Popy Combattler V

Popy Combattler V Front

Super Electromagnetic Robo Combattler V


Combattler V began as an anime series in 1976 by Tadao Nagahama - this is a transforming robot that had various vehicles with young pilots pitting against the Campbell Empire from outer space. This began a trilogy that spawns Voltes V and Daimos so they are all related and some of the design elements are similar.


Of all the Popy JMs I think this one has one of the best scupts and looks most like the figure it represents. I actually love the DX Chogokin which was also sold in the US as part of the Shogun Warrior line as separate vehicles and a combined box set as Combattra (you can also find a version marketed by Bandai as part of the GoDaiKin line). While the Popy Combattler has a great scupt it bears little of the transforming capabilities of the Chogokin - the ankles fold over and a small "truck" (stored in a compartment in the back) can be added to the chest so the robo becomes a riding toy. I'm not sure what the max weight would be but I think you'd need to be very small to ride this very effectively.

Popy Combattler V Front with Wesley Bourn's Ankle YoYos

Popy Combattler V Side with Wesley Bourn's Ankle YoYos

Popy Combattler V Back with Wesley Bourn's Ankle YoYos

Popy Combattler V Compartment Lid

Popy Combattler V Compartment Open

Popy Combattler V Other Side with Wesley Bourn's Ankle YoYos

Popy Combattler V Front Detail

Popy Combattler V Head Detail

Popy Combattler V Shoulder Detail
I really wanted a Combattler V badly as it seemed to be a missing figure from the rest of the Shogun Warriors line (you can find a Two-in-One, the DX as separate vehicles and a 3" Collectors so it seemed an obvious missing figure from the Jumbo Machinder line). It's also one of the key robo elements from the Marvel comic book which I always found odd. In any case, when this one came up for sale I grabbed it as it's in decent condition. It comes with a repro firing right fist and a repro box - I probably paid too much but I'd rather have it than not. The repro fist really doesn't work - the plunger wouldn't grab the button mechanism - after playing with it a bit it finally fired uncontrollably and immediately fell apart - so much for the repro. I've added ankle "yoyos" I got from Wesley Bourn - if you ever watch the anime you'll know that the various "yoyos" at his joints could be flung at opponents (blades extend so they become shurikens) - these are a worthy addition to a very cool figure.



Popy Combattler V Repro Box Contents

Popy Combattler V Repro Box

Popy Combattler V Repro Box Side

Popy Combattler V Repro Box Side

Popy Combattler V Repro Box Ends

Popy Combattler V Repro Fist

Popy Combattler V Repro Fist 2

Popy Combattler V Front

Popy Combattler V Back

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