Soul of Chogokin GX-69 Goldymarg by Bandai
(Available From HobbyLink Japan)
After the positively epic Soul of Chogokin Gaogaigar, Bandai has followed with a companion toy in the form of the Soul of Chogokin Goldymarg from the series The King of Braves Gaogaigar. With that in mind it’s worth understanding that while this is a separate toy in its own right it is meant to team up with Gaogaigar. However, like with other Soul of Chogokin toys, the Goldymarg by no means disappoints!
Goldymarg is in fact a sentient robot, based on the character of Geki Hyuuma though the robot is actually controlled by a Super AI constructed by the Gutsy Geoid Guard. Like with the other sentient robots in GGG, Goldymarg is there to help Guy and the Gaogaigar as much as he can.
Goldymarg has three main modes: robot, vehicle, and Marg Hand. The latter is to facilitate Gaogaigar to use the Goldion Hammer without fear of damaging itself. The Goldion Hammer is also one of Gaogaigar’s most powerful attacks and definitely has one of the best animated sequences in the series.
I am a big fan of Gaogaigar and the sentient robots are definitely one of the highlights, as they bring a really nice sense of upbeat bravado to the proceedings with Goldymarg being one of the most overt. The mecha design for the series was also penned by Kunio Okawara, ostensibly the father of real robot mecha design and of the original Gundam (among many others).
So to have him work on a very hot blooded super robot show as Gaogaigar was an interesting choice. The upside is that all the mecha do look like actual machines, albeit brightly-colored ones. Goldymarg is also one of my favorite mecha in the show and this toy captures his design really well.
Over the years we’ve had a fair few Goldymarg toys but as this is a Soul of Chogokin effort, Bandai has pulled out all the stops.
Anyway, keep an eye out for the follow on review, and who knows — maybe even Gaogaigar might join in?
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