Jumbo Machinders and I have a weird relationship… for the money I’ve always felt some of them were lacking… they have limited articulation and some of the early ones are kinda goofy and bland looking (especially among the Mattel Shogun Warriors ones). Some, on the other hand, are pure awesome… the gimmicks on some of them are sublime, but the cooler JMs always command significantly higher prices. I happened upon this Gaiking on ebay, listed as having both fists able to shoot, which meant that it had two jointed elbows as well ( likely a hackjob from parts), turning a normally very static design into something a bit more dynamic, and alot more dangerous.
I won’t be picking up JMs in anything more than a casual capacity still, but now that I have one, I see the appeal. Gaiking here is a behemoth of plastic, and stands out in a crowd. The firing gimmicks are also wonderful… Gaiking has already rocket-punched multiple family members, and the chest missiles make a great retreat weapon! The Unifive Gaiking may be more ‘authentic’, and the ‘real’ SW Gaking is more collectible, but really, this Gaiking is the one for me.
No room on the shelf for this guy.