Soul of Chogokin GX-49 Shin Mazinger Z
The GX-49 is based on the new 2009 Mazinger anime series “Shin Mazinger Shogeki! Z Hen (真マジンガー 衝撃! Z編)”, which cannot be simply described as a remaking of the original 1970s show, rather it is a totally new “retelling” of the basic story of Mazinger Z.
The new series featured most of the same characters (Dr. Juzo Kabuto, Koji, Shiro, Dr. Hell, Baron Ashura etc), mechanical beasts and keeps some general plots of the original series in addition to new material. Altogether, there are 26 episodes originally aired from April to September 2009.
Name: Shin Mazinger Z
Line: Soul of Chogokin GX-49
Designer: Go Nagai
Material: ABS, PVC, Die-cast
Release: Sept 2009
Original Price: ¥8,800 (approx. $98USD / $112AUD)
Height: 165mm / 6.49inches
The box design of the GX-49 looks much more modern than the traditional Soul of Chogokin line box art. There is nice live photography used on the packaging combined with great looking graphic elements like the foil lettering giving the box a really slick look. On the inside, the accessories are well laid out and stored in between plastic liners, while the Mazinger figure sleeps in a styrofoam casket, keeping him nice and secure. Once again, not much to fault here with Bandai’s packaging, it is compact and great for collectors.
Mazinger comes with a haul of accessories which include two sets of forearms (one pair is articulated for posing, one pair is spring loaded for firing the rocket punch), a pair of open hands, a pair of closed fists, the Hover Pileder, the God Scrander (and all it’s bits and pieces) as well as a display stand with three types of adaptors to support Mazinger in flight pose, Big Bang Punch (aka Fist of Zeus) mode, as well as just the God Scrander on it’s own. Plenty to play with.
Proportionally, this Shin Mazinger Z looks spot on. At a glance it looks like the same figure as that of the GX-45, however there are plenty of differences, mainly in the mechanism of the toy itself rather than the way it looks. There are still plenty of die-cast parts on this figure (shoulders, body, hips, thighs) but the lower leg and feet are completely plastic, making this figure slightly top heavy. This is further amplified when the God Scrander is attached, but boy does it look good.
As mentioned earlier, the GX-49 may look like the GX-45 at first glance, but in actual fact it looses a lot the articulation from the 45. The chest is no longer on a ball joint and the waist does not rotate anymore which essentially makes the whole torso part rigid. The hip joint does not extend out, the back of the knees do not have collapsible panels, and the feet joints also do not extend out anymore. Sounds like a limp version of the GX-45 eh? Still, the upper body articulation remains largely unchanged…small consolation.
Up close, you’ll see just how nice the paint job is even on the smallest of detail. Most of the figure has been painted in either gloss black or matt silver, and to my delight there is not one single flaw in sight…at all. Nice metallic gold colour applied to the God Scrander.
Now to the main event, for this figure at least it is the transformation to the Big Bang Punch! As you can probably tell from the review so far, there isn’t much else going for this toy apart from this, thankfully it does this gimmick relatively well. The transformation is almost perfect, the only part swapping required is the hands to finger tips, see below for the full transformation!
One more detail which I thought was worth a mention is the use of magnets which holds the arms in place, this makes changing forearms so much easier..
I really wanted to find the ultimate Mazinger chogokin toy so when I saw the GX-49 with God Scrander, I thought this might have been the one. I love the way the God Scrander resembles bat wings / cape in robot mode, it gives Mazinger such presence and a darker feel. Unfortunately Bandai went a step backwards with the main figure making it really a one trick pony, although it does do this trick very well. To this day I’m still looking for my ultimate Mazinger chogokin toy…
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