Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Ressha Sentai ToQGer ToQ Changer

Ressha Sentai ToQGer aired in February of 2014 and is the 38th entry into the Super Sentai franchise. In this review, we take a look at the ToQ Changer, the "morpher" of the series.

The front of the box shows ToQ1 posing with the toy brace and the red ressha inserted into it. It's bright, colourful and fits the theme of trains and trainyards.

The back of the box shows the Changer and has a run down of all it's features, taken from the show. It includes putting all the resshas into their train form and combining into ToQ-Oh, as well as showing the other Resshas in the morpher to activate the different morphing sounds. Pushing the buttons activates the "Summon Ressha" sound effect and pushing the middle button activates the "Line Change" mode, allowing the Rangers to swap colours and weapons.

The top panels on the box show the ToQGer logo on the Red Ressha with the logo of the series. The Ressha is going past some signal lights. The other panel shows all 5 rangers on a hazard stripe background with the shorthand ToQGer logo.

The sides of the box show the same shorthand TOQ logo and the morpher in the bottom. It featured ToQ1 in variety of poses. 

Taking the morpher out the box and doing the minor assembly, here it is completed. The assembly is popping the gate pieces in to their respective holes on the signal boxes and then attaching the straps. Operation is simple. Insert 2 AAA batteries into the opposite side of the morpher, the other signal box is the battery compartment. Flick the red on switch down to turn it on. The gold button is to activate the morphing sound effects, inserting a ressha will make the morpher call out the name of the ressha inserted. The middle button is to activate "Line Change" mode, allowing the user to swap out one ressha with another one to change colours and the final button is the "summon ressha" feature

Wearing it on the wrist doesn't feel too bad. It is a little weighty with the batteries, electronics and a Ressha inside, but the good thing is, is that it fits on an adult hand as much as a child's hand, a tighter fit, but fits nonetheless

As ToQGer is being skipped by Saban in favour of Ninninger (Ninja Steel), I was able to score the morpher for about £20 on eBay direct from Japan. No import fees and it took about 2 weeks to get here via Registered Mail. Not a bad morpher in the long run. The train theme might be enough to put people off, but then again, your mileage may vary. You can find most ToQGer items cheap on the secondary market and this was no exception.