Mattel Daimos

Tōshō 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. The series was the final chapter of the Robot Romance Trilogy that started with Combattler V, then Voltes V. It has a fairly lengthy transformations sequence which you may be able to experience yourself thanks to YouTube (the videos keep getting uploaded and taken down - so these are the opening and closing credits).
The Mattel 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.
Mattel Daimos Instructions

Daimos is probably one of the least interesting of the Shoguns made, his right fist can be shot from a cuff suspended from an elbowed arm
Mattel Daimos Box Detail - Shooting Fist
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.
    There are several knock-offs of Mattel's Daimos including those distributed by Nacoral in Spain and Famosa in Venezuela called Robot Lanza Cohetes.

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