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 3, we’ll take a close up look at the five vehicles of the Turbo Terrain Fighter (Land Team)!
※Images are of a pre-production sample. Actual product may vary.
※For instructions about combining the vehicles, please refer to the instruction manual.
ARMORED EQUIPMENT CARRIER
ARMORED EQUIPMENT CARRIER becomes Voltron’s waist. To accommodate the motion of the legs, its body is formed from hinged panels. These come in handy when forming Voltron. By opening all of them up when you “dock” the legs, it’s easier to make sure that everything’s properly seated and attached.
ROTATING PERSONNEL CARRIER / JET RADAR STATION
Rotate these vehicles’ tires 90 degrees so that they’re flush with the body before docking them to form Voltron’s arms. This feature, which captures the appearance of the vehicles from the anime, is something that wasn’t included on the classic old Popy DX Dairugger toy.
ALL TERRAIN SPACE VEHICLE 1 / ALL TERRAIN SPACE VEHICLE 2
These are packaged with their tires locked in place, so when you take them out you’ll need to extend the chassis and spread the tires. When combined into Voltron mode, they’ll be retracted again before connecting them. Sliding the tires up into the body locks the connector joint into place. Sliding the tires down, on the other hand, unlocks the joint for decoupling the vehicles.
Turbo Terrain Fighter
Turbo Terrain Fighter mode! Fold in the antenna of ARMORED EQUIPMENT CARRIER and combine. Don’t forget to extend the mounts on the rooftops of ALL TERRAIN SPACE VEHICLE 1 and 2.
It’s finally time to form Voltron! Make sure to follow the instruction manual when doing this for the first time. The angle of STRATO WEAPONS MODULE, the chest and waist orientation, the decoupling buttons on the knees, and the locking mechanism and attachment of the feet are particularly important, so I recommend checking each of these vehicles carefully after purchase to get a feel for them.