Mattel No. 2988 Daimos! 

Daimos was based on an interesting cartoon with flying cars and a giant rocket-powered semi-tractor and trailer that transforms into a giant robot. It has a fairly lengthy transformations sequence which you can experience yourself thanks to YouTube.

Daimos is one of the more difficult Shoguns to acquire, possibly due to it's late Shogun Warriors release. Most packaging for Daimos is in a English-language box, as are the directions. Daimos is probably one of the least interesting of the Shoguns made, his right fist shot off and 4 soft yellow rockets fired from shooters on his legs (one on each leg). He has wide rollers on the bottoms of his feet (instead of wheel trucks) which are often missing and his missiles aren't interchangeable with any other Shogun Warrior which makes them rare (and consequently valuable). The 5 1/2" "2-in-1" die-cast version (basically the ST Japanese toy) shoots both fists and is much more desirable while the Daimos Truck vehicle fires missiles and comes with two small cars (tough to find!).

Mattel Daimos Box

Mattel Daimos Box Contents

Mattel Daimos Box Detail

Mattel Daimos Box Text Detail

Mattel Daimos Box Detail

The box reads:

  • Elbow Bends
  • Arms Raise & Lower
  • Fist Launches Like A Missile
  • Rockets Launch From Legs
  • Head Rotates 360 degrees
  • Trigger Button On Arm
  • Leg Rollers
    No Batteries! No Electricity!

    CONTENTS: DAIMOS™ warrior almost 2 feet tall! With flying missile fist, four launch-able leg rockets, bendable elbow, plus accessories. Arm is detachable. Comes FULLY ASSEMBLED. Fist missile and rockets not for use with all SHOGUN© Warriors.

    ©Y. & K. Toel
    Distributed by Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA 90520. MADE IN JAPAN. Manufactured by Bandai Co. Ltd.
    Mattel Daimos Figure Front

    Mattel Daimos Figure Back

    Mattel Daimos Side Details

    Mattel Daimos Side Details

    Mattel Daimos Head Details

    Mattel Daimos Back of Head Details

    Mattel Daimos Chest Details

    Mattel Daimos Fist Shooter

    Mattel Daimos Shooting Fist

    Mattel Daimos Copyright Details

    Mattel Daimos Leg Missiles

    Mattel Daimos Roller Feet

    When I first started collecting Shogun Warriors Daimos had few fans - it's very different from the other primary figures. Also, compared to the original Popy Mattel made quite a few cost-saving mods: Missing thigh rocket shooters, missing chest cover (converts to a handle for his weapon - also missing shin-guards that become the blades; the "boxes" around the fists are missing details and the right fist, molded to hold the weapon has been replaced with a regular fist. There's also a detail piece that goes across the shoulders and some fairly vivid stickers that have been replaced with those rather lackluster Mattel versions. All this being said, the Mattel version's popularity has done a 180 it seems. He's fairly pricey Mint-in-Box - if you have an opportunity to snag one do so.

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