11/18/99: I Magnifici 4 Difensori Del Mondo!
Matt Alt and Sean Bonner can bite me for peer-pressuring
me with their incessant prattle. I'm now in an engorged state of Jumbomachinder
lust, and I'm broke. I'm not sure at what point these wheeled,
unweildy, 24" missile-firing shampoo bottles
actually became a priority, but let's just say I'm redesigning my shelf, and that I'm
running out of room.
Latest acquisition? The bizarre licensed Mattel Astro Robot! It's a hodge-podge
cludging of Machine Blaster II's pointed-nosed noggin, Grandizer's um, "breast",
and Raydeen's sexy gams. And did I mention it's green?
Here's a few pics to steam up Bonner.
More pics on this shortly....
Pugno Spara Razzi!
on Endless Gobs of
Check dis: Uni-Five says they're going to do Mazinger Z as their next
'Desktop Display Model.' This is a cool but kinda pricey series of statues
that feature photoetched copper 'mechanical parts' embedded within their
transparent resin bodies. The price will probably be in the 12,000 yen
And just when you thought you'd seen enough Ultraman, check out the latest
edition to the lineup: here's 'Ultraman Naisu.' Ultraman Nice? Ultraman
Nights? Ultraman Nythe? Who the hell knows, but this incarnation looks like
a twisted reincarnation of Captain Picard. Pictured is Bandai's 600-yen 'toy
crack' version. Suck 'em down while you can.
Bandai's also dumping a bunch of new vehicles into the Popinika series,
which they keep alive in name only just to torture old chogokin fanatics
with. Metal content? Don't make me laugh. (Actually, I have no idea. They
LOOK plasticy, though.) Coming up in November: The Guts-Wing 1, Guts-Wing 2
(pictured), and the Atreides Battle-Carrier.
Finally, this is the newest addition to Bandai's 'Chogokin Nano' series -- the High
Mobility Type Zaku II. Look for it in late November. Great as it is that
Bandai's releasing tons o' diecast robots, I just can't get excited over
tiny unpainted figurines. But this is probably why Bandai refers to them as
"built up models" instead of toys. 1,980 yen ($19)