Model Kits

Monogram released six kits in conjunction with the Shogun Warriors release in the US: Grandizer, Raider, Gaiking, Raydeen, Great Mazinga and Dragun. These kits were from existing Japanese molds (evident in the choice of plastic colors...all these kits came in at least 2 different colored plastics so painting was unnecessary). It's my belief that the kits were released in the US as two different groups based on the box graphic - I think the black banner across the Mazinga, Raydeen and Dragun boxes indicate a closer tie-in with the first release figures so they may precede the three other kits. The boxes for Raider, Gaiking and Grandizer have different graphics - at the very least there were probably two model assortments.

Shogun Warriors Monogram Catalog


Grandizer was shown in Europe as Goldorak or Goldrake and Atlantic of Italy released 4 kits for the series. The Goldrake kit is shown below.

 Click to view Monogram Mazinga Kit Details

Monogram Mazinga

Mazinga is molded in royal blue, red and silver, and a little painting makes a very cool kit.
 Click to view Monogram Raydeen details

Monogram Raydeen

Raydeen is molded in black, yellow and red. Two interesting features are his slide-apart face shields and his retractable bow.
 Click to view Monogram Dragun details

Monogram Dragun

This is one of my favorite Shogun kits. He's molded in red, yellow and silver.

Monogram Gaiking

A really cool kit molded in black and yellow, Gaiking can swing his arms and legs. The kit features interchangeability of parts so arms, legs, head, horns, etc. could be repositioned for hours of fun! Look at the box side for details.

Monogram Grandizer

One of the cooler kits, Grandizer is molded in black and burgundy, so some painting is required to achieve a semblance of the original figure. The proportions are kind of strange and typical of Japanese kits, which incorporate playability (the figure is articulated and can be repositioned). The fists shoot off and his sickles can be removed from the shoulders and placed in his hands. Why they used the dark red plastic I'll never know! Here's the side of the box.

Monogram Raider

The Raider kit was actually Getta Robo 2 repackaged under the Shogun title as Raider. The kit is molded in red and blue and features full arm articulation, as well as a spring-loaded claw and firing missile hand. The weird square foot design indicates that the kit probably came from a battery operated, motorized Japanese kit (the batteries would mount in the feet to power a small motor which swung the arms around!). Here's the side of the box.

Atlantic Goldrake

One of four Atlantic Goldrake kits, this 7" tall kit is the actual robot and is molded in yellow, blue, red and grey so very little painting is required. The kit plastic is more vinyl than PVC or Styrene, and because it snaps together can be abused as a toy! The arms swing around, the head rotates and both fists fire off! The sickles pull out from the shoulders to make a double headed weapon. A very cool kit!

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