Soul SPEC XS-17 XD-01 SR Dragonar 1 Custom

Background:

From the 1987 mecha anime series Metal Armour Dragonar (機甲戦記ドラグナー) comes the XD-01SR Dragonar-1 Custom. Piloted by Kaine Wakaba of the Earth Alliance, the Dragonar-1 Custom was a modified variant of the original Dragonar-1 unit which appears towards the end of the series. For the rest of the review, I will be referring to the Dragonar-1 Custom simply as D-1 Custom.

Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom

Name: Dragonar 1 Custom
Manufacturer: Bandai
Line: Soul SPEC / 魂SPEC
Sculptor:
Designer: Kunio Okawara
Scale: Non-scale
Material: ABS, PVC, Die-cast
Release: April 2012
Original Price: ¥8,925 (approx. $108AUD / $114USD)
Height: 165mm / 6.50inches

Packaging:

As a Tamashii Web limited edition item, it comes wrapped in the standard brown Tamashii Web shop shipping box. The graphic layout for the D-1 Custom packaging is pretty much the same as other Dragonar toys from the Soul SPEC line which looks great by the way. However, there are no windows so you have to open the box to see the contents, for me not a problem as I had planned to open the toy from the start. Inside, the figure and all of the accessories are tightly packed in the liner and there was very little wasted space as you can see by the slim profile of the box.

  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom packaging outer box
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom packaging front
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom packaging back
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom packaging
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom packaging inside
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom packaging inside

Accessories:

D-1 Custom comes with a good selection of accessories most of which are a part of its deadly arsenal of weapons. It comes with its signature LPS32 type Hand Rail Gun, Super Hybrid Shield, flight unit, 2 x assault knives, 4 x laser swords (4 x short handle + 2 x long handle), 1 x throwing bomb, optional soft antenna, 7 x magazines for the gun, 5 x optional hand parts and a display stand which also doubles as a launch pad. Every accessory adds to the play value of this set however I did find that the laser swords and spare magazines do not stay in place very well on the figure, do be careful as these are quite small and may be easy to loose.

  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with hand rail gun
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with super hybrid shield
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with flight unit
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with assault knife
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with laser sword
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with short and long sword handles
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with throwing bomb
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with optional soft antenna
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom with additional hand rail gun magazine
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom's display stand

Form/Sculpt:

The first thing you’ll notice is that the design of this toy does not resemble the original anime drawing of the D-1 Custom which I think is a very good thing. This modern interpretation of the D-1 Custom has been made much sleeker, the limbs have been elongated and proportions exaggerated making it look dynamic even in a neutral stance. I have to admit, the design did take some getting used to but once I was I couldn’t have imagined it any other way. The figure itself has a mostly die-cast inner frame giving it a lot of heft and robustness, and the armour cover parts have been made with good quality plastic. Overall a very solid and well constructed piece.

Soul SPEC XS-17 XD-01 SR Dragonar 1 Custom

Articulation/Action:

Articulation on this figure is very nice, all the joints are solid and tight and holds poses very well. The head is on a ball joint which is able to look pretty much in all directions, aided by the extending neck joint it can also look up to a certain degree. Shoulders are also connected by ball joints which can sometimes pop off but gives a good range of motion. There is a swivel joint on the biceps, single elbow joint, ball joint on the wrists and hands, double jointed torso, waist articulation, ball joint for the hips, thigh swivel joint, double knee joint, ankle rotation and swivel joint and toe articulation. Basically joints all over the place. It’s pretty amazing.

  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom on the attack
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom shoot shoot shoot!
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom ready for launch!
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom charge!
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom ready for close combat
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom flying kick!

Paint/Print:

On the paint app side of things, it is generally pretty decent with the exception of a few minor flaws here and there which you’ll really need to get up close to spot so it’s not a big deal.

  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom head paint detail
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom missile pod paint detail
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom shoulder paint detail
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom chest paint detail
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom leg paint detail
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom shield paint detail

Detail/Features:

Gimmicks on this toy includes a storage area in the shield for two laser swords and two spare magazines for the Hand Rail Gun. The magazine on the hand Rail Gun can swivel up and the magazine taken out to simulate reloading of the weapon.

  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom laser sword storage in shield
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom hand rail gun removable magazine

The Super Hybrid Shield can be either mounted on the forearm or simply held in the hands of the D-1 Custom. I prefer the clip option as it frees D-1 Custom’s right hand to weld more weapons!

  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom arm mount for shield
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom handle for shield

The display stand comes with a small extension arm so that it can me mounted from the back of the D-1 Custom, or from the crotch. Thoughtful little detail which will be appreciated by those who like to display their toys in a variety of poses.

  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom lifter mount for display stand
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom crotch mount for display stand

Size comparison between the D-1 Custom and a 1/144 scale GFF RX-78-02. At 165mm tall it isn’t a big toy by any means but it has a very solid and hefty feel to it to make up for the lack of size.

  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom vs GFF RX-78-02
  • Soul SPEC Dragonar 1 Custom vs 3.75'' Storm Trooper

Overall:

Metal Armour Dragonar may not be the most popular anime series but it does have some very interesting mechanical designs, one of which is the D-1 Custom. This toy has everything you’d want in a modern collectible, great design, awesome articulation and good construction. The only downside I can see is the fact that this is a Tamashii Web limited item, which means it will be more difficult for some people to get their hands on. This also means that the price will not be easy on the wallet on top of the already high retail price set by Bandai.

Thanks again for reading my review!


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