Mattel Catalog 1979

1979 continues the popular Shogun Warriors toyline with several new offerings.

79 Mattel Catalog Cover


First, while some would argue that these aren't Shogun Warriors, I've included the first appearance of Godzilla's Gang - this interesting collection of partially articulated hard-plastic toys, with the exception of Godzilla, is mostly borrowed from Ultraman.

79 Mattel Catalog Godzilla's Gang


The description reads...

"Godzilla's Gang - His mother thinks he's beautiful, so Godzilla(TM) brought is friends! Eight horrifying monster figures, including Godzilla himself, faithfully rendered in frightful detail. Several have moveable limbs. Each monster sold separately. Poly-bags have 4 color headers!"

Monsterious favorite & friends!
GODZILLA'S GANG Monster Figures
  • #1137 King Joe
  • #1138 Bemustar
  • #1139 Godzilla
  • #1140 Noko-Girin
  • #1141 Micros
  • #1142 Eleking
  • #1143 Ikarusu Planeter
At the bottom are copyrights for Toho Co. Ltd and Tsuburaya Prod

79 Mattel Catalog pg 50


Page 50 and 51 show the Shogun Warriors line-up for 1979, adding Daimos to the line and strangely removing Dragon, one of the original four.

Under Godzilla's image:
#2440 GODZILLA Figure -Tongue flashes pretend "flame"!

Under Daimos image:
#2988 DAIMOS Warrior Figure - Rockets launch from his legs!

"The Big Guys! Four Samurai defenders plus Godzilla(TM)! Everybody's favorite monster stands 19 1/2" tall! The warrior figures 23 1/2 inches! Joining the team this year is Daimos(TM), a Shogun(R) stalwart whose fist launches like a missile. You bend his elbow, turn his head,  launch rockets from his legs! Each towering figure is loaded with extra play value. Parts to move, fists to fly, weapons & accessories that intrigue! They all move on wheels. None needs a battery. Famous Shogun packages are stoppers, too. Bold, striking, 4-Colors. Each sold separately."

#2440 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 24 lbs.
#2988 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 26 lbs.
#2441 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 26 lbs.
#9859 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 26 lbs.
#9860 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 26 lbs.
#9861 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 26 lbs.

79 Mattel Catalog pg 51


Under Great Mazinga's image:
#9860 GREAT MAZINGA Warrior Figure - with 2 mighty swords!

Under Raydeen's image:
#9859 RAYDEEN Warrior Figure - with Delta Wing missiles & flying Iron Cutter fist!

Under Gaiking's image:
#2441 GAIKING Warrior Figure -  His chest launches rockets!


"GODZILLA STANDS 19 1/2" TALL!
WARRIOR FIGURES 23 1/2' TALL!
ACCESSORIES NOT INTERCHANGEABLE OR FOR USE WITH SMALLER SHOGUN WARRIORS.ALL ACCESSORIES REQUIRE CHILD OPERATION."


79 Mattel Catalog pg 52

Page 52 continues with a layer cake with the Collector's line at the top, the 5-inch line and an all new Two-in-One line.
COLLECTOR'S SHOGUN WARRIORS
"Invincible Guardians in miniature! Shogun(R) stalwarts 3 inches tall. All have die-cast metal parts, arms that move." What's interesting is that the line has been expanded from the original six to a full ten with the addition of:

#2994Voltus V
#2995 Dangard
#2996 Leopardon
#2997 "17"
Yet even with the expanded line the assortment has the same count/weight. They apparently just give you fewer of each to make room for the additions.
#2518 Asst. Pak 48/Wt. 13 lbs.

5-Inch Die-Cast SHOGUN Warriors

Under Raider's image:
#2105 RAIDER
5" Warrior Figure
Arm launches rockets!

Under Dragun's image:
#2106 DRAGUN
5" Warrior Figure
Launches fists & battle axes!

Under Great Mazinga's image:
#2103 GREAT MAZINGA
5" Warrior Figure
Launches fist & swords

Under Poseidon's image:
#2104 POSEIDON
5" Warrior Figure
Launches rockets!

5-Inch Shogun Warriors
"Invincible guardians in miniature! Shogun (R) stalwarts - 5 inches tall. All have die-case metal parts, arms that move. 5-inchers are loaded with fun accessories - swords, battle axes, fists that launch like rockets!"
#2103 Std. Pak 12/Wt. 7 lbs.
#2104 Std. Pak 12/Wt. 7 lbs.
#2105 Std. Pak 12/Wt. 7 lbs.
#2106 Std. Pak 12/Wt. 7 lbs.
#2107 Asst. Pak 12/Wt. 7 lbs.
"CAUTION: AS WITH ANY PROJECTILE TOY, DO NOT POINT OR LAUNCH PROJECTILES TOWARD FACE.
Individual accessories for 24", 3" & 5" figures not interchangeable."

Two-in-One Warriors

Under Gaiking's image:
 #2728 GAIKING

Under Raydeen's image:
 #2727 RAYDEEN

Under Dangard's image:
 #2729 DANGARD

Under Daimos' image:
 #2992 DAIMOS

Under Voltus V's image:
 #2993 VOLTUS V*
 
Two-in-One Shogun Warriors
"Four Two-in-One defenders, plus Daimos (TM) - mighty Samurai swords man! All five 5 1/2-inch figures have die-cast metal parts! All five are loaded with extra play value! Two-in-One means double fun! Raydeen (TM)- he's a bowman, he's a bird! Dangard (TM)- he's a fighter, he's a flying wing! Gaiking (TM)- he's a Samurai, he's a robot skull! Voltus V (TM)- he's a block buster, he's a battlewagon! They're super collectible! Each figure sold separately."

#2727 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2728 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2729 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2992 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2993 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2730 Asst. Pak 12/Wt. 7 lbs.

"Accessories not interchangeable or for use with other Shogun toys
*A trademark of United Productions: (C)ISHIMORI PROD TOEI (C)TOEI DOGA ASAHI TUSHINSHA (C)Y&K TOEI (C)TOEI (C)TOEI DOGA (C)TOHOKU SHINSHA (C)DYNAMIC PROD. TOEI DOGA (C)HIROMI PROD TOEI"

79 Mattel Catalog pg 53

Page 53 Shogun Action Vehicles
This page is split into two sections with a description at the bottom (it's laid-out to view alongside Page 52)

Under Shigcon Jet's image:
#2732 SHIGCON Jet

Under Daimos Truck image:
#2990 DAIMOS Truck

Under Shigcon Tank's image:
#2731 SHIGCON Tank

Under Sky Arrow's image:
#2733 SKY ARROW

Under Liabe's image:
#2991 LIABE

Under  Varitank's image:
#2519 VARITANK
Rocket launchers, twin pincers!

Under Vertilift's image:
#2521 VERTILIFT
Extendable wings, props turn!

Under Solar Saucer's image:
#2520 SOLAR SAUCER
Launches mini-warrior!

Action Vehicles '79
"Five magnificently mysterious machines! Sky Arrow (TM), Liabe (TM), Daimos (TM) Truck, Shigcon (TM) Jet and Shigcon (TM) Tank. Die-cast metal parts, bold colors, fun accessories. There are pods to extend, wheels to roll, rockets to launch, wings to spread and fold! Each Shogun (TM) vehicle complete with play instructions. All come fully assembled. Shogun packages are stoppers in 4 colors!"

#2731 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2732 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2733 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2990 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2991 Std. Pak 6/Wt. 4 lbs.
#2324 Asst. Pak 12/Wt. 7 lbs.

Action Vehicles
"Vertilift (TM), Varitank (TM), Solar Saucer (TM) already classics! The fabulous machines with working accessories like grabby, giant pincers & extendable wings! Even a mini-warrior that launches!"

#2519 Std. Pak 12/Wt. 5 lbs. 8 oz.
#2520 Std. Pak 12/Wt. 5 lbs. 8 oz.
#2521 Std. Pak 12/Wt. 5 lbs. 8 oz.
#2522 Asst. Pak 12/Wt. 5 lbs. 8 oz.

"Each action vehicle sold separately. Action Vehicle accessories not interchangeable or for use with SHOGUN warrior figures.

(C)ISHIMORI PROD TOEI (C)TOEI DOGA ASAHI TUSHINSHA (C)Y&K TOEI (C)TOEI

CAUTION: AS WITH ANY PROJECTILE TOY, DO NOT POINT OR LAUNCH PROJECTILES TOWARD FACE."


79 Mattel Catalog pg 65

On page 65 the Godzilla game gains a new companion (assuming that the previous Groop Loop was a failure) with the addition of the Slime (TM) Monster Game - I think this was right around the time that Slime started to become all the rage.

GODZILLA GAME
"Who will survive the mighty monster's attack? Be the only spaceship not caught and you win the game! Watch out! Godzilla springs to attack. Zap! Another spacecraft is lost! The action board game of suspense and impending disaster. Includes 24 space ships. No assembly required."

2-4 players.
#2356 Std. Pak 5/Wt. 11 lbs.
79 Mattel Catalog pg 90
And finally on page 90 we get the Shogun Rocket Top. I'm not quite sure why Mattel went with these - they certainly don't quite "fit in" to the rest of the Shogun Warrior line and frankly look more like a product normally licensed to another, less expensive company. The tops work by twisting the head on the body of a robot and then clicking a button beneath the feet while holding the robot sideways - the head releases and spins much like those automatic tops made in the 50s-60s - certainly not as exciting as the Wiz-z-zers of previous years. The photo shows a blue-bodied robot with black head and an all red robot - I've never seen either of those two and own several packaged examples. The most common is blue-with-red head, the least common red-with-black head.
Shogun Rocket Tops
Above the catalog image:
#2739 SHOGUN Rocket Tops

"These particular Shogun (TM) warriors literally lose their heads for the cause of fun and games! You just wind the head three times round. Release it vertically, it spins on smooth solid surface. Launch by pushing the button in the bottom of the feet. And it's off with their heads! Outdoor fun for everyone over 5. Package is 4-color blister pak." (note that I've only seen these on header cards like shown above or as part of a counter box)

#2739 Std. Pak 48/Wt. 10 lbs.
#2739 SHOGUN Rocket Tops

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