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Hey Idolaters... Check Out the Star Wars Stormtrooper Super Shogun

Published at: March 12, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

Logo handmade by Bannister Column by Scott Green
Personally, I'm not a toy scholar and find the whole field a bit intimidating, but here goes with a thumbnail sketch... In the 70's Bandai's Popy subsidiary released a line of 24 inch tall PET plastic robot toys called Jumbo Machinders. Back before people were too concerned with eyes getting shot out by spring loaded missiles, these Japanese toys became known in the western hemisphere when Mattel licensed a number of these figures from classic mecha anime Great Mazinger (follow-up to the series that aired in North America as Tranzor Z), Gaiking, Getter Robo G (Gaiking and Getter Robo G made it over as part of Force Five), Daimos, Raideen, Combattler V, and in Europe Grendizer, to be released as the Shogun Warriors. In an inspired bit of geek obsession cross-pollination, Super7 is bringing out the Star Wars Stormtrooper Super Shogun, a 24 inch tall Jumbo with free rotating wheels on the bottom of his feet, and a spring-loaded Rocket Punch firing fist. The polyethylene figure features a painted vinyl helmet, removable blaster and articulation at the neck and shoulders. With the figure scheduled to be released in May 29th, Super7 is current taking pre-orders at STARWARS.SUPER7STORE.COM
© 2010 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Super Shogun, and Super7 Logo: TM & © 2010 Super7.

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  • March 12, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Pretty pretty cool...

    by moorE12

  • March 12, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Storm Troopers could shoot their fists?

    by SoylentMean

    There's a porn joke coming, you all know there is.

  • March 12, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Lucas has a new idea for the third SW trilogy

    by SoylentMean

    Star Wars: Giants

  • March 12, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    shogun Warrior style Storm Trooper?

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Wow! Now Bring on Boba Fett and Vader!

  • March 12, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    That's just wrong...

    by Fifthrate

    ... but still pretty cool. I think the Empire would've been a lot tougher to defeat if all the Stormtroopers were that size!

  • March 12, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Fuck you Lucas....

    by DangerDave

    No more of my money for you.

  • March 12, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Loved the Shogun Warriers

    by laminate

    I loved those as a kid. But $300 for a Stromtrooper version?!?! get the hell outta here. That's complete robbery.

  • March 12, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    This toys would be so much cooler if it had a realistic vaginas

    by MC_DLyte

    and looked like Milla Jovovich http://tinyurl.com/ye3tl78

  • March 12, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    up from the depths...

    by bipolar9

    cool, I had a godzilla version of the same thing which also shot its hand PS- hey harry, when are you going to ditch the canuck hating animation, get it out of your system yet? cmon, we're awesome eh?

  • March 12, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Fist Shooting Baron Karza...

    by Karl Childers

    ..was what I was reminded of.

  • March 12, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Wired.com

    by Alphanumeric1971

    had a pretty good write up about it and the manufacturing process. Go check it out.

  • March 12, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    We need more missile-shooting toys

    by D.Vader

    Fuck the kids who shoot their eyes out and fuck the parents for not thinking about it when they bought it.

  • March 12, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    @Mc_Dlyte: The best we could do for you would be...

    by V'Shael

    to get a "real doll" (cost $6000) and dress it in a human sized storm trooper costume ($100). Crotchless, natch.

  • March 12, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Stormtroopers combine to form... MECHAAA-TROOOOPAH!!!

    by D.Vader

    Now, ATTACK BARBAH STREIS-AAAAAAND!

  • March 12, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    GL's ego + Avatar success = episodes 789

    by KonkBob

    its simple math, really.

  • March 12, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Storm Troopers shoots their fists = Greedo shoots first

    by ricarleite2

    And "R2 can fly". Revisionist shit by Lucas.

  • March 12, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Let me get this straight.

    by batmans_pants

    It has a blaster but shoots it's fist? WTF?

  • March 12, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    "Aren't you a little tall to be a Storm Trooper?"

    by MisterE

    It had to be asked.

  • March 12, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I've got two '70s Shoguns on my bookshelf

    by rev_skarekroe

    Raydeen and Dragun. They're pretty beat up, but they're still sweet decorations.

  • March 12, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Does BottomsUp recognize irony?

    by D.Vader

    Or is this his schtick? I can't tell.

  • March 12, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    This reminds me

    by skycrapper

    of a godzilla toy I had as a kid that also shot his fist off. Also very confusing...

  • March 12, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Naw, YOU fail, BottomsUp...

    by MisterE

    This Storm Trooper is built on the same platform as 20-story-tall Shogun Warrior robots. <p> It was a joke, dummy.

  • March 12, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    $300 for this?!?!?!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    LOL! Fuck me, that is hilarious!

  • March 12, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    isnt that what BARNEY STINSON has in H.I.M.Y.M.?

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    If not, shut the fuck up and watch the first 4 seasons of that show.Marvel in it's glory!

  • March 12, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    I actually thought this said Stormtrooper Super SHOTGUN

    by GeneralKael

    ...which would also have been cool...

  • March 12, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Cool If Only Because it Disregards Safety

    by Dave I

    I love that they have gone crazy-retro at the expense of kids' safety. There is something strangely cool about that. <p><p>And MisterE=Win. The change in the line had to take place because it's a giant Stormtrooper. It was a nice little switch there. The original line would not have made sense since the Stormtrooper in question is a giant among other Stormtroopers. Anyway, I thought it was pretty funny.<p><p>-Cheers

  • March 12, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Rocket Punch Firing Fist

    by SubliminalJones

    "You'll shoot your eye out, nerd!"

  • March 12, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Shogun Godzilla! Shogun Rodan!

    by deelzbub

    I rule this page!<P> $300 bucks really? Not so much

  • March 12, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Agree!

    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    I loved the Shoguns in the late 70's. I'm fairly certain though I would have never gotten one if they cost $300. Even adjusting for inflation that's bullshit.

  • March 12, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    I had the Godzilla Shogun, and it was awesome.

    by Chewtoy

    Yeah, he shot his fist too, which made little sense... But he had a lever on the back of his head that made a flaming tongue come out of his mouth. More to the point, he was 24" tall... Nowadays, you can't buy a Godzilla figure that's more than 8" tall it seems... and that's no Godzilla.

  • March 12, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Godzilla Shogun

    by MadKirk

    Yeah, Chewtoy, I had that one too. My son plays with it all the time, now, along with one I never knew the name of. Some robot looking dude with spikes on his head and throwing axes. Seeing the prices the new ones are selling for, I may need to take the old ones away from him!

  • March 12, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Had the one with rockets...(Mazinga)

    by Darth Macchio

    And the little plane that detached from the head. It had clip ammo pods on the shoulders and legs and could hold about 20 or so plastic missiles. It was the perfect size to wreak havoc on my SW and Micronaut figs! And hotweheels/matchbox cars too!<p>Totally. Freakin. Awesome!!!<p>Of course, this was back in the day prior to when some retarded asshat kid shot a Cylon warrior's ship (called a "Raider" i think?) little red missile down his throat and choked to death and so the following year, the missiles were glued into place. Thanks asshole!<p>As an aside, why are most all rules based upon what the most dipshitted variety of knuckle-dragging asshats are likely to do? Some douche poisons his nephew on Halloween and the next year, it was a "fact" that every house wants to put razor blades in caramel apples and Halloween sucks. Some kid melts his penis in an easy-bake oven and then...boom...no more forcing my sister to make easy bake cupcakes!<p>There's no goddamned justice in the world any more!!!

  • March 12, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    A million geeks just spooged!

    by jarjarmessiah

    Star Wars + Japanese Toys=Geekgasm!

  • March 12, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Guess I'm a redneck...

    by Bag_of_Hammers

    ...'cause I totally read that headline as "Stormtrooper SHOTGUN" You can imagine my disappointment.

  • March 12, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Gotta drag Shogun Godzilla out

    by deelzbub

    for my boy to play with too, I guess. But Shogun Rodan will remain hanging from the ceiling!

  • March 12, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    All Shogun's shoot their fists, even Godzilla.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Some of you kids out there won't understand this product if you weren't around for the original Shogun Warriors. Still, it's kind of cool if an unusual choice of character. Why not Darth Vader?

  • March 12, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    My brother and I had Mazinga and Raydeen

    by Dingbatty

    I coveted the Godzilla.<p>They've actually brought back firing rockets in action figures. It's been long enough that people forgot the Galactica toy incident. There is a recent Iron Man movie figure that can fire three missiles at a time, and with great force. Expect choking troglodyte spawn story #2.

  • March 12, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Probably not Darth first because we had

    by Dingbatty

    Darth in the 12" size back in the late 70's. Also, they are probably selling them to people who are members of the 501st.

  • March 12, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    How come all Star Wars news anymore is lame?

    by SithMenace

    Anyway, my friend's brother had the huge Godzilla with the spring loaded fist, and we used to play with it whenever I went over there. That was a cool toy. Dunno if it was a Shogun or not.

  • March 12, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Cylon Warship

    by MadKirk

    I got the Cylon Warship that shot the missiles for Christmas, and that kid choked on them right after that. They had a recall on the toy, but luckily my Dad liked shooting it as much as I did, so we kept it. My kid plays with that one too, but I lost the missiles long ago. Probably swallowed them.

  • March 12, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Elbows? What are Elbows?

    by BetaSword

  • March 12, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Darth Macchio that was...

    by boogel

    beautiful!

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  • April 19, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    The Marvel SW comic...

    by Some Dude

    ...had giant storm troopers.

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