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Uh, no, wait, that came out wrong. XD In no way are we anywhere near the holidays. It's just that...well, I'm playing too much with my new toy, and it reminds me of Christmas time. Oh yes, I did open it. Feel free to smack me, as it's a month early. Anyway, I dreamed about school again this morning. But it was a nice dream, as I found myself singing in choir again, practicing with a group of new students. And there was my choir teacher, and she was making us sing "Song of the Sea" or something. Something like that. It was nice. I was afraid I wound up singing in my sleep, but as Mom didn't make any mention of it when I came downstairs, I guess I didn't invent sleep-singing after all. Okay, on to the main task of the day...starting the next toy review! >:P I'll do this now then work on more Chinese. Job hunting...that...that can wait for a bit. It's always easier to focus on studying before Sis comes home and turns the house upside down, shrieking like a banshee in her excitement (the closer it gets to Spring Break, the more hyper she becomes. Ra help me keep my sanity... -_O)

Let's introduce the star of our show, Geki Shark! As with all the DX auxiliary mecha from the series Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger, it was never released in the US. We got a smaller version instead, sans electronics, and shortened a good 4 or 5 inches. It was also very chubby...and not at all good looking. It was kind of like an obese tiger shark, let's put it that way. This one at least looks sleek, streamlined, and much more dangerous. I'm not sure why BOA didn't release this and chose to leave us high and dry with the DX Jungle Pride, but then again, they rarely release individual auxiliaries by themselves for some reason. So for those of us wanting something to slap on the JP, there's no choice but to import from overseas. Thankfully, the molds are the same, so you can mix and match. Sweet. :D

Yes, always start with the box. I do like the photoshopped water around the toy...really does make you feel like it's ready to leap off the cardboard any minute. And the three Rangers posing in the last pic is pretty cool, though it's the same pic they slap on their Geki Elephant and Bat boxes, I noticed. ^^; It's also pretty long (why do stock photos make things look small?) I loled at the many exclamation points all over the box...advertising has never been so repetitive...or so "exciting". "It lights up! It rolls! It SPIIINNS!" Yes, yes, we know, Bandai, we know... XD Feel free to open in new window to see all the details. Also note how clear the pics can tell this is not webcam quality, can you? :P

A closeup of Geki Shark's head reveals sharp silver painted teeth (the jaw does not open because you can see that it's the battery compartment you really want them to fall out all the time? ^^) and the clear colored pieces of plastic that cover the LED lights inside its head. (the US version has painted gills) Despite what you see, Geki Shark's blue gill actually lights up green. Why green? No comprendo.

Yes, I managed to take a mini movie showing you how the LED lights work. Enjoy the Christmas lights. XD A button on the head allows you to cycle through 7 different flashing light patterns. WARNING: It may or may not induce seizures... D: To be on the safe side, you may or may not want to skip the video and just look at it all lit up here:

Transformation is easy. First though, it is important to lift up the tiger head to accommodate the shark. 

Next, decapitate Sashimi. It's a bit of a tight fit, but I'm also careful to not kill the spring loaded buttons that keep the two halves attached. Also I note that the dark speckled blue stripe on the shark's back isn't fully painted. Which is good because constant transformation may scrape off the paint. A close look reveals it's grainy texture, which reminds me of a shark's sandpapery skin. God, this attention to detail by Bandai Japan is just amazing. 

Original position

Downward position for transformation
Move the tail down...why? I dunno. The US version lacks this point of articulation, as the fin is molded in place. I think I would have liked it molded here for once, since it wiggles so much and does not want to stay still, so that even a slight poke will cause it to shift.

Fish filet! You must now separate the back half of Sashimi, revealing tubes and handles for the Jungle Pride/GekiSharkTouja to hold onto. I'm so learning how to prepare real fish by doing this, lol. The handles are missing in the American version due to the shortened length of the US Shark, so there's no place for them anyway. Only the tubes can almost see why people are always complaining their American sharks are always falling off their Megazords when they're playing with them! As always, I highly recommend the JP versions for their show accuracy and better designs.

COMPLETE! Jungle Pride with Shark Power! (No seriously, that's what they call it. O_o) You can alternatively call it GekiSharkTouja, burning up! ^_^ I also call it the ConeHead Megazord because of its ridiculous helmet. :P 

MWAHAHAHAHA! Excuse me, but this...this just looks so silly. I'm sorry, but sticking a shark head on top is just...laughable and lazy engineering. The fin blades are pretty awesome but the head! The head!

Close up of the head...kind of reminds me of a ninja. 

Oh, and the LEDs still work when combined. I took the batteries out of my Jungle Pride because I rarely play with it, but if anyone wants it, I can throw the batteries back in and make a mini movie of the spinning gimmick and thus give you a light show for free.
So, do I recommend Geki Shark? Well, only for collectors who want to complete their mecha collection. Geki Shark looks better by itself than when it's combined, in my opinion. You'd have more playability and it looks better with Geki Elephant and Geki Bat instead. Well, that's that, I think, and the only other Gekiranger mecha I'm going to be reviewing is Gekiwolf now, so I can finally show you the real Ultrazord formation with the Rhino Steel Megazord. For now, my Gekiranger collecting spree is done and the next toy review will likely be Killer-Oh (the Dino Stegazord), since I'm in need of a unbroken stegosaurus that isn't broken into itty bitty pieces. Saberback, RIP (in peace, my friend, not pieces, even though you are in such a state now... ^^'). 

Date: 2012-04-04 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You opened your present early? :O
You naughty girl!!! No ice candy for you! XD

On the other hand it is pretty damn cool. ^_^ I'm always amazed at how the different parts fit together to make the zord and its awesome that is actually lights up too! O.o

Date: 2012-04-04 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was dying to know if the batteries were dead. XD They aren't, thankfully.

Yeah, the light up gills are pretty darn awesome.
Edited Date: 2012-04-04 05:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-04-04 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That looks like a cool toy.

Date: 2012-04-04 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. :D

Date: 2012-05-03 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So cool!! ^_^
Must've been expensive! xDD

Date: 2012-05-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Actually it cost me $30 with free airmail shipping from Hong Kong. I thought it was a steal at that price.

Date: 2012-05-04 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
O that's pretty good!
Enjoy it =D


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