For our review today we have something oh so soooo fun…Of the many things I collect, the Super Robot Chogokin line is my most under-reviewed line I collect second only to SIC…no I don’t have a Chogokin bias…just lack of time, I’m sorry…but I digress. We have the Mazinkaiser SKL! If you have not seen this anime, at the time of this review it is still on Neflix. Go watch it! Be warned, the testosterone level on this mech show goes to 11, I kid you not…Ok, done? Excellent, now read this review!
SRCs have some of the best box art Bandai offers, and SKL keeps the trend going! Just look at this thing…I had to shave 15 minutes after handling the box. I should point out this is actually the SECOND release. The first was in 2010, and there was no way I could afford it today. There were a few changes though, but we’ll get to that later.
The back keeps the trend going, with some fantastic dynamic poses and showcasing all the awesome features of this figure.
Finally, this sucker is huge…I mean look at it compared to the Kuuga Renewal figure that I may or may not have been putting off reviewing due to backlog…there is a LOT of stuff in this box.
looking at the figure, oh man oh man…those cold blue eyes staring into your soul, the sharp edges, and the skulls, oh those skulls on the chest and crown just are awesome.
Now when I first held him I thought he shared parts from the SRC Mazinkaiser figure. While similarities, the subtle differences show they are separate figures through and through. SKL is a bit larger and the joints have different layouts, plus frankly he is HEAVIER!
Articulation is top notch. Like the SRC Megazord he has that additional joint when you pull up the torso. Arms are double jointed and the knees have full 90 degree bends.
With accessories of course we get two additional sets of hands, the open rage style and the more important gripping hands. The chest crest is removable and bam, you have pistols! Now the barrels are actually two little separate pieces, that have to be switched out.
Especially with the torso joint pulled you get some great gun slinging poses with that slight sinister feel. Really this sets the bar for a figure of this size.
With the dynamics, details and over all posing I really recommend this to any collector of—hey wait, that sounds like a wrap up…did you SEE the size of that box? We have more stuff!
RIGHT! Now I had one lament, and that was the Skull Pilder in the head wasn’t removable…that is ok, because the entire head is! But this is to make room for one of the coolest add ons…
THE TATTERED CAPE!!! Oh my goodness, this was NOT in the original release and it is glorious!
It uses some hinges to allow it to flow in the wind. Now the trade off for this is that the sword no longer attaches to the back.
Yes he has a jagged sword of death and destruction! A nice touch is that the handle extends for dual hand wielding.
Now alas he does not come with the rocket punch effects…that is sold in a weapons set, but you can use the ones that came with Grandizer, or if you purchased the one for Mazinger Z. I like the Grandizer one because it is just a bit…grander.
Speaking of Mazinger Z…it is just astounding how the franchise has developed, both in anime as well as in figures.
I love this figure, and if a super robot fan yes you should have it! It is a solid value for it’s price point, looks amazing as a display piece, and is still the most bad ass Mazinger style robot to date! Now if they would just make a second movie!!! A+