Guys just a gentle reminder.....u might wanna chill out a bit w/ the topic.....mods are watching and they might lock this thread...lets just all chill and have a good conversation with our fav robot...voltes V.....
I remember a story of a fellow Filipino robot enthusiast, who once had a Jumbo voltes V during childhood. When he became older, his mom decided to donate some of his toys to poor kids in Mindanao (Southern Philippines), you know those "you're too old for these" line.
So off to Mindanao voltes V went, some lucky kid must have blown the poor thing to smithereens! Or is it still there waiting to be discovered?
Wow! What a lucky kid! So the Jumbo Machinders were also sold once in Philippines too? I didn't know that.
You know what, I even thought Volt-in-Box were bootleg, and Godaikin is the only "licensed" die-cast, because when I was a kid it was only Godaikin that I remember selling at stores. I was born 1981.
Back to Jumbo topic, that's why I'm scavenging every thrift shop, vintage toy stores, swap meets and flea markets for this, maybe I'll get lucky too. So far I saw this Jumbos on my hunt, but I didn't buy it since I don't collect them...
- Mazinger Z loose - MIB robot that I forgot the name - Daimos MIB - Daimos loose - Combattra loose - Golion loose
I think it's more fun hunting them on every corner of the world, than buying it on an auction! I prefer to be the Indiana Jones than the Museum Curator or a Rich Collector. So far I've been driving around everyday and asking my friends and cousins in Asia for this.
I had a shock seeing this replica of Voltes head. At first look I had the impression that it was one of the few I've cast myself. I've send one to a fellow collector and was thinking it was this one, but after a closer look it seems it's not the case. The original Voltes I had for doing this had a small imperfection on the side of the head wich seems not to be on this one. Anyway, it's nice to see somebody doing some refreshing job on an old junk Voltes. I did it also but mine was even more a junk as the one on this blog. There's a bit some free interpretation for the removable chest piece, but anyway it's a good job.
I've receive my junk Voltes from a friend for free, so it only cost me around 100$ in silicone and resine to do the repro part and some time to cast the molds and do the full stickers set, so a very good deal at the end even if it's a restored one.
I still want to upgrade to an "original" one but looking at current prices is just depressing.
About the shampoo bottle comment. Well I've to disagree on that, being a Jumbo devoted guy for something like a decade now, those big guys are really amazing. And for Voltes V, it's probably one of the best "incarnation" of the character that was ever made, in proportions and feeling. The dx version from the past and those made recently are maybe fun to play with the assembly and all that, but for me they all look a bit disproportionned, the head looks small and all that. If you like this character and have the money for the Jumbo version, you have to go for it, it's pure harmony.
But good luck finding one, even if you have the cash, nice speciment don't show so often. May the toy karma be with you.
Last Edit: May 25, 2009 11:29:26 GMT -5 by mikedeco
Well, there's some junk Jumbos and then there some junk with some potential. For me if there's some scratches I let them like that, just a good cleaning but I'll avoid as much as possible to paint original parts. For the repro parts it normal to paint them, but try to keep your JM as original as possible. Sometimes a simple cleaning, a good stickers job and your restored JM looks clean and fresh, even if there's some scratches.
The reason I asked is I saw this old JM Mazinger and the scratches are a lot and dirty. But I guess you're right because I saw a 1971 Pillsbury Doughboy but it looked freshed with just soap and water, then a little alcohol.
My quest ends here, I finally got my Jumbo Machinder, and like I said I will get it and I did. Luckily I don't have to travel to other country just to get this nor pay an auction price just to get one. Look how clean Voltes V is, the box is so worn but yeah, it's hard to find this at this condition. So for those people who told me to get in line, I guess I don't have to anymore huh. ;D
FYI, this Jumbo Machinder Voltes V is expensive and the original price was $6,000, but then I spoke with the owner and asked him how many years has he was keeping this at his store and turns out it was a few years already. It was listed multiple times on ebay he said but no one went higher than the reserve price so nothing happened. So I told him would you rather keep this on your store for more years or just give this to me on a more reasonable price right now, and I'll pay cash?