Goldorak

 

Mattel No. 2658 Goldorak!


Unreleased in the US, Goldorak (also Grendizer or Grandizer) is more than likely the rarest of the Mattel Shogun Warriors released outside Japan. This Shogun is usually seen in a European, French or Italian (as Goldrake) version box and comes with cool accessories: His hand fires rockets (same hand as Great Mazinga) and he carries a double headed, sickle-shaped axe (it comes apart and the pieces are stored in his shoulders) called "Hakken". The molding on this figure is very colorful and true to the Japanese depiction. This Shogun demands ridiculous amounts of money at auction in the US. There appears to be four versions of Goldorak.

Mattel Goldorak Side

Mattel Goldorak Back

Mattel Goldorak Side

Mattel Goldorak Head

Mattel Goldorak Chest

Mattel Goldorak Right Arm

Mattel Goldorak Left Arm

Mattel Goldorak Waist Detail

Mattel Goldorak Feet Detail

Mattel Goldorak Missile Detail


Mattel Goldorak Box Front

Mattel Goldorak Box Contents

Mattel Goldorak Box Logo Detail

Mattel Goldorak Box Text Details

Mattel Goldorak Box Graphics Detail


Version One is the Japanese first version (Called "UFO Grendizer" in translation). It came with 2 fists rather than the missile firing fist (the same missile firing fist came with Mazinga). The right fist fired off via a button below the shoulder. The chest "v" is a separate red plastic piece, as are the red knee pads and girdle below the waist. Red decals adorn foot spikes (on the tops of the feet), and the crotch arrows are painted yellow in molded plastic. He came with 14 triangular-vaned missiles and two very defined, white plastic shoulder scythes (Hakken). This version came to the US via oriental grocery stores and is very rare. As far as I know, this is the only version to be sold at retail in the US.

Version Two is the rarest of the Mattel distributed versions. This version comes with a missile-firing hand and only 10 clip-vaned missiles. Go here for a missile comparison. The foot spikes are dropped and the neck ring is simplified to a flat disc. Also, the red girdle is molded into the black body plastic and unpainted/unadorned (instead of being a separate piece). Note that this was told to me to exist so I haven't actually seen this version.

Version Three is the most common Mattel version. This version has a red decal replacing the chest "v" and knee pads. The neck looses the ring attaching the head to the torso...the neck now fits loosely on the shoulders. The yellow, molded crotch arrows are replaced by a decal. The scythes are simplified to a more ridged "t" shaped channel plastic.

Version Four is the strangest version I've seen! For some reason, Goldorak went into production in France (rather than being imported from Japan...possibly Popy quit producing the toy but there was enough demand in France to warrant local production). The body is 1/2" smaller in height and thickness, and molded in dark blue instead of black. On the back, where the Popy logo, "Copyright Dynamic Kikaku" and "Copyright TOEI DOGA" used to reside, is now embossed "Made in France" upside down! Overall, the mold lines are shoddy and less refined. (especially the head). This is possibly a bootleg.


The box reads:




  • Fist Holds Battle Axes!
  • Leg Rollers
  • Rockets
  • Arms Raise And Lower
  • Fist Launches Rockets
    No Batteries! No Electricity! Fully Assembled!

    Axes and rockets not for use with all SHOGUN© Warriors.
    This is repeated in German, French and Spanish
    ©Dynamic Production/Toei Doga 1978
    Mattel S.p.A., Italy. MADE AND PRINTED IN ITALY. All Rights Reserved. SHOGUN is a US registered trademark of Mattel, Inc.
  •  Comparisons with a Popy Grendizer:



    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right)



    Mattel Goldorak Head Detail
    Mattel Grendizer Head Detail



    Mattel Goldorak Waist Detail


















    Popy Grendizer Waist Detail


    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Knee Detail
    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right)

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Leg Detail

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Missile Bank Detail

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Foot Detail

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Fist Detail

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Fist Detail

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Fist Detail

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Fist Detail

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Fist Detail

    Mattel Goldorak (left) and Popy Grendizer (right) Hakken Detail

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