Dangard Ace DX Vintage 30 YEARS! PICS INSIDE!

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  1. iron maniac

    iron maniac Help Uncle Sixshot, Help!

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    I keep putting this off but since I've been getting requests to see this absolutely beautiful vintage piece. I snapped some pics for you guys.

    Dangard Ace, it started for me in the late 1970's when I got the 5 inch Mattel Shogun Warrior Dangard Ace for Christmas. I had most of the Shoguns but Dangard was ALWAYS my favorite.

    The great cartoon anime soon followed in 1980 when Jim Terry productions imported the series from Japan and dubbed it in English as part of the Force Five series. The animation was done by Japans infamous Toei studios. I was in awe, the series was excellent. I loved how Dangard transformed into the huge battle jet and fought all these huge robots. The comic book from Marvel was first-rate as well.

    Here's the opening clip from the TV series:
    Dangard Ace Anime Opening Clip


    Anyway here he is, released 30 years ago in 1977. He stands about 9 inches tall and is almost completely die-cast metal.

    Enjoy. :) 

    The orginal box:

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    The instructions, catalog, and styrofoam:
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    Robot Mode, With the Javelin:
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    Close-up of Dangards face:
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    Jet Fighter Mode:
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    Top view:
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    Back view:
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    I paid a nice chunk for this beauty but I got it for a really good price for a 100% complete one.

    Easily one of my biggest grails.

    Now Bandai, make a SOC version!!! LOL
     
  2. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Ooooo, pretty. Nice find!
     
  3. iron maniac

    iron maniac Help Uncle Sixshot, Help!

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    Thanks a lot.
    I got him about a year ago now, after looking for one for most of my life. I got him from a guy that needed to part with him(financial reasons, I'm guessing).
    As you can see there is no paint chipping at all on the die-cast, hes in superb shape for his age. I've actually never seen one in better shape than this myself.
     
  4. ambushbug74

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    That is awesome, I have lately come out with a new found respect for the giant 70's robots.
     
  5. Tech Spec

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    Congrats on the haul :thumb 

    DA was one of my favorite robots growing up as kid, I first saw him in Marvel Comics Shogun Warriors .
     
  6. iron maniac

    iron maniac Help Uncle Sixshot, Help!

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    Yeah, the comic book was great but the cartoon anime told a much deeper story. Very good stuff. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.
     
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    Very nice!
    Happy memories! I can barely go back that far, but remember watching and enjoying this show in the mornings.
     
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    Whoa! Congrats dude! I don't own him but looking at him reminds me of how cool when I first encountered mecha of this category! The blockness has a certain type of appeal and charm that is hard to explain! :D 
     
  9. gargunkle

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    Nice! I have a longstanding love of the 70s robots too. Gaiking was my favorite (but I only had three of the 5-6 inch line: him, Dragun, and Poseidon). I actually have a KO of Dangard Ace but I don't think he transforms.

    I only knew Dangard Ace from the Marvel comic, which at the time I did think was excellent.
     
  10. rework

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    That is a pretty sweet piece. I have the 5" version and some action vehicles, but never a fully transforming version. Really nice....

    There's just something really cool about those 70's Japanese giant robot toys... Can't put my finger on it... It's not like they are nearly as intricate or slick as today's robots... But they are so classic.
     
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    Pure classic. I love the old fist launching robots
     
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    yeah, all these modern robots need to launch their fist more.
     
  13. ambushbug74

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    Yeah, I was thinking this myself. I have a book called "Super #1 Robot" and it just lists page after page of giant robots. It's like an art book to me.
     
  14. iron maniac

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    The deluxe 9 inch Transforming model was never available in America unfortunately.

    When I was a kid, I had the 5 inch Mattel Dangard and couldn't figure out why he wouldn't transform into a jet fighter like he did in the anime cartoon. lol

    I hope Bandai will someday make a Soul Of Chogokin version of Dangard.
     
  15. ActionMasterZod

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    I may not have grown up when these were around but damnit, classic chogokin is just so beautiful and great to look at.
     
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    aw man, i have Dangard Ace on tape and i simply love the old school japanese robots.
     
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    Fantastic grail you got there. I have my sights set on one now. And I agree that Bandai needs to SOC this guy. I'm sure they will, they've got to be running out of ideas soon.
     

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