Piloted by Masato Shibiku, the CBF’s ‘youngster at heart’, the Land Liger is a fast attack-type mech.
It has three modes: Twin-barrelled attack tank, Liger and Humanoid Form. it forms one of Dancougar’s feet.
Both Masato and the Liger are, to my mind, the most forgettable of the Dancougar ensemble. This mech is too closely related to Sarah’s Land Cougar to really get the excitement going, and Sara herself is a much more interesting character. However, that doesn’t make the Liger’s toy any less interesting.
The Liger is a fully tracked vehicle mounting a twin barrelled cannon in a turret on its back. It is a bit awkward looking, and as far as conventional armoured warfare goes, its high silhouette and extensively glazed canopy would be considered detrimental. However, it is very mobile, although prone to getting flipped over.
The SoC is a good representation of the Liger. It captures the mech’s main features very well. The first of these is the distinctive twin cannon; the second is the odd “shovel” on the front of the vehicle, formed by the beast mode’s “mane”. It’s just as odd looking in the SoC as in the anime, for better or worse!
The tank also has two semi-flexible guns mounted at the extreme front corners, and the SoC includes them as well. Suitable only for mowing down Muge’s grunts, they are quite delicate, and will not stand up to repeated positioning!
The Liger’s Beast Mode is the most exciting and well-proportioned of all the modes. It really looks like the anime, and has a certain feral ferocity to it. It is very stable, although it only has limited poseabilty!
The Liger’s humanoid form is nothing to write home about. It is the weakest mode of the three, and isn’t all that convincing, especially if you’ve ever played with a Transformers Predacon like Razorclaw or Rampage before. They got good robots out of jungle cats, but the Liger… not so much.
The Liger’s Humanoid Form looks disjoint; the big shoulders are out of keeping with its small arms and almost knobby knees. Also, the robot appears to have a peaked cap on, which makes him look youthful (appropriate, given the pilot’s sensibilities and proclivities). Unfortunately, the robot also looks somewhat stunned. His rifle is nice, and fits in the robot’s hand, but it’s a bit big, and cannot be wielded aggressively or the toy will fall over!
While not the worst toy robot ever, the SoC Liger is definitely better displayed in some other, non-humanoid mode.