Toy-Ventures: Popy World Heroes

This week’s episode is all about the greatest toys you never had as a kid, unless you grew up in Japan that is. The Popy World Heroes are an amalgamation of the Kenner Star Wars figures with the greatest TV Superheroes Japan had to offer.

I’m talking Power Rangers! I’m talking Ultra-Man and his many, many brothers and my personal favourite Kamen Rider and his arch enemies. Popy World Heroes are the kind of crazy the world needs.

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Foreign: Popy TV Heroes

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These TV Heroes were Japan’s answer to the Mego Craze in the 1970s, covering Japan’s most popular and current TV heroes of the day. From Left to Right, Kamen Rider V3, Gatchaman Ken Owashi, Kamen Rider Ichigo, Battle Keyna, Battle France, Battle Cossack, Battle Japan, Ultra Seven, Ultaman Jonias, Ultra man.

Facts:The rarest figures in the series seem to be Keyna, France and Cossack. Battle Japan is the “Mr Myxlptlk” of the group and can be found for under $100 if you’re patient.

Ultra Seven and Ultraman are very prone to suit damage, their outfits are made of a delicate material and glued together, they were not built to last. Jonias has spandex type outfit and is easily found for a reasonable price.

Popy crafted their own body (which is slimmer than the standard Mego body) and can be seen below:

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Top sites for the Popy TV Heroes: Mego Like and ForeignMego