• Mazinkaiser SG-12 by Aoshima
  • Weibritter / Weissritter SRC Review by Gold
  • Knock Out MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Terradive HFTD Deluxe Class
  • GX-10 Boss Borot Bandai SOC
  • Fireflight - Aerialbots G1
  • Overbite - Seacons G1
  • Fracture MV1 Deluxe Class
  • Bombshock with Combaticons PCC
  • Eject FOC Data Disc
  • Tamashii Nations catalog from 2008 SDCC
  • MR-50 Twin Spin Machine-Robo Gobot
  • MR-44 Good Knight Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Desert Tracker Ratchet MV2 ROTF Voyager Class
  • Astekaizer big vinyl No.14 by Yonezawa
  • Overkill G1
  • Groizer X Poster
  • X Bomber ad
  • MR-30 Three Wheeler Robo Machine-Robo Gobot
  • MRT-41 Scratch Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Sergeant Kup Generations Deluxe Class
  • Takatoku Catalog 1982
  • Megatron G2
  • GX-53 Daitarn 3 SOC Review by Gold
  • Gundam RX-78 Cel
  • King Kong- Ark 05
  • Bonecrusher - Constructicons G1
  • Dead End MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Wheel-A-Gear Robot by Taiyo
  • Arcee Animated Deluxe Class
  • Bumblebee Animated Deluxe Class
  • UFO of Justice - Blue Silver by Shinsei
  • Sentinel Prime Animated Deluxe Class
  • Banzaitron MV2 HFTD Voyager Class
  • Popy Special Catalog
  • MR-38 Union Jack Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Dairugger XV MechaGold
  • CM's Brave Gokin 38 Jeeg Option Parts Review by Gold
  • Cloudraker  - Autobot Clone G1
  • GX-61 Saikyo Robot Daioja SOC Review by Gold
  • Hot Shot Energon Deluxe Class
  • Spay-C Super Gobot Machine-Robo
  • GA-04 Getter 3
  • Mr. Robot the Mechanical Brain- Alps
  • MR Bullseye Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Windcharger Alternators-Binaltech
  • Turn A Gundam
  • Hound G1
  • Rex Avarian Robot
  • MR-22 Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Popy Catalog -
  • MR-19 Royal-T Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Curricular Machine by Bullmark
  • Standups by Panri Co
  • GA-17 Robo Ton
  • Star Mites Drill Digger
  • Deep Desert Brawl MV2 ROTF Deluxe Class
  • CM's Corp. Brave Gokin 37 Big Shooter Review by Gold
  • Blackout MV1 Voyager Class
  • Eject G1
  • GB-14 Daidenjin DX
  • Onyx Primal Botcon '96
  • GX-57 Space Battleship Yamato SOC Review by Gold
  • Jazz G1 Reissue
  • Pipes G1
  • Groizer X
  • GD-16 RX-78-2 (Limited Edition Prototype Color Version)
  • Slugfest G1
  • Dougram Soltic Magnemo
  • Godmarz Godaikin
  • Perceptor G1 Reissue Universe
  • GX-36 Ideon SOC (and review by Gold)
  • Gaogaigar version 2.0 SRC Review by Gold
  • Neo Getter One Test Training by Aoshima
  • Super Couper Super Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Microman Catalog 1980
  • Machine Robo Card - French
  • Eject FOC Data Disc
  • Megatron- Beast Wars
  • Trans Jets Giant
  • GD-03B God Reideen Black
  • Goshogun Brave 08 (and review by Gold)
  • HL Pro MetalTech 02 Grendizer Giru Giru Review by Gold
  • Soundwave FOC Voyager Class
  • Mazinkaiser Black Wing Version by Aoshima
  • Tracks Alternators-Binaltech
  • Optimus Prime Alternator and Binaltech
  • Chromedome - Headmaster G1
  • Bumblebee PBH Deluxe Class
  • Getter Robo One SG-13 Weathering by Aoshima
  • GA-17 Robo Ton
  • Grimlock FOC Voyager Class
  • GX-09SS Minerva X Shining Shadow SOC Review by Gold
  • GC-29 Daileon DX Godaikin
  • GX-61 Saikyo Robot Daioja SOC Review by Gold
  • Optimus Prime Custom Made of Lego
  • Getter Robo One SG-09 Original Black by Aoshima
  • Optimus Prime HFTD Voyager Class
  • Runabout G1
  • Robocon Talker
  • Alpha Triple Change 1/72
  • GoBots and Rock Lords Catalog 1986
  • Browning M1910
  • GX-58 Andromeda SOC Review by Gold
  • Wheeljack TP Deluxe Class
  • Bumblebee Animated Deluxe Class
  • Machine-Robo Catalog 1984
  • MP-09 Rodimus Prime Hasbro Version Review by Gold
  • Alteisen SRC Review by Gold
  • Swindle Animated Deluxe Class
  • Tryder G7 Cel
  • Silverstreak G1 Reissue
  • Blast Off  - Combaticons G1
  • Pegas by Nakajima
  • Gundam Arch Enemy
  • Light-Up UFO No. 1 by Sakura
  • Collector's Shogun Warriors
  • X-70 Space Robot or Tulip Head
  • Sun Vulcan DX
  • Gatchaman G4 Jumbo Series by Grip
  • Rescue Ratchet MV1 Voyager Class
  • Gaogaigar Key of Victory Set 4 SRC Review by Gold
  • Godaikin Flyer 1982
  • MR- Gunnyr Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Mighty Orbots Taiwan Release
  • Thrust Powerlinx Armada Deluxe Class
  • Offshoot Energon Scout Class
  • PA-65 Kage Roller by Popy
  • Ultra Magnus FOC Deluxe Class
  • Mego Man
  • Choryujin SRC Review by Gold
  • Inferno G1 Reissue
  • Jeeg Panzeroid by Takara
  • SG-01 Tetsujin 28
  • GC-01 Space Sheriff Sharivan Grandbirth DX by Popy
  • MR-41 Wrong Way Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Optimus Prime Roll Out Command Supreme Class
  • Optimus Prime Animated Deluxe Class
  • Hot Zone Titanium
  • Tallgeese III
  • Red GoRanger
  • Revoltech Organic Hobby Flyer
  • Chaos Dread Launcher Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Dougram Soltic Magnemo
  • Takatoku Catalog 1983
  • Rex Avarian Robot
  • GX-60 Godsigma SOC Review by Gold
  • Tantrum - Predacons G1
  • Skywarp Animated Voyager Class
  • Soundwave w/ Laserbeak Animated Deluxe Class
  • Gear Robot
  • Cosmos G1
  • Diapolon by Grip
  • GX-56 Zerokage and Bakuryu SOC Review by Gold
  • Ankoku Daishogun
  • Aura Battler Dunbine 1:46 Scale by Clover
  • Ravage Alternators-Binaltech
  • Tracks Black Lucky Draw - G1
  • Sixshot G1
  • Crossword Gobot Machine-Robo
  • Bandai Catalog 1997
  • Ovelon Gazzette
  • Fastlane - Autobot Clone G1
  • Highbrow HFTD Voyager Class
  • GD-16 RX-78-2 (Limited Edition G3 Version)
  • Scalpel MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Popy Toy Insert Catalog 1977 #2
  • MR-38 Union Jack Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Smokescreen PBH Deluxe Class
  • Transformers Catalog 1986
  • Elite Guard Bumblebee Animated Deluxe Class
  • Brimstone HFTD Scout Class
  • Inferno G1 Reissue
  • GA-36 Robo Inu
  • Zanbot 3
  • MR-44 Good Knight Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Astekaizer small vinyl by Yonezawa
  • Autobot Drift Generations Deluxe Class
  • GD-16 RX-78-2 (Limited Edition Roll Out Color Version)
  • Cybertronian Optimus Prime Generations Deluxe Class
  • Rube Gobot Machine-Robo
  • GT-04 Mach Baron
  • GC-22 Bismark DX Chogokin
  • Gokaiser Gokai Dragon by Takatoku
  • GX-02 Great Mazinger Bandai SOC
  • Daltanias Custom Made of Lego
  • Daitetsujin 17 SD Custom Paper Creation
  • PB-94 Gatchaman Gatchaspartan ST
  • Gaogaigar Key of Victory Set 4 SRC Review by Gold
  • Getter Robo One SG-06 Metallic by Aoshima
  • Rollbar MV2 ROTF Scout Class
  • Dougram Soltic Magnemo
  • Daileon Godaikin Forces
  • Goshogun Combat Action
  • PA-66 Bellcar by Popy
  • MR-43 Street Heat Machine-Robo Gobot
  • GX-47T Energer Test Type SOC Review by Gold
  • GX-02R Great Mazinger Reissue SOC
  • MR-50 Twin Spin Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Optimus Prime Reveal the Shield Deluxe Class
  • Ramhorn G1
  • Takatoku Catalog 1982
  • Soundblaster FOC Voyager Class
  • Getter Robo One Anime Export Limited White Test and Training Version by Aoshima
  • MR-22 Machine-Robo Gobot
  • Try-Max Gasshin Set
  • Oni by Sakura
  • Baikanfu SD Custom Paper Creation
  • Dynaman ST Godaikin
  • Getter Robo One SG-13 Weathering by Aoshima
  • Overdrive - Omnibots G1
  • BW-1 MR Machine Robo
  • Slag - Dinobots G1
  • Powerglide G1
  • Jazz MV1 Deluxe Class

GX-56 Zerokage and Bakuryu SOC Review by Gold

4.0/5 rating (1 votes)


The following review was originally prepared by Gold on 12/5/10 on the Robot-Japan Forum:


Hi all, here's a review for the Gx-56 Bakuryu with Zerokage. :)


Bakuryu's box is the biggest among the three released.

[image] [image]

[image] [image]

Zerokage's first appearance

Zerokage in action

Background on Zerokage:
Planet Lodario is invaded by the Zaboom forces, the Princess Romina escapes aboard the Elshanc/Xenos 5 with the three mechs (with the Tobikage revealed to be the secret forth mech hidden inside a secret chamber in the Elshanc, unknown to all).

She escapes to Earth in search of ancient warrirors called ninjas, whom here people encountered centuries ago. For whatever reason, the ninjas are the only ones who can pilot the 3 mechs (even though the mechs were created using Lodario science). On Mars colony, the Elshanc encounteres Joe Maya's group. In the heat of several battles they each discovered they are in fact decendants of the ninjas and can operate the mechs (what are the odds, eh?)

YLbora Saro was a member of the Lodario forces (a general, in fact). He later turns traitor after becoming jealous of Joe maya's victories in battle and the Princess Romina's growing affections for Joe.

In a battle with Joe, Ylbora is defeated while piloting the Skeleton. Zerokage (I'm not sure if it was created by the Zaboom army or found by the Zaboom army) becomes active and merges with Ylbora, it's later theorized that somehow ninjas got onboard the Lodario exploratory ship from centuries ago and mingled with the Lodarians and Ylbora is a decendant of one of those ninjas.

The ending isn't exactly clear whether Ylbora did actually die or if he was saved as a mysterious light flashed on both Joe and Ylbora and both of them "merged" with the Elshanc's main computer(?)and the Elshanc then auto teleported back to Lodario, to save it's people from the remaining Zaboom forces. It's not shown either whether Joe and the group come back home or who he eventually chooses, Renny or Romina.

Giant Shuriken


Giant Shuriken can be attached to Zerokage's back via optional peg.

Makibishi Launchers (fired from the chest, no gimmick for it in this SOC)

Wrist mounted chain-launcher

Twin daggers (scabbard can also be attached to Zerokage's back)
[image] [image]


Zerokage's katana differs from Tobikage's in design. Strange though Zerokage's long katana doesn't have a scabbard.






Zerokage Vs Tobikage

[image] [image]

Ball axe



Shoulder cannons.

The Bakuryu changes into Kaima (Sea Demon) mode when combined with Tobikage.

[image] [image]

Bakuryu (Kaima Mode) in action.

As you can see, using the Gx-54 Transforming Tobikage might not be the best way to do it, it's very small and does not seem to look right when attached, there' aren't any problems with it per se, as it locks in place very well. It just looks disproportioned with the Bakuryu.

Comparison with other "Tobikages". I forgot to try it but I don't think the Gx-56 dummy piece will fit in the Gx-54 (it's too big).

Fitting the dummy piece makes the Kaima mode look way better.


Bandai included an optional smaller Kaima head (default head is bigger, for robot mode). The smaller head actually does seem better proportioned than the default head, but not an absolute necessity for aesthetics (unlike, say, on the Gx-46 Aussenseiter), you can hardly tell the difference unless you place both heads side by side. Both heads can open their maws, too.



Kouhadan launchers


Ninja Robots


The Good
Diecast parts include:

-Zerokage :
--Feet only

--Toes (front only)
--Most sections of the torso
--Some of the main joints

Size and weight recap
-Bakuryu - 7.5 Inches/ 375 Grams
-Houraioh - 7 Inches/ 290 Grams
-Kurojishi - 6.5 Inches/ 410 Grams


-Tobikage (Transforming type)- 4 Inches/ 40 Grams
-Tobikage (Action type) - 5.25 Inches/ 68 Grams
-Zerokage (Actionj type) - 6 Inches/ 100 Grams


-Bandai improved the packaging, this time there's an internal cardboard shield to prevent the box from denting at the corners(about time).

The Bad
-Swapping Zerokage's fists can be a pain, I found doing it harder to do here than on the Gx-55 (Action Type)Tobikage, I recommend popping out the entire forearm at the elbow joint to give you an easier time. Likewise, removing the block for the wrist-mounted chain launcher is harder to do here, I had to use mini screwdrivers to wedge it out.

-Parts swapping required. Particularly the "backpack" and havig to remove the fists when transforming.
[image] [image]

-Zerokage falls over waaaay too easily, I don't know if it's the relative lack of diecast in the legs or the top heavy shoulder armor, but sometimes he tips over with minimal force, compared to the Action type Tobikage. Something worth considering if you plan to display him close to the edge of a shelf.

-Bakuryu leg armor transformation seems kinda floppy. It doesn't fall down too easily but somehow it feels that it could've been better.

-Hollow front toes on the Bakuryu, what's up with that? Bandai could've just slapped on plastic cover plates on it.

The Ugly
Personally I really had a tough time folding out the Bakuryu torso for Kaima mode, the joints were super tight on mine! It was harder than it had to be.

Well, overall, the Gx-56 is a decent release, nothing exceptional, but you will need to get it for completing the set. I find I still like the Gx-55 Houraioh better compared to the other two (Kurojishi's outrageously tight joints, lack of a "dummy Tobikage piece" really dragged it down IMHO).

Funfact Bakuryu in Kaima mode seemed to be the most powerful of the three, thanks to it's insanely powerful thunder attack, strangely, the Kaima mode only appeared twice in the whole series. If they wanted to, the heroes could've easily won every battle by just spamming the thunder attack, without even having to deploy the other two mechs. Guess the heroes wanted a challenge...?

Funfact 2 In the original "unedited" series, we actually get to see Renny in a shower topless scene. LOL. Censorship can be a funny thing in Japan. :)



Share this product