Simple. A word not used too often to describe the toys that tickle our fancy. But that’s what the Takatoku Zenda Mogura is…a simple, gokin mole.
There are no fancy combinations. It’s a single piece of vintage goodness, and the only extra parts you get are missiles that load into the launchers on its back and into the tip of the drill-type nose. And when fired, the projectiles launch with a force that surpasses many modern missile-firing mechanisms. Danger.
There are no confusing transformations. It’s got two modes: on all fours or upright. You choose. The launchers can be positioned so that they are next to one another or spread apart. When in the upright position, the head can be pulled to expose a transparent neck that cocks the head in an upward direction. It’s funny how the little fella looks at me with the same amount of curiosity that I’m looking at it with.
There is ample diecast content. The main body and head (minus the drill and hat) are diecast, and the rest is plastic. It’s a hefty one for being small in stature. And no, the treads aren’t rubber and they don’t move.
So what’s the appeal?
Look at the pictures. If you don’t get it, you never will. Besides, when’s the last time you had a diecast mole in your collection?