Monday, May 22, 2017

Mid-May Updates - Shogun Warriors Kits and Coloring Book

I had some time this morning for a few more updates, including detailed images of the first release Monogram kits:

Monogram Catalog Page

I also posted a few images from the Whitman Shogun Warriors Coloring Book.

-- John

Great Mazinga Coloring Book

Great Mazinga Coloring Book Front Cover


#1036 Shogun Warriors Coloring Book Starring Great Mazinga"Space Pirates"


This coloring book was produced by Whitman and from the Copyrights, sometime in 1978. It's a bit confusing as the information on the cover doesn't quite match the information on the inside title page. The cover lists "Space Pirates" but the insides say "The U.F.O. Invasion (Unidentified Flying Ogres)"

Text on the cover:
  • Shogun Warriors "Invincible guardians of world freedom!" logo
  • Coloring Book Starring Great Mazinga
  • (c) Dynamic Production, Toei Doga 1978
  • "Space Pirates"
  • (c) Mattel, inc 1978
  • SHOGUN is a U.S. trademark of Mattel, Inc. used under license.
  • Great Mazinga is a trademark of Bandai used under license.
Text on the title page:
  • Shogun Warriors "Invincible guardians of world freedom!" logo
  • (c) Dynamic Production, Toei Doga 1978
  • Great Mazinga is a trademark of Bandai used under license.
  • Coloring Book Starring Great Mazinga
  • in  "The U.F.O. Invasion (Unidentified Flying Ogres)"
  •  (c) Mattel, inc 1978
  • SHOGUN is a U.S. trademark of Mattel, Inc. used under license.
  • A WHITMAN(R) Book 
  • Western Publishing Company, Inc., Racine, Wisconsin
  • Produced in the U.S.A.
  • No part of this book may be reproduced or copied in any form withut written permission from the publisher

The Whitman coloring books are interesting because the license has both Mattel and the original Japanese copyright owners. The illustrations are of the toy and not the original characters so they have toy features (like missile banks on the legs and missile firing accessories). These comics were illustrated by the late cartoonist, Owen McCarron, whose work appeared for decades in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald and  in U.S. publisher Marvel Comics (for the latter, especially in licensed comic-related publications like coloring books). There are 60 pages that include images that can be colored - the renderings of this issue are a bit primitive but includes pirates, gems, Mazinga and a giant spider.

Great Mazinga Coloring Book Title Page

Great Mazinga Coloring Book Mazinga Detaill

Great Mazinga Coloring Book Shooting Fist

Great Mazinga Coloring Book Flying

Great Mazinga Coloring Book Fighting Web

Great Mazinga Coloring Book Missing Chest "V"

Great Mazinga Coloring Book Back Cover

All Mattel images and captions are copyright Mattel, Whitman images and captions are copyright Whitman/Western, all Dynamic Productions Toei Doga images and captions are copyright their respective owners and used without permission. All other content, including images and editorial, is Copyright © 1997-2017 John Eaton and/or contributors unless otherwise stated. If there are any comments or objections, please contact John Eaton, by clicking here.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Shogun Warriors Updates - Dragun and the 79 Mattel Catalog



Mattel Shogun Warriors Dragun - 3 Variations

I'm really buried at work so I've only had a chance to update one page and to create a new page:


  • Mattel Dragun - new images of the three Dragun figures and two Dragun box variations.
  • 79 Mattel Catalog - Details and photos from the third year catalog featuring the Shogun Warriors!
Hope you enjoy them - I plan on breaking out the Shogun Models into separate pages with better details and multiple images next.

-- John

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Repairing a Mattel Shogun Warriors Godzilla Lever



Recently there have been several ads on eBay regarding the repair of the Godzilla Lever - the red stick protruding from the back of the Mattel Godzilla's head that projects the "tongue" of flame. The first Godzilla I ever owned, purchased at an estate sale back in the 90's for $20, had a broken lever - there was just enough to friction-grab with a finger to make the flame but still, a defect. Since then I've owned about a half dozen Godzillas will broken levers - currently I have three. Initially I thought about buying one each of those offered on eBay (only two at the time - since then a third option has been offered) but settled on the one offered by Derik Larson of Shogun Plastics. I've purchased from Derik before - his missile replacements are the best you can buy, in my opinion and an improvement over those offered by Popy and later Mattel.

These are the current ads:

Ad #1: Premium Replacement Lever for TOHO 1977 Mattel Shogun Warriors Godzilla by seller megos_and_movies

 


***Premium Replacement lever to install in your flaming tongue mechanism! Never before offered until me!! Original Design; not a recast!!

If you’re here looking, then you already know you need this premium manufactured part for your Vintage 1977 TOHO Godzilla. This part was meticulously designed in CAD software (not an undersized recast) and 3d printed. For the purists of the hobby, to prevent fraud, the part does not look exactly as the original; but it functions exactly the same and is much stronger. I have received great praise from my part regarding all aspects. Plus, because it is not a shrunken recast, mine fits proper without modification because its tolerance is true. Don't be fooled by a exact reproduction recast - it is smaller than the original. This sale is ONLY for the replacement lever as seen in the photo with the tape measure. The flame assembly and Godzilla are only photographed to illustrate what it looks like installed. Feel free to ask any questions. I will assist the best I can if you need help installing.

*Note - The response to this part has been greatly appreciated. If you have a 1st Gen head with the three visible plug holes on his leftside, the head will need separated differently than a 2nd Gen head and is more challenging. I also offer installation service, at additional cost, if you require it. Just look at my other eBay items for sale.
It goes without saying, if you buy this part, please be advised some novice mechanical abilities may be required. To ensure 100% satisfaction, I would ask you open your head before buying one of my parts - that way when you receive your purchase, all you have to do is assemble and Play!
My Notes on Ad #1:
This is an interesting design - looks to have been a CAD copy of the original with an extended lever 3D printed. In my mind a bit clunky but functional - it's also the first attempt to fix a common problem, so kudos to the seller. There's a bit in the ad that's misleading "Don't be fooled by a exact reproduction recast - it is smaller than the original." - I believe this was added once the second version (Ad #2 below) was released by a competitor - more info in my notes below.

Ad #2: Godzilla Replacement Tongue Flame Lever-Mattel Shogun Warriors- 1977 Toho - NEW! by seller



Mattel Jumbo Godzilla

Tongue Flame Lever Replacement
Toho 1977 - Shogun Warriors Jumbo Machinder

Exact Replica of the original lever!
Looks just like the original and works just like the original.
Lever is the thicker reinforced version from the 3rd version.
Mattel revised the lever on the 3rd version Godzilla and made it thicker
and reinforced it.

Lever still fits all versions.
Replacement is Made of high impact strong plastic
Cast from the original lever!

Look at the pictures and judge for yourself.

Get the lever with the smooth surfaces of the original,
Get the Lever with the Rich deep color of the original.


My Notes on Ad #2:
As indicated in the first ad, this is indeed a recast of the original lever, using the reinforced design from the later version Godzilla (it has the side bits that make it harder to break). I compared this to the original lever and it's almost imperceptibly smaller (it's common for recast parts to be slightly smaller due to shrinkage, especially when using inferior materials - however this lever is made from premium plastic and has almost no shrinkage - about the thickness of a piece of paper or from a digital gauge, about 50 microns). The plastic approximates the original PVC but is made from more of a nylon material that should improve the durability even more than the reinforcements - it's not like most collectors will be playing with Godzilla in the backyard where he can be dropped - I think that's how most levers were broken, during rough play). The color is quite a good match also.

Ad #3: Premium SLIP ON Lever handle for TOHO 1977 Mattel Shogun Warriors Godzilla by seller megos_and_movies



***Premium all NEW DESIGN, SLIP ON lever handle to install on your flaming tongue mechanism! Never before offered by any other seller!! Original Design, NO head disassembly required!!

If you’re here looking, then you already know you need this premium manufactured part for your Vintage 1977 TOHO Godzilla. This part was meticulously designed in CAD software Don't be fooled by an exact Lever reproduction recast - it is smaller than the original. This sale is ONLY for the replacement SLIP ON lever. handle. This lever handle has been installed on Gen1 and Gen2 heads successfully, without any disassembly of the head!! There will be rare cases where the internal gear of the flame mechanism moved when initially broken years ago and that would prevent proper application.. Please make sure before buying my lever that your broken flame mech lever is in the top position. The SLIP ON lever handle has a very tight tolerance, yet easy installation. In rare cases of Gen1 heads, the tollerance may be snug and when combined with a weak flame mech spring, the lever will install, but the return action of the lever will be reduced.  For best results, pull the tongue out a little; this will move the broken lever into a better position and allow you to slide the handle down over the broken lever stem. This item is intended to let you work the flame action, but not abuse it. The tolerance is within microns and does not require any adhesive.

My Notes on Ad #3:
This is an intriguing design as it allows for a fix without taking the head apart. More on that in a bit. I'm not sure if you need to use a bit of glue or if the friction fit is enough. I think this is a better design than the seller's original offering as it provides an alternative to get the toy working and it foregoes taking the head off and apart.

The Repair

As already mentioned, I decided to go with the second option (the third wasn't available) and contacted Derik for three levers (I also bought a couple of other items - like a replacement shooting fist that allows other fists to be attached to Godzilla - I love it!). Here's a summary of the steps involved in doing this repair:
  1. Remove Godzilla's head
  2. Separate the head's two halves
  3. Remove the mechanism
  4. Remove the lever
  5. Replace lever
  6. Put head back together
  7. Replace head

Repair Details:

1. Remove Godzilla's head - this is the simplest as it requires the removal of the four screws.



2. Separate the head's two halves - there are two different versions of the head - the earliest has plugs hiding screws - the hardest part is removing the plugs without damaging them.


Head with plugs: You will went to use a small metal probe or a micro flat-bit screw driver - in either case you may need to nudge the side of the plug with the tip of an X-acto blade. Once removed the head is easy to separate.

Glued Head: The later heads were glued together - you will want to gently scribe the surfaces to loosen the two halves so the plastic doesn't break - I use the tip of a new X-acto blade, running over the seam until I feel it separate. Be careful not to slip and damage the surface (or cut yourself!). Most of the glue is around the mouth and neck joints. Once it's loose all the way around you can pull the head apart - the pins are glued so they will break but you'll re-glue them when you put it back together. If they are stubborn you may need to use something to pry to head apart or cut apart the pins at the joint line from inside the head.

Godzilla Head - Glue Areas and Pins

3. Remove the Mechanism - the mechanism just lifts out - take a photo so you can get it back in the same place.

Godzilla Head Halves - Note the Placement

Godzilla Head - Old Lever Mechanism

Godzilla Head - New Lever Mechanism
4. Remove the lever - I first tried probing it with a micro-screwdriver and don't recommend this - the pin holding the lever into the assembly is knurled and you won't have much success this way - you can probably pry the lever off with a pair of pliers but you could damage the assembly. Better to use a 5/32" punch which fits the pin exactly. Make sure you have something sturdy supporting the two halves (I used a slightly opened vise in my shop). Don't have a punch? You can use a small nail (cut off the point).

DON'T DO THIS!

Godzilla Head Mechanism - Remove the Pin with a 5/32" Punch

Godzilla Head Mechanism - Remove the Pin with a 5/32" Punch

Use a vise or something sturday for support

5. Replace lever - make sure that the gears and the hole for the pin align and press it in. If it fits too loosely you may want to put a dab of epoxy in the lever hole. Make sure you do a test that the mechanism works before putting the head back together.

Align the gears and hole

Replace the pin




6. Put head back together - align everything up and test fit. Once you're happy you can add a few dabs of super glue and use a couple of rubber bands as clamps.




7. Replace head - the head screws back in much the way it came out. Put the screws in half way before tightening - you want to reuse the same holes in the head and body.

-- John

All Mattel images and captions are copyright Mattel, all Popy images and captions are copyright Popy/Bandai and used without permission. All other content, including images and editorial, is Copyright © 1997-2017 John Eaton and/or contributors unless otherwise stated. If there are any comments or objections, please contact John Eaton, by clicking here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mid-April 2017 - Jumbo Machinder Updates



I've only had time to do a few things on my pages:

Hope you enjoy them - still plenty more to come.

-- John

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Shogun Warrior Updates Early April

Capsule Robo G Chest Detail

Here are the updates up to April 2, 2017:
Hope you enjoy them. As usual, if you have any comments or anything to add please write me.

-- John


All Mattel images and captions are copyright Mattel, all Popy images and captions are copyright Popy/Bandai and used without permission. All other content, including images and editorial, is Copyright © 1997-2017 John Eaton and/or contributors unless otherwise stated. If there are any comments or objections, please contact John Eaton, by clicking here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jumbo Machinder Updates Mid-March

Popy Gaiking Deluxe Box Contents
Managed to snag a Popy Gaiking Deluxe Jumbo Machinder. This has been added to the collection and to his own page. Also added some comparison shots to the Uni-five version and expanded the Mattel Gaiking page with new photos and content. It's basically an all Gaiking update!

All Mattel images and captions are copyright Mattel, all Popy images and captions are copyright Popy/Bandai and used without permission. All other content, including images and editorial, is Copyright © 1997-2017 John Eaton and/or contributors unless otherwise stated. If there are any comments or objections, please contact John Eaton, by clicking here.