic Gao Falcon. In the anime show the bird of prey is called with the "Falcon Summoner" to form Icarus. The wing span when fully extended covers a mind boggling 26 inches. This measurement was taken with the tape pressed against the leading edge. -Astonishing and WIDE. Wing tips can rotate up to reveal prism eye stickers. Viewed from one angle they look human then the other-catlike. The talons can rotate at the hip, ankles, and elbow joints.

The combined Icarus speaks for itself in its uniqueness (Have you EVER seen a design like this) and beauty. It took a large amount of intestinal fortitude to pair a giraffe arm with a reindeer mate. It works and with a quirky whimsical Japanese style. Who would have thought a shooting armadillo foot would be the rage? Bandai dared to be different, designed, delighted, and conquered. We have a neo classic sporting animals with attitudes. My hats off to Bandai.

P.S. This is the Japanese toy. In the U.S. we know this toy as Power Rangers Wild Force (the show) Deluxe Isis Megazord.

Share this product