• GX-02B Great Mazinger Black SOC
  • Soundwave Machine Wars
  • Popy Toy Insert Catalog 1970's #2
  • GA-05 Great Mazinger
  • JW-4 Machine Robo MR
  • Desert Tracker Ratchet MV2 ROTF Voyager Class
  • MR-15 Rest-Q Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Construction Robot Shovel-Ripper by Shinsei
  • Friender Bike Jumbo Series by Grip
  • Thrust Generations Deluxe Class
  • Optimus Prime Reveal the Shield Deluxe Class
  • Aura Battler Dunbine 1:46 Scale by Clover
  • Magna Convoy Optimus Prime God
  • Smokescreen MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • Dai-Guard SRC Review by Gold
  • MR-21 Spoiler Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Reflector G1
  • Gear Fighter Dendoh Data Weapons Set. SRC Review by Gold
  • Enryu and Hyoryu SRC Review by Gold
  • GX-03B Com-Battler V Black SOC
  • Getter Robo Two Black SG-19 by Aoshima
  • Seawing - Seacons G1
  • Blackout MV1 Voyager Class
  • Offshoot Energon Scout Class
  • Devastator by JD Productions
  • Turn A Gundam
  • Shogun Warriors Comic Book Ad
  • Optimus Prime G1
  • Power Rangers Wild Force Deluxe Megazord
  • Machine-Robo Catalog 1985
  • GX-33 Leopaldon SOC
  • Warpath G1
  • Megatron Custom Paper Creation
  • Groizer X Poster
  • Poseidon Shogun Warriors
  • Drivemax Megazord
  • Dragstrip - Stunticons G1
  • Rogun Cap Rifle by Arco Gobots
  • Popy Special Catalog
  • Getter Robo Two SG-19 by Aoshima
  • Galient Joint Model by Sansei
  • Starscream Energon Deluxe Class
  • GX-58 Andromeda SOC Review by Gold
  • Cybertronian Soundwave Generations Deluxe Class
  • Star in Box
  • Springer G1
  • Ankoku Daishogun
  • Typhoon Jumbo Denzitiger KO
  • Blazemaster MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • MP-13 Soundwave Masterpiece Review by Gold
  • Jolt MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • Calypso Avarian
  • White Base DX
  • GekiRyuJin SRC Review by Gold
  • Swindle FOC Deluxe Class
  • Thundercracker Generations Deluxe Class
  • Disney Cho Gattai King Robo DX Tamashii
  • Machine-Robo Catalog 1986
  • Eject FOC Data Disc
  • Gaogaigar Key of Victory Set 4 SRC Review by Gold
  • BW-2 MR Machine Robo
  • Ishkick G.E.R.W.A.L.K. from Orguss
  • Otasuke-Sande DX by Takatoku
  • GD-17 Daitetsujin 17
  • Microman Catalog 1980
  • Analyzer from Spaceship Yamato
  • MR-40 Flip Top Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Mudflap MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • Jazz G1 Reissue
  • PA-61 Solar Saucer
  • Smokescreen PBH Deluxe Class
  • MR-07 Turbo Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Transformers Catalog 1985
  • Onslaught FOC Deluxe Class
  • Overbite - Seacons G1
  • Mini Mini Mach Rod from Barom 1
  • GA-01 Mazinger Z by Banpresto
  • Arcee Animated Deluxe Class
  • Big Hawk by Marushin
  • Megatron TP Voyager Class
  • GD-20 MS-06S Zaku II
  • Dirge G1 Reissue
  • MR-21 Spoiler Machine-Robo Gobot
  • GA-17 Robo Ton
  • GX-25 Garada K7 Bandai SOC
  • Rumble G1
  • GD-44 MSZ-006 Zeta (Limited Edition Titans Version)
  • Broadside G1
  • Getter Robo One SG-13 Weathering by Aoshima
  • Machine Robo Card - French
  • Battle Ravage Alternators-Binaltech
  • GX-48 Big-O SOC Parts Kit Review by Gold
  • GB-03 Battle Fever
  • Door Robot or Revolving Flashing Robot
  • Getter Robo One SG-06 Metallic by Aoshima
  • Abominus G1 Reissue Seacons Universe
  • MR-50 Twin Spin Yellow Variant Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Swindle Animated Deluxe Class
  • Red GoRanger
  • Star Zinger-Z Grendizer by Clover
  • Brawl - Combaticons G1
  • Poem Govarian ST
  • BW-2 MR Machine Robo
  • Popy Toy Insert Catalog 1977 #1
  • Thundercracker G1 Reissue
  • Gaofighgar Brave Gokin CMs Review by Gold
  • Blitzwing G1
  • Bulkhead Animated Leader Class
  • GC-20 Space Sheriff Shaider Vavilos DX by Popy
  • Scalpel MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Long Haul MV2 ROTF Voyager Class
  • Baldios Custom Made of Lego
  • Astekaizer mini No.2 by Yonezawa
  • GD-16 RX-78-2 (Limited Edition G3 Version)
  • GD-67 Ultraman
  • Drivemax Megazord
  • Takara catalog 1980 Featuring Diaclone Toys
  • Skydive - Aerialbots G1
  • Zoids
  • GX-09 Minerva X
  • D.A. Tona Super Defender
  • Brawn G1
  • Hot Shot TP Deluxe Class
  • Gurren Lagann Review- Konami Great Impact Model Review by Gold
  • 7-2-1 Formation Robot
  • Daimos DX
  • MR-37 Night Ranger Machine-Robo Gobot
  • GX-07I Iron Z SOC Review by Gold
  • Prowl Alternators-Binaltech
  • Galient DX by Sansei
  • Devastator EZ Set MV2 ROTF Voyager Class
  • Machine-Robo Catalog 1980's
  • Dangard Ace Custom Paper Creation
  • Baron Von Joy Super Gobot Machine-Robo
  • GX-07 Mazinger Z OVA  SOC
  • MR-Collector
  • Huffer with Caliburst PCC
  • Rewind G1
  • Stalker Scorponok MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • Mr. Atomic by Cragstan
  • Autobot Ratchet TP Deluxe Class
  • GX-09SS Minerva X Shining Shadow SOC Review by Gold
  • Galaxy Express 999 Ads
  • GA-06 Robo Jr.
  • MR-09 Dumper Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Garuban by Marushin
  • Tentakil - Seacons G1
  • Blast Off FOC Deluxe Class
  • Huffer G1
  • MR-06 Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Deep Space Starscream MV1 Voyager Class
  • Hailstorm HFTD Deluxe Class
  • Macross Catalog 1980's #1
  • 7-2-1 Formation Robot
  • GX-04 Grendizer UFO Robo SOC
  • Popy Toy Insert Catalog 1970's #2
  • Soundwave G1 Reissue RID TRU Exclusive
  • GA-22 Robo Pu
  • Mighty Orbots Taiwan Release
  • Optimus Prime G1 Reissue Black
  • Optimus Prime PBH Voyager Class
  • Fireflight - Aerialbots G1
  • GA-17 Robo Ton
  • Long Haul MV2 ROTF Voyager Class
  • Doubledealer G1
  • Dairugger XV MechaGold
  • MR-42 Tail Pipe Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Swoop - Dinobots G1
  • Divebomb MV1 Deluxe Class
  • Popy Special Catalog
  • Bumblebee MV1 Deluxe Class
  • Gundam Model Hyper Hybrid 1/60 Rick Dom
  • Convertible Laser Gun by Playtime
  • Dirge MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • Dead End MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Popy Toys catalog 1977
  • Tamashii Nations catalog from 2008 SDCC
  • Mirrorman Tin Car
  • Scourge G1
  • Starscream G1 Reissue
  • Slag - Dinobots G1
  • Voltes V Godaikin
  • SD Gundam
  • MR-04 Cop-Tur Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Fireflight MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Dinosaur Robo 3- Brontosaurus
  • Hot Rod G1
  • Starscream Energon Deluxe Class
  • Rube Gobot Machine-Robo
  • GX-45C Comic Color Mazinger SOC Review by Gold
  • Ironhide MV3 DOTM Leader Class
  • Wheelie MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • Otasuke-Sande DX by Takatoku
  • Autobot Jazz FOC Deluxe Class
  • Bandai Catalog 1997
  • Gatchaman G4 Jumbo Series by Grip
  • MR-02 Tank Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Tomahawk HFTD Deluxe Class
  • PA-61 Solar Saucer
  • GA-36 Robo Inu
  • Godaikin Toy Insert Catalog 1986 #1
  • Blaster G1
  • Grapple G1 Reissue
  • Bandai model catalog 1981
  • Rippersnapper - Terrorcons G1
  • Prowl Alternators-Binaltech
  • First Aid - Protectobots G1
  • GX-38 Iron Gear SOC (and review by Gold)
  • GX-51 Getter Dragon OVA SOC Review by Gold
  • Quickswitch G1
  • Razorclaw - Predacons G1
  • Scattorshot MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • JW-1 MR Machine Robo
  • Sunstreaker Alternators-Binaltech
  •  Valyrie Armored GBP-1

GX-53 Daitarn 3 SOC Review by Gold

0.0/5 rating (0 votes)

Description

The following review was originally prepared by Gold on 5/24/10 on the Robot-Japan Forum:

 

Please click on thumbnails to view larger images.

Please click on cartoon images to begin video playback.


Opening Credits
[image]



Box
[image]


Trays
[image] [image] [image]



Haran Banjo's car, the Mach Patrol
[image]

[image]


Note when transforming it to Mach Attacker, pull out the front first before flipping out the wings otherwise you'll risk possible paint scratching:
[image]



Mach Attacker (Canopy cannot be opened)
[image]




DaiFighter (note that the Daifighter's front landing gears are the plastic Daitank treads, I overlooked that on the first transformation)
[image]






Daitank
[image]


[image]

The default tank treads cannot support Daitarn's weight. The add-on treads are the way to go.
[image] [image]

My friend recommends taping the treads like so to prevent scratches on Daitarn's torso.
[image]


[image]










"Daitarn, come here!"
[image]


[image]



"Daitarn 3!"
[image]

[image] [image]



Daitarn 3's/ Haran Banjo's famous opening speech everytime he starts a battle with a Megaborg:

"For Earth, for all mankind, Daitarn 3 will crush the evil ambitions of the Meganoids!
If you don't fear the shine of this sun, come at me!"

[image]






Daitarn 3's Weapons



Daitarn Cannon, Hammer, Big Web, Zanber
[image]


Daitarn Fan, Snapper
[image]



Daitarn Missile
[image]


Missile is removable
[image] [image]




Daitarn Cannon
[image]
[image]




Daitarn Zanber
[image] [image]
[image]

[image] [image] [image]
[image]




Daitarn Javelin
[image]




Daitarn Snapper
[image]

[image]
[image]




Daitarn Hammer

Interesting trivia, the "Hammer" ejects from Daitarn's ankle (in the show, not in the toy) while his other weapons eject from either his side (Daitarn Snapper) or his knees (Fan, Javelin, Zanber)
[image]
[image]
[image]




Daitarn Fan
[image] [image]
[image]

[image]

[image]

The two halves of the Fan can be joined together to form a bigger shield.
[image] [image] [image]
[image]









Daitarn 3's finishing move:
Borrowing the power of the sun!
Sure kill attack!
SUN ATTACK!

[image]


[image]





DAITARN CRASH!!!
[image]


[image]


[image]








Accessory stand
[image] [image]

Similar with Zambot 3, the accessories are piled up together rather neatly instead of using the traditional display base (which I would've preferred). Still, there are some accessories that don't go into the stand:
[image]





Daitarn with his older "brother" Zambot 3 (Zambot came out in 1977, Daitarn in 1978, both were created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and shared the same production staff over at Sunrise)
[image]
[image]



Height comparison - without the antennae, the height difference is actually only a half inch between the two (9.75" and 10.25")
[image] [image]



From Super Robot Wars: Daitarn 3 and Zambot 3's Sun Moon Attack.




SUN MOON ATTACK!
[image]


COMBINATION CRASH!!!

[image]











The Good
-Daitarn stands a good 10 and a quarter Inch tall. Weighs roughly 940 Grams!
[image]


-Diecast parts include:
--Most, if not the entire torso sections, front and back.
--Lower legs and feet (not that sure about the thighs)


-Pull down legs for added articulation.
[image]


-Excellent design idea to bypass the fin problem on the feet and legs. One of the letdowns for me on the Gx04 Grendizer was the fins getting in the way of the poseability of the feet.
[image] [image] [image]


-Extra "open mouth" face plate.
[image]


-Articulated fingers and thumb on the "default" hand.
[image]


-Ankle joints are actually located here:
[image]


-Scaled Mach Patrol and Mach Attacker included. Check out the "real world" size of Daitarn 3, listed at 120 Meters, the big guy should actually have his own Zip Code. ;)
[image] [image]


-Access panel for the Mach Attacker
[image]

-Transformation antenna included (albeit it's smaller)
[image]







The Bad
-Possible paint chip spot? The metal, painted clip for the feet:
[image] [image]


-Reuse of the same mold to make both arms. A minor quibble really, but pretty obvious due to the position of the sockets for the extra fists, also, note the paint bleeds(?) into the cuffs/edges of the forearms
[image] [image]



-Lack of a double elbow makes it impossible for Daitarn to point directly at his "sun", the promotional pictures are somewhat a cheat using a specific angle, kind of like what I did above. here's how it looks from an isometric view. :)
[image] [image]


-Would've been nice if Daitarn Javelin was a bit longer.
[image]


-Instead of giving us two sets of wings, we have to swap out the wings between the two different sized covers:
[image]


-Small peg for connecting Daitarn's dorsal fin to his...uhm.. crotch.
[image]


-Default hands pop out of the forearms too easily sometimes, returning them can be a bit tricky.

-Daitank cannon barrels tend to pop off when you're "telescoping them". Pulling the barrels to the full length can be a pain.

-When transforming, shafting up the forearms is a bit annoying at times due to the biceps and forearms misaligning. Nothing major but still, could have been better.

-No Daitarn Big Web accessory (the cross on his chest emblem). Likewise, no Daitarn Cross Darts (the ones from his forearm)

-The Mach Patrol canopy does not open. Would've been cool if we could actually take off the roof to check out Banjo up close.

-Access Panel for the Mach Attacker was really hard to pull out.


-No vehicles for Beauty (Mini Copter Ready Pinky) and Reika (Mister Green) or Garrison (Garrison Special and Garrison Cruiser)
http://www.encirobot.com/dait/dait-mec16.asp
http://www.encirobot.com/dait/dait-mec17.asp










The Ugly
Gaaah! Paint chips and other transformation nightmares abound!

1. Beware THIS spot! The contact is metal on metal, I really don't see why they didn't just allow for more clearance in this area to make the transform more smooth instead of making the darn joint section so damn tight! Frequent transformations will really chip away at the paint.
[image]


2. Flipping out this big blue piece requires some bending to avoid the black clip (marked green), possibly resulting in stress on the area marked with the red circle?
[image]


3. THIS one almost gave me a heart attack! You'll hear a loud CRACK(!!) when you try to pry open the hips from the waist plate when trasforming. I seriously thought I broke the damn thing! The small size of the peg and hole (see the area marked green) also doesn't give much comfort in terms of durability. Seriously, take a deep breath before prying the hips free.
[image]



Overall, I liked Daitarn 3. The problems in the robot mode are very minor and the toy feels really solid!

It's in the transformations that the toy greatly suffers. The paint chipping spot in the chest and the REALLY small locking peg in the hips to waist area worry me. Easy fixes I think if they really wanted to do it? I can't say. But somehow the transformation design feels like it could've been done better.

As is, if you're not really gunning for the Daitank and Daifighter modes and sensitive about paint chips, I'd recommend not transforming it at all and keeping Daitarn in robot mode (it comes packaged in robot mode).








BTW, for those curious about the Anime, well, it's generally a funny, wacky show, with Banjo and the gang getting into all sorts of trouble like a typical episode of Lupin the 3rd. The episodes are pretty much self-contained and focus on comedy than serious peril. Heck, even Daitarn gets "drunk" in one episode and even has a tongue (and throat?) in another.
[image] [image]

Unfortunately there's not much in terms of a deep story arc (unlike say, Voltes or Daimos) and if you want to get to the guts of the story you can pretty much watch the first two episodes for the character introductions and an episode somewhere in the middle for Banjo's origin and the final episode for the showdown. That's about it, the rest are filler episodes. :)





Parting shot:

GROUP PICTURES
[image]


[image] [image] [image] [image]




It's been two years since I last tried this. But seeing as how my baby daughter's already starting to learn to walk, I guess this might be my last chance to open up everything and do a huge group shot without incident for a while. ;D

I totally ran out of space though, I was hoping to add the Shin Jeeg, Banpresto Huckebein and Chogokin Zeta and ZZ Gundams into the mix but no dice. I used robots that appeared in the SRW games as a refernce guide as who to include in the shot (with the exception of Gurren Lagann, but it's so darn cool!) Admittedly, I needed to mix in non-Bandai Gokins to get the lineup I want. :)




Gokin biggies only (8 inches and up, mixed with other Non-SOC 8 inches and up figures).
[image]



SOC biggies only (8 inches and up).
[image]




Seeing as how it took me already 8+ hours to break out everything to do the group shot, here're some additional random group pics. :)


[image] [image]






[image] [image]






[image] [image]






Super Robot Wars (with diecast Unifive Alt Eisen and diecast Banpresto Huckebein)
[image]





I'm fairly sure there's not one Anime-loving Filipino who doesn't recognize these guys. ;)
[image] [image]







[image]





Whew! :)
Gold

Share this product