Capsule Robo G

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Box Contents

Capsule Robo G

Nakajima created the Capsule Robo G jumbo machinder some time in 1973 as part of their Astro Mu 5 line (the line included an original manga to provide context - a rather unusual and bold move for most toy manufacturers who tend to create toys that are licensed from TV shows or movies/OVA). This is also an unusual toy for several other reasons including the mix of soft vinyl and the harder polyethylene plastic found all over this guy. The head is completely removable so you can put the two min- vinyls (missing from my example) in there (there are holes in the mouth and chin so the figures can look out, apparently, but the space also makes for a convenient place to store them when not at play).

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Head
 
Nakajima Capsule Robo G Head Front Detail

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Head Back Detail

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Head Front

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Head Back

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Armed
 
Nakajima Capsule Robo G Chest Banks

The box is quite colorful with a photo of the toy, festooned with missiles - there's some type of mountain base shown in the background, I assume that ties into the backstory. My example is in really bad condition but most of the pieces are there and I'm glad to have it.

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Box Contents

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Box Contents 2


As a jumbo machinder the figure is comparable in height to Popy figures, but this is due more to the huge, removable head - the figure's stature is a bit shorter with the shoulder line several inches below that of Mazinger Z, for instance - the Popy figures tend to have longer legs. The body and head are covered by rather steam-punkish rivets and protrusions that give the robo a rather retro feel. There are two spinning missile holders on the chest made of soft vinyl - they don't do much more than hold the missiles but the figure looks quite cool with them displayed there. The figure also has four missile launchers, one on each shoulder and attached to the top of both fists. Speaking of fists, Capsule's are made of soft vinyl and slip on the elbow using tension - it's a bit weird. I do find interesting that the figure can be fitted with Popy's XX and ZZ accessories - that's a nice touch. On the feet are skate-like wheel holders that clip on to two protruding square nubs on the sole. Mine had missing wheels so I currently have reproductions. Note that these are the same skates found on the Nakajima Tekkaman jumbo.

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Chest Detail

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Udders Detail

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Right Fist

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Right Fist 2

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Copyright

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Arm Nub

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Popy Accessory

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Missile Detail

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Skate Detail


This used to be a very common and inexpensive jumbo (well, inexpensive compared to the Popy line) but they seem to have become harder to come by. Still, this guys looks great in a group photo - something of a remove hillbilly cousin. I'm short one missile if anyone has an extra that can be spared?

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Comparison

Nakajima Capsule Robo G Articulation





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