Another one from the Mobile Fighter G Gundam anime series as part of the Toonami releases, this time Master Gundam from Neo Hong Kong. This is one of the better looking ones from this series. It came out in 2004.
While I didn’t get into the G Gundam series, I really like the robots in this series as they broke the typical Gundam mold by showing representations of different nations.
This one is the Haow Gundam aka Kowloon Gundam piloted by Master Asia of Neo Hong Kong Toho Fuhai
Another robot from the Votoms series that I purchased during my Japan trip in 1985. This one is the Brutish Dog from Takara. Guess they made more than just Transformers. According to my recently found list, I purchased this for 8 dollars. Brutishdog Votoms
Here is the episode credits for the original anime tv show Armored Trooper Votoms(装甲騎兵ボトムズ) 1983-1984
The Takara Red Shoulder Scopedog is another robot that I bought during my Japan trip in July, 1985. According to my recently found list, I purchased this for 16 dollars. There was this version (to denote the elite red shoulders unit), the basic Scopedog and the red Brutish Dog.
As you can see, he’s quite well armed with a rifle, rocket launcher and gatling gun. To me, this series was much more realistic than Gundam because I could really see people controlling these robots On a side note, I searched the net and it appears that they are issuing other Votoms toys as well, which is cool because I wanted to see the other mecha as toys but I only saw them as model kits. Here is the episode credits for the original series Armored Trooper VOTOMS(装甲騎兵ボトムズ) from 1983-1984.
This is a Bandai Mega Size Dragon Gundam representing Neo China. I can’t remember where I bought this but I believe I bought this in Portland on the way to my cousin’s wedding in 2002.
I had this book from the 80’s because even back then, I was into Gundam although I didn’t realize how many series it would spawn. I bought this Z Gundam Hand Book at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Japantown 1986.
I bought the Heavy Metal L-Gaim HCM Mk-IIduring my 2004 Japan trip. I had the original HI Metal deluxe version that I had bought during my 1985 visit to Japan and I wanted to compare the two. The HCM version looks a little different but the concept is the same. Of course, the HCM version is much smaller than the deluxe version. I will post the deluxe version once I have dusted it off.
Below is Jazz. I did have the original Generation 1 Jazz back in 1984, but I know I traded a bunch of Transformers away for some of the Godaikins I have now. You can tell this is the 2002 Hasbro Commemorative Series III re-issue because the missile launcher is much larger than the original. Still, he’s one of my favorite autobots.
Here’s Optimus Prime! This one is the Convoy 01 Takara 15th Anniversary Edition re-issue. But I never had the original Optimus Prime as a kid. I bought him in Akihabara during my last trip to Japan. I got him for 40 dollars at Mandarake. Which was a very good deal. I haven’t taken him out of the box but will at some point.
I finally took my 15th Anniversary Edition Optimus Prime out of his box. Check him out next to my Ultra Magnus. I pretty much have all the Generation 1 Transformers I want. You can see them all on Dave’s Collection page on the link above!
I remember I bought Srungle DX in Japan 1985 and I thought “man, is this robot ugly…” but whenever I went to Japan I generally bought almost everything I could get my hands on. Since these toys were not very common in the U.S.. Clover made Srungle and they were not known for the classic robots like say Takatoku Valkyries and the Takara Dougram toys. They put out big clunky metal robots like the first Gundam robots, Dunbine, Tryder and Xabungle.