This little guy magically arrived yesterday and it became my first toy opening of 2024.
Behold the mini Godaiken of Leopardon, the giant robot from the Amazing Japanese television adaptation of Spider-Man. These appeared when I was in high school, and I immediately recognized them as Shogun Warriors. Shoguns were an unrequited toy love of my childhood, meaning I never got many but adored the comic. So, I bought a bunch throughout high school.
Leopardon got special meaning in the 80s when I got a bootleg tape of the Japanese Spider-Man series (I was the “bootleg tape” guy in high school/college/now) and it was like knowing an incredible secret.
I remember finding this exact figure in 1991 at a Toys R Us store outside of Toronto and immediately buying it. Sadly, all of them were lost to time, and these figures went from sitting gathering dust at Toys R Us to just OUTRIGHT disappearing.
Seriously, I’m always on the hunt; I’ve found 2 of these things, and that’s it. The bubbles are likely the most significant issue; they are “rack toy”, although the figure is still high quality.
Happy 2024, everyone; let’s fill it with good stories.
#bandai #godaikin #shogunwarriors
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