Yeah, I know why the companies make them -easy profit!- but why do
If somebody re-released your favorite movie, with the same actors
different costumes and with different names, would you go see it again?
you buy the DVD?
Well, maybe I would, too. Especially if it was as breathtaking an
alteration as Bandai's SOC, GX-06M Training Getter Robo set!
Like any good crow or raccoon, the minute I saw previews of its
beckoning gleam, I pre-ordered this set and, upon receipt, was totally
enthralled by its utterly ridiculous shininess.
One of the first things you pick up on is that these things aren't
exactly chrome silver. There's a hint of black to them, an almost
dark cast that lends a slightly smoky mystery to their sheen.
Say what you will, this set is an eye catcher.
More than enough has already been written about the merits (or lack
thereof) of the first SOC Getter Robo trio but I do think it is worth saying
the training version has the exact opposite effect on me as the first:
NOT want to play with it.
These are the first 'toys' I've handled this gingerly, that I've
clean with a cloth, that I've considered wearing gloves to touch and
shuddered at even the slightest amount of pressure needed to connect a
or move a joint. In short, this set frightens me. It is too nice.
The extra piece, the one they threw in to goad you into buying the
the finish wasn't enough (what are you, blind?!?), is the Command
looking as if it was released with the first version of the trio.
If any part of this set will remind you that what you just bought
supposed to be a toy, it is this piece. Carefully and lovingly
gimmickless, the Command Machine awaits your clammy paws, your
breath, your childish eyes.
The Training Getters will look absolutely fabulous on any shelf, or
case (anybody have an extra bolt of black velvet lying around?). It
the eye of even those least capable of understanding this questionable
practice we dare to call a hobby, but does it inspire the playful joy
predecessor? No. Not in this palooka. Its effect is one of awe, not
frivolity, and I am not sure if this is what I had in mind when I first
Not that I don't like it . . .