You could buy special fist sets to change up your Shogun Warrior in Japan.
What if the big Masudaya robots had accessory sets? You could have a giant sonic / machine man black version and thanks to Robert Johnson for actually faithfully copying the hexagon head and head parts. I painted one of the Papasan heads Non-Stop style to match Sonic's arms. I mounted it to a top plate I made which is tabbed like the Giant Sonic's head. Since the gang members heads are screwed down to allow access to the bulb you can switch back in less than a minute. The chest plate is a refrigerator magnet.
I wish I could tell you that I found a this guy in this cooler tucked away in an attic though.
It has been about 25 years since the Z Knight kits were first released, hard to believe. Pretty sure the Z is for Zoid Knight, these toys have tons of detail and great animated walking. Imagine in 1991 finding a 25 year old Kogure kit and building it, this is as close as I will likely get. I threw together a quick video starting off with the TV commercial for this toy, a build up and the actual toy taking it first steps after a quarter century.
I like this, it looks like Biotron's half brother. Another fringe robot creature is the Bandai Gorilla forklift robot. It is a steerable remote control toy that is combined with a set of forklift arms. I sold mine on ebay years ago and have not seen one since. Anybody have one?
Here is one Perry picked up. It came with a separate top plate and astronaut head. That plate was hand made for another robot as of now unknown. I will show that later. So out to my own parts bin where I added this head and Super Astronaut top plate.
This robot has a hand made chest plate, doors, and two piece hinged guns. Tonight I will take it apart and post pictures of the rest. The lines on this robot mirror the head, the tin is cut bent soldered and sanded. This robot is like a heavy up, so it is now named Heavy Unit.
Maybe I have this wrong, this could be the work of a Japanese master robot hobbyist who made all of these but I would rather think they came from Metal House. What I am going to try is to copy this in metal myself, piece by piece.
These are not reproductions and they are not new market robots so I don't know why this was moved to this section. It should stay in robot talk because this is probably the most exciting things to happen to the "hobby" in years. There also is no way these are faked recently for profit. The amount of work the precision and the technique used is extraordinary. The guy who lists them on yahoo Japan is only making a small fraction of what these go for after they are gobbled up and resold by actual vintage toy dealers. The white astronaut I would say is an actual prototype made by the same guy responsible for Hap Hazard and Moon Bounce, also remember that both of those astronauts were made at Metal House. The other two (two that I know of) are using old horikawa parts to show off prototype parts. In other words these were to be newer additions to the Horikawa Martian/Super Astronaut line. This is the way that we saw Horikawa re-use parts and make small changes to existing robots so they would have another catalog offering to choose from.
He was one of those guys that everyone felt like they knew him. In Search of is still one of my favorite shows. It is sad but in a way not too much because you know that he is still on a journey somewhere.
Sometimes simple changes are the most satisfying.
The new Metal House Machine Gun Robot is one of their best new creations but even it has elements of browsing late night parts bins. It now looks like a robot that would have been offered by Horikawa back in the glory days.