New Tetsujin 28

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Front

Popy New Tetsujin 28


Popy released a jumbo machinder Tetsujin 28 in 1981 - this was the "new" design that took 28 away from the pot-bellied version into a newer, slimmer robot from the anime series New Tetsujin 28-Go. This Popy version is unusual for two reasons: first, it does not come with wheels on the feet (not sure why they left them off but this is something shared with Sun Vulcan, also produced around the same time) and second, the figure came with accessory fists, including a firing fist that could be fitted on either elbow (both fists have plungers) or a 3-missile firing first similar to the shooter that comes with the Shogun Warrior Mazinga and originally offered as part of the Popy ZZ-2 Accessory. I've updated my figure (but these are the photos of my second) so the photos are a bit disjointed. Originally the figure would need to be assembled - the mohawk screws to the head -  and thrusters (the rockets on the back can be slid off-and-on for additional play factor). There are two-missile banks on each calf and apparently extra rockets besides the four you would expect, were included (or at least my example came with extras - presumably for the rocket fist.



In general the figure is a bit plain molded all in dark blue (much like Giant Gorg). I do like the classic T28 mohawk.

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Side

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Back

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Other Side

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Back Detail

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Back of the Head

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Chest Detail

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Head Side

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Elbow Sockets

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Fist Plungers

Popy New Tetsujin 28 Missile Bank
 With New Tetsujin 28 and Sun Vulcan, Popy moved relabeled the figures as "Super Jumbo Machinders" - I'm guessing to promote the extra bits that came with the two figures. The boxes are also oversized in width and thickness compared to the typical boxes - note that the lid doesn't quite cover the bottom.
 
New Tetsujin 28 Box Front


New Tetsujin 28 Box Contents

New Tetsujin 28 Box Left

New Tetsujin 28 Box Right

New Tetsujin 28 Box Ends

 The accessory fists are interesting - the shooting fist launcher is molded in hard navy plastic and both fists can be shot so it's interchangeable for each arm. The 3-missile launcher is also from a fresh mold - the original ZZ-2 mold was probably long gone for this release - I've added photos of both for comparison sake. I'm missing the instruction sheet and of course the original sticker sheet - there was also a poster I believe and a new Popy catalog which seems to be standard and frequently missing.


New Tetsujin 28 Accessories

New Tetsujin 28 Accessory Shooter

New Tetsujin 28 Accessory Shooter 2

New Tetsujin 28 Accessory 3-Missile Shooter

New Tetsujin 28 Accessory 3-Missile Shooter 2

New Tetsujin 28 Accessory 3-Missile Shooter 3

New Tetsujin 28 Accessory 3-Missile Shooter 4

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