couple of months ago, I was thumbing through a Dengeki Hobby for my
fix on my Gokin addition, I ran across a very bitch'n prototype of a
Popynika Machine Dolphin from the upcoming OVA release of the Cyborg
animation. After studying the 2 inch by 3inch resin mock in Dengeki
knew I have to have it (just retails at ¥3500)! Around the same
stumble into a very cool local toy dealer Sean from MechaHawaii at
local collectable show. I mentioned that I was looking for this obscure
and if he was able to find one through his distributors...
...a month later, Sean emails me and my nifty ship has arrived!
I was in SHOCK! At first glance, the packaging other then the inner
the sleek coated card stock seems too close to be a soul of GX-XX style
and art. As for the toy, it's just too cool! Panel lines, hidden
folding wings, detail display base, and two additional mini vehicles
and Porpoise) that docks into the main ship. The only spring operating
gimmick I noticed was the transformation feature of the Dolphin from a
submarine mode to the jet mode. The landing gears are well hidden under
haul of the ship and is very easy to deploy.
The mini vehicles, Tordo (looks like a Mazinger Hover Pilder) and the
Porpoise is only about an inch. While the Tordo which docks within the
cone area of the Dolphin, has a set of retractable wings with circular
"Vornado" like fans which can expand to form it to the jet mode. The
Porpoise which docks in the under belly of the Dolphin can be unfolded
a little ATV like tank.
Other than the soft Gashapon PVC like material used for the rear fins
other parts of the ship (i think it was for safety reasons), it's a
cool toy! Bandai has my thumbs up on this killer addition to the
line, hope they will keep up with this quality and engineering for