Happy New Year 2019! Although, it’s kinda too late but, better than never… Today’s review is going to be a new Bandai line called Soul Of Chogokin or SOC for short and it will discuss about Dragon Caesar figure!! Made by Tamashit… I mean Tamashii Nations. Why more Dragon Caesar figure? Well, thanks to my childhood memory of MMPR, I couldn’t resist on skipping this. 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. Caesar does indeed got so many advantage compared to Daizyujin but, Okay, to the review Caesar was packed by a large sized black colored blind box, the front view features the main product with Gouryuujin’s face, large shiny gold colored font of “ドラゴンシーザー” or reads “Doragon Shiza” along with a small Dragonzord font, SOC logo and product series number GX-78. Unlike the previous release of Zyuranger series, the box was printed with 2 different franchise logo which is Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (Dragon Caesar) and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Dragonzord). Seems like they nolonger make 2 variant box for Caesar but, the box retains the old school Bandai DX box design except the layout was completely plain black. The back box shows the toy’s descriptions all written in Japanese, mainly explaining how the figure works with SOC GX-72: Daizyujin and the lower got the usual white layout showing the warning sign from Bandai regarding the figure. Dragon Caesar’s product number is GX-78 and he is a regular release but, it already cost alot due to the unreasonable expensive price. Why unreasonable? Well, it’s a long shot but, for now let’s just open this.
Out of the box, he was put in the thick white Styrofoam, the packaging even reminiscence the old DX toys packaging… We got 1 body of Caesar, 2 part of the tail, 1 pair of hands and 1 alternate part of the Dragon Antler.
Well, like the Legacy Dragonzord, you need to attach the separated part of Caesar’s body which is 2 part of his tail and open his arms from his Gouryuujin’s chestpiece. But, in this version Caesar already got one pair of his hands attached.
Dragon Caesar is a bipedal Dragon mecha but, he strongly resembles to Godzilla or Mecha Godzilla instead of Dragon. His entire body was colored Metallic silver and glossy black, he also got metallic green and gold color on some part of his body, both of his arms contains shiny golden chrome chesplate for his Gouryuujin’s chestplate and a chrome yellow circular with 6 metallic red colored circular for the lights. The fingernails on his foot was painted in silver chrome color. Like the Legacy Dragonzord SOC Dragon Caesar’s body was fully painted, he doesn’t have any unpainted part or even included with stickers but, he does missing a little detailing although it’s not really necessary because despite the meticulously made, this Dragon Caesar was actually a little different from show accurate. However, what makes this Dragon Caesar special is he got more articulations than the Legacy version got and of course the figure has no visible gap for combination purpose nor even screw hole, everything is almost completely hidden to recreate the realistic Dragon Caesar. Another thing is, all the parts are now made just like how in the show, nolonger toned down for kids friendly material. So, the figure does not considered as a toy anymore like the Legacy version. Most of his material contains diecast while his paintjob was metallic and chrome color although, the box didn’t state “Metallic paint and diecast parts”. Like the Legacy one, he feels so heavy and more exclusive except, this time he’s definitely labelled with hefty price tag.
Dragon Caesar’s head was done very sharp and the sculpt by far is alot prominent compared to the Legacy or even the original DX version. However, his head wasn’t actually show accurate to both gattai combination version or even suit actor version. But, the head bears similarity to both versions, more like a mixed between his gattai combination and suit actor. Now, they finally added the line sculpt on his cheek after they missed them in Legacy version. The fin/horn on his head also movable in purpose to recreate Zyutei Daizyujin combine using Legacy Daizyujin. His fin/horn was made from a hard material and it was sculpted with better shape that hides the gap of his head and it was painted chrome silver, looks safe from breaking due to the seemingly hard material but, still be advise on it judging from that high price. Caesar’s mouth is movable as well but, limited due to his chest piece neck but, we can still recreate his scene where he bite something. The hinge joint are now made to be tight so it can hold any position you put it in. Unlike the Legacy version, Caesar’s lower mouth didn’t have Gouryuujin’s face since, the face is now made to be layered between 2 mouth piece and Gouryuujin’s face works as Caesar’s red eyes. There’re also several things that I’m not happy with this, which is Caesar’s red eyes are not clearly visible due to the gap range, it’d be better if they added the red plastic tray for Caesar’s eyes like they did on the Legacy version. Another thing is Caesar cannot closed his teeth like in the show, you can only closed his mouth with that visible teeth, which made him inaccurate since he was supposed to be able to close his teeth especially for Zyutei Daizyujin mode.
Dragon Caesar’s proportions looks very accurate to the suit actor version, I love how everything was sculpted so sharp and the overall paintjob of the figure is very clean, there’s no dirt, paint transfers or anything’s bugging. Well, they better don’t mess on this one because of his crazy price. The joints are made to be tighter and more hideable which is much better. Well, this time the figure was made by Tamashii Nations who paid attention on meticulous details. Caesar’s tail is now made to be smaller and slimmer which is very accurate to the show and the tail is fully articulated as well, he also got 6 points of articulations on his tail. The convenient thing of him having smaller back tail will allow him to move his tail much better and it nolonger become the obstacles for moving his legs. His other articulations are movable body part for combination purpose, arms, hands, ab crunch, legs, hips, knees and foots. Every joints in this figure are made to be tight so the joints can hold the position without worrying the loose joint but, it doesn’t mean you can pose him oftenly since the joint might suffer looseness someday depending how you treat the figure. Like the Legacy one, Caesar’s chest piece doesn’t have any translucent red material for his circular red lights and there’s no electronics attached to him. Anyway, If you asked me accurate or not the answer is a “No”. Why? After all those meticulously well made and everything? Well, I’ll show you on Comparison section below.
The articulations on his arms are very similar to the Legacy Dragonzord which got hinge jointed style but, it has longer hinge for better range of the movements. The brestler’s attachments on the front must be pull off to move them wide back but, since there’s no pull off feature for the front chest piece, you can’t move his arms crossing to his chest. The interesting part aside the swiveling hands, there’s a cut on each arms that allows us to rotate his arms.
Well, with his newly made articulation points, Caesar can move more dynamic as you can even recreate running pose for him despite we never get to see that in the show. With that slim tail, he definitely can move his legs much better and another interesting part is there’s an articulations for his ab crunch which we can make him bend down but, the joint cannot be bend stretch to the back. Caesar’s crotch also movable to spread his legs a bit and his ankles can be either swivel and rotate 360 degrees, this is pretty similar like SHF figures which most of the joints uses ball joint style. Despite the better articulations his legs articulation’s are still limited to move but, it’s more than enough to make various epic pose for him. One thing I like moving his legs are way easier than the Legacy one which got ratchet joints and the black portion on his inside knee is actually spring-loaded, and go into the calves.
Like the Legacy version, the details on his underneath feet (kneecaps for Gouryuujin mode) is fully painted with sculpted “Z” textures on the golden paint and looking slightly better than Legacy one but, overall looked identical.
Since he has similar mechanism to Legacy Dragonzord, forming Gouryuujin mode is an easy job to do, 1st you’ll need to remove his chest piece from his body and 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, unlike the Legacy one there’s only 1 attachment that sticked his legs but, still works similar way. Then 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. Since he has hideable joints on the back of his knee, we’re going to need to rotate them to allow us attaching him into Triceratops and Saber Tiger’s hole joint. Lastly, you just need to move down his lower mouth and when moving down his upper teeth would go down as well to reveal Gouryuujin’s face on the upper mouthpiece and attach him into your SOC Zyu Mammoth, Triceratops and Saber Tiger to form the Gouryuujin. Gouryuujin’s face also looks also resembles to his suit actor/action scene version. His face was shaped to fit Caesar’s jaw size and there’s no teeth’s line anymore, the visor also appeared to be fit enough to his helmet and I like how the red visor is visible from the side view. The face was painted in shiny semi chrome silver for his mouth part and some outlining, metallic red for the visor and diamond shaped emblem on his forhead (which resembles to Dragon Ranger’s diamond shaped emblem on his helmet) and finally the black part for his forhead. I may disliked this combination but, I happened to try combining him with my old DX Megazord and it’s surprisingly fit! Although the Zyu Mammoth part wasn’t actually fit since it doesn’t have attachable joint, well, it’s pretty obvious though. But, how did I managed to make them fit? It’s simple just put the Zyu Mammoth’s part on Caesar’s body part that can withstand the position but, I wouldn’t recommend you to do this since both of them are from different line despite from the same company lol. I don’t buy the SOC Daizyujin because he cost too much than Caesar.
Of course with the Gouryuujin’s combination he must have his trademark weapon which is Dragon Antler! The part consist Caesar’s chest piece that needs to be assemble to be a lower part of the staff and his long tail. In order to do this, you’ll need to pull off his front chest piece for opening the quintuple jointed staff then form into a stick shape and also open the handler grip for Zyu Mammoth’s hands to hold the weapon. You can just read the manual book if you’re confused on how to do it properly. Then attach Caesar’s long tail and you’re done with the original version of Dragon Antler! This Dragon Antler features longer tail part but, lower stick part. However, this version is inaccurate from the show therefore, Bandai included alternate 1 half of the stick for the TV show version. This part has Caesar’s smaller chest piece and in this version you’ll need to remove 2 back part of Caesar’s tail then attach the tail to the stick and there’s your Dragon Antler TV show version. This version was like a reversed version of the original counterpart, you can see the difference between both version together the original one has short stick and smaller quadripod while the TV version’s stick is longer and got bigger quadripod. But, if you want both lower stick and tail to be long, you can just put the longer tail part to the alternate stick part but, since it has different port I wouldn’t recommend you to do this since all I did is only put the tail onto the stick without attaching the part. Sadly, none of them can be hold with DX Mastodon zord’s hands but, that is to be expected.
ZYUTEI DAIZYUJIN MODE
Forming Zyutei Daizyujin combination works similar like the Legacy one, you’ll need to do the same thing on Caesar’s arms and 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 and there’s also a hinge joint for attaching the back of Daizyujin’s Tyrannosaurus tail. Also, in this version you’ll be able to attach Caesar’s body part to form like the full armed Zyutei Daizyujin/Megadragonzord or whatever the name you want to call… First, using the double jointed tail part (the separate way that came from the box) but, you’ll have to take off the drill part on the other part of the tail to attach it on the double jointed one and attach it in the right side of Caesar’s knee below. For the chest piece, there is some movable black bar joint that need to be rotate to the top and mount it in the left side of Caesar’s knee below. And you got your full form of Zyutei Daizyujin but, I’ve saw in many reviews that the tail part is still too long despite only using the half part of it as the tip of the drill part touched the ground that may hurt the tip if handle carelessly. However, this form didn’t appear at all in the show even in the Ultimate Daizyujin (combined with King Brachion) so, you don’t actually need to form this unless you want something special or recreate how Bandai did on the SOC. On his close up head, they added panels to the inside of the cavity the Daizyujin’s head that mimics the cheek armor parts connected to the horns. It’s just a minor part that people wouldn’t likely pay attention but, they will likely adds a cohesiveness for the two head parts to become like one. However, since I don’t have SOC Daizyujin I cannot make sure but, in many review it does looks good to me. Personally, I love how the hinge joint got some suspension that was able to do self-sustaining his hefty diecast material body while in legacy version, the joint doesn’t have that feature so, it would easily fall down.
SOC Dragon Caesar was also included with his own pair of option hands, they consists pair palm chop which already attached to the figure and a pair of a relaxed open splayed hands. These hands are way similar to the Legacy version, they can be very useful to recreate Caesar’s scenes more lively, open splayed hand is a common style of Caesar during his encounter and action scenes, while the palm chop would work as his trademark Dragon Hurley attacks and his combine scenes. These hands are looking sharper than the Legacy one but, smaller and the palm chop’s fingers are completely molded instead of separated. The only thing that disappoint me is they once again missed the Dragon Hurley accessory but, since the promotional photos doesn’t have that so it was to be expected. However, thanks to that unreasonable price I consider this release being too much, if ever they make this I’d change my mind on the price being fair enough since this feature doesn’t exist in the past releases both Legacy and original DX. They can atleast add another palm chop hands with the fingertip’s attached/sculpted with the missiles.
SOC Dragon Caesar is smaller than Legacy Dragonzord and frankly this height comparison made me disappointed even more on this since SOC cost way too much compared to the Legacy one… But, you can see the biggest differences aside his face are also noted from his paint apps artistic and gorgeous looking, proportions being very accurate to the show, sharper sculpt work and several materials on some body part. SOC got shiny chrome paintjob while Legacy are mostly metallic color but, the black part of their body materials felt pretty much the same when I hold them. The glossiness, the plastic… Everything feels exactly the same. And comparing to the suit actor version SOC got more accurate looking proportions but, head and paint applications… They’re completely different… The original Dragon Caesar tends to have weathering effects and black highlights, you can clearly see every part of his tail got black outlines and the dirty effects in several part of his body. This is why I said the SOC is not show accurate since this figure wasn’t made to be like in the show but, atleast it was the closest one compared to Legacy version. On the head however… Well, I did mentioned about his teeth before and this is what I mean and the shape of SOC head is far from accurate to the show yet, thanks to that unclosed teeth but, with the revealing teeth it’d make him more beastly but, the let down one is you can clearly see the gap range of Caesar’s eyes between Gouryuujin’s red visor which made his eyes darker due to the shadow from the gap, while the Legacy version got extra red tray plastic that allows it to be his actual eyes. You can check on my Legacy Dragonzord review here.
The difference of their hands are pretty clearly seen, Legacy being the biggest on the size but, the sculpting tends to be soft and the material was done soft as they’re clearly made for almost all ages but, the SOC one got sharper sculpt work and made from hard plastic with some flexibility but, if comparing to the actual show the hands are very different as well and… The Dragon Hurley missiles which they missed this but, I may plan making my own custom made someday.
Dragon Antler… Well, I’ll leave that to you to think… But, comparing between the Legacy version, SOC is far more superior from it’s looks and materials.
Well, comparing the Gouryuujin one… Yes, his face looked nothing alike to his suit actor version. The Gattai scene version are like the prototype of the original DX version but, the SOC face is closely to this version but, SOC got sharper details. The suit actor Gouryuujin’s face appeared to be rounder and got some mouth visor similar to the ranger’s helmet but, there’s some kind of Caesar’s like teeth around his mouth. While both SOC and Gattai scene version doesn’t have Caesar’s teeth and their face tends to be more oval. As for Legacy, aside their size, the kneecaps block are shaped differently, SOC the block appeared to be shorter but, got longer pegs while Legacy was done reversely. Well, I have to say, despite the differences they’re both still good to look at and they’re also completely sculpted instead of using stickers or just paintjob.
Zyutei Daizyujin… Now, this is why I’m not that fond with his unclosed teeth although, I don’t have my own SOC Daizyujin to form this combination so, It doesn’t really necessary for me.
My overall thoughts… Despite the many inaccurate looks of him, it doesn’t mean anything for me as long as he looks awesome and nearly accurate to me. The disappointment on his appearance? Nah, that’s just minor part that I wouldn’t even care so, don’t get me wrong… I actually like this very much except, that total unreasonable expensive price that really cost almost of my monthly income.. However, if you’re asking he’s worth or not… From his looks is definitely gorgeous and really artistic made but, the price? Well, if you’re an avid fanboy of Super Sentai/MMPR and don’t mind spending hundred bucks just for these then ignore my words… But, I’d still recommend you to get the Legacy one better beside the lower price (thanks to the recent reissue), the quality is also top notch and it’s massive compared to this unless you’re not fond with the screw holes and visible gaps that Legacy had. However… Most people would likely still dig on this figure very much thanks to their childhood memory of watching MMPR so, he might cost even more someday if Bandai do not plan on reissuing him. Still… With this price, it already feels like a scalper price from the start.
- Intense, sharp and artistic looking sculpt work and closely identical to the series.
- The figure was articulated conveniently and much better than the Legacy one.
- Perfect for displaying the figure in the cabinet or detolf.
- It’s user friendly to handle.
- Currently the best and the most accurate Dragon Caesar figure ever made.
- Diecast part made Caesar’s awfully heavy.
- Several articulations was limited and hindered especially on his crotch.
- Inaccurate looks on several part but, it’s an artist made so, it’s not a big deal.
- Some missing paint detailing but, once again it’s not a big deal.
- Minor paintjob problem on some part.
- Several paintjob was easily scratched especially on his hands.
- Needs extra hand part with Dragon Hurley feature.
- Swapping the hand was awfully hard as hell!!
- Too Expensive and very unreasonable!!
Soul Of Chogokin Dragon Caesar
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
What’s with the “Euagh”?
Oh, no… Not another rematch….
Tecnhically the truth…
But, this is the fact….
WOW, Legacy Won Tiger!!
Hahaha… It’s so you….
And how you will ride them?
Seriously, you can’t sit on that sharp horn….
Good idea standing on Caesar’s shoulders
Go, Dragon Ranger!!
Well… He’s got the point…
Yeah, right… Keep taunting him….
And he’s getting too far….
Atleast Caesar can run but….
How long are you gonna…
Hey, watch out!!
That must be hurt….
Well, next review is going to be Legacy Won Tiger!! Stay tuned!