Dairugger XV, better known abroad as Vehicle Force Voltron, joins the Soul of Chogokin series! As we prepare to launch the product, the Chogokin scholar and animation historian Koji Igarashi examines a sample in a three-part review!
In Part 2, we’ll take a close up look at the five vehicles of the Strato Fighter (Air Team)!
※Images are of a pre-production sample. Actual product may vary.
※For instructions about combining the vehicles, please refer to the instruction manual.
The blocks on the side of COMMUNICATIONS MODULE become joints in Voltron mode. They have different articulation: the top joint articulates the front-to-back motion of the waist, and the bottom joint the rotation of the waist. Let’s take a look at how this design makes this incredibly posable toy. I mean, the idea of a Vehicle Voltron that can bend at the waist is already pretty shocking.
SPACE PROBER 1 / SPACE PROBER 2
In Voltron mode, the tips of these vehicles need to lock in place. The way it works is that a connector extends from the back while the nose-cones telescope inward. When you do that, the nose-cones lock in place, tightly anchoring the legs to Voltron’s waist. They don’t come out even when posing.
MULTI WHEELED EXPLORER 1 / MULTI WHEELED EXPLORER 2
MULTI WHEELED EXPLORER 1 and MULTI WHEELED EXPLORER 2 have optional antennas. These are small and delicate parts so be careful when handling them. I kept losing the antennas on my old Popy DX Dairugger toy, so now I’m always careful to keep these antennas safe when I remove them. The attachment pylons move up and down, so make sure to slide them up when inserting the antennas.
To form Voltron, the white panels behind the cockpits (which serve to cover the joint gap in Voltron mode) need to be opened and the cockpits rotated 180 degrees back. The exposed back sides have connector joints. Once they’re exposed don’t forget to close the hatches again.
Now we’re ready to combine. Let’s do this. By the way the detachment buttons are the rectangular white buttons right under the knees.
Here’s the Strato Fighter mode. The white squares on the sides of MULTI WHEELED EXPLORER 1 and MULTI WHEELED EXPLORER 2 extend outward to accommodate the connector blocks of COMMUNICATIONS MODULE.