Well, I know that Bandai's Sentai are not our "typical" Transformers per se, but since I've received those great toys last week, I tought I could share a few comments/short reviews of the latest "Zords" of the next and latest installment of the Sentai Series in Japan: Jyuken Sentai GekiRangers! First in the row is GekiTouja!! GekiTouja is the amalgam of tree wild(and big!) cats: GekiTiger, GekiCheetah and GekiJaguar. GekiTiger is obviously the biggest of the trio, forming the main torso while in combined giant robot mode. As always, the high quality of Bandai products is there: very sturdy and shiny plastic, top notch paint job, clicking joints, and so on. I'm always impressed with the japanese versions of Megazords. GekiTiger can open its jaws and the head can rotate up and down. You can clearly see the batteries compartment on its back,wich detracts a little bit from the figure. The front paws does also rotate so that they be fully grounded for stability. The stance is very feline and he looks really mean! All four legs can rotate on a 360 degrees axis and the forelegs can also spread out. The tail is one of the tree elements that, when combined, form the main weapon of Geki Touja. In a typical Sentai fashion, Geki Tiger, leader of this wild squad, is mainly red, with details in black and silver. Length (from snout to tip of the tail): 11"; Height: about 5". GekiCheetah, on its part, is impressive mostly because is anatomically accurate...even for a "mechanical beast". Threres no confusion here: with its almost royal stance, yet swift design, yellow-orange "fur", green eyes..this is one beautiful cat. He looks like he's on the verge of delivering a lightning fast hit-and-run attack. I like it a lot. I love how they blended the typical cheetah spots on the figure: subtle but very nice. No special gimmicks here except for the fact that the lower jaw opens; the forelegs can rotate a la GekiTiger with one point of articulation on each foreleg "knee". Again, those articulation points are anatomically correct. The head can rotate upward. As with the tiger, Cheetah's tail is part of GekiTouja main weapon. Length(snout to tip of tail): 8.5"; Height(top of the head): 4.5". Finally, we have GekiJaguar. Just like GekiCheetah, the most noticeable feature of this figure is that it is instantly recognizable for what is is advertised to be. In this case a very nice jaguar. This cat's stance is more horizontal, given the impression of being bulkier and meaner than Cheetah. The darker shade of blue, with touches of black details here and there, gives this cat a very nocturnal vibe. Definitely a night cat here! The addition of a "night vision" visor that can be flipped is a very fun touch. In character, one might says. Same articulation points as the cheetah, plus the neck can move upward: Jaguar can than spots helpless victims hidden in nearby threes. Its tail is the third part of GekiTouja's weapon. Lenght: 9.5"; height: about 4". Transforming the tree wild cats into the GekiTouja behemoth is very simple, as with most Sentai Zords. Still, the transformation remains fun and reminiscent of Transformers G1 Combiners. The result is nothing short than amazing. Standing at a little more than 11.5", GekiTouja is a sight to behold. I really love how Bandai's designers integrated the robot head here: with the tiger's lower jaw fully opened, you just flip down Touja's face using a black peg on Tiger's head. Very cool. The colors are spectacular and the absence of a pink Ranger here(hence a possible pink spot on the robot) greatly helps IMO(absolutely no offense intended towards our female audience here). Touja has a few points of articulation: shoulders rotates; wrists rotate; hips rotate; waist rotates; head can move up and down(wich is cool). Despite its obvious limitations, you still can pull some interesting poses out of him. What Touja lacks in articulation, he certainly gets in looks and playability. There's a not-too-subtle Voltron vibe to him. The cats tails are now forming Touja's weapon: a giant curvy staff. By inserting 2 AA batteries in the back compartment, you can activate the motorized action feature: by pressing the front grey button on Touja's waist, the upper torso will spins on a 360 degrees axis. The rotation speed is not overwhelming: just fast enough to be credible. The meaning of this gimmick takes its justification when the robot arms are lifted upward, lined up with the shoulders, pointing his deadly fists and claws outward. While the torso rotates, the orange fists will light up with red lights, delivering an extra "energy attack". The presence of the staff in the right hand can also means major rotating & bashing action, whiping nearby aliens fool enough to close this giant. By pressing a red button on the back, you will activate pretty much the same gimmick except that this time, its the lower part of the robot, waist down w/legs, that will spins. I guess this part of the gimmick emulates one of the Mighty Zord Special Attack one could see on the tv show. Having a giant robot dropping from the sky directly on your head , with its legs spinning wildly to add to your doom, is not an ideal situation to be in, I suppose. While Touja's motorized and lights gimmicks are not overly spectacular or anything, they still adds fun factor to the toy. It brings back the fact that those items are, before anything, toys. There is place here for imagination in a very naive, yet playful way. That's why I still love Sentai Zords I think: they're simple, sturdy and very fun to play with. Overall appreciation: I'm very-very happy with my GekiTouja. The fact that it can also combines with other animal-zords(see other reviews below) is a big plus. All by himself, Touja is a very nice looking, sturdy, and fun set. Pros: Look and design; astonishing quality of fabrication; gimmicks, absolutely beautiful packaging. Cons: Articulation-wise, he's not your typical Beast Wars champion, but still has enough to be more than a brick.