Mazinga! I picked this guy up last year to add to my Shogun Warrior collection. I lucked out and found one in pretty nice shape. After tracking down a few original accessories, he's complete and all original.
The Shogun Warrior toys were distributed in the US by Mattel in the mid-to-late 70s. They were created by a Japanese company, Popy, and were produced as characters from several different Japanese licenses (cartoons). Mattel brought them over to the US with a few minor modifications and sold them under one banner and license… The Shogun Warriors.
I didn't have a Mazinga as a kid but a friend down the street had one. I had a Dragun but was secretly jealous of my friend's Mazinga. Mazinga just had an intimidation factor that the other Shoguns just didn't have. His horns, pointy head, Vader-like grill on his face, and red chest armor made him look like something not to be messed with. He could shoot 3 rockets from his fist at the same time, or one at a time. He even came with two swords should he run out of missiles and have to cut down his foes "Medieval Style." If things got really dicey, Mazinga's pilot could jettison from the top of Mazinga's head in a separate craft. How cool is that?!
My appreciation for these large Shogun Warrior toys seems to grow with age. In the history of US toys, they were really something different and special on the toy shelves back in the 70s. While in Japan these characters' popularity continues today with new cartoons and toys, in the US we haven't seen true Shogun warrior toys in decades. I'd love to see Mattel or another company take the necessary steps to rerelease these guys or continue the concept with brand-new Shogun toys. I'm sure the fact that Shoguns are actually from different Japanese licenses is a hinderance. But, hey, they made it happen once, right?
As a kid, I was more into things like 12" Gijoe, Star Wars, and the Six Million Dollar Man. However, in adding more Shoguns to my collection lately, I have a renewed appreciation for them…. and, Dang! do they look cool on the shelf.