Christmas Morning, 1978: Shogun Warriors

Christmas Shogun 1978

Let’s kick off the Christmas season with some giant, exceedingly dangerous robot toys, shall we? John Reese—snug in his Snoopy shirt, maroon cords, and Adidas casuals—is showing off Great Mazinga. Lots of orange shag carpeting. Lots of wood. Bucolic painting hanging over the floral print couch. Possibly an urn filled with somebody’s ashes next to the lamp.

Christmas Shogun 1978-2

Next: Raydeen. From Shamus Young, who writes the blog Twenty Sided:

On the left is Pat, who got the Shogun that launches a big plastic fist. I got the one that shoots missiles out of his hand. When I say ‘missiles’, I’m not talking about a blinky light, or a sound effect, or a bit of missile-shaped foam. I’m talking about real, pointy bits of plastic that can be aimed at the eyeballs of children for fun and excitement. Good times.

Speaking of missiles, one of them appears to be missing. Better check the dog!

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Here Dragun and Mazinga guard Darren Bryant, who’s captaining the forces of good from his inflatable Six Million Dollar Man Mission Control Center. In the background, Commissioner Gordon reaches for the Batphone.

Check out a 1976 – 1978 Shogun Warriors commercial here.

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6 Responses to “Christmas Morning, 1978: Shogun Warriors”

  1. 1 leftylimbo December 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Classic. I had Gaiking, not sure what happened to him. My cousin has Mazinger Z and only a few months ago bought the little plane/jet thing that fits in his head from someone on Ebay. The original one was lost…and I think that’s the only thing he lost! I’ll ask him if he has any xmas pictures of it. lol

    • 3 2W2N December 2, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      I just had the small die-cast ones. It’s really incredible how giant these suckers are.

      • 4 leftylimbo December 4, 2013 at 4:05 am

        My mom bought mine from Fedco. I think it was for my birthday or for Christmas. I remember distinctly that she said I could choose one toy, any toy, from the toy department. I liked the size of the big ones but couldn’t deny the detail and heft of the small die-cast ones. I must’ve sat in front of those two toys for over half an hour debating. But in the end I went with the bigger fish.

  2. 5 Jeffery Lovegrove December 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I got Mazinga and Raydeen for learning my multiplication tables. Later I added the Godzilla figure. My battles were epic!

  3. 6 Will E. December 15, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Had Mazinga, lost the missiles probably later that morning.

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