Man it was a challenge to do a proper write of a Go-Bot…and 4 out of my 5 readers just cringed reading that! ANYWAY…When I saw that Bandai was going to do a premium re-do of the Machine Robo figures I was amused…then I saw the pre-orders, and well…you all know how that song goes, so here I am with a few of them! So let us start with 02 Rod Drill AKA Screw Head. The whole time messing with this guy all that was going through my head was that blasted Robot Chicken sketch that I highly recommend. So, let’s get this going!
We are going with robot mode this time to start with. Rod Drill has a nice mix of die cast with heavy duty plastic. The colors are brilliant and really show off the detail. Be aware this guy is short though, about 4 inches tall.
Rod Drill was apparently a boxer in Machine Robo, so for weapons we have these cool knuckle guard/blaster/arm blades. Just really nice close combat weapons. I really like the red armor plates over the fists. Best part about these guys is you can leave them on and they won’t interfere with converting to alt mode.
Rod Drill has a lot of ball joints, so some nice articulation. Waist, ab crunch, deep elbows, pretty much the full nine yards. Due to the die cast, he did not pass the one leg test.
Conversion is pretty simple. Just fold him in on himself. I really like how this works as a drill tank. The treads at the top are the cincher for the mode. The only thing is that the drill is a bit…lacking. Not saying that size counts here…ok yes it does. This looks like a mole bot to be honest like Moguera. If only…
Oh look! Another accessory!!! Feel free to make all your own enhancement jokes.
Jokes aside, this is much better. Actually the only thing that would have made this totally aces would have been to somehow attach this larger drill as a weapon an have storage for the smaller one.
Finally we come to the show maker, this display stage. I am a SUCKER for display stands, second to well done effect parts. This is what made me hit the pre-order buttons.
This is modular so it works as a little docking station for alt mode.
With a bit of reconfiguring it is now just the size for robot mode.
This is a bit more Gundam-ish, but as a display option, pretty darn spiffy! All the other Robos come with these and they do hook up. Very cool.
A third bit of part switching and we have an arm that has a little seat that plugs in to the figure. Now not exactly ACBA style shooting, but if you want to have him in aerial poses, this works. Though it does tend to come apart easily, the love is there.
Now I prefer to have it level, but that is the cool thing about this display stage. Use it as you choose. I’m just sad it isn’t a bit more universal. Still all the figures come with this so I may have something cool eventually for my display.
Rod Drill is the first I have opened, and to be frank I am rather impressed. For those who thought the Go-Bots never got their due, well that time has come! Now if they make a Puzzler or Monsterous, that will be a game changer. These guys go for about $45 with the base, and with the die cast, plus base I give a solid A here.