Jan 11
Cacophanus

Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com

By Cacophanus from Mecha Damashii

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Following the unboxing, here is the review for Fewture’s rather amazing ES Gokin Dancouga from the series of the same name. For a toy this size, Fewture has managed to cram in a lot of very cool features and if you are in any way a fan of the anime its from as well as its appearances in Super Robot Wars, then this toy is definitely for you.

While there have been super deformed, or SD, toys of the Dancouga over the years, this is one of the first to attempt not only the transformation of each of the various Cyber Beast Machines, but also the combination into Dancouga.

Despite the size, the results are impressive and this is a very nice toy indeed.

Eagle Fighter

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Land Cougar

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Land Liger

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Big Moth

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D.A.N.C.O.U.G.A.

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Like with the full scale versions of Dancouga, this toy has all four Cyber Beast Machines present and correct. Each of them transform into their various modes and also combine together to form Dancouga.

In terms of accessories, it has the Daigun beam cannon and Dankuken sword. You also have the booster featured in Requiem for Victims. However, the later winged configuration used in God Bless Dancouga is absent here, as is the Black Wing to form Final Dancouga.

Each of the base figures is surprisingly well articulated and can hold a range of poses. The main Big Moth figure is also surprisingly well jointed and as it acts as the base body for Dancouga, is very resilient, too.

The materials used are also solid, and while the diecast is somewhat limited, it is used for strength and support across each of the Cyber Beast Machines, resulting in a nice, sturdy but agile little figure.

The sculpt is remarkably well done and very fine in places. The detailing is also clean and I really like the use of clear red plastic for the various canopies, as that feels more inline with the anime.

The big bonus, and one I wasn’t at expecting, is that you also get an extra head that has eyes which light up. While you can still use the Eagle Fighter provided and transform it into the head, the extra head with light up eyes is a great touch.

You’ll need three LR41 batteries for the head but you also get another face with Dancouga’s mouth open. The light up effect is really nicely done and really captures how Dancouga looks and behaves in the anime.

While the figure also comes with a stand, it’s not really necessary as the toy can stand up on its own and can hold most poses just fine.

To give you an idea of what Fewture has managed to pull off here, I’ve included a comparison shot with Sentinel’s excellent Metamor Force Dancouga (shown above). You can clearly see how much smaller the figure is but even then it’s able to do much of what the larger figures can do and more.

So, if you are a fan of Dancouga in any way and have ever used the mecha in Super Robot Wars, then you absolutely need this lovely little chogokin in your life.
 

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