| Included in set:
Mark, Civilian Mark, Pearlized Mark, Princess, Civilian
Princess, Keyop & Civilian Keyop
In 1972, the anime series called Gatchaman was released
in Japan, and even today it's still considered one of the
essential series in the development of the genre. When the
series about a group of teenagers who work together in the
G Force to stop the alien conqueror Zoltar and his minions
from taking over the Earth came to the states, it was altered
to be less violent and given the catchy name Battle of
the Planets. In this series you find a lot of concepts
that have been later used and reused (like the five vehicles
that combine together).
Diamond Select has managed to take the famous license and
run with it, creating an initial seven figure line up that
may be hard to locate due to the fact that most of the figures
are exclusively distributed to certain retailers. In the first
series is Mark, Princess and Keyop, along with variants of
each. There is a "Civilian" Mark, which is just the regular
Mark figure without the helmet (exclusive to Electronics
Boutique and Tower Records), and a "Pearlized"
Mark (regular Mark figure with a shiny finish) that was limited
to the recent San Diego Comic Con. There are also civilian
versions of Princess (exclusive to ToyFare magazine
and Tower Records) and Keyop (exclusive to Previews),
but good luck in getting either.
The figures themselves look really good, as they are sculpted
to mimic the anime. There are some nice details, like the
clear plastic of the visor and the way the capes are sculpted.
Little details, like the folds of fabric on the pants and
boots really add to the overall quality of the sculpts. Diamond
Select has managed to make a series that captures the nostalgic
qualities of the series without trying to embellish them any.
Each have limited poseability but come with a small assortment
of additional items, including weapons and mini versions of
their vehicles (dune buggy, motorcycle, etc.).
Expect the next series to include the rest of the team, Jason
and Tiny, and their nemesis, Zoltar. Also expect to not be
able to find them anywhere without a good bit of searching.
This series is definitely for the collector. While you could
take them out and play with them, the time spent looking towards
getting a whole set may make you want to seal them up just
for show. Fans of the original anime should take the time
to at least find some of the normal versions to keep for their