SculptIt is very obvious that this toy was created to represent the original toy that many fans either owned or collectors still own to this day. The dino zords themselves all invoke a very nostalgic feeling. These shapes, and panel details are all very much present on the original 1990’s DX toy from Bandai. A lot of attention went into the rendering of a classic design. However, not very much went into newer ingenuity to make this toy much better or even on par with it’s nearly 30 year old predecessor. Each individual zord transforms into its component piece just as you would assume. There is nothing new or clever. In fact, some of the engineering is further simplified for the toy’s size and price point. Proportionately the robot mode is very nice. I like that they tweaked the size of the arms, legs, and shoulders for a very dynamic anime robot feel. It looks very heroic on the shelf.
Paint & MaterialsThere is a very little amount of paint on this toy. The majority being on the robot’s head as it needed the most amount of detail applied. What amount is applied is done fairly cleanly, but there’s coverage issues with yellow paint over red plastic. Most of the individual beasts get a little paint on their heads for eyes or noses. The pterodactyl gets a fair amount of silver paint that makes up the chest of the robot. Everything else you see on them are cheap decals that came out of the package misplaced and sloppily applied. For this review I actually removed them and reapplied them. The plastics used for this release also leave a lot to be desired. I wasn’t expecting 1992 Bandai Japan quality heavy plastics, but I was expecting something closer to what Bandai released for their 2010 Dino Megazord that later got revamped for their Legacy Collection. The plastic is very thin, very light, and shows signs of swirls and inconsistencies in the mix. Nothing feels fragile or breakable, but it does look cheap.
ArticulationHere is an area I thought this item was going to succeed. When solicitation photos hit the internet I thought the whole reason of this Megazord release was to capitalize on the success of Bandai’s Super MiniPla plastic model line featuring many super sentai robots that have loads of modern articulation as well as the transforming and combining abilities of the vintage toys. This is sadly not the case. There are a few new points of articulation on this toy. There is also a frightening amount of articulation that remains the same as the original DX Megazord. This new toy for 2020 includes:
- No neck articulation
- Hinge & swivel shoulders
- Bicep cuts
- Single elbows
- Soft ratched ball hips
- Thigh cuts
- No knee articulation
- Hinged Tiger and Triceratops heads for transformation that I am generously including as articulation.