Toynami Shogun Warriors


One of the most exciting things to happen recently is the acquisition of the Shogun Warriors trademark by Toynami and the resulting releases of jumbo machinder sized figures. Toynami currently has the license to make several Japanese toy lines including Godzilla, Voltron, Robotech and Macross. They forayed into the JM market with the release of the 1964 Godzilla Shogun Warrior - rather than finding a Mattel figure and doing a recast, Toynami decided to go with a brand new sculpt while still retaining the features from the Mattel release, like the shooting fist, rollers under the feet and tongue-of-flame. The figure is a bit of an amalgam of the Popy Jumbosaurus and Mattel Godzilla, with appropriate back-fins and more defined, clawed-feet. The initial release was molded in black with an anniversary edition released at the San Diego Comic Con in 2015 molded in green with a box a bit more in line with the original Mattel box. In between the Godzilla releases, Toynami released in 2011 Golion and Dairugger XV (which to my knowledge had never been offered in jumbo-size), did an amazing jumbo-sized Bender from Futurama in 2012, then re-released Golion in new Voltron packaging in 2016 - these are new 60cm (approximately 24 inches tall) figures made from vinyl with limited articulation (heads turn, arms and legs are jointed) and great sculpts.

These are limited-production toys (Limited to 500 numbered pieces - numbering is on the box) and fairly expensive ($200+ each), targeting the nostalgia market.

Funko/Super7 Super Shoguns


During the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, Super7 handed out single bagged rockets to promote the upcoming Super Shogun line - this caused quite a stir as you can imagine. The rockets were made of two pieces (separate barrel and fins) in red, blue and green, all with white fins.

Super Shogun Missile - Blue (more like a Blue Gray) - Front

Super Shogun Missile - Blue (more like a Blue Gray) - Back

  1. 2010 Stormtrooper (white - limited to 1200)
  2. 2015 Shadow Trooper (black - Star Wars Celebration - limited to 500)
  3. 2015 Boba Fett Kenner Version (grey helmet - Star Wars Celebration - limited to 1200)
  4. 2015 Boba Fett Empire Version (green helmet - limited to 1200)
  5. 2016 Boba Fett Prototype Version (white - limited to 400)

These are limited edition collectibles with releases coinciding with Star Wars Celebration - think of these as exclusives for the ultimate Star Wars geek - but lucky for us they fit right in with Shogun Warriors.

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