Invincible Guardians of World Freedom
The Shogun Warriors!
This website is dedicated to the 70's Mattel offering... Shogun Warriors! Unfortunately, I was too old (aka too "adult"... I was in High School and too "cool") to play with Shogun Warriors when they came out in the late 70s, but I remember vividly thinking that the fist-firing Godzilla was way too cool and secretly coveted one. When I got older and wiser, I decided to start picking them up (this was all started by my girlfriend finding a Shogun Godzilla at a yardsale for $3!). Fortunately they are still reasonable to collect. More pictures added soon. Happy hunting! John
For the most recent additions please refer to the Shogun Warrior section of my What's New Page.
In 1979 Mattel liscensed from Popy Toy of Japan (a Bandai subsidiary) several popular toys to be known as Shogun Warriors in the US. These were actually Super-Hero or Giant Robot toys from manga and anime released in Japan in the early 70's by Popy and others. The Shogun warriors were billed as "Invincible Guardians of World Freedom!" and were in fact giant robots that had their own series, either in manga form (the Japanese version of our comic books), or as anime (Japanese cartoons) on TV or in movies (very much part of Japan's popular modern culture). For more info on Shogun Warrior origins and the creator of human-driven giant robos (and probably the spiritual creator of what we think of as Shogun Warriors), Go Nagai, go here.
Chogokin and PopynicaMattel released several different sizes of the smaller metal Shogun Warriors known as Chogokin in Japan. These smaller Shoguns are collected by both robot toy collectors and people who collect Japanese die-cast toys. These came in various sizes/price points and are loosly grouped as follows: 5 1/2 to 6" Two-in-Ones which transformed or had 2 different functions; Five-inch Action figures which came with various weapons and accessories; Collector's Shogun Warriors which were three to four inches in height and packaged in window boxes; and lastly a group of vehicles often referred to as Popynica, many of which came with firing parts/missiles or small figures.
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