|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Front|
Bullmark released the Mekanda Robo Jumbo Machinder in 1977, apparently to capitalize on the Jumbo Machinder craze started by Popy a few years earlier, or it may have been part of the licensing agreement with Tokyu. At the time Bullmark was better known for their vinyl and PVC toys and a few diecast releases so quite unusual to see something like this from a relatively small company (when compared to Bandai/Popy). Bullmark also went into Bankruptcy in 1977 so this was right at the end of the original company's life.
The series was known as Gasshin Sentai Mechander Robo in Japan but has various other names - the only English dub I believe was for broadcast in the Philippines - I haven't seen much dubbed that's survived in decent contion and there's only a single season (really more like a 3/4-season with 35 episodes). In 1982 the Italian release was very popular so I see some trading of Mekander toys in Europe and especially Italy - in the US he appeared through various Japanese store outlets (my diecast came from a local Atlanta store - go figure - and is labled Zincron with English language). But I digress - the anime has a rather ubiquitous plot of alien threat vs vehicles-that-combine (command planes Mekanda-1, 2 and 3) to form the giant Mekanda Robo.
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Back|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Side 2|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Shield Detail|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Spinning Lever|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Rocket Launcher Knob|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Bullmark Logo|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Knee Detail|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Ankle Wings|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Rocket Launcher Detail|
|Bullmark Mekanda Robo Chest Detail|
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