Discussion in 'Japan Toys' started by Lixx, Mar 25, 2009.
Gorz seems to be inspired by the smaller Mad Baron that way
Orders closed a few days ago for Zollmen's licensed Super Robot Taekwon V. The big boy stands 35cm tall, costs ¥20,000 plus shipping, and will ship out some time this year. Unclear whether this was a lottery or open preorder, but with no real delivery window I'd guess at the latter. Here are the promo photos:
The style is chunkier than the original animation, but I expected something a bit wackier from the maker who pachified Red Baron. I guess you could argue this is already a Korean bootleg of Mazinger Z, though.
There were probably limits on what they could do, given that it appears to be a licensed item.
I wonder if there was interest in this figure from Korean collectors.
Zollmen seems to have released an entirely new line a few months ago, entitled "Roadkillers". First release was sold by lotto on September 20th:
Two more in quick succession, the first at dcon:
And a second, with fresh parts, at the Mandarake Cocoo opening on December 14th:
There will also be releases of Taekwon V, giant Mad Baron and Mecha Gorilla at Cocoo. Edit: I'm seeing a few of these on YJA, as of November 24th, so some must have been released early. Tokyo Comic Con is a possibility, but interestingly some of the listings say "Parco", and huge new one just opened in Shibuya.
Sorry for the stock photos with Instagram photo numbers right on them. You can remedy the situation by posting better shots if you own one of these.
I'm always so delighted whenever I see one of those, er, monster hats in vintage listings, so it's an extra kick to see that bit of sofubistory represented in my favorite sofubish subcategory; toys of toys!
Quick Taekwon V thoughts. It's a well-made toy with 8 points of articulation, the surprise joints being rotation at the waist and fists. Everything moves smoothly and he stands well, which is a must for a toy that large. There is also a hidden missile/cannon detail underneath the fists, which are thin enough that they can be removed with minimal hairdryer time. That touch and the beautiful printed box with branded shipper mark it as a Zollmen toy, but in that illustrious heritage it's not a design that automatically stands out. I think it could really sing with some clear elements or weirder paint.
All in all a fun toy that I'd like to see more of in future, but this first release isn't the one for me.
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