|My collection from 1994|
Mattel Jumbo Machinders - the Shogun Warriors!
Mattel introduced the Jumbo Machinder concept to the world with the debut of the Shogun Warriors in 1977. The most common Shogun Warriors were 23 1/2" tall plastic warriors that fired projectiles from their hands, chest or legs. Many also had cool weapons and/or fists that shot off via spring mechanism. Marukai Trading Company had exclusive rights to import the Shoguns to the US via Oriental grocers and video stores, why some Japanese boxed versions (like the bow fisted Raideen) are remembered (and somethimes found).
The initial Mattel release featured four Shogun Warriors: Mazinga (Mazinger in Japan), Raideen, Dragun, and Godzilla. There were at least three very different releases/versions of the initial four Shoguns during the toys run (Mazinga became Great Mazinga towards the end). Later Gaiking, Daimos and Rodan were released, Rodan as one of the "World's Greatest Monsters" instead of under the Shogun title. There were also some foreign release Shoguns: Goldorak (Grandizer or Goldrake.) in a French/European language box, as well as some variations to construction. Click here for the French sticker!) as well as German boxed versions.
All of the Shogun's were released in Japan in varying formats (The 24" Poseidon is very cool, and the Cargosaur made to fit the 24" scale is fairly incredible), some that were exclusive to Japan command prices in the thousands when found mint and boxed (due to rarity). Also, many alternate fists, shooters and accessories were sold in Japan to compliment the Shogun line (Raideen's "Iron Cutter" or shooting axe fist was actually a Mazinga accessory). Look up the Popy list under the same menu for more information and images. To round out the large figure format, Mattel released a battery operated Gaiking retitled Zargon (renamed probably to avoid confusion).
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