Super Sentai Review: ToQ-Oh (Bandai Candy Toy)

Intro:
            I have to admit that I’m not really a Super Sentai/ Power Rangers collector. So far, the only SS/ PR figures that I have are the Legacy Megazord and Legacy Dragonzord figures, and subsequently after purchasing those, I have had no intention to expand on that. However, once in a blue moon, we would actually come across a figure (or figures), that is sold at a bargained price, and it just screams at you.
             Well, this is indeed such a case.
            Some of you Transformers fans out there might be familiar with Kabaya Candy Toy figures – some of which I have already reviewed here in NPC. Not to be outdone, Bandai too jumped onto the bandwagon, and established their own similarly-concept candy toys, which focuses on their hugely popular Super Sentai/ Power Rangers franchise.
            One such figure is the super robot/ mecha ToQ-Oh, from the series Ressha Sentai ToQger. They are sold in five separate boxes, each representing a sentai’s mecha, i.e. red, yellow, blue, green and pink sentai.
            When I first saw this set, I was kind of intrigued – having been quite familiar with the Kabaya Candy Toys and never have I seen a Bandai version of them before. Since the price was right, and I am a sucker for simple assembly kits such as this, I thought I might just as well give this series a try. So was it worth it? Let us see…

The Ressha:
            Ressha, or 烈车 (literally meaning strong car, which I guess is a substitute for locomotive), as they are called in the series, means train in this context. Thus, there are 5 Ressha, i.e. Red Ressha, Yellow Ressha, Blue Ressha, Pink Ressha and Green Ressha.


            Each of these trains there is based on actual trains. The Red Ressha is based on the traditional steam locomotive. The Blue and Green Ressha are based on bullet trains, or to be more precise – the Shinkansen-type trains commonly used in Japan. The Yellow and Pink Ressha, on the other hand are based on the E65-type trains.  

            Assembling these trains is quite simple, and just in case if you are wondering, no scissors, knives and glues are required – everything is tight fit. Building each of these figures are quite easy, largely because the end product do not transform individually like most Kabaya figures are – only being able to transform/ merge to form the super robot.

            Naturally, the Red Ressha is the largest set – being the longest train of the five. The Blue and Green Ressha are the second longest; while the Yellow and Pink Ressha are the shortest. ToQ-Oh’s super weapon – a crossing-gate themed sword called the Fumikiriken – is packed together with the Yellow Ressha.

            Individually, surprisingly there is still some play value to these trains. Each of them actually has working wheels underneath, and as such, they can roll quite well on flat surfaces. There are also pegs, on the back of each train, which can be used to hook up all trains together to form a super-train of sorts.
            However, when the threat of Shadow Line and Emperor Z become too overwhelming, the ToQgers have no choice but to combine their might, to summon the mightiest machine to have ever graced the railroads – ToQ-Oh.

ToQ-Oh:
The transformation is actually quite fun. I seldom fiddle with train-themed transformable figures before, and I am actually pleasantly surprised. Having never actually seen the actual show before, or even the actual combined super robot before (only having heard about them prior to this), I was kind of worried that the resulting robot might look crappy.

Whatever fear I had with this figure was eventually proven wrong – the super robot mode actually rocks! ToQ-Oh actually looks darn good, and very, very screen accurate. At some point, even more show-accurate compared to the actual official ToQ-Oh figure!
For those familiar with Kabaya figures, you probably realized that some of those Kabaya figures are actually better than the original figures in terms of articulations, and that is definitely the case here.
One of the main reasons that I never came to collecting Super Sentai figures are because of their articulation, or rather their lacking of it.
Sorry SS/ PR fans…
Surprisingly after more than 3 decades, Super Sentai figures never really evolved articulation-wise. They are still bricks at best, with very, very limited articulation joints. This is a far cry from Transformers, in which their articulations have evolved by leaps and bounds over the past 3 decades.
The major drawing factor for the Super Sentai figures, however, is their elaborate looks. I do admit, some of them do look really, really good, but brick nonetheless.
Anyways, back to matters at hand, as far as this version of ToQ-Oh, I rather say, it is way, way, way, way better than the official Super Sentai figure, as far as articulation is concerned. You can actually put him in various poses that you wished that they were possible with the bigger version!
ToQ-Oh articulations are as follow: the head rotates 360°; the shoulders rotate vertically and swing outward; the elbows bend almost 135° and rotate; the wrists rotate; the hips rotate on a vertical axis and swings ourward; the knees rotate and bends as if they are double-jointed; and finally the ankles move down and up.
Despite the supposed bulk of this figure, the articulation points are working wonders!
Simply wonderful!

Overall:
This figure is that damn good, simply put. How I wish that their bigger counterparts were just as good. I had a lot of fun with this figure, and thanks to these guys, I am actually itching for more.
I highly recommend this figure if you are a fan of mini assembly kits like me, and even more so if you’re an actual Super Sentai fan.
Now, onto the next station…
Highly recommended.

            Final verdict: 10/10.


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