Custom Bioman

Custom Bioman Front

Another Custom Jumbo Machinder creation made by John Olson of Minot North Dakota. John is a long time fan of Japanese Culture Anime, Tokusatsu and of course the related toys including the Jumbo Machinder.

The figure is based on the Tokusatsu series Choudenshi Bioman (超電子バイオマン, Chōdenshi Baioman, translated into English as Super Electron Bioman), Toei Company's eighth installment in the Super Sentai metaseries. Its 51 episodes aired on TV Asahi from February 4, 1984 to January 26, 1985 with a movie being released during the show's initial run.

It is the first Super Sentai series to have two females in the main five as well as the first Super Sentai series to have a female Yellow Ranger. The international English title is listed by Toei as Bioman.[1] It was dubbed into English in the Philippines in the late 80's. 

From Wikipedia: "The once prosperous Planet Bio (バイオ星, Baio-sei) is destroyed after a world war erupted over the use of a scientific discovery called "Bio Particles". The Planet Bio Peacekeeping Alliance (バイオ星平和連合, Baio-sei Heiwa Rengō), which sought to use Bio Particles for peaceful purposes, sends the giant robot Bio Robo and an assistant robot named Peebo to prevent the same tragedy from happening on Earth. Bio Robo arrives in 15th century Japan, where it showers Bio Particles on five young individuals. Five centuries later, the descendants of these individuals, infused with Bio Particles, are chosen by Peebo and Bio Robo to become the Bioman team to protect the Earth from the Neo-Empire Gear, an organization led by mad scientist Doctor Man. 

Bio Robo (バイオロボ, Baio Robo): Coming from Planet Bio 500 years ago, Bio Robo is a semi sentient robot that showered five people with Bio Particles upon arriving on Earth around the time of Feudal Japan. Years later, Bio Robo activates upon detecting Gear's attacks and gathers the Bioman team. It is formed from the two Bio Jets when the command "Fusion! Hyper Cross!" (合体!ハイパークロス!, Gattai! Haipā Kurosu!) is given." 

This custom started with a Mattel Daimos figure that's been custom painted. The head is a copy of the Bioman head that came with Bandai's Bio Commodore playset - this was a partial Jumbo Machinder figure with a hollow back and controls that allowed a child to manipulate the robot and fire missiles at a scrolling landscape - the sculpt and scale imply that a full-figure was originally planned but abandoned with the sculpts being repurposed into this child's playset.

John added the head, a custom bending elbow so both fists can fire, an custom black shoulder pieces (not shown - I bought this figure second-hand and they were missing). Also included are custom stickers from Will Hoyt.

Custom Bioman Back
Custom Bioman Head Detail

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