Review by JoshB
The Magnetype Dougram is one of the rarer Dougram pieces released by Takara.
I don't know why Takara released this toy. It wasn't part of any line, there are no magnetic counterparts from other series by Takara (excluding Microman). Still, I am glad they did, because it's a fantastic piece.
The toy comes packaged in a bright, high quality box with a die-cut clear window. The front features a beautiful illustration.
The back has a great line-art comparison with a photo of a kid demonstrating the play features of the Dougram.
All the parts are laid out nicely in a styrofoam tray.
Over time, the small rubber figures have undergone a chemical reaction with the styrofoam tray. Most specimens of the toy you will find will have trays with holes eaten straight through. It's best to store the figures separately.
Instructions and a sticker sheet are included.
The assembled toy looks a lot like the 1/72 Dual Model Dougram. The construction, however, is very different.
The toy separates into several distinct parts, but the only magnetic joints are the waist and the backpack.
The backpack is a nicely detailed part on its own, with a movable shoulder cannon and an opening storage compartment.
You can store the arm-mounted missile launcher and two missiles in the backpack. (I've left the missiles on their sprue for this review.)
There are some key differences between this and the 1/72 Dougram. Notice the entirely diecast lower legs.
The cockpit opens, and a pilot is included (still in the bag).
The entire chest panel opens to reveal a detailed metal interior.
Overall, the accessory count is pretty high. There are also two missile holders that clip to the sides of the legs.
The included little rubber guys are, naturally, provided as target practice for the launching gimmick. Each is a nicely detailed Keshi in its own right.
You get a Soltic...
...and a much smaller Dougram, with removable backpack.
It's a classy piece, and a lot of fun, even if it barely qualifies as Magnemo.
|Posted 17 April, 2013 - 10:35 by JoshB|