Alright, it’s time for another review of another line of Bandai, here is Legacy Dragon Caesar/DragonZord!! When I was a kid, I never managed to snag on the original Dragon Caesar toy so, I bought this up. Guardian Beast Dragon Caesar, or “Caesar” for short, is the sixth guardian beast and the mecha of Dragon Ranger (Burai). Ceasar was originally part of Ultimate Daizyujin who was split into three lesser aspects during the original battle with Dai Satan (the other two being Daizyujin and King Brachion). He comes at the sound of the Zyusouken’s summoning melody, rising up from Tokyo Bay, and his superb combat ability matches that of Tyrannosaurus which allows him to hold his own against even Grifforzer and Lamia-Scorpion. He has a strong drill on the tip of his tail, and his Dragon Hurley, a blast of missiles launched from his fingertips, is powerful enough to smash giant Dora Monsters. Dragon Caesar can be seen emitting a pentagon-shaped force field from the lights on his chest in the design sketches, but it never did so in the series. Well, Caesar got so many advantage, eh? Okay, to the review Caesar was packed by a big sized blind box, it was entirely dark green colored, the front view has some shade of light green with yellow & the printed toy’s promotional picture. The back box has yellow layout showing the toy’s descriptions, on the side view most of them are written story & the secret. This Caesar came under the name of Legacy Dragonzord, the US Franchise version. Apparently, there’s no original Japanese release for Dragon Caesar so far, the back box shown he can be compatible to combine with Legacy Daizyujin to become Gouryuujin or Zyutei Daizyujin. The box actually reminiscence of the old class box of the 1st release of DX Dragonzord or Megazord, however… Unlike DX Dragonzord which got extra 20 cm poseable Green Ranger toy, the legacy one comes with Dragonzord only. Okay, let’s check the legacy version what he comes up with.
Out of the box, he was put in the thick cardboard tray, kinda reminds me of he Starbucks glass tray, though… We got 1 body of Caesar, 1 long tail with separated drill, 2 pair of hands, & 1 half stick of the Dragon Antler.
First thing you need to do is to attach the separated part of Caesar’s body which is tail with the drill tail & one pair of his hand parts. Also, you don’t actually need to pull off his drill tail anymore unless you want to keep him in the box.
Dragon Caesar is a theropod Dragon mecha but, he strongly resembles to Godzilla or Mecha Godzilla. His entire body was colored silver & black, he also got green & gold color on some part of his body, both of his arms contains golden chesplate for his Gouryuujin’s chest. Dragon Caesar’s body was fully painted, he doesn’t have any unpainted part or even included with stickers like the old class DX version or even Legacy Daizyujin. Dragon Caesar also got some articulations, that made him quite poseable, although not that much pleasing enough to me. Most of his material contains diecast while his paintjob was metallic color because, the box fully stated “Metallic paint and diecast parts”, making him feels so exclusive & expensive to buy but, I got him for only $57 unopened lol….
Dragon Caesar’s head was faithfully made to his show counterpart, although he’s missing some details on his cheek’s wrinkle line sculpt. In the show however there are 2 kinds of Caesar’s looks which the 1st one would be his suit actor version for battle scenes, & his combine version scenes which strongly based from his original DX toys. In this legacy version, Caesar’s appearance is simillar to his suit actor version. The suit actor version’s head seems to be somewhat smaller than the combine/DX version which his face appeared to have more broad face, eversince I didn’t managed to snag on the original DX release I can’t do a comparison review but, I can only provide pics from the show. The fin/horn on his head is movable in purpose to recreate Zyutei Daizyujin combine using Legacy Daizyujin. His fin/horn is made from a soft plastic so, it’s safe from breaking but, it’s very easy to be bent, I even saw some review of Caesar appeared to have their fin/horn bent due to the packaging issue on the plastic bag. However, this can be fix very easily, by putting it into hot water or using hair dryer. Boy, this brings me back to remember about my Play Arts Kai Solid Snake Socom issues, except I was lucky enough to have my Caesar’s fin/horn perfectly fine out from the box. Caesar’s mouth is movable a little limited due to his chest piece neck but, we can still recreate his scene where he bite something. But, kinda funny to see the face of Gouryuujin as his tongue….
Dragon Caesar’s proportions is looking great, Bandai did a big changes on him, he appeared to be more slimmer than the original DX version. However, Bandai still missed some details & some of his parts was finished inaccurate. Screw that, this toy wasn’t made cooporated with Tamashii Nations who paid attention on meticulous details, atleast Caesar is still awesome enough to look at. His tail is freakishly big & long around 27 cm (11 inch as stated in the box) but, the interesting part is the tail is fully articulated, he has 6 points of articulations on his tail. Now, that’s some big improvements for him whereas the original DX version doesn’t have articulations, his other articulations are movable arms, hands, hips, knees, & foots. My only gripe of Caesar is, he got too many screws on his body which made him looks funny but, that’s not the problem because he’s not a figure that was made to be fully accurate to the show. Also, on the back of his lower legs, there are two connection points on each legs to attach with Legacy Daizyujin’s Zyu Saber Tiger & Triceratops. Unlike the original DX version, Caesar’s chest piece doesn’t have any translucent red material for his circular red lights & there’s no electronics attached to him.
His arms got hinge jointed style but, the golden arm’s attachments on the front must be pull off to move them wide back & if you want to move his arms crossing to his chest, you’ll need to pull off the back of his chest piece to make them loose.
His legs articulation’s are very limited to move, we can only move his hips, knees, & foots up & down only. If his tail was attached his legs couldn’t go back further due to the obstacles on the tail.
The details on his underneath feet is fully painted with some sculpt on the golden paint & they looked very nicely done.
Gouryuujin mode is completely an easy task to do if only for changing Caesar’s body I guess, 1st you’ll need to remove his chest piece from his body & attach the removable crotch’s joint, then insert his arms into his golden chest plate followed by closing them. 2nd pull off his front leg’s attachments on the upper legs, there are 2 attachments that sticked his legs & move up his lower legs into his upper legs. Becareful not to make his knees hit his front leg’s attachments while moving up his lower legs inside, they seemed breakable if we careless. Lastly, you just need to move down his lower mouth to reveal Gouryuujin’s face. Very simple indeed, Gouryuujin’s overall looks also resembles to his suit actor/action scene version. Unfortunately, his face looks very small due to his tooth’s line, the visor also not big enough to fit his face, as there’s still so many black spaces above. Which they didn’t looked accurate to me… I’m not interested to make the real Legacy Gouryuujin’s shots, because I don’t intent to buy my own Legacy Daizyujin, I’m already happy with my original DX version eventhough they’re not compatible to combine. Frankly, I also didn’t really like Gouryuujin’s form as well, because there’s some ugliness & disadvantages in him. 1st Caesar’s eyes was used for Gouryuujin’s vision, leaving Caesar’s eyeless & it’s funny to see the hole of his eyes. But, unlike the DX/combine scene version, Legacy Dragon Caesar got extra red tray to make his eyes more visible to see. The red tray was movable depending on how you opened his mouth, if you open his mouth revealing Gouryuujin’s face, the red tray will go down making Caesar’s eyeless. 2nd, Gouryuujin has very bad peripheral vision, which he cannot see around the side of him. However, It is unknown if Gouryuujin has a mind of his/it’s own like his counterpart Daizyujin or if it possesses Daizyujin or Dragon Caesar’s mind, in battle scenes Gouryuujin was mostly piloted by the Zyurangers. 3rd, he’s slower than Daizyujin form but, probably not as slow as Zyutei Daizyujin combination.
Since there’s a Gouryuujin’s form, he was also given with his only weapon which is Dragon Antler, the part contains 1 half of the staff (removable bottom staff), Caesar’s chest piece, & his tail with the drill. In order to do this, you’ll need to pull off his chest piece for fittable space for his humongous tail, then you’ll just need to snap on his half staff & you’re done. To make Daizyujin (Zyu Mammoth) hold the weapon, you’ll need to open the closed lid on the back of his chest piece then open the hidden grip. Dragon Antler also looked gigantic, it even half longer than Caesar’s height. Since I don’t have Legacy Daizyujin, I can’t do a review comparison of this staff with Gouryuujin combination or even make him hold the staff.
ZYUTEI DAIZYUJIN MODE
To create Zyutei Daizyujin combination, you’ll need to do the same thing on the arms & legs like you did on Gouryuujin form, then Caesar’s shoulders has hinge joint to widen his body to lay atop Daizyujin’s body. Then, you’ll need to move up his fin/horn to attach Daizyujin’s head & there’s also a hinge joint for attaching the back of Daizyujin’s back (Zyu Mammoth). Although, Zyutei Daizyujin combinations seems to be a short task to do but, it wasn’t that easy to deal when you combine him with Legacy Daizyujin. Since Dragon Caesar’s legs is fully diecast made, the balance will make them quite unstable if you didn’t handle carefully. But, since I don’t have Legacy Daizyujin, I’m going to skip this one out. In this combination, Dragon Caesar turned into Daizyujin’s armor whereas the head becomes as Daizyujin’s helmet, & the rests of his body works as Daizyujin’s ultimate weapon to attacks his enemies with a blast of mighty beams from his chest and lateral shoulder armor. Yeah, I know without Legacy Daizyujin, Caesar’s head looks quite holey since he needs Daizyujin’s head. Honestly, this combinations is even worse than Gouryuujin, there’s so much disadvantages on both physical looks & strategy. 1st you can’t even see his head from the side view due to his golden arms & it’s awfully weird to see this form on the side view, 2nd like Gouryuujin mode Zyutei Daizyujin also got poor vision for him to see around but, Caesar’s eyes are there to be Daizyujin’s extra vision! 3rd, Daizyujin can’t move his head or neck at all during this combinations & 4th it must be hell of a workout for Daizyujin to lift that 170 tons Caesar’s body.
Lastly, Dragon Caesar is given his own pair of option hands, they consists pair open splayed hands & pair palm chop. They can be very useful to recreate Caesar’s scenes more lively, open splayed is a common style of Caesar during his encounter & action scenes, while the palm chop could work as his trademark Dragon Hurley attacks & his combine scenes. These hands were done very nice, so many line details on them, his fingertips even has slight holes & painted black.
Dragon Caesar is much smaller than DX Daizyujin but, he’s almost even with PAK Solid Snake, although Snake still slightly taller. The scale & the combiner joints between DX & Legacy are very different, Legacy appeared to be much smaller & slimmer than the original DX. So, don’t ever thought of buying one of the Legacy just for combining your old DX version with Legacy version.
Legacy Dragon Caesar was based from his suit actor version, both seems quite identical enough. Although, the Legacy version lacks some little detailing on some part, most noticeable for me is the missing line & his bottom connector to the tail wasn’t that big compare to the show. The suit actor’s head also has slight differences & unlike the Legacy version, the Gouryuujin’s face didn’t present whenever Caesar open his mouth but, pressumably covered by shadow of Caesar’s upper snout. On Gouryuujin’s mode, the face visor is looking more prominent compare to the Legacy version, golden chestplate & Dragon Antler’s chestpiece with tail seems smaller, also be note that Caesar’s tail on Dragon Antler’s form appeared to be shorter than the way Caesar’s form used to be.
My impression is very happy with this, he came out better than my expectation. This Legacy line is full of fun to play & display, everything is worthed from the sculpt work, materials, price (for me), gimmicks & any other features. If you’re an avid fan of Zyuranger/MMPR or mecha collector, I say grab this while you still can, you won’t regret it. He could be awesome for your collections to display, However, you’ll be gambling enough if the contents had a package issues or not on Caesar’s fin/horn but, it doesn’t matter it can be fix it easily.
- Decent sculpt work & nearly identical to the series.
- The toy was articulated pretty nice.
- Perfect for displaying the figure in the cabinet or detolf.
- It’s user friendly to handle, unless if you want to combine him with Legacy Daizyujin.
- Perhaps the best & the most accurate Dragon Caesar toy/figure ever made.
- No more stickers, since the toy was fully painted & some of Caesar’s mark was sculpted.
- Diecast part made Caesar’s awfully heavy, making the toy/figure feels expensive & worth to have.
- Cheap price!! (for me atleast)
- The articulations has limit on his legs & arms.
- Some missing details.
- Inaccurate Gouryuujin’s small face.
- Lots of screw holes.
- A little paintjob problem on some part but, no big deal.
- The fin & the drill wasn’t sharp as the original suit actor one.
- The drill tail was hard to remove back.
Legacy Dragon Caesar
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 3/5
Poor Dragon Caesar, he’s lonesome… He needs a friend.
There’s your friend, Dragon Caesar.
What the… Tommy?!
Oh, no… Caesar is confused, there are 3 Zyusoukens played!! Wait-wait, 1 of them is Dragon Dagger!!
WHAT?! 4 Zyusoukens?!
Caesar loves girl?
Lol, that’s why there’s multiple Zyusouken….