CM’s Corp. Brave Gokin 17 Gakeen
Originally released in September 2008.
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The two Magnetmen robots are piloted by Doctor Kazuki’s Daughter Mai (“Mighty”), and Takeshi Hojo (“Puraiza”), together with Ga-keen, they fight the Izaru empire.
Comparison with a 3.75″ Modern Era G.i. Joe.
Cm’s Corp. also included the Magnetmen weapons (be careful not to lose them, they are very small!)
Magnetman Plus and Magnetman Minus.
“Ga-Keen parts shoot!”
“Magnetmen into one!”
Interestingly, Ga-Keen’s name apparently means “Gathering Keen” according to Wikipedia anyway.
What is a Keen?
(Yeah.. no real meaning to the name, eh?)
Ga-Keen’s attacks – somewhat similar to the Original Jeeg, Ga-Keen also employs occasional wrestling moves along with his weapons.
A great gimmick here is when you close the fists, the Counter knives pop up.
The forearm is spring loaded so the fists can shoot.
(The fingerprint smudge here cannot be wiped off, sigh.. )
(Plain) Soushireikan no Ken (Supreme Commander Sword)
Converting Mighty and Puraiza into weapon mode
“Puraiza, Mighty Go!”
“Plasma energy shoot!”
“Ga-Keen Full power!”
Ga-Keen fits snuggly inside the Valiant Anchor, I recommend inserting the legs first and then connecting Ga-Keen via the magnets after.
Comparison with the GX-42 Koutetsushin Jeeg.
Fortunately, the magnet charges are a match so the parts can be interchanged between Ga-Keen and Shin Jeeg.
I think this works better for Ga-Keen, I didn’t really like the short barrel-chested torso design.
-Figure weighs 220 Grams and stands roughly 7″ tall.
-Diecast parts include:
–lower legs and feet
-REALLY STRONG magnets!! Pulling them off is no easy thing. The same goes for the magnets on Mighty and Puraiza.
-A lot more stable than the SOC Jeeg, given the slender lower legs and all.
-Lots of accessories.
-Spring-loaded, firing fists!
-I really love that Counter-knife pop-up gimmick.
-The toy has a lot more presence than what I expected, the promotional pictures don’t do it justice IMHO.
-Comes with everything that appeared in the show.
-Personally I prefer the regular color rather than the limited color (the yellow on that one just looks too bright)
– I can’t seem to bend the knees, I see a possible moveable joint there but whenever I try to flex it, the knee connection ball joint pops out.
-Even though there is diecast, Ga-Keen is a bit light, around 220 grams or so only. SOC Shin Jeeg is roughly 280 Grams.
-Fingerprint smudge on the Foot Shark.
-No diecast parts on the Valiant Anchor.
-A display base would’ve been nice.
-No ratchet joints.
No real major qualms about the toy per se, as everything clicks and locks in place and no real quality issues abound (except for that fingerprint smudge).
I guess the biggest issue would have to be the price. For roughly $200, that’s a hard price to swallow, given that larger, more complex and diecast-heavy toys like SOC Godmars, Gunbuster cost about the same price when they first came out.
In conclusion, Ga-Keen is a great Gokin toy to have, it compliments the SOC Shin Jeeg and has lots of playability and tons and tons of accessories. It just suffers from too high a price tag. If you can find one on sale, I strongly recommend getting it, especially if you’re a fan of the show (it was a big hit in Italy I think).
Funfact: If you’ve watched the series then some of you might’ve noticed something familiar about the characters, this is because they were designed by the late Kazuo Komatsubara, the same guy who designed the characters from Getter Robo and Grendizer, and many others.