As a chogokin fan, I am not a super huge fan of the Bandai Super Robot Chogokin series. I have both the SRC and SOC Mazinger Z in my collection, and am going to make some comparison of the two. With some thoughts of my experience with handling the two figures.
The SRC is a smaller size figure than the SOC. It is about a little more than a head shorter than the SOC figure. For which, I am ok with that, since the SRC Mazinger Z has as excellent amount of details and paint job as the SOC.
Size does not really matter in my collecting habit. I even tend to appreciate more of a smaller size figure that shows excellent craftsmanship and details.
The 1st and 2nd photos are the SRC, and the 3rd photo is the SOC. Some design difference between the two, but I like both designs.
For the articulation engineering, SRC definitely is an improved version of the SOC ones. It is more flexible and posable.
However in general, the SRC series figures do not have any transformation or combination features. Every figure is pretty much using the same frame and engineering idea. To me, it is lack of surprises and pretty predictable. Unlike the SOC series, almost every release is using a new engineering design, which makes the experience more fun.
The SOC GX-01R comes with the scrander jet pack. While the SRC does not come with it.
In general, Bandai will sold the optional parts separately for most of the SRC figures.
Back to the SRC Mazinger Z, this package however does included accessories that the SOC version does not have, like the sword and the giant punch. The next few photos shown the SRC figure with it’s accessories, as well as showing how flexible the figure can be.
The SRC version is lack of that in this department. The SOC version has the rocket punch features on both arms, can be changed into a vulcan gun arms as well. The waist area has the missile launcher gimmick.
As said before, the extra accessories and gimmicks of the SRC figures are usually sold separately as optional set. Sometimes, one figure release will have multiple optional sets to choose from. This is sort of a new Bandai marketing strategies.
The optional parts are vary from each figure release, some of them are extra accessories, and some are add on parts for the figure (like scrander jet in this case). And the optional parts used on SRC that is seldom see in SOC are the effect parts, which you will be able to mimic the scene in the anime series. It is quite cool!
Unfortunately, I do not purchase the optional parts of the SRC mazinger Z. Therefore I cannot demonstrate.
The diecast content between the new and the old series is a difference from the sky to the ground.
The diecast of the SRC version are the lower legs, upper chest, and some of the joints. The diecast distribution of each SRC release are the same.
For the SOC version, the diecast content are the feet, lower and upper legs, the lower waist, upper chest, shoulders, and upper arms. The diecast content is vary from each release. But you can pretty much expected each release will have plenty of diecast content in the figure.
SRC has a way affordable price point than the SOC. If you are only looking for just a basic figure with the character that you like, SRC is definitely a go for.
I still think that the SRC series is an excellent line. The line does not quite attracted to me is that I felt the figures are very standardize and predictable. You will get the same amount of diecast content on the same body parts with the same articulation from each release. They are all what you expected it to be. It just does not have the FUN factor and excitement that the SOC series has, which each release is a different design, different engineering, different content distribution to attempt perfection on each release.
I expected the next chogokin line after the SOC series will be a step forward. But I just felt Bandai’s SRC series is sort of the other way around just to meet their purpose of trying to get more sales by cutting the size of the figure, the amount of diecast content, and the creativity. Maybe it is targeted on other audience, not for the old-schooled collector.
Side Note: The GX-01R I had was the Hong Kong Toy Show exclusive version. It comes with a black version plastic Mazinger figure. The last 3 photos are the GX-01R showing you the front, close up and back of that figure.