Go Nagai and Anime Robot Collection (Italy) May 2, 2023 7:04:47 GMT -5 mpchi, Chen, and 2 more like this
Post by redhobbit on May 2, 2023 7:04:47 GMT -5
I had stumbled upon the Go Nagai collection a ways back and finally ended picking up a number of them. I thought it might be helpful to share some photos and online stores for others who want to collect these. They can be pretty inexpensive if you know where to look.
Mecha Anime was fairly popular in Italy with some of the classic Super Robots still beloved to this day. Yamato Video which does a lot of distribution for anime and manga licensed the mecha figures and started producing and selling them in Italy around 10 years ago. The first line was the Go Nagai collection which featured Mazinger, Great Mazinger, Grendizer, Jeeg and Getter Robo. But what really made them standout was they produced a large number of figures for the various villains with Mazinger and Great Mazinger getting the lion's share of those. Below are some photos
Here's Kingdan X10, Doublas M2, Garada K7, Mazinger Z, Diana A, Boss Borot. In front is Flying Fortress Ghoul although sadly not to scale.
Here's Oberius, Barubari, Oberius, The Great General of Darkness (Ankoku Daishōgun), The Great Marshall of Hell, Great Mazinger, Venus A and Boss Borot. Do note the Italian names are not always a 1:1, so Barubari is Barbario and Oberius or Obereus on the figure.
Here's a comparison shot showing the sizes of the SMP Getter Robo on the left and the Go Nagai collection on the right.
They also produced an Anime Robot Collection which focused on some of the super robot shows popular in Italy. To name a few they have Combattler V, Voltes V, Daltanious, Daikengo. I noticed that for several shows they typically only produce a villain or monster from the first episode. For example with Combattler V there is Magma Beast Galmus from EP1 and Voltes V there is Dokugaga, Getter Robo has Mechasaurus Saki, etc. Both are pictured below.
They also have a variety of spaceships and aircraft as seen from the image above and some of the iconic locations from their various shows including Prince Heinell's castle and the Science Fortress Laboratory as seen below.
Last but not least they also produced an extensive collection for Daitarn 3. I'm expecting my shipment this week and will post photos when they arrive.
Here are some places that I've looked through when purchasing figures.
The first link is the best bang for your buck, most of the figures are 8 Euro each which is the lowest I have found. Just be advised they don't have ulimited stock, when I placed my order several of the hero mecha I ordered went out of stock.
Another inexpensive site, prices ranged from 10-15 euro but limited stock.
Huge selection of Daitarn 3 figures, prices ranged from 12-15 euros generally. They also have a few adversaries from Mazinger / Great that I picked up. Cheaper shipping when doing a large order.
Here's the official store for Yamato video, they still have some figures in stock. I haven't personally ordered from them though
Probably has the widest range of figures from the Go Nagai and Anime Robot collection. The downside is the prices tend to be higher on average. If you're a die hard collector they at least have stock for some of the rare ones, such as Grendizer and some forms of Jeeg or the Mazingers but they have very expensive price tags going from $45-200.
One last thing to note is that if you are searching for a specific figure the names may not match up. Voltes V will be Vultes V, Getter Liger will be Getter Rygar, and the monsters from Great Mazinger as noted above also have modified spellings. I find it easiest to just sort by collection and scroll through.
The figures are all similar scale but vary in height, the shorter monsters and machines are around 4.5" while the taller ones are closer to 5.5". Daitarn 3 and the Megaborg / Mechanoid Commanders are all around 6". Let me know if you'd like any specific measurements or closer photos.