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September 1, 2015

Mazinger Z has plenty of ENEMIES..

Filed under: Co. BANDAI,Co. POPY,Declarations,Erik Sjoen — erik sjoen @ 9:21 pm



May 11, 2013

Summertime Part 2

Filed under: Co. POPY,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 2:30 pm

Peferct day for some Jumbo in the wilderness action.
A few years went by, since I made this the last time.

April 3, 2013

Popy: Wednesday bling

Filed under: Co. POPY,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 4:19 pm

Popy Coin Lightan (コインライタン) GB-81

March 25, 2013

Popy: Ultraman 80 sofubi set

Filed under: Co. POPY,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 3:36 pm

No, I don’t collect Ultraman stuff. My only vintage piece is this Popy set.
I also have a few 80ties Bandai Ultraman kaijus. That’s it. I think I’m more
a “Mirrorman guy” ;-)

I “rediscover” this piece last friday and thought it deserves some extra love.

Bought this Popy Ultaman 80 (ウルトラマン80) set more than 20 years ago.
I was a complete newbie at this time and had no clue how many (endless) cool
japanese toys are out there. Finding informations about these toys was pretty
difficult at this time. No ebay, no wikipedia, no TBDX, nothing.

I was into Shogun Warriors, tin robots, Popy Chogokins, Micronauts and many
none japanese toys at this time. I bought most of the stuff on flea markets and from
a toy dealer I knew personally here in germany. This guy was pretty cool. He was
specialized on superhero stuff, but also had cool japanese pieces from time to time.
He was travelling around in italy and got the toys from old toy stores, but also
went to big toy shows in the USA a few times a year. Great times! Buying and
finding toys was a real adventure.

I bought my Mattel Astro Robot Jumbos, lots of Shogun Warriors, tons of Popy
Chogokins etc over the years from him. His name was Peter Bergner, he also
had a store in Cologne. This was the german version of  Kimono my House, only
without the japanese toys ;-)

The guy had a world famous Spiderman collection. He had everything you could imagine,
even a real Spidey costume from one of the 70ties movies.

…ok, back to the Ultraman set.
I remember that Peter bought the sofubi set on a toy show in Florida,
because he thought it could be something for me. I think I paid something
like $50 for it. This was lots of money for me at this time, a poor student.

Enough sentimental nostalgic memories. Here’s the toy…lets go.

It’s a “double blister box” with a pop-up flip side. Pretty cool!

The set comes with 13 figures.

13 figures, 13 faces.

I like the artwork of this box. The sofubis look nice inside the blister
box, but even better when they are in the pop-up “diorama”.
Like a little store display.

The set comes with a little Popy Ultraman 80 catalog

Great set. I’m glad that bought it.
Finally a few foot markings…

December 27, 2012

Grendizer! UFOロボ グレンダイザー Part 1

Filed under: Co. POPY,Daily Money Shots,Toy Love — roboto @ 7:59 am

Popy Chogokin DX UFO Grendizer

Station Kiosk Bagged Popy Chogokin DX UFO Grendizer

Popy Chogokin DX Grendizer

Bandai Capsule Chogokin Grendizer & Popy Chogokin DX Spazer

Bandai Capsule & Popy Chogokin DX Grendizer

Bandai Capsule & Popy Chogokin DX UFO Robot Grendizer

Grendizer! Part 2

Filed under: Co. BANDAI,Co. POPY,Daily Money Shots,Toy Love,Toy News — roboto @ 7:52 am


Metal Boy GrendizerMetal Boy Grendizer

Popy Chogokin DX Grendizer & Metal Boy Grendizer

Banpresto Dynamic Character TV Anime Museum Part 4 Duke Fleed & Grendizer and Marmit Grendizer

September 10, 2012

Black Out!!

Filed under: Co. POPY,Erik Sjoen,Toy News — erik sjoen @ 2:15 pm

I’m sure every collector out there is aware that Ed is parting with his magnificent DX Chogokin Black Daltanious at the upcoming Morphy Auction this Thursday. It is so flippin’ rare to see one of these, not to mention for sale. This is one of the holy trinity of Black DX’s Popy turned out. I would love to see this, the Garbin and the Godsigma together, although I’m not holding my breath. I’m sure we’ll all be watching this one VERY closely.


April 9, 2012

Tetsujin! 鉄人28号

Filed under: Co. POPY,Daily Money Shots,Toy Love — roboto @ 1:33 pm





April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Filed under: Co. POPY,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 6:02 pm

January 14, 2012

Popy: Norakuro – The cat is a dog

Filed under: Co. POPY,Stephan Halder,Toy News — chogoman @ 6:00 pm

The cat is a dog”. Yes. I’m pretty confused. I was one of the guys who thought for
decades t hat Norakuro is a cat. Japan’s answer to Felix the Cat. Holy shit.
He looks like a cat!
But I was wrong.

Norakuro (のらくろ), or Norakuro-kun was created by Suihō Tagawa.

“The name Norakuro is an abbreviation of norainu (野良犬, stray dog) and Kurokichi
(黒吉, the name of the dog, literally meaning “black lucky”).”

Norakuro started his manga career in 1931 as a private, serving in an army of dogs
called the “fierce dogs brigade” (猛犬連隊 mōkenrentai).

I always wanted the Popy Chogokin version of Norakuro, but I needed a few
years to get one. He’s not very scare and not very expensive, always another
toy was on top of my “list”. Norakuro had to wait. Finally I got one from Yahoo
Japan last year. When he arrived I was really amazed. All I can say. Super nice toy!

The 1976 Norakuro GA-72 is from Popy’s Meisaku Series. Let’s start with the box art.

The toy comes with a plastic stand, a bag with accessories, a Popy chogokin catalog and
a little brochure.

Hope you all appreciate what I do now ;-)
I destroyed the C-10 condition and open the plastic bag with the accessories.
Hmmmmm…I smell more than 30 year old preserved japanese odor.

In the bag are Norakuro’s rifle, sword, bayone, backpack and 7 attachable badges of rank.
With the badges he could be gradually promoted from private to 2nd lieutenant.


Here are some detail shots of his military equipment.


Norakuro itself is heavy diecast. Only his head is plastic and
he could move his arms and legs.

…again. Super nice toy!
I love this little dog and I hope that Norakuro didn’t make any bad things in
China during the 30ties when he was part of the Imperial Japanese Army.
Ok, not really Imperial Japanese Army…”fierce dogs brigade”.

THANKS Mr.Chairman Sjoen destroying my illusion that Norakuro is a cat.

All the old fotos are from the secret archive of the Imperial “fierce dogs brigade”.
They never had been published before.

More fotos in the BBS.




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