My final, and favourite, Japanese purchase: Popy's 1977 "GA-80" - the die-cast, ST edition Voltes V! Which is the cue for 99 per cent of you to ask: "who the heck is Voltes V?" Well, he's one of the earliest combining/gestalt-style mechs, star of "Chodenji Machine Voltes V" ("Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes 5"). Able to split into five parts and piloted by five heroes (duh), Voltes fought off an alien invasion. The series helped define super robot show tropes while Voltes' design inspired characters like Optimus Prime. Fascinatingly, Voltes is a revered revolutionary symbol in the Philippines!
As a kid I had a Betamax tape of the show, so there was enough nostalgic warmth there to prompt a purchase. Especially when the toy is in such good condition, with all launchers working and its whanging great sword present and accounted for! I actually got static trying to buy this - the seller wasn't in the mood to serve a foreigner. He was an ass about it, to be blunt, snapping "it's sold as-is" and "this isn't complete". I guess he meant the red crest on Voltes' sword which, as per the series, plugs into the gap on his chest (my strongest memory). I made sure I waited until after I'd paid before I disassembled the sword and plunked the crest into its resting place. The seller's look of horror was a nice bonus.
The beginning of the end of my Japanese acquisitions! If you were a kid in the West in the 70s/80s, then this is Mazinga Z - the iconic centrepiece of Mattel's "Shogun Warriors" line. But in truth it's actually Great Mazinga (the second mech to bear the title), specifically the five-inch die-cast "ST" toy manufactured by Popy in 1979. The latter version, which is articulated and has better paint and removable accessories, is far pricier than the former. And I paid less for it than I would have for the Mattel version. Score!
For a toy that is literally as old as me, GM here is in beautiful condition. His swords, especially, are near-perfect... no mean feat when, usually, they're completely missing. "Shogun Warriors" was *just* before my time but I nonetheless remember GM's visage and design from toy store aisles which (you may recall) almost prompted me to buy the enormous "Jumbo Machinder" version at this year's toy fair. I'm glad I waited - this one is smaller, more easily displayed and has more meaning attached, given I bought him on holiday. And what's a collection piece without a story to go along with it?
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