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

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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