picked up the Wildforce Megazord at a friend's behest and boy-o-boy was I
glad I did. I had toyed with buying Gaoking, but ended up not doing so.
From what I have heard, I'm not missing anything (and picking up a nice
styrofoam tray in the process).
Let me get this right out front - there is not a "collectors" toy that can
match this thing. The engineering itself is staggering and that, coupled
with a really cool robot design, adds up to a real treat.
Let me also say that pictures do not do this toy justice. I saw it in
pictures and heard people saying how nice it was but it just didn't appeal
to me. In fact, I was a little turned off by the animals - especially the
bull. After buying the toy, the bull is my favorite.
The intricate transformation must be seen to be believed. It folds out to
nearly three times it's length in order to form a "carrier" vehicle for the
other 'zords' and then folds up in a different manner to form the main
robot's legs. And the WAY in which it folds and twists is something. The
smoothness of the joints is really spectacular. Just rotating the head
around puts the mechanics of literally every other robot toy I own to shame.
Every piece has some metal to it, every piece has some surprisingly
wonderful articulation to it that you wouldn't expect, some parts even
contain little magnets to assist in the transformation and locking into
place of design elements.
Take a look at the way the birds wings fold down and into the head of the
lion just like the bird's head clicks into the lion's mane. Look at the way
the detail of the mane flows into the detail of the wings.
Look at the beautiful paint job and realize that there isn't a sticker on
the toy, all expert machine applied paint with almost zero over-spray. It's
almost enough to make you want to travel to China and see Bandai's factory.
This is as good, hefty, and solid as it gets. An absolute classic in the
"Mega" means "Good" and "Zord" means "Thing."