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11:00 AM on 02.21.2015

This months magazine scans give us the Key to Victory!

We all knew it would happen.. nay, it MUST happen but this months magazine scans show that it truly is happening! Hot on the heels of the release of the Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar, we are getting a release of Goldymarg and yo...

Chris Seto

Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long photo
Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long
by Martin Siggers

After appearing in scans a few weeks back, Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar went up for pre-order yesterday. Despite the wallet-battering ¥32,400 price tag customers weren't deterred as several stores sold out immediately. As of writing Amiami, Hobby Search and Hobbylink Japan have closed orders (though there's still a chance a second wave will become available). He's still up at several of the smaller stores however.

Stoking the frenzy, the Amiami Blog also released a full hands-on preview that confirms several tantalising facts like size (big!), level of detail (high!) and transformation ability (show accurate!). As ever for the Soul of Chogokin line there's minute attention to show accuracy, with little stuff like having full rolling tracks on DrillGao or a sculpted cockpit in LinerGao. Disappointingly, the preview also confirms that accessories will be limited to replacement hands, although you do get hands for both GaiGar and GaoGaiGar, including specific hands for the Hell & Heaven attack. The Dividing Driver is also present and correct, but there's no sign of a Goldion Hammer, which suggests to me an extremely lucrative add-on coming at a later date. There's also no sign of the traditionally fabulous SoC base, though I'm sure that'll be in there somewhere.

Despite the incredibly high cost, this really does look to be the ultimate toy for any fan of the show, and I can tell you I buckled almost immediately and put in an order. Most stores are offering hefty discounts on that list price, which makes the whole affair slightly less insane. It's a tough call, but I'd make it soon - I don't think he's going to hang around for long.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big Bad Toy Store | Nippon-Yasan ]

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12:00 PM on 08.21.2014

New scans reveal Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar release date, price

Ever since it was announced last November, I've been chomping at the bit to know more about Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar. Who wouldn't be eager to see more of one of the all-time great super robots joining the undoubted king of...

Martin Siggers

5:00 PM on 06.03.2014

Landmarks gone wild! Gallery appears for the Chogokin Tower of the Sun Robot

Bluefin Tamashii Nations has released a photo gallery for Bandai's upcoming kinda creepy Chogokin Tower of the Sun Robot (previously seen at The Tower of the Sun was the somewhat nightmarish symbol of the 1970 World's Fair (o...


10:00 AM on 05.11.2014

Tamashii Summer Collection: Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar

Just when you thought the Soul of Chogokin line had been retired, Bandai decided to resurrect the line with a couple of doozies! First up on the block is the Tower of the sun Robo from 21st Century Boys and after that, there'...

Chris Seto

4:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Gilgamesh Archer (Chogokin line) Unboxing / Review

[editor's note: Oh hey, a cblog promotion! It's been way too long since we last did this, and if the current trend of awesome stuff being published in there continues, I feel it'll be difficult to choose what to bring up to ...


5:00 PM on 11.01.2013

Bandai's next Soul of Chogokin will be GaoGaiGar

At Tamashii Nations today, Bandai made a tremendously exciting announcement, namely that The King of Braves GaoGaigar will be the next robot to join the ultra high-end Soul of Chogokin line. Though no actual figures were read...

Martin Siggers

6:00 AM on 10.31.2013

Tamashii Nations will make a Chogokin Hello Kitty robot

I know Hello Kitty has always been popular. I think it’s safe to say that she’s been on literally everything ever made from toilet paper to adult sex toys. So nothing that I see her on should really surprise me b...

Vanessa Cubillo

5:00 PM on 10.23.2013

Under the Radar: Soul of Chogokin General Franky

All Franky wants is to become the ultimate cyborg/robot. I mean, he sure is a great shipwright and he's one of the best out there. However, let's be honest: his robotic improvements show that he wants to become one with the m...

Pedro Cortes

9:00 AM on 08.21.2013

Pre-order this Tamashii Webshop exclusive VF-29 Isamu

I was looking around our partner stores for something interesting to write about when I found this Tamashii web shouten exclusive, Bandai Chogokin VF-29 Valkyrie over at Big in Japan. This Chogokin is based on a Valkyrie that...

Jon Wills

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chogokin Saber photo
Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chogokin Saber
by Scarecroodle

It's no secret that Saber has seen a lot of merchandise in recent years. Some would even consider her a serious contender for the title of most overproduced Eastern character. Despite that, the armored version of Saber has only seen a handful of releases in a (non-SD) articulated format. Bandai's Chogokin Saber may not be the first such figure, but it seems to hold its own against previous releases.

More details in the full review after the jump.

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1:00 PM on 04.03.2013

Chogokin Archer up for pre-order

He just popped up in the latest batch of scans, but Bandai's Chogokin Archer has now reached the pre-order window. The 16-cm-tall figure comes with a metallic finish (that Chris didn't seem to care for) as well as two extra f...

Brian Szabelski