Mattel’s Shogun Warriors line holds a special place in the hearts of many toy enthusiasts and collectors. Launched in the 1970s, these action figures brought together the worlds of Japanese anime and jumbo machinders, creating a captivating fusion of Eastern and Western influences. Inspired by popular shows like Mazinger Z and Getter Robo, the Shogun Warriors toys boasted impressive size, intricate details, and exciting play features. Their introduction marked a turning point in the toy industry, captivating children and adults alike with their larger-than-life presence.
Watch Mazinger Z: Infinity… NOW!
I know, this is five years old, and chances are that if you are a Mazin fan you’ve already seen this. I’ve been a fan since the old days of Tranzor Z in the 1980s. I had seen manga and anime magazines with Mazin material, and my closest point of recognition was that it was […]
Vintage Henshin: The Rise and Fall of the SHOGUN WARRIORS
With a scant nineteen videos uploaded to this channel, Vintage Henshin has some of the richest content on tokusatsu that I’ve seen on the interwebs. The tone is perfect for the content and the aesthetic of the visuals is delightful. The video I’ve embedded is a great essay on some of my favorite toys from […]
Saturday Morning Memories: Godzilla (1978)
In the Autumn of 1978, my favorite Saturday morning cartoon had to be Hanna-Barbera’s Godzilla. I was already well versed in the giant atomic monster, but this show with its simple line-work brought me into drawing my own Kaiju. For a while it was an obsession. I lament that I didn’t keep the monster books […]
Super Shogun Full Color Mechagodzilla 20-Inch Action Figure
Standing 20-inches tall, Super7’s Super Shoguns are the next evolution of the Jumbo-scale toys popular in the 1970s and 80s. Here to do battle with your vintage Godzilla, this Toho Super Shogun Mechagodzilla features three missile-firing fingers on each hand (six total!) with the iconic original red missiles, movable arms, legs, hands and head, along […]