Shogun Warrior Origins


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Many people remember the Shogun Warrior toy line and some even remember the Marvel Comic Books, but few know the origin of the concept for these giant Japanese robots. The story is a bit convoluted as several things were going on in Japan, at times concurrently, and then when Mattel licensed the various properties they came up with their own storylines and origins (basically what Saban did in reusing Japanese live-action TV re-edited with American actors to achieve Power Rangers using Super Sentai). 

The story starts with the book-sized comics available in Japan called "manga" which were extremely popular, then continue into TV appearances in Japanese animation called "anime" and live action called "tokusatsu" which were created more for children. Ironically and a bit foreign to US TV programming, anime had more of a distinct adult feel while the live action programming was more for kids - maybe it was easier to suspend belief in monsters (aka kaiju) that could easily be identified as actors in suits. The popularity of these TV appearances spawned toys by various companies in Japan like Bullmark and Popy - Mattel licensed the toys from Popy/Bandai, which for the most part already existed as Popy releases, to be repackaged in the US as part of the Shogun Warrior toyline.

Here's a list of the source material with origins, that were modified to become the Shogun Warriors:

By Source:

By Shogun Warriors Toy:

Jumbo Machinder

 Two-in-Ones Action Figure

Die-Cast Metal Action Figure

Collectors Shogun Warriors Figure

Super Action Vehicles

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