Series: Japanese Generation 1
Alternate Mode: Monster
Thanks to heroic decepticon for loaning me Goryu for this review
Height: 4.5cm Width: 3cm
A pine green and white bipedal Monster, Goryu is a repaint of Icepick. He shares his colours with Gairyu. Green dominates here while the white is on the sides of his legs, head and upper arms. He has small yellow eyes on top of his head and a Decepticon logo on the chest. There are a stickers adding some colour, but the plastic colours work well enough on their own. His colours aren't really any better or worse than those of Icepick.
I'm not entirely sure what sort of animal this mode is based on. The sculpt of his rather flattened head suggests he's based on some sort of reptile, but he's standing like an ape. The claws are quite short since they have to double as the robot fists, but they work a lot better than the undisguised robot fists of Doryu, who shares a bodyplan with Goryu. While the inspiration is unclear, the scales on his head and claws sell this as an animal monster mode of some sort. Yes, it's a folded up robot mode trying to be a monster, but I'm happy to report that Goryu does a better job of this than a lot of his teammates.
There's really no play value here. The shoulders can swing out to the sides and he's able to wield his lilac handgun, but neither of these really add anything. All told it's a pretty limited monster mode, and while it's nothing special, decent colours some nice animal aspects make this mode work.
TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE
Considering how trivial the monster mode is, this is slightly more complex than can be expected, although it's still simple. Fold the white leg sheath down to form the lower legs of the robot, flip the head up to form the robot head and straighten the arms. Give Goryu his gun.
Height: 6.5cm Width: 3.5cm
As you might expect, Goryu is mainly green with white as the secondary colour. His head, upper arms and boots are claret while his rather simple face is painted yellow. The Decepticon logo is still on his chest and the other stickers are still there, although less prominently. The colours are essentially the same as those of the monster mode, and again work in this mode. Again they're not really any better or worse than Icepick.
This is Goryu's better mode, even if it is a very simple robot. The facial sculpt is disappointing, but they've done a great job of putting a rounded head underneath a flat panel (the monster head). While monster mode isn't well defined, now we have a fairly well defined robot shape. There's a gap between his thighs and a recess between the claret boots (which are a single piece). Unlike Goryu, there's no giant kibbly block over his head, and while Goryu doesn't have proper fists, the claws are fitting.
There's some play value here, although not much. The elbows are hinged and the shoulders can swing out to the sides. Granted, these joints are for his transformation, but they still count as articulation.
Better than his monster mode and fairly good as Dinoforce robot modes go, and while there's enough visually to make it work, Goryu's robot mode is still small and simple.
The Pretender Shell
A green T-rex with a grey and gold backpack extending to a sculpted helmet over his head. His mouth is open with white teeth and dark red eyes. The underside has a brown - basically on the chest. While Icepick's monster mode works very well, this is a more "realistic" animal.
There's no play value here. His forelimbs are small and moulded against the body of the shell, which is a little lazy but I guess it prevents them from breaking off. The hindlegs are in a walking pose, with the left leg towards the front. His handgun plugs into his back, while the footpad of Dinoking plugs onto his back down towards the tail.
A nice shell with good colours and a good paint job, and conceptually it's one of the better concepts in this set, but the forelimbs are quite disappointing - holding it back somewhat.
None I'm aware of. As mentioned, he's a repaint of Icepick.
A somewhat poorly defined monster mode is offset by a good robot mode and good colours. The shell is conceptually good but suffers from poor limb design. Goryu is probably the only Dinoforce toy who is weaker than his anglophone counterpart. Goryu received more characterisation in the Victory cartoon than any other Dinoforce toy, but I'd only recommend him as part of the set - if you have the funds & inclination - 4.5/10