then actually getting this catalog with a Jumbo, someone
I bought a jumbo from found it laying around and threw it into the
the deal, so I can't tell you for sure what jumbo this came with,
but my guess is either the Getta Robo Gs, Mach Barron, or Raydeen.
Why, look at the pictures and figure that out for yourself!
You might think that the reason we dig these catalogs
so much is that they allow us to figure out just which toys were
included in the series. Not so, in this case -- there's not much
debate as to what Popy made as a Machnder-style toy. The great thing
is that these are chock full of shots of PROTOTYPE Machinders that
look almost nothing like the finished products. Check out the clunky
proportions, the obvious brush-strokes, the lack of any shooting
mechanisms. They're probably not even polyethylene -- several appear
to be carved from wood or clay. These babies re-define the term
"primitive," and it's safe to say than any Jumbo collector worth
their salt would happily sell their own mothers into slavery for
the chance to own one of them. It's still unknown, and highly doubtful,
as to if any of them actually survived the 1970s.
FRONT COVER (right)
JUMBO ARM CASTLE
Here's an amazing picture of the Jumbo Arm Castle. Those red things
sticking out of it are jumbo arm sized and allow you to pop on your
5 favorite attachment arms. Very scary. Also there's a close up
of the Wing for Great Mazinger.
JUMBO LINE UP (left,
second from top)
Mach Barron, Getta Poseidon, Getta Dragon, Getta Liger, Raydeen
This is another great shot, like I was talking about in the "catalog
2" section. The photos that Popy
used for publicity and box art were not always of the actual toy,
sometimes time restraints caused them to take pictures of the prototypes,
and hope that not much changed before they were actually released.
Here's a great example of one that changed quite a bit. Check out
Raydeen. Yep. No firing mechanism on his stomach like the real character,
and get a load of that left arm? It looks like it might even be
carved out of something, wood or clay perhaps. Wow! For some reason
or another Popy decided that this version of the bow fist was no
good and resculped the entire thing in a much more streamlined variation.
What I wouldn't do to get my hands on one of these prototype versions.
XX ARM ATTACHMENTS
(left, third from top)
Close up of the XX-Series
ZZ ARM ATTACHMENTS
(left, fourth from top)
Close up of ZZ-1, ZZ-2, & ZZ-3
More ZZ ARM ATTACHMENTS
(left, third from bottom)
Close up of ZZ-4, ZZ-5, ZZ-6 & ZZ-7
TWO MAJOR ACCESSORIES (left
second from bottom)
A Close up of the ZZ-8, Jumbo Arm Castle as well
as the Cofin-like box accessory for Great Mazinger. Both of these
were used to store assorted arm attachments. Something like a Machinder
stockpile. The Coffin box thing was a mail away special. Popy sent
(check out catalog 2
for one of these) and drew from the entries each month. The lucky
winner would receive 5 free arm attachments and this storage box.
If only I would have found out about this contest 23 years ago...
GREAT MAZINGER'S COFFIN BOX (left
Here's the descriptions of how to win one of
these accessory boxes.
BACK COVER (right)
Yes my friends that is what you think it is.
It's a membership card to the Jumbo Machinder Fighting League. You
can cut this out, put your picture in the little box in the upper
right corner and *presto!* you are now a member committed to protecting
the earth. Damn cool! Check out "Captain