Mazinger Z


Popy Mazinger Z


Mazinger Z was the very first jumbo machinder released by Popy and as such it's a bit of the grandaddy of all that came after. I've owned two - the first was one of the two Popy JMs that I purchased in the 2000s and included the Scramble Dash (this is a back-pack that belts onto the figure so you can simulate flying). Mazinger Z looks quite a bit like the more familiar Great Mazinga figure released in the US and is the original giant robot created by Go Nagai and later replaced by Great Mazinger and Mazinkaizer. Some notable differences are the shape of the legs, the separated "Z" shaped chest pieces and the more crown-like head. As I've noted before, when Popy marketed these toys in Japan they were intact figures and did not include the accessories marketed with the toys in the US. Those accessories were sold separately, a bit like the dongles you now need with your Macbook Pro (heh). The basic figure had a hover pilder (the vehicle the pilot flies to attach to Mazinger Z) that's removable from the head; two removal fists so you can add accessories; missile banks on each leg and both shoulders; and rollers under the feet.

Popy Mazinger Z Front

Popy Mazinger Z Side

Popy Mazinger Z Back

Popy Mazinger Z Side

Popy Mazinger Z Chest Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Head Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Head Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Chest Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Copyright Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Fist Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Leg Missile Banks Detail


I've taken some detailed images of the hover pilder as it seems to be missing from some of these figures.

Popy Mazinger Z Hover Pilder Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Hover Pilder Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Hover Pilder Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Hover Pilder Detail

Popy Mazinger Z Hover Pilder Detail




Also here are some images of my second Mazinger Z - strangely the two figures are slightly different (one is taller than the other).

Popy Mazinger Zs Comparison

Popy Mazinger Zs Comparison Detail

Popy Mazinger Zs Rib Sticker

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