Bandai - Godaikin Tetsujin 28
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These special robots require special investigations to get their story on the table so I had to dive into this a bit more. I found some interesting information about this Bandai Godaikin Tetsujin 28, the most popular and searched for charachter of this series so here we go:
In 1982 Bandai came up with the Godaikin range. The name is a combination of the Japanese words for "alloy" (gokin) and "big" (dai), and is presented as "GoDaiKin" on the packaging (however, within collectors' sources, the title case version is more commonly used).
Popy selected ten of their most popular Deluxe (or DX) Chogokin figures for release in North America for 1982. These typically varied between 10 and 12 inches in height in robot mode, and came in large boxes with carrying handles on the sides. Bandai America had no American facilities for manufacturing the figures, instead shipping the toys from Japan in Styrofoam to their New Jersey US Headquarters where they were placed inside the new boxes. The toyline's tagline was "An innovative series of super robots". Unlike most toys of the time, the figures did not have their wide selection of spring-loaded weapons left intact for the Western releases, which had only mild variations from the Japanese releases. Bandai's decision to aim the toys at an older audience may have been a factor in allowing them to circumvent safety laws.
The large size of the toys, the expense of their construction and the freight costs of shipping them over to America led to the toys being prohibitively expensive for many children (some having a retail price of around US $80), and sales were poor. For the second series of Godaikin figures, Bandai introduced a smaller range of figures alongside the next batch of Deluxes. The Standard Godaikin were all around 6 inches tall, and some were smaller versions of Deluxe figures released the same year. Some of these were actually DX Chogokin due to their features, but were bracketed as standard figures in America due to their size. Bandai also released some toys from the Big Scale Ships range to tie in with the figures.
However, in the face of competition from cheaper lines such as transformers and Gobots, Godaikin still failed to take off. Unlike these series, Godaikin had no tie-in media to promote it, as the robots were drawn from a wide number of diverse anime and tokusatsu series. Some of these had been shown in America previously in different forms, but none were actively tied into the Godaikin brand.
The line would continue with infrequent releases for another couple of years, largely repackaging overstock from Japan, where the Super Robot market was suffering something of a decline. Godaikin figures regularly ended up reduced in an attempt to sell, and large numbers of unsold units were shipped on to Europe and Australia, where they were repackaged once more and sold as part of Bandai's Robo Machine and Machine Man ranges respectively.
While a commercial failure, the line introduced many collectors to high quality Japanese toys, and now good condition examples fetch large amounts on the second-hand market.
Out of the series there in in fact ONE robot that gains real and big interest of Collectors and that is this Tetsujin 28 Robot and let me tell you, its an Awesome and Impressive Robot.
The BIG box contains the robot and all the parts, little robots, spaceman, rockets, engine, shields and so on. The robot is made out of diecast and works with a lot of magnets to attach the shields. Inside the robot is an elevator, hidden mechanics, platforms, handles, too much to mention. When I had this robot in hand I ( and my son ) immediatly understood the "Magic" of this robot. There is soooo much to explore :)
I found the robot in the UK where it was part of a collection. The owner passed away and his girlfriend was selling some parts of that colleciton. She showed me pics of the robot in a cabinet where it was displayed for more than 15 years. She told me the robot was complete and even had the original box so it had my attention from the start. I have searched for this robot for some years but never saw a complete one. There are so many parts that its a miracle to even find a complete one.
But this time it was "Bingo" A mint unplayed Godaikin Tetsujin 28 in its original box, complete !
The robot is unplayed with and is mint, no flaws to mention. The box has some minor storagewear but can be graded as near mint easily. Its a more than 30 years old to so its even a miracle it survived so well for a late period robot.
These VERY rare and scarce robots demand insane prices in the open market IF... you are able to find a complete one ! :) you will not succeed....
One of the, nopes... THE most looked for Tetsujin 28 in all its glory and this is what we call a ROBOT ! :)
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