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Shogun Warriors

Shogun Warriors were a line of toys, licensed by Mattel during the late 1970s that consisted of a series of imported Japanese robots all based on then-popular giant robot anime shows. They were originally manufactured in three sizes, the 24 inch plastic versions, the 3.5 inch diecast metal versions and the slightly taller but much more detailed and articulated 4" diecast versions. There were later offered special versions of the more popular robots that could be manipulated into an alternate configuration. Shogun Warriors included the following:

  • Raideen
  • Getter Dragon from Getter Robo G (AKA Dragun)
  • Dangard Ace
  • Mazinger
  • Great Mazinger (AKA Mazinga)
  • Gaiking
  • Getter Poseidon from Getter Robo G (AKA Poseidon)
  • Combattler V (AKA Combattra)
  • Grendizer (AKA Goldorak - "jumbo" form is rare as the Mattel version was only distributed in France)
  • Godzilla (only in "jumbo" form)
  • Rodan (only in "jumbo" form and rare)

The most attractive features on these toys were the spring loaded launcher weapons such as missiles, star shuriken, and battleaxes. Some robots were able to launch their fists. The later diecast versions of these toys were also attractive for the ability to transform into different shapes. Grandizer, for instance, was changeable into a saucerlike spaceship. These "convertable" editions were the precursors to the "Transformers" line of toy robots but unlike the later toyline it was not unusual for minor dissasembly to be required to achieve the secondary form. Also the second form was not always an apparently useful one, a "giant skull" for instance.

Shogun Warriors was also licensed in 1979-1980 for a 20-issue Marvel comic written by Doug Moench where several of the robots (Raideen, Combatra, Dangard Ace) were incorporated into Marvel Universe stories.

Like certain other toylines of the 70s, the Shogun Warriors came under pressure due to safety concerns regarding their spring loaded weapons features. Toy manufacturers were facing new regulations due to reported child injuries as a result of playing with these toys. Consequently, many toy companies were forced to remodel existing toylines with child safe variations (such as spring loaded "action" missiles that would remain attached to the toy). For this reason, as well as decreasing sales, the Shogun Warriors toyline disappeared by 1980.

Several of the anime from this toyline were seen in the 80s as part of Jim Terry's Force Five series. (Wikipedia)

Grand Car
Mattel, Popy
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Deluxe Set
Mattel, Popy
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 5: Battle Craft
Mattel, Popy
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 4: Battle Marine
Mattel
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 2: Battle Tank
Mattel
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 2: Battle Clasher
Mattel
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 1: Battle Jet
Mattel, Popy
Shogun Warriors Puzzles
Frolic, HG Toys, Mattel
Rydoto
Mattel, Popy
Solar Saucer
Mattel, Popy
Sky Arrow
Mattel, Popy
Shigcon Jet
Mattel, Popy
Varitank
Mattel
Dangard Launcher
Mattel, Popy
Kargosaur
Mattel
Shogun Warriors Utility Belt
GLJ Toy Co. Inc.
Toynami
Toynami
Mattel
Mattel
Mattel, Popy
Mattel
Mattel
Sky Jet
Mattel, Popy
Mattel
Mattel
Mattel
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Grand Car Grand Car Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1978 08.16.14
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Deluxe Set Combatra Shogun Warriors, U-Combine Shogun Combatra 1978 05.02.14
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 1: Battle Jet Battle Jet Shogun Warriors, U-Combine Shogun Combatra 1978 02.26.14
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 5: Battle Craft Battle Craft Shogun Warriors, U-Combine Shogun Combatra 1978 04.19.14
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 4: Battle Marine Battle Marine Shogun Warriors, U-Combine Shogun Combatra 1978 03.07.14
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 2: Battle Tank Battle Tank Shogun Warriors, U-Combine Shogun Combatra 1978 02.26.14
U-Combine Shogun Combatra Vehicle No. 2: Battle Clasher Battle Clasher Shogun Warriors, U-Combine Shogun Combatra 1978 02.26.14
Shogun Warriors Puzzles Shogun Warriors Jigsaw Puzzles Shogun Warriors 1977 11.29.13
Solar Saucer Solar Saucer Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1978 10.05.13
Rydoto Rydoto Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1978 10.19.13
Sky Arrow Sky Arrow Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1978 09.21.13
Dangard Launcher Dangard Launcher Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1978 07.27.13
Shigcon Jet Shigcon Jet Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1978 09.08.13
Varitank Varitank Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1978 08.14.13
Kargosaur Kargosaur Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1978 07.27.13
Shogun Warriors Utility Belt Shogun Warriors Official Utility Belt Shogun Warriors 1977 05.29.14
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Go Lion Shogun Warriors 2011 04.26.11
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Dairugger XV Shogun Warriors 2011 04.14.11
Goldorak Shogun Warriors 1978 10.12.12
Dragun
Dragun Shogun Warriors 1976 07.27.13
Great Mazinga
Great Mazinga Shogun Warriors 1979 04.06.11
Raydeen
Raydeen Shogun Warriors 1977 04.06.11
Great Mazinga
Great Mazinga Shogun Warriors 1977 03.10.11
Daimos
Daimos Shogun Warriors 1978 11.30.10
Sky Jet Sky Jet Shogun Action Vehicles, Shogun Warriors 1979 07.27.13
Gaiking
Gaiking Shogun Warriors 1978 11.30.10
Godzilla
Godzilla Shogun Warriors 1977 11.23.10

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