|Shogun Warrior Jumbo Machineders
The most common Shogun Warriors were 23 1/2" tall plastic warriors that fired projectiles from their hands, chest or legs. Many also had cool weapons and/or fists that shot off via spring mechanism. Marukai Trading Company had exclusive rights to import the Shoguns to the US via Oriental grocers and video stores, why some Japanese boxed versions (like the bow fisted Raideen) are remembered (and somethimes found). The initial Mattel release featured four Shogun Warriors: The Great Mazinga (Mazinger in Japan), Raideen, Dragun, and Godzilla. There were at least three very different releases/versions of the initial four Shoguns during the toys run. Later Gaiking, Daimos and Rodan were released, the latter as one of the "World's Greatest Monsters" instead of under the Shogun title. There were also some foreign release Shoguns: Goldorak (Grandizer or Goldrake.) in a French language box (there were only 3 large format Shoguns released in France: Goldorak, Raideen and Gaiking. Click here for the French sticker!) as well as German boxed versions. All of the Shogun's were released in Japan in varying formats. (The 24" Poseidon is very cool, and the Cargosaur made to fit the 24" scale is pretty incredible), some that were exclusive to Japan command prices in the thousands when found mint and boxed (due to rarity). Also, many alternate fists, shooters and accessories were sold in Japan to compliment the Shogun line (Raideen's "Iron Cutter" or shooting axe fists was actually a Mazinga accessory). To round out the large figure format, Mattel released a battery operated Gaiking retitled Zargon.
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