|Mattel Goldrake Front|
Mattel No. 2658 Goldrake!Unreleased in the US, Goldrake (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 (as Goldorak) or Italian 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" or "Harken". 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.Note that this Italian box seems much rarer than the more common French Goldorak box - that may have more to do with the various versions I have defined on the Goldorak page.
|Mattel Goldrake Back|
|Mattel Goldrake Detail|
|Mattel Goldrake Box Box Front|
|Mattel Goldrake Box Contents|
|Mattel Goldrake Box Side 1|
|Mattel Goldrake Box Side 2|
|Mattel Goldrake Box Ends|
|Mattel Goldrake Box Detail|
|Mattel Goldrake Box Text Details|
|Mattel Goldrake Box Graphics Detail|
Version Two is the first version released by Mattel in Europe - this was issued in Italy as Goldrake and as Goldorak in France and from the copyright date circa 1978. Both versions were manufactured by Mattel in Italy and issued with two different labeled boxes with the same stock number and translated in English, German, French and Italian. For some reason the Goldrake box seems much rarer than the Goldorak box, at least from my experience. The sides are notated that the toy is "MADE AND PRINTED IN ITALY." The toy is essentially the same for both Goldrake and Goldorak box variations. 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 directly into a hole at the top of the torso. The yellow, molded crotch arrows are replaced by a decal. The scythes are simplified to a more ridged "t" shaped channel plastic, each molded as a single Hakkan instead of the two-piece Popy design).This version has only three missile banks on each leg and feet that have been simplified from the original Popy version. Also, the left fist has been replaced by the 3-missile shooter, same as with Mazinga.
The box reads:
Mattel No. 2658
No Batteries! No Electricity! Fully Assembled!
- Fist Holds Battle Axes!
- Leg Rollers
- Arms Raise And Lower
- Fist Launches Rockets
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.
Box Comparison with French Goldorak:
|Goldorak Left - Goldrake Right - Box Comparison|
|Goldorak Left - Goldrake Right - Figure Comparison|
|Goldorak Top- Goldrake Bottom - Box Detail Comparison|