I thought I would share a finding I made about 6 months ago in regards to the name[glow=red,2,300]Godaikin [/glow] . I believe that I have verified this story as to how that name came to be.
Recently I was talking to one of the owners/ senior workers of Forbidden Planet in NY and he claimed to be an older Bandai worker. Purportedly the design team was stuck on trying to name the conglomeration of these Japanese super robots.
So he ended up, by chance, sticking together the words "God" with the Japanese word "Dai" (that means big).....and the rest is history. So the name roughly means Big Gods, which is how these super robots get treated in Japan.
For those New York, NY visitors out there, you will notice that by entrance in Forbidden Planet is Dancougar. Yep, it was an older 6 foot tall fiberglass Bandai Promo sculpture.
Cool! I'm amazed how careless they were with that though. I've noticed the Japanese tend to be very careful with toy names. I've read entire papers on the significance of the name "Diaclone" (tougher than Super Alloy Z, unbreakable bond with children, etc). I didn't realize until recently that Diakron (The American version of Diaclone) is the same name (Ls and Rs are interchangable to the Japanese) just spelt differently than we're used to seeing it.
The Japanese box art was amazing, but the European box art was very weak. Have you ever seen the French Ceji/Joustra Diaclone boxes? I've heard they had the best box art of them all, but I've only seen a few pics.
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