In 1984, was 14 and almost as big a nerd as I am today. Those were heady days indeed. Comics were coming into the mainstream zeitgeist, video games were about to really explode after a lull, and music just kept on improving. The beautiful thing about progress is that if you choose to stay behind, you are free to do so. I have three feet, one planted firmly in the past, one in the present and one in the future. Today, I am speaking of the past.
Back when I was 14 there was a big push to bring Japanese properties, models, and toys to the west. I was all in. Earlier Bandai-America brought a line of robot toys out called “Godaikin”. Looking back, those toys are all boxy-looking, and had very limited possibility. Compared to “Soul of Chogokin” figures, these are… quaint, but back then they were vibrantly dynamic. They dwarfed Jumbo Machinders, what we knew then as Shogun Warriors, in quality and versatility. There were ads for these in magazines like “Epic”, a Marvel imprint, and I would cut those ads out and drool over them. I would also spend hours drawing from them.
Nowadays, all of these are too expensive to purchase on my dime, or lack-thereof. My favorites were always Voltus V, Combatra, and Daltanias… in that order. Will I ever have one of these guys? Probably not, but nothing can replace my priceless memories of daydreaming about these giant robots and making friends with others who loved them as well.
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