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February 11, 2006

Action Gokin Robotan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rumble Crew @ 9:17 am

So, what’s the story with Robotan? Hell, I don’t know… I’ve been privy to many of the 70’s and 80’s shows geared towards younger audiences that produced many awesome toys including Robocon, Time Bokan, Medaman, Yattaman and some of the Popy Meisaku series, among many others.

Personally, I don’t really “get” most of these shows. Maybe it’s because I am a grown adult and not a 5 year old boy. Either that or I am a grown adult who doesn’t take hallucinogens. The Robotan anime, from the looks of the box, actually looks like a pretty down to earth show. But, much like Robocon, I’m sure appearances can be deceiving…



Robotan was made by Robin in 1986. It stands about 4 inches tall and overall does absolutely nothing but just stand there and look cute. It’s chest opens up to reveal an open slot for you to insert a floppy disk (included in the box). Wow! Being “Action Gokin” you would think this “kawaii” lil’ guy would be heavy. Not so much.. It’s legs are the only diecast, but boy is he cute. If you are into the cute stuff it’s a must have (hint, hint Corey). Nuff said.

Erik Sjoen

February 6, 2006

Yamato USA Garland Announcement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rumble Crew @ 9:21 pm

Good news, everyone! Yamato USA is releasing the 1/15 Megazone 23 Garland in North America. Here is the official press release:



Yamato USA Announces North American Distribution of Megazone 23 – 1/15 Scale Garland Full Action Figure


TORRANCE, CA, February 6th, 2006 – Japan’s Yamato Co., world-renowned for its fully transformable Macross and Armored Trooper Votoms action figures, seals its reputation as masters of toy engineering with its all new Megazone 23 – 1/15 Scale Garland Full Action Figure. And Yamato USA is exceptionally proud to announce the opening of pre-orders for North American distribution!


Loosely inspired by the Macross anime series (and even serving as source material for the unreleased Robotech the Movie), Megazone 23 tells the story of young motorcycle enthusiast Shogo Yahagi who mistakenly comes into possession of a government prototype bike/mecha. Ruthlessly pursued by a group of goverment agents, Shogo plans to save himself by exposing the bike for what it truly is on a live television show hosted by popular singer, Eve. But even the lovely Eve has secrets of her own; and Shogo quickly finds out that the government has much more to hide than just a transforming military motorcycle. As Shogo begins to unravel the mystery of the bike, he discovers a secret which is the very reality that surrounds him…


Now, Yamato brings the Garland roaring to life as only Yamato can do with its fully transformable Megazone 23 – 1/15 Scale Garland Full Action Model. Drawing upon original mecha designs by Shinji Aramaki (Wolf’s Rain, Bubblegum Crisis), Yamato’s 1/15 Garland stretches over 10″ long in bike and 9.5″ high in mecha form, with 10 points of articulation and scaled Shogo Yahagi figure. Even more, as a testament to Yamato’s engineering genius, the Shogo figure can remain seated in the figure as it fully transforms!


Yamato USA is proud to offer this exciting new collectible for distribution in North America, and even more excited to do so below the Japanese MSRP! Only $129.95! Shipping Summer 2006, retailer pre-orders now being accepted!



Roger’s note: The $129.95 suggested retail price is on par with Yamato-USA’s release of the 1/12 Scopedog last year, which showed up at some retailers as low as $99. Will American collectors luck out again? Keep checking their web site for updates!

Roger
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