80s anime inspired by big mecha anime Macross and Mospeada series, Megazone 23 tells the story of motorcycle enthusiast Shogo Yahagi, who mistakenly comes into possession of a top secret government prototype bike/mecha, the Garland at top speed 320km/hr as well as the mysteries it holds.
I always wanted this toy but back then, had to put my budget on other Yamato's stuffs like Macross. Finally made up my mind on getting it during recent Tokyo otaku trip. 1/15 scale Garland Full Action Model is huge and the packaging box occupied much of my luggage space. I also managed to get a loose Garland and could now display both in different modes.
I practically had little idea of this mecha anime before owning the toy and only started watching the OVA movies on YouTube after I returned from my trip. Honestly, I like the concept of transformable motorcycle aka Maneuver-Craft mode to robot aka Maneuver-Slave Mode with ultra cool blue visor head. Kind of reminded me of the Mospeada's charm.
Not many accessories apart for the rifle and rider. The whole toy looks extra cool with the rider, Shogo Yahagi, especially in bike mode and rider also fit well in the cockpit in robot mode after transformation. My loose piece came with an extra female pillion, Yui Takanaka, manned as a bonus figure for the military type version.
Drawing upon original mecha designs by Shinji Aramaki (Wolf's Rain, Bubblegum Crisis), Yamato's 1/15 Garland stretches over 10" long in bike form and 9.5" high in mecha form with over 10 points of articulation and scaled Shogo Yahagi figure. Even more, as a testament to late Yamato's engineering genius. I made a video of my toy... Do check it out...