Go Nagai Toy Exhibition #2

Along with Mazinger and Devilman at the entrance, the three super robots, Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and Grendizer were also kind enough to warmly welcome me.

Each of these human-sized statues is impressive enough while a proportion with a perspective apparently affected by recent anime robots such as Gundom is found to have been applied to the model with details of the joints also added.

I also like the design of Great Mazinger although the show might not be so popular as Mazinger Z. I find it attractive that Brain Condor’s vertical stabilizer sticks out forward alongside of the simple V-shaped heating plates, Buresuto Bān (Breast Burn) in Japanese, on the chest with a sharp point at each end while I think the design looks more sophisticated than that of Mazinger Z.

Grendizer looks so cool. I had not been aware that the character looked so good even though it is a character I like.

All of these statues were on sale (build-to-order) at the price from 350,000 yen to more than 370,000 yen. Although the nice-looking statues make me feel like getting them, I can not afford to buy either of them, of course, and it makes me imagine how hard it will be to find a space to place one at home except those who live in a big house.

8 thoughts on “Go Nagai Toy Exhibition #2”

  1. Tetsujin 28 gō ( 鉄人28号) hasn’t aired in Thailand. Magma Taishi (マグマ大使) and Giant-robo (ジャイアント・ロボ) has aired in Thailand but both of them are live-action serie. Untill 1973 MazingerZ is The first Superrobot animation serie that has aired in Thailand. It was The big hit, and Then followed by many other Super robot for years.

    1. I still remember one evening my friend has invited me to his home and showed me his new Stereo cassette recorder ( Back then Stereo cassette recorder is very expensive for my family ) We recorded MazingerZ Opening and Ending title song from T.V. Then we rewound and played it again and again with fun and excitement.

      1. And Do you believe me ? While we played Stereo cassette recorder we sang along in Japanese lyric from Thai Alphabet in our comic book. As I remember the lyrics are ” Sorani sobiaru kunorareno shiro supa robotto majinga zatto……”

        1. Wow, in Japanese? That’s GREAT!
          It makes me feel like it is unfair to make you sing those songs unilaterally in Japanese, but the Thai language looks very difficult for me. 🙂
          Nevertheless, it’s definitely impressive to learn you sang them in Japanese!

          Thanks for all the wonderful information!

      2. I did that! 🙂 I collected anime and tokusatsu theme songs on a cassette tape just putting the recorder right in front of the TV set without initially knowing connecting them by cable. I remember I asked those around me to keep quiet while recording. 🙂

        Oh, my goodness, thank you for the nostalgia that makes me lost for words even with the picture of the tape recorder!

    2. I see. It is really exciting to learn those shows you mentioned aired in Thailand almost at the same time as in Japan!
      Thank you for sharing the information!

  2. It is so cool to see this exhibition! My favorite Nagai cartoons were Grendizer & Getta Robo G (they did not show the first Getta Robo here). I still have my old Grendizer pencil and some stickers. Your last point makes me think of how houses and apartments in Japan tend to be smaller than in America, so these statues must surely be luxury items like buying a sports car!

    1. Yeah, I like Getta Dragon preferring it to the plain Getta 1 while I find both of them attractive.
      As to my last passage, I think Japanese houses and apartments were once described as “rabbit sheds” although the term is not heard of these days and the situation has remained unchanged since then. People have to work hard to purchase such a tiny house or apartment with mortgage to pay off in decades. Phew!

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