Here is my Soul of Chogokin Getter Dragon. This is another robot I found cheaper on eBay than robot shops in Akihabara Japan. The old Shogun Warriors Dragun version was pretty good for its time in 1979. But the 2003 SOC version blows it way. You can pose it and the robot itself is faithful to the original anime. We managed to catch the anime for Getter Robo G on our VHS tapes way back when. But for us here, it was Starvengers as part of the Force Five series.
Here is my Soul of Chogokin Getter Poseidon. I picked it up cheap on eBay. I had the others, so I figured I would pick this one up too. It was cheaper to buy it on eBay than any of the robot shops like Mandarake in Japan. I have the older one from the 70’s so you can see how far the toys have come since then. You can actually pose this one.
I found the Fisher-Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphing Megazord(that’s a mouthful!) at Target. It was a bit of a surprise. I did not think the first Megazord(the Dino Megazord came out in 1993!) would still have any interest. I figured they would only have the current Power Rangers stuff out. Who would remember Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, except for maybe the parents. Anyway, seeing a 23 year old Super Sentai robot was a was a nice surprise. Major blast from the past.
It reminds me a bit of the Playskool Epic Optimus Prime I posted 2 years ago as it is similar in size and style. Even the back part is hollowed out like the Epic Optimus, but this is way taller. I have to think they have the same designer. While the Epic Optimus was 22″ this one is a whopping 27″. It is by far the biggest robot I have ever seen. Design wise it is a bit closer to the actual robot from the tv show, than I thought it would be. Which is a nice plus. I have always been fond of Super Sentai robots, even if I did not care much for the shows. Looks like this generation has the Epic Optimus and the Imaginext Morphin Megazord as Jumbo Machinders for their nostalgic robot memories.
For you Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fans this may be the piece to get, if not the Power Rangers Limited Black Edition Legacy Megazord at Toys R’ Us
The Bandai Polystone Collection covers various properties like Godzillla, Gundam, Kamen Rider, and Naruto. They are miniature sculpted dioramas that are 3 3/4 by 2 3/4 inches. My personal favorites were the Godzilla dioramas. I may have to pick up a few eventually. I picked this up in the early 2000’s when all things Gundam were harder to come by. It was one of the few Gundam items I had to display. Not long after all the Gundam anime came out on Cartoon Network and I could pick up Gundam robots at all the local stores.
I am looking at this robot and I have no idea why I got it. It’s another decent Sentai robot, but it’s not really from the late 70’s, the 80’s or even the early 90’s. I think it was because it was just $10 and did not take up much space. Which really is not a good reason. This robot is made up of the 99Machines. They are five rescue vehicles which can combine to form the Victory Robo from Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive in 1999-2000(The 23rd entry to the Super Sentai series). Some of that footage made it into Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue here in the states. I am a little surprised the robot is by Yutaka instead of Bandai. Its the first Super Sentai robot I have ever seen that was not made by Bandai or Popy. All the other GoGoFive toys show Bandai branding on the box.
I found a pretty cool video of the transformation process. Like I have said before I do like the robots, but I am not a fan of the Super Sentai shows. This video made me smile. I guess I can take it in small doses.
Danguard Ace is another anime Super Robot that came to us with the Shogun Warriors. Dangard was one of the earlier Super Robots. The anime came out way back in 1977. I never had this one as a kid. Here is my Soul of Chogokin Danguard A that I picked up on my trip to Japan this year. I picked this up at a pretty good price and I am really happy I have this in my collection.
Raydeen was another of my favorite robots from the 70’s Shogun Warriors. I read the old Marvel Comic book, but its another one where we never saw the anime here. There was no Force Five dub on this one we could watch here. We didn’t have options like Youtube or Crunchyroll to get our anime fix, but with a little imagination and a cool metal robot we were good to go. Here is the Soul of Chogokin Reideen the Brave GX-41. I put him next to the old 5″ Mattel Shogun Warrior Raydeen from 1979 as a point of comparison.
Dave added this one in Akhibara. Comparing it against the old Shogun Warriors 5 inch, I can see it is a real improvement. He looks like a pharoah from hieroglyphs. Not sure why there are so many variations on his name, I have seen it as Raydeen, Raideen or Reideen. The Soul of Chogokin version is better by far. He bears a much better resemblance to his anime version and as always the articulation and poseability are amazing in comparison. But the old Shogun Warrior holds a special place in my heart. That being said, I can’t wait till I have one of these as well.
Here are some new additions to Dave’s Collection. The Soul of Chogokin UFO Robo Grendizer GX-04 came out way back in 2000. The first one we both had was the Combatler V. Dave found this and a few others in his last trip to Japan in Akihabara. While not as large as we usually like our robots, the Soul of Chogokin makes up for it is superior poseability, actual die cast metal and awesome robot goodness from the 70’s. Grendizer hales from the anime UFO Robo Grandizer from 1975 to 1976 which we never got to see here in the US.
Grendizer is one of the few must have robots for us as he was one of the classic super robots that came over as Shogun Warriors. The Shogun Warriors hold a special place in our hearts. While it is not a monolithic chunk of die cast goodness as the original, the articulation makes it more fun and it is more true representation of the robot from the actual cartoon.
We will likely never have the original as neither of us wants to fork out the $300-$600 it would take to get the original, but this is an great alternative. After watching an episode on Youtube I realized this was an anime series by Go Nagai. It is part of the same universe that includes Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger. I always see the original 70’s toys from France and Italy in European packaging on eBay. I appears Grendizer was popular there as well as Goldorak in France and Goldrake in Italy.
More pictures from the Bandai Museum. Here are some pictures for your pleasure. Sorry, Dave took them from his phone so they are not that good. A lot of them are blurry or the focus is off. Other than that, they are still pretty cool to look at.
This is one of the robots I would love to add to my collection. This Combatler-V has nicer proportions than the DX version Combine Box. On the lower row are the ST Combatler and the little 3 inch Shogun Warrior version of Combatler.
The Getter Robo display with the ships on the left that form Getter Liger, Getter Dragon, and Getter Poseidon along the top. On the bottom row are Getter 1, Getter 2 and Getter 3.
Daimos ST & DX, Don Hakka, and Batten Robo Maru at the bottom, Gaiking, Daiku Maryu, and Gunbuster,
Popy Tin Gaiking, Getter Dragon, Dangard Ace Dia Battle(Diaclone).
Volt-in Box Popy Voltes V
My cousin Dave is in Japan now hunting for robots and he made it out to the Bandai Museum in Mibu 100 km from Tokyo. He was a little miffed it was 2.5 hours away by train. 5 hours on a train both ways would drive me nuts. I guess they do not want a lot of tourist traffic as it is so far off the beaten track.
It does not look like much based the the pictures he took. I have a feeling it is a really small museum. His picture taking skills need a little work based the image of the Sentai robot display. Guess I will have to make it out there myself if I want better pictures.
Due to the quality of the image, I can only make out a few of the Sentai robots. Along the top i see the older ones. On the top left going right I see, Battle Fever J, Daidenjin, Sun Vulcan, Goggle V, Dyjupiter, Dyna Robo, Bio Robo, Change Robo. On the second row from the top I can make out gold robots, Turbo Robo, and Super Turbo Robo. On the third row Star Five, Turbo Robo the, Magma Base just dominates, it is just huge Jet Garuda, Jet Icarus . On the fourth row I can make out VicTrailer, MegaVoyager, BullTaurus, GingaiOh, Giga Phoenix
So listed from the top left to right are Daimos, Daitetsujin 17, Five Robo. On the bottom row are Daltanious, Combattler V and Tetsujin 28.
Muteking on top, Eva Police, Postoller, Robot 8 Chan(Robo Hacchan), dol Giran, Godsigma ST on the second row