This one, I recall buying in a small toy store in Kyoto, Japan. This was my very first Gundam. I grew to love this series immediately as there were so many different mecha (compared to Macross). I don’t recall seeing the Zakus at the time but they may have been in the unfamiliar-to-me-at-the-time or HCM format rather than a toy like this one. I have also placed its replacement – the 12″ Deluxe Nu Gundam from Char’s Counterattack next to it as comparison. I also have a small booklet that I purchased from Kinokuniya book store. I might also have a VHS tape as well. You can now watch episodes on Youtube.
Here is another MSIA figure I picked up. This is from the Mobile Suit in Action!! line. Garma Zabi Use Zaku II MS-06FS came out in 2004.
Here is another Gundam MSIA purchased in Asia. This is the Bandai Mobile Suit in Action!! Dozzle Zabi Use MS-06F Zaku II that came out in 2004. This is the Zaku II piloted by Dozle Zabi.
I really liked this series because we never got the Zaku’s in the U.S. and I just loved all the different models and colors they came in. Below is the actual toy and its cartoon version. I’m not sure which series this one was in – I’m going to say it was Gundam 0079.
Here’s a Mobile Suit In Action!! (MSIA) Rick Dias RMS-099 figure that came out in 2003. I purchased this from either Toy Kingdom in the Philippines or in Tokyo. I love these figures as the U.S. didn’t get the other robots from the Gundam series other than the Gundams themselves. I just felt there were so many mechas in the various Gundam series that we never got to see.
Here’s one of my Dinobots. I have three of them. This one is the leader Dinobot Grimlock. I purchased these from Service Merchandise in 1984 that I have in my collection. I have since dusted off these robots…here he is cleaned up.
Here is my collection of Dinobots. I am only missing Swoop. I am still looking for a good used version of him. Most pieces I have seen have issues, so I still don’t have one yet.
This is a robot I bought on a trip to japan in 1985. According to my recently found notes, I purchased the Galatt DX for 13 dollars. I wasn’t familiar with this series but I have seen some clips of him. It appears to be a spoof about the whole super robot genre as a whole. It was generally my practice to get pretty much any robot that I saw in a toy store (even if I didn’t know the series).
Here’s a Daidenjin Godaikin which I purchased from a little shop in Japantown, San Francisco in 1984. I bought quite a few robot figures/toys from that store. The owner retired sometime in the early 2000’s. I added a picture of what he looks like in his Super Sentai show. I think this is the Japanese DaiDenzin GB-14 DX by Popy instead of the Godaikin version, as the shop in Japantown only sold Japanese robots. This one is another robot with heavy diecast metal content, which makes it another awesome Chogokin robot.
Here a pix of some of my collection. You will see a Sasuraiger Batrain ST from 1983, which was my first robot. There is also an alternate color in the DX form. As info, the cartoon showed the bright green color. Also of note is a Dynaman ST from 1984, a Takatoku VF1A from Macross (which I received at Christmas in 1983), along with a Dougram (received from my cousin when they went to Hong Kong in the 80’s) and a Soltic armor from the same series. I also have a loose Mirage G1 (which I understand was never re-issued due to the molds no longer existing/lost) and Wheeljack G1.
Here’s a picture of Diapet Diarobos(Daiyarobo) that I bought in Japan. I bought everything I saw in the store but apparently, there are several more than what I picked up. They’re like the Gobots (Machinerobo series in Japan) small and easy to collect as they’re very reasonably priced at 6-8 dollars each. The packaging, however, isn’t as nice as the Machinerobos as they are just on cardboard backing. But they are nice little cars that transform into robots.