LG-35 SUPER GINRAI
Categories: Leader Headmaster
Letís get my one big beef with this figure out of the way first: Itís just one big figure, not a smaller figure putting on a trailer armor to become a bigger one. Which is interesting because the transformation into robot mode could easily have lent itself to the tractor being a separate piece that could, presumably, be made into a separate robot. But anyway, Super Ginrai is just one big robot. We shall have to accept that.
Leaving that issue behind, Super Ginrai looks fantastic in robot mode. Heís big, heís beefy, heís got shoulder cannons, and he can bend pretty well, too. He doesnít suffer from too much kibble, either, those panels on his forearm being the worst of it. He comes with his familiar two black rifles, too, which naturally can combine into a single one with a seat for his Headmaster partner, too.
Itís not without weak points, though, as we come to Ginraiís lower legs. They are basically made from the side panels of the truckís trailer and can easily come apart when you touch them. Itís a not a big thing, but a somewhat sturdier way of clicking them together would have been appreciated. Thatís about the only bad thing about the robot mode, though. Other than that: a great-looking, cool super robot mode.
Hardly surprising, Ginrai transforms into a truck. Itís the familiar red tractor with grey trailer and Ginraiís many guns all have a place in this mode, too. The back of the trailer features an opening ramp and the interior is big enough for smaller Autobots in car mode (Deluxe-sized car Autobots donít really fit, though). The tractor, meanwhile, can split open to unveil a seat for Ginraiís Headmaster (the actual Ginrai). So while the truck mode doesnít really offer anything new, itís well designed and works as intended, no complaints.
Like all Leader-sized figures from the Titans Return / Legends series, Super Ginrai, too, has a base mode. Now the base mode of the original Super Ginrai
/ Powermaster Optimus Prime
was pretty cool, definitely one of the better trailer-turned-base-modes from that time. This new base mode here, though... yeah, Iím not really sold. Itís more or less identical in layout to its G1 predecessor, but far less stable and not nearly as cool-looking. So the base mode is... there, I guess. I certainly donít plan on transforming Ginrai into this mode again, though.
Super Ginrai comes with an unnamed Headmaster figure. Yeah, Headmaster, not Titan Master. Anyway, in fiction this tiny figure is, of course, the actual Ginrai, a human wearing a suit of armor. Ginrai transforms into a very Optimus-Prime-looking head that connects to Super Ginrai and is then completely hidden by a bigger Optimus-Prime-looking helmet. Actually if you donít mind empty eye sockets, you can just leave the Headmaster aside and just use the helmet as Super Ginraiís head. Anyway, Ginrai was painted to make it seem like there is a human face inside that helmet and in head mode he can easily connect with other Titans Return / Legends figures, giving them an Optimus Prime nogginí. So bottom line, an average Headmaster / Titan Master figure.
While Powermaster Optimus Prime
came out in the West and was seen in pretty much every comic book and TV ad of the time, the Japanese Masterforce series instead had Super Ginrai
, a human guy who bonded with a non-living transector to become the leader of the Earth-bound Cybertrons (Autobots). The fact that said transector looked very much like Convoy / Optimus Prime was explained in an accompanying manga, which stated that it had originally been intended as a new body for the (at that point) deceased Convoy. Super Ginrai battled against Black Zarak
, and Devil Z and eventually the transector gained sentience, leaving Ginrai behind to travel into space in order to appear in the follow-up series Victory.
History repeats now as the Hasbro Powermaster Optimus Prime figure
from Titans Return is repurposed as Super Ginrai for Takaraís Legend series. Having seen the Hasbro variant in stores here, I much prefer the Super Ginrai versionís look and the fact that there will be a God Bomber
figure for him to combine with (incompatible with Powermaster Prime, apparently) is but icing on the cake. So bottom line: a pretty good figure, some minor flaws, but if youíre gonna get it, get the Super Ginrai version, not the Powermaster. The extra cash is worth it.