In 2001, Takara came out with a line of toys called Webdiver, which as far as I can tell, involved transforming robots duking it out in a virtual world, much like Digimon or the Rockman EXE games. Galleon here is one of the support toys for the star of the show, Gradion.
Going back to the star of this review however, we have Galleon, who is a galleon. An eastern style dragonboat pirate ship even. We know he’s a pirate ship because he has the Jolly Roger clearly shown on his sails, also, the dragon helm thingy has an eye-patch. And as we all know, only pirates and Kenpachi (and Major Bludd) would wear an eye-patch. We can therefore logically presume that Galleon is a pirate-y galleon.
This is a pretty awesome boat actually. The deck is horrible with lots of obvious robot bits sticking out, however, that’s hardly visible due to the sails. Instead, what is clearly visible is the exterior boat-y bits. From the gold plated carvings to the wood work to the individually ball jointed cannons, this guy is just an awesome boat. Or ship, if you prefer.
Transformation is simple but it gets you to where you want. There are some cheats here and there, such as the entire lower half being a “shield”, but hey, it’s a shield that shoots pressure launched harpoons/ancient Egyptian TORPEDOES.
The dragon man mode is exceptional. He looks great and is as tall as a modern Leader Class Transformer. He’s also crazy articulated for an older toy. Despite being from 2001, he’s actually pretty much more articulated than all but the most posable modern Transformers. I mean, both his upper and lower jaws are articulated, he’s got like, 3 points of articulation for the neck alone, each claw is individually articulated and even his toes are articulated.
He’s absolutely loaded with tons of gimmicks as well, which unfortunately, don’t work on mine. Since after all these years, the batteries in mine have leaked, thus rendering the light up features and infra-red interactive features no longer usable. Even without them though, Galleon is still an excellent toy.
Unfortunately, this guy is not only relatively rare due to his obscurity, but he can be expensive as well. Personally, I feel I’ve overpaid for mine. I was so excited to have found him, I asked the store guy if he could give Galleon to me for an offer price. He told me to just name a price and foolishly, I gave what I felt to be a reasonable offer (about 5000 Yen). I later realized that I should have checked the barcode to find out what the original retail price was (3980 Yen). Although I do feel he’s worth what I paid, I gotta admit, I can’t help kicking myself for not talking the price down more. Especially since my piece has the aforementioned battery leaking issue.
This is easily one of the best toys in my collection, and arguably a top 3 or 5 candidate. He’s an imminently interesting toy from an aesthetic standpoint, full of quirks and personality. He’s exceptionally articulated even against a modern toy, and he’s got loads of gimmicks you’ll probably never be able to use.
Pros: Exceptional in every way.
Cons: Minor compromises here and there. Rarity and probable price.
4.0 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent