Denkou Choujin GRIDMAN!!! Photoshoot/Review

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  1. Paladin

    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    Gridman is probably one of the more obscure bits of tokusatsu- developed by Tsuburaya Productions (better known for another Giant Hero show, Ultraman) in the early 1990's, the story involves a digital police officer protecting the Human World from monsters.

    Like several other shows, it was brought to America in an attempt to cash in on the ever-growing "Power Rangers" phenomenon. The American story-inspiringly named SuperHuman Samurai Syber-Squad featured Tim Curry commanding beasts in battle against a prototype Jonas Brother.

    ...I really dont think I need say anything more about it. This show managed to skirt the line between awesome & terrible even more than early Power Rangers. Its still one of my guilty-pleasure shows.

    As with any reputable toku, Gridman had its own toyline- most of which was ported to America with electronics gutted to reduce cost. These toys are increasingly difficult to find; they weren't highly popular during the original run & the availability was not high. But at last, I have tracked down a set of my own. :) 

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    This is our protagonist, Gridman- the policeman of the Computer World. Armed with the Accessor wrist gadget & the ability to grow to tremendous size temporarily, he is a powerful digital warrior.

    Gridman has something I almost never see in Toku toys-ARTICULATION. Fully rotating arms, legs, shoulders, neck, and wrists! Its a great design.

    Gridman receives assistance in the form of Helper Programs, controlled by his human allies.

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    The Thunder Jet, Twin Driller & God Tank! On their own these guys are somewhat unremarkable, not a lot of special features to offer (like most early Zords).

    3 vehicles combine to form:

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    God Xenon! (or perhaps Zenon; spelling appears to vary). This is a very "Optimal" design; it has a decent amount of arm & leg movement too. The connection at the upper torso can sometimes prove frustrating to keep attached. Or maybe that's just mine.

    Xenon's parts can unite WITH Gridman to form-

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    Super God THUNDER GRIDMAN! This awesome fighting force is ready to battle any digitized threat. In the show it could detach the shoulder-pieces & use them as missiles but the toy sadly cannot replicate that.

    And the articulation still remains! SuperGod Thunder has a decent range of movement in his arms & slightly more restricted movement in the legs- but he does move; that's a serious leg up on anything else I've reviewed recently.

    Gridman's arsenal is not limited to these 3 Vehicles though. At times he can also call on:

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    Dina Fighter & King Jet! Two powerful aircraft armed with missiles & laser cannons.

    Dina Fighter can become an impressive weapon for Gridman:

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    The Dragon Cannon! Please take a moment to appreciate this shot; it took me 20 minutes to get Gridman's arms to hold up enough to look right. Obviously his joints are a little weak.

    Later on, Dina Fighter & King Jet would appear in a single configuration-

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    Dragon Fortress! This flyer has yet another transformation-

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    Super Combination DinaDragon! A prehistoric force of destruction, always ready to lend a hand (or claw) to save Gridman.

    DinaDragon can also unite with Gridman, forming-

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    Combination Dragon Emperor King Gridman! Arguably the most powerful configuration, Emperor kicks all kinds of digital ass. He can use the Dragon Cannon too but I didn't get a pic of that, sorry. Also the arm-cannons can fold down as an added feature.

    These toys are just fantastic. The designs are very creative, the detail is superb and the actual articulation present is worlds beyond anything I would ever get from a Sentai Mech. I am beyond happy that I finally got to add these to my shelves.


    Syber-Squad Rules!
     
  2. Valkysas

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    it's always amused me how much Xenon's head looks like optimus prime.

    they were cool toys. I never had any, but my cousins did.
     
  3. Roanstalker

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    Being made by Takara, the guys behind Braves, I would've thought they'd find a way to combine God Zenon and King Gridman.
     
  4. slugslinger2004

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    Awesome toys. I still have my childhood SSSS Drago, but sold Servo and Xenon. One day I'll buy them again, but it's not a priority.
     
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    I had the smaller unarticulated King Gridman (could form Dyna Dragon and Dragon Fighter, not the crappy statue figure). I loved it but I dont know where it went...
     
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    <--So jealous!

    I can never find them anywhere for a decent price, and my brother destroyed mine. :/
     
  7. Dremare

    Dremare Had an Epiphany

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    I have a Gridman... Only him, though, and sadly, he is mostly broken because of being played often.
     
  8. Shin Densetsu

    Shin Densetsu I WILL DESTROY YOU Super Mod

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    Crap I should have bought these when Playmates brought them over more than a decade ago. The toys ALWAYS appealed to me, but the US version of the show was terrible and therefore I did not buy the toys. Always regretted that.
     
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    Arg! Me and my brother had these toys as kids! We loved the figures, and I was pretty tolerable of the show; sure it was cheesy, but it was still more tolerable that MAH-STUH'D RAI-(HURR)DURR. I'm pretty sure we had all the toys, although over time we lost the pieces to them. I'd love to get them again, but i'm sure my memory of them being awesome is mostly nostalgia. Tim Curry, the monsters, and the toku fighting was awesome; the American film lived action parts not so much, and that's pretty much how ALL toku adaptations have been with a few exceptions. It was a pretty obscure show back "in the day", wasn't it?

    Gridman is pretty much Ultraman and GaoGaiGar/Mazinger/Getter/super robot shows with GATTAI. It's actually a pretty awesome concept, and for what it was (especially the mecha design) I love(d) it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BLEpbGbsKA
     
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    Holly crap, thank you so much ! i have been searching for years to try and figure out what this was called. I remember watching it really early in the morning before school back on the old sky 1. Gah now i'm gonna have to watch it and hunt down the toys... seriously though thanks this has made my day :) 
     
  11. Paladin

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    Several episodes are available on Veoh as well as Jaroo.

    I am currently selling a smaller version of one Syber-Squad combination on my eBay page; check it out if you are interested (it's a real bargain right now!) :D 
     
  12. Roanstalker

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    I had that! Damnit.
     
  13. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Those Playmates toys were always a damn-near impossible bitch to find. It was the same deal with anything Exo-Squad.

    We only have Servo, Xenon, and the basic 5-inch action figure of Drago.
     
  14. mx-01 archon

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    I don't ever remember having problems finding them myself.

    Although as a kid, I stupidly never got around to getting Servo, which I always kinda regretted. Eventually found one a few years ago, but I didn't own the complete set for very long afterwards, after clearing out a whole bunch of my stuff.
     
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    As a kid, my parents certainly couldn't afford all the deluxe SSSS stuff, but I didn't have much trouble finding them in-stores when the series was new. What did give me trouble were those damn minifigures of the viruses from the series. Decade later and I'm finally getting them!

    Thanks to Tsuburaya helming this series, those kaiju designs were some of the most unique and compelling I'd seen, especially compared to their Saban contemporaries, the monsters in Power Rangers. I watched that show for the monsters more than I did the heroes... well, Tim Curry and the kid playing Malcolm were awesome too.
     
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    Ah good ol' SSSS. Loved the toys when I was a kid. I always thought it was funny when they repainted Servo into the character colors. Tanker and Syd were a little iffy with their shiny blue and pink respectively. But the gold/black Electro-grid Servo always looked cool. Digital Night Servo wasn't bad as well.
     
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    Most recent thread I could find (maybe there was another one I missed...)

    Well thought I'd post these pics up since they're pretty rare toys.

    Kabaya is a company that specialises in making cheap toys that come with a piece of candy. They can be either orifginal characters or licensed characters like Transformers and Braves. One of their licensed lines is from Denkou Chojin (Electronic Superhuman) Gridman.

    This line of candy toy comes in a set of 3. Each box shows a pic of Gridman or one of his upgrades. But weirdly it does not show any pics of the toys.

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    The toys come unassembled.

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    Set 1 contains the Thunder Jet and God tank.

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    Set 2 contains Gridman himself, Twin Driller and Dyna Fighter.

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    And set 3 contains the King Jet.

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    Gridman himself is rather plain. He has articulation at his shoulders, elbows (inwards) and hips. Not a whole lot. He comes with his sword (one piece).

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    His cant really old the Dyna Fighter as a cannon since it causes him to fall over. This is the best he can do...

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    Thunder Jet, God Tank and Twin Driller together. Pretty standard build.

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    Like in Super Sentai, these three vehicles can combine together. The drill tips on Twin Driller have to be removed in order to combine...

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    Combined they form God Zenon who can support Gridman in times of need. Again minimal articulation. Shoulders (outward as well as forward), hips (outward again) and head (kind small so not really practicall to move it). The transformation is pretty accurate to the DX toy.

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    God Zenon with Gridman.

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    Instead of ending the combination there, God Zennon can also link up with Gridman too. This time two small 'connectors' are need to connect Gridman to the God Tank.

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    Combined they form Gattai Choujin (Combination Super God) Thunder Gridman. What Gridman had for articulation is what Thunder Gridman has. Except ver restricted due to the new armor. Interestingly Thunder Gridman's face isnt molded in. They just give him a HUGE visor piece with a whole under it to see Gridman's faceplate. Except you can see it because of the red plastic being so bright.

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    Next is King Jet and Dyna Fighter. King Jet is the biggest vehicle of the 5 and takes the longest time to build.

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    They can combine together to form the Dragon Fortress. Just adds two tail find at the back...

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    Dragon Fortress can then transform into the Dyna Dragon. More parts need removing to transform.

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    Dyna Dragon has surprising amounts of articultion. His hips and knees move, head, and his arms (three joints each).

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    Gridman with Dyna Dragon.

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    Combining Dyna Dragon and Gridman forms Gattai Ryutei (Combination Dragon Emperor) King Gridman. Slightly Taller than Thunder Gridman and less chunkier because of how the parts do not cover him as much as Thunder Gridman's.

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    Gridman with both God Zenon and Dyna Dragon.

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    DX and Kabaya comparisons.

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    So pretty cool. Not really worth the price I paid (at least it wasnt Yahoo prices) But need small versions of Gridman.
     
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    Anyone know what a decent price to pay for these is? I think I might like to get these.
     

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