Action Vehicles


Act. 2522, #2519 Varitank

The Varitank is a white, 6-wheeled vehicle with an opening "mouth" from which two red rockets would fire. The unusual feature of the Varitank was the two red pincers, attached to yellow extendable arms that sat on top of the body. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Rocket-launchers up front!...Extended twin pincers!"

Act 2522, #2520 Solar Saucer

The Solar Saucer is Grandizer's vehicle and this version comes with a 3" firing Grandizer! The red and white saucer has 2 extending launch pods which fire red screw-tipped missiles. The Grandizer figure is black and has soft rubber arms to prevent damage to walls and furniture. This is one of the most desirable vehicles as Grandizer was released in cartoon form as Goldorak or Goldrake all over the world in syndicated form. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Launches Shogun mini-warrior!...Folding arms Launch rockets!"/td>

Act 2522, #2521 Vertilift

The Vertilift is a propped-plane/helicopter vehicle with fold out, multi-color wings and yellow vertical and horizontal mounted props. A button on the top causes the wings to fan out (for vertical flight). Two extended engine pods have downward directed props for lift. These pods also have firing claws. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Launches "claw" missiles!..."Props" turn!..."Rainbow" extendable wings!"

Act 2734 #2731 Shigcon Tank

The Shigcon Tank is from the program "Daitetsujin 17." The tank doubles as a ground boring vehicle and features a snap down drill head. The entire tank body can be tilted so that the drill burrows into the ground. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Rocket launchers up front!...Earth "drill" & working treads! Turret lifts up, rotates!"

Act 2734 #2732 Shigcon Jet

The Shigcon Jet is one of my favorite vehicles. This delta winged vehicle has a red nose that shoots off, as well as two red missiles that fire from the intakes. The landing gear folds up and down (the wing gear is attached to fold-down wing tips). The jets most unusual feature is the snap-back wings (at the press of a button). I believe that the "17" markings signify that it was related to the Collector's Shogun "17." The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Twin rocket launchers! Launchable satellite interceptor!...Wings fold, wingtips bend up!"

Act 2734 #2733 Sky Arrow

The Sky Arrow is a Dangard plane that could split apart to form two planes. (The front section shoots off, and a back canopy slides forward to form a new nose). The plane fires odd looking yellow missiles (they have "X"-shaped, noses). Later versions of this toy featuring non-firing missiles. This is one of the most common Shogun vehicles. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Twin Rocket launchers!...Nose cone shuttle!...Cockpit forms alternate nose cone!"

Act 2734 #2990 Daimos Truck

The Daimos Truck was the collapsed vehicle form of the giant robot Daimos. The cab of the 18-wheeler is made from Daimos head while the trailer is Daimos transformed body. The cab fires a missile from its grill (the switch is the amber bubble that appears on Daimos' forehead). Two fold-down missile-launchers emerge from the trailer's sides, and two cars can be launched from the rear doors. Two versions are known to exist...the one pictured is the later version with blunt, x-tipped "safety" missiles. This is one of the rarest Shogun vehicles. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Nose launches rockets!...Hatches open, side rockets launch!...Storage hold carries recon cars!...Recon car launches from rear!"

Act 2901, #2690 Bazoler

This vehicle is from Daikumaryu (the Gaiking cartoon). Bazoler is a triceratops tank which fired silver missiles and drills from its rhino horn hole, and dropped small versions of itself from a compartment under the red back spines. It has colorful eyes an an opening and closing mouth. The vehicle rolls around on wheels (hidden by fake treads). The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Jaws work! Compartment swings open! Launches missile, "drill" & rhino horn!"

Act 2901, #2691 Nessar

This vehicle is also from Daikumaryu (the Gaiking cartoon). Nessar is a dinosaur shaped vehicle that shoots missiles from the shoulders. The head goes up and down and the mouth and wings open and close. The legs also retract during "swim" or "flying" mode. The name probably comes from "Nessie" the Lock Ness monster. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Launches rockets!...Carries 6!...Wings move!...Beak opens, poseable neck!...Legs turn up for "flying!"."

Act 2901, #2693 Kondar

Kondar gets my vote for the goofiest of the Shogun vehicles (it's actually one of the ships from Daikumaryu (the Gaiking cartoon)). Basically a mechanical bird, Kondar has a bird head with a working beak. It fires 2 missiles and has retractable landing gear. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Launches rockets! "Bird" neck bends, beak opens! Landing gear retracts! Bird becomes jet!"

Act 2902, #2694 Cargosaur

Probably the most sought after of all the Shogun vehicles, Kargosaur is the giant space-dragon spaceship from Daikumaryu (the Gaiking cartoon). In the anime, Gaiking's head, arms and legs retract into his chest. His horns reconnect to the arm sockets and the entire "skull" becomes the head of the giant spaceship...Kargosaur! Of course this is only the ST version of the Popy toy so the head doesn't come off, but it does include miniature Nessars, Bazolers and Skylers as well as a few rockets. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts...Launches rockets!...Assumes "Defense Position"-collapses into a ball!...Poseable head & neck!...Compartment opens, carries mini beasts!

Act 2902, #2695 Heli-Capter

The Heli-Capter is a cool harrier/helicopter vertical lift-off type vehicle that comes with a small green jeep (I don't know the name of the cartoon, but in Japan the car transforms into an armored robot). The Heli-Capter shoots flame-shaped missiles and has a retractable car loader. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Launches wedges! Tail props turn! Wing propellers rotate for "vertical lift" Undercarriage folds down, transports Jeep!"

Act 2902, #2696 Grand Car

Another one of my favorite vehicles, the Grand Car is truly a bizarre one. The car has racing slicks and chrome side pipes, reminiscent of a Hot Wheels drag car but with a head on the front (which has an opening and closing mouth with sharp teeth!). The front wheels are covered with "paw" fenders which shoot small red missiles. On top of the car is a wonderful rocket launcher, with a Bird shaped rocket (Red with eyes and clawed arm/wings!). The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Transports giant missile! Launches missile & rockets! Adjustable elevation! Jaws open!"

Act 2902, #2697 Sky Jet

Another one of my favorite vehicles, the Grand Car is truly a bizarre one. The car has racing slicks and chrome side pipes, reminiscent of a Hot Wheels drag car but with a head on the front (which has an opening and closing mouth with sharp teeth!). The front wheels are covered with "paw" fenders which shoot small red missiles. On top of the car is a wonderful rocket launcher, with a Bird shaped rocket (Red with eyes and clawed arm/wings!). The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Transports giant missile! Launches missile & rockets! Adjustable elevation! Jaws open!"

Act 2903, #2698 Jetcar

The Jetcar is one of my favorite vehicles. It features an opening mouth with teeth that hides two missile launchers. This is one of the tougher vehicles to find. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Launches rockets! Wings tilt! Claws "grip"! Shark "mouth" opens!"

Act 2903, #2699 Dangard Launcher

The Dangard Launcher is actually Dangard's head as a plane. It comes complete with mini-pilot and small red rockets that fire from under-wing launchers. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Launches missiles! Cockpit opens, carries pilot, pivots forward!"

Act 2903, #2900 Rydoto

The Rydoto is from the series, Yusha Raideen. The jet carries Akira's two comrades who help against the Devil Empire monsters. Rydoto is a weird bug-shaped vehicle with extending side-claws and an opening mouth. It fires a small chrome "shuttle" or interceptor. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Cockpit launches like a missile! Forward hatch swings open! Grippers under wings extend!"

Act 2992 #2734 Liabe

The Liabe is a heavy chrome plated space-ship like vehicle with large rear rockets and moving guns. When the center button is depressed, wings extend outward revealing buttons for ejecting 2 different red and blue gun-ships with fold out wings. One of the last toys released during the toy line, it is one of the most difficult to find. The box reads: "Die-cast metal parts!...Side pods fold out! Pods launch Space Fighters!...Vehicle rolls on wheels!...Aim "laser" cannons up & down."

No. 8996 Grandizer Saucer

Apparently the Mattel version of Popy GA-37 was only available for the European market. The deluxe Grandizer with Solar Saucer contained a simplified version of the Japanese boxed set. The figure was simplified in paint and stickers while the saucer lost the ability to fire rockets from the main body (the Japanese version could fire from both pods and the saucer body). Also, Grandizer comes with 2 fists rather than the four in the Popy box. Being a foreign box, the text is in English, French, German and Italian (Grendizer was airing in France in the late 70's and was the most popular show in its time-slot...thus toys were available in the French market well past their availabiltiy in the US). The box reads: "Launch fists!...Move his head!...Fists hold battle axes!...Bend his legs!" These pics were provided by long-time Shogun fan Ted Terranova. Check out Ted's site here. Thanks Ted!

 

U-Combine Combatra Vehicles

One of the more interesting of the Shogun Warriors was the U-Combine Combatra. Sold separately or as a single complete set, Combatra could be assembled from five different vehicles: Battlejet (his head), Battle Clasher (his chest and arms), Battle Tank (his torso), Battle Marine (his legs) and Battle Craft (his feet). Together they would form a 12" figure, made mostly of die-cast metal with some plastic parts.

#2622 Combatra Vehicle No. 3 Battle Tank

The Battle Tank is a treaded vehicle with large extendible red pincers. On top are two yellow domes that fire small white missiles. There is a chrome radar dish that juts like a vertical tail from the rear. The box reads: "Die-cast metal! Pincers grab! Rockets launch!"


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