You can also Xyz Summon this card by using a “Galaxy-Eyes” Xyz Monster you control as the Xyz Material, except “Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon”. (Xyz Materials attached to that monster also become Xyz Materials on this card.) Once per turn: You can target up to 2 Equip Cards equipped to this card; attach them to this card as Xyz Materials. Once per turn: You can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card, then target 1 face-up card your opponent controls; destroy it.
Can Be Found In: The Valuable Book 17 (VB17-JP002)
“Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon” was a very unusual boss monster to come out mostly because it was the debut of Xyz monsters. The creature was already prepared to face the nowadays dominant monster type in every Extra Deck, and gradually obtained an archetype as well several support tools arround him. Soon enough, “Galaxy-Eyes” like any big creature from the series started obtaining alternative forms to turn into, which ironically were part of the creatures his main effect were against.
“Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon” is not a global effect creature compared to other Galaxy monsters and instead goes straight forward to the point. By detaching a material, “Full Armor” targets and destroys a face-up card on the opponent field. Although a simple yet effective effect, the Xyz carries some other effects for make it more severe than it looks. Although Rank 8 and requiring three materials, it can use another Galaxy-Eyes Xyz monster on our field for be brought to the field, therefore allowing us to certain shortcuts and expanded strategies. It goes even further if or build carries Equip Spells, as “Full Armor” can attach them as additional materials. Overall, an all-round creature for give an additional push if needed thanks to its alternative summon.
Galaxy-Eyes monsters are overall the same in terms of being summoned, so is up to ours to use one of the two routes to summon “Full Armor”. Obviously, Galaxy builds which already focuses on “Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon” will have various methods to setup three materials on the field. Some other builds like Gagaga or arround “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” among others can take shortcuts and setups for bring either “Full Armor” or any other Galaxy-Eyes. However, “Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon” has it even easier thanks to its upgraded form “Number C107: Neo Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon”, as can be luckily summoned by drawing “Rank-Up-Magic - The Seventh One” and completely skip all preparations to summon “Full Armor” if needed. Finally, “Galaxy Zero” can revive any of the deceased Xyz on late game, ready to be used for Xyz summon this creature inmediately although with a single material. Keep on mind that Galaxy-Eyes monsters goes full offense and might become easy targets of cards like “Fiendish Chain” or “Forbidden Chalice”, which in that case “Full Armor” can inmediately take their place for keep their aggro strategy.
There’s no much to explain about “Full Armor” main effect. If the opponent has some monsters to get rid of or a nasty card in their backrow, the Xyz will simply get rid of it. Although the Xyz has a shortcut on summoning itself there’s no much to obtain from other Galaxy-Eyes members to combine effects since most of them focuses on battle, so if we bring “Full Armor” will mostly be to clear the area or deal with a certain nuisance. The only exception is “Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon”, which can mass negate the field if summoned using “Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon”, therefore providing us the opportunity to safely use “Full Armor” against targets with protective effects. Similarly, “Tachyon Transmigration” can easily deal against effects chained against the Xyz and return them to their owner’s deck as additional punishment.
Attaching Equip Spells is a very unusual effect since said type of Spell card is rarely used outside decks arround them. Popular cards like “Mage Power” or “United We Stand” can boost the already high ATK of “Full Armor” if needed, for then become its materials instead of becoming bait of destructive effects. A good choice can be “Big Bang Shot”, as provides piercing damage against face-down targets for then become a material before is banishing drawback takes away our Xyz. In resume, Equip Spells will be equiped for make “Full Armor” stronger, for then become materials due either there’s something on the field to deal with or in case the opponent targets them with an effect.
“Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon” is nothing out of the ordinary specially for a Rank 8, but that doesn’t mean is a monster we cannot rely on. Carries a pretty straightforward effect which although other Galaxy-Eyes Xyz monsters can be far more devastating in their aggresive roles, it makes him highly viable thanks to “Galaxy Zero” or one of them having problems against certain opponent cards. The true flaw in “Full Armor” is its effect arround Equip Spells, which seems pretty out of the theme most builds work arround nowadays. “Galaxy-Eyes Full Armor Photon Dragon” might not have a powerful effect like its partners, but becomes a helpful assistant for them thanks to its shortcut summoning.
Personal Rating: A-
+ Two ways to be summoned on the field
+ Very reliable on late game thanks to “Galaxy Zero” or if another Galaxy-Eyes is in trouble
+ Well supported as any other Galaxy monster
- Overall other Galaxy-Eyes and Rank 8 monsters can become more efficient for the same effort to be summoned
- Playing arround Equip Spells for materials seems quite off for the majority of decks