Jumbo Machinder Accessories


Jumbo Machinder Accessories


Many Shogun Warrior Collectors are unaware that the missile-firing hands of the jumbo-sized Mazinga, Great Mazinga and Goldorak were actually an accessory bought separately in Japan. I think it was easier to package the missile-firing hand than recast Mazinga without the missile holders on his shoulders and legs, or try to package missiles separately with the hand-accessory. Or it may be that while the figures are impressive, in market testing there just wasn't enough action to the Shogun Warriors so they decided to supply some extra bits. The shooting Axe-fist of Raydeen was also bought this way in Japan, but was thought of as an "added play value" feature for US consumers of the bow-fist.The star shooter was also a separately purchased accessory in Japan.

There were actually many different hands and accessories available for the Japanese market. They appear to originally be made for the jumbos Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger, but were probably promoted for all/any jumbo machinders. The ZZ designation may be "deluxe" versions (there really doesn't appear to be a distinction other than the XX having been released the previous year - both sets of XX and ZZ were still available on Japanese toy shelves when the ZZ fists were shown in toy commercials). Some of the fists take batteries or otherwise have some added play-value. Most of those pictured and described here were all made by Popy and are taken from the sides of an original Japanese issue Raydeen box, as well as a few pics of accessory boxes in my possession. I've also included those made by Unifive - it's unclear if accessories were made by other manufacturers.  I'll try to describe them the best that I can, but my knowledge is limited. Some of the information, corrections and all of the translations were provided by Matt Alt. Thanks Matt! Any new information is welcome...

The reason "photon" keeps coming up in the names is because Mazinger Z was built and maintained by the Photon Energy Research Institute (or something like that). Each of those weapons was designed to destroy a specific enemy -- that was the way the show worked, if you haven't seen it. Mazinger Z would encounter an enemy, get his ass kicked, and then the Photon Institute guys would come up with some new super-weapon to enable Mazinger Z (and later Great Mazinger) to destroy the bad guy. That was the general formula, anyway. (Info from Matt Alt... Thanks, Matt!)

Note that the accessories I own link to a page with additional photos in the Accessory Title; or you can click the thumbnail of the box lid graphic from my Popy Brave Raideen.

Popy Accessories

Pair of Shooting Fists

XX-1 Rocket Punch

These are pretty basic shooting fists on red launchers
Flashlight?

XX-2 Photon Flamethrower

Basically a light want that sparks different colors, depending on which colored tip is placed at the end.
Missile Firing Fists

XX-3 Rapid-Firing 6-Shot Missile

Pair of Missile Shooters
Replacement Rockets

Popy No. 150 XX-3 Ammunition

Replacement Red with white/vane rockets
Satellite launcher

XX-4 Lightspeed Disks of Destruction

This arm had a pivoting elbow to ease the aim of these cool satellite flying discs. Way cool!
Car & Magnet arm

XX-5 Mysterious Magnetic Arm

This arm has a telescoping magnet that allows a Jumbo Machinder to pick up metal cars at his feet.
Wrecking ball?

XX-6 Megaton Crane

Basically a crane with retractable chain and hook, its probably most useful to bash your enemies
Car Carrier

Popy No. 1000 XX-7 Dynamite Charger

A car garage on an arm...why? Who knows?
Shotgun Arm

XX-8 Sled-Streamer

This arm fires small plastic balls.
Unknown

XX-9 High Voltage Beam

I really have no idea what this arm is/does. Anyone out there with some info?
Squirt Gun

XX-10 Liquid Shooter

The tank would attach to the Jumbo's back and be filled with water, which would squirt from the small nozzle that fits into the hole of a Jumbo's hand. Fire extinguisher? Acid Squirter? I'm not sure of it's make-believe function.
http://www.shogunwarriors.org/p/popy-xx-jumbo-machinder-secret-case.html

Popy XX Jumbo Machinder Secret Case

Popy released XX-1 through XX-10 in this attache case as a Super Secret Weapons case.
Missile Car

XX-11 Heavy Tank Z

Why yes, every jumbo needs a vehicle to cart him around, right?
Atomic Clock?

XX-12 Photon-Powered Timer

Once again, I've never looked at one of these up close and don't have a clue to its function. It has the appearance of a giant stop-watch!
Iron Cutters

XX-13 Pair of Iron Cutters

Once again, these are pretty basic shooting fists with Iron Cutters.
Back Pack

XX-14 Jet Scrander

Mazinger Z's Backpack for when he needs that extra power to get him someplace fast.
Break-open Fists

XX-15 Drill Missile Fists

In the manga and anime, the Mazingers could break open their arms at the elbows to expose a deadly pulse ray. These arms provide the effect. The Drill Missile fists actually do shoot drill missiles. You spin a dial on the side and special, dart-shaped rubber-tipped missiles shoot out one after another revolver-gatling gun style. Six to an arm. (Info from Matt Alt).

The "ZZ" sets came with a paper score-card with each of the accessories represented on it. Also, each accessory came with a self adhesive sticker that could be applied to the score card. When all 8 accessories were bought and their stickers applied to the card, the card could be used as a coupon to buy a deluxe "jumbo machinder" vinyl case. The case has two doors so the jumbo could safely be stored inside. Along each side were plastic clips that could each hold an accessory fist.


Flying Fist & Iron Cutter

Popy No. 7551 ZZ-1 Rocket Punch Fist & Iron Cutter Fist

This set included a left Flying Fist (notice the "fin" to aid in flight!) and a right Iron Cutter, both on red launchers. This is one of the more desirable sets since these capabilities were actually used in the manga and anime.
Missile Firing Fist/Break Away Fist

Popy No. 7552 ZZ-2 Ultra-Rapid-Firing Missile Launcher & Drill Missile Fist

This set included a Missile Firing Fist (the same as the US version that came w/Mazinga except with red & black missiles) and a right Break Away Fist that held rockets and launcher.
Deluxe Missile-Firing Fist and Star Shooter

Popy No. 7553 ZZ-3 Mach 100 Claws of Steel & Southern Cross (a.k.a. "Star Shooter")

This Missile-Firing Fist is over-sized and could shoot 5 missiles (each of 4 fingers and thumb!...the accessory comes with 10 for extra shots!), that are different from those one normally sees (the head has a chromed, arrow-shaped barb). The wrist also bends 90 degrees. The set also comes with a star-shooter just like the one Dragun came with in the 1st US version (strap-on instead of clip-on) including 10 stars in 3 colors. Here's an image of the box
Crossbow, Sword & Boomerang

Popy No. 7554 ZZ-4 New Alloy Bowgun

The Crossbow attachment would shoot projectile "v"s and swords. The sword (blue instead of red) is an extra that would fit any Jumbo's hand and the boomerang is an extra chest "v" that could be held in the fist, fired or thrown (just like in the manga/anime!). The accessory comes on an insert with one sword and 3 "v"s bagged. Detailed instructions show the user how to make the "v"s boomerang to the right or left. Here's an image of the box and contents
Ball Shooter

Popy No. 7555 ZZ-5 Mysterious Evil Bullet Launcher

This shooter is much larger than the image indicates! The ugly textured red, green and black balls are actually almost 3" in diameter. One loads it from the barrel while pulling back the plunger. An internal spring timer makes noise until finally popping the ball into the air (it doesn't shoot well horizontally so I guess it's more of a mortar than a gun). The box contents come bagged. Here's an image of the box and contents.
Super-deluxe missile shooter

Popy No. 7556 ZZ-6 Super Three-Shot Attack Missile Launcher

This huge missile-firing hand shoots 3 large polyethylene missiles. It's supposed to be a "Super shooter."
Super Flying Fist

Popy No. 7557 ZZ-7 Two-Stage Rocket Punch

This deluxe flying fist shoots twice, once from the wrist and again from the arm. The contents come on a cardboard insert. Interestingly, the fist will not mount to a jumbo arm without the drill and shooting stub mounted first. Here's an image of the box and contents.
Fists Platform

Popy No. 7558 ZZ-8 Invincible Jumbo Castle

Apparently, one could mount a bunch of fists to this fort to fight off attackers or use it to simply store extra accessory fists.
Fists Platform

Popy No. 7559 Scramble Dash

The "jet-pack" accessory for Great Mazinger - it could also fit on other jumbo machinders.

Mattel Accessories

Unifive Accessories

  • U5-A Rocket Punch
  • U5-B Photon Flamethrower
  • U5-C Rapid-Firing 6-Shot Missile
  • U5-D Lightspeed Discs of Destruction
  • U5-E Mysterious Magnetic Arm
  • U5-F Megaton Crain
  • U5-Z Jet Scrander
  • Scramble Dash (came with Unifive Great Mazinger). There's also a knock-off.
I believe only U5-A, U5-C and U5-Z were actually produced?

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