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To the extent that I can speak for the site, Ain't It Cool News hopes you're hyped for Super7's Star Wars Stormtrooper Super Shogun release. This really has the makings of something special. 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. Available at retail for the first time ever, the SUPER SHOGUN is a Limited Edition of only 1200 pieces, with many of that quantity already presold to consumers and overseas distributors. The experts at CollectionDX's Some Assembly Required on the subject An interview with Super7's Frank Supiot can be read here. To mark the release, Super7 is having a release party Saturday June 12th at 6:00 PM in their store at 1628 Post Street, San Francisco, CA The first 100 people through the door will be given a unique Star Wars themed collectible, which will act as a raffle ticket. A random drawing later in the evening will award a prize package including one of the SUPER SHOGUN figures.
Similar to how the toy itself combines the themes of Star Wars and Japanese Super Robots, we will have an extraordinary exhibition of rare vintage toys from both franchises on display. The expansive series of original Kenner Star Wars action figures, including rare items such as figures with early “telescoping” light sabers, will be shown from the personal collection of Super7 honcho Brian Flynn. From 12-backs to Yak Faces, you will have the opportunity to see the complete Kenner collection in its entirety. Master collector and “Chairman” of ToyBoxDX.com, Erik Sjoen, has graciously allowed us to exhibit his incredible collection of vintage Japanese Jumbo Machinders. The two-foot tall giants will take up a large amount of the exhibit space with over 20 different robots featured, from the popular Raideen and Grendize, to the more obscure Capsule Robo G and Giant Gorg. The final part of the exhibit will be dedicated to the “making of” the SUPER SHOGUN itself, as we present various stages of the production never before seen, including design sketches, original sculpts, and various mold tests. Aside from our Jumbo figure, actual Stormtroopers themselves will be on-hand at the party! Security at the event will be provided by the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion, to ensure that any rebel scum is dealt with accordingly. We hope to see you at the party!
And AICN is thrilled to be able to get in on the celebration. We have a Super Shogun Stormtrooper to give away! It's a great prize, so a little work is involved. I'm looking for a picture of a Stormtrooper... original illustrations would be great. Photos of action figures would be even better. Capture the iconic white armored fellow in an incongruous setting or vocation. Like a dude dressed up in his armor and flipping burgers. Send the picture to animecontest@gmail.com with the subject "Stormtrooper" and your postal address by the end of day Friday, June 18th. The winner will be announced Tuesday the 22nd. Value of the prize is $300.00 One prize will be awarded. Continental US only.
© 2010 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Super Shogun, and Super7 Logo: TM & © 2010 Super7. For more on the figures, see here

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  • June 2, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    pretty gay

    by barryallen77

  • June 2, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    Bought a few of those back in the 70's. Would love to have this one!!

  • June 2, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Young nerds

    by barnaby jones

    Look at those videos, they are a window into your future (virginity intact), it's not too late ! Act now.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    More money for Lucas...............

    by Arturo

  • June 2, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    OOOOOOOkay...

    by Horgy

    I couldn't give less of a fuck about this.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    I've understood the appeal of toy collections

    by BronsonTheSitcom

    Dolls, action figures, train sets. It's like 95% of the rooms in their houses are normal, but there's always that "insane room", and if you're a guest and accidentally walk into it thinking it's the bathroom, you quietly turn off the lights, back away, shut the door and never mention it anyone.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    This evokes the line from the movie Big...

    by Royston Lodge

    "I don't get it."

  • June 2, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    You guys must be rolling in the pussy

    by Dharma4

    ...It's CLERKS II Quote Day.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    why does everything have to be so asian?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I mean they lost the war, why do we embrace them?

  • June 2, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Man, I don't understand the appeal of this at all

    by Trazadone

    Seriously, it's an over-priced, ridiculous-looking toy. Who wants this thing?

  • Ummm nope..not at all..looks terrible...most things with a Anime spin to it looks like crap anyway.. "This really has the makings of something special." - in a retarded special kinda way.

  • June 2, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    snooze

    by Exasperilious

    this toy puts me to sleep.

  • June 2, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    ah nostalgia....

    by j2talk

    WAY over price- reasonable would be $50max .................... Now can we get back to what AICN does does best? you know harp on Lost,The Office,Avatar,TDK,Michael Bay, J.J. Abrams....

  • June 2, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    guess I'm the only one....

    by torpedoboy

    ...who creamed his britches when he found out about this toy?

  • June 2, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    501st will win

    by Ghostpirate

    Someone from the 501st Storm Trooper Squadron will win this. They have loads of pics like that!

  • June 2, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Toys larger than Action Figures are PUPPETS!

    by FredVII

    What a gay toy is that? Is it for Geeks who are to shy to play with their Barbie and Rainbow Brite Dolls in public?

  • June 2, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Roll up! Roll up!

    by batmans_pants

    Your chance to win some tacky plastic shit.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Ahhh the original Kenner Star Wars figures...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Happy days.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    never really liked rocket handed toys

    by George Newman

    the rocket hand would inevitably get lost, or it would lose its grip. Not to say that losing the hand would be a problem nowadays, but. . . Don't care.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Screw Star Wars

    by jimmy_009

    They still make this crap?

  • June 2, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Sorta cool..,

    by Deviant Apex

    and looks a little Ishinomori-esque, but its honestly nothing Id be rushing out to buy.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    oh the memories of my head trauma

    by Bouncy X

    my brother had one of those sorta figures, it was some french anime-ish character called Golderak (no clue if i spelled it right). anyway when i was still a baby he shot the fist out and it hit my head and left a permanent bump. lol

  • June 2, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Action figures = Dolls

    by jimmy_009

    You all know it.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Hmmmmm...

    by WeylandYutani

    As a kid, I used to collect the original Kenner SW action figures and 12 dolls. But I would have never wanted this... smells a bit too Hello Kitty for me, even if we were back in the early 80s.

  • June 2, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Do people actually buy this shit?

    by CRISPIN_GLOVERS_ACID_FLASHBACK

    And the other shit advertised on this site like dioramas, maquettes, and format figures? I mean there's no way enough people purchase these fucking things to generate significant revenue for this site...

  • June 2, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    WOW!!

    by ShogunMaster

    Where did you find almost an hour of footage where girls weren't throwing themselves at these guys?!? You must have caught them in that rare window between sex orgies... <p> Seriously guys, there's a bigger world out there beyond Grandma's Garage. Find it...

  • June 2, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    100 dollars for a statue?

    by RPLocke

    No thanks

  • June 2, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I will never spend one more fucking dime on Star Wars

    by SmokingRobot

    So help me God. I mean, did you SEE THE PREQUELS?

  • June 2, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    always thought it said "OIL" on his back

    by FleshMachine

    as a kid.

  • June 2, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    I can't even enjoy toys-for-adults ironically anymore.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Are there any dotcom cubicle gigs left to decorate with action figures and Hot Wheels?

  • June 2, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Why buy toys when you can buy PROPS

    by RPLocke

    I don't buy toys anymore because a lot of places online and offline sell incredible movie props that were used in the actual film, and in many cases the props are cheaper.

  • June 2, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Last toy I bought was that Darth Tater

    by Tall_Boy66

    It's sitting ontop of my TV. I just bought it because I think it's quirky because it's one of the most villainous movie villains made into a Mr. Potato Head. Which is funny. This looks kinda quirky too, in fact the Stormtrooper looks like he could spend some more time at the Death Star gym, but if you want wacky Star Wars collectables I recommend it begins and ends with Darth Tater.

  • June 2, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Tall_Boy66

    by Bouncy X

    awww..you didnt get the stormtrooper and R2-D2 potato heads to keep him company? :p i myself have the two transformers ones, they're so cute. lol

  • June 2, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    My sister almost bought me the 'trooper / R2 potato heads

    by Tall_Boy66

    No, really. Less than a week ago, she called me up from the Star Tours gift shop in Orlando, Florida all the way to Canada to ask if I wanted the trooper/R2 potato heads, but just a sole Darth Tater is good enough for me because it's so silly looking. She got me two pint glasses that had the Star Wars logo on it instead, which is also kinda cool. Beer and Star Wars, two of my favourite things together at last.

  • June 2, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Last toy I got was a Phaser from TS:TOS

    by ReportAbuse

    One of the realistic looking ones, not the cheezy ones. TOS stuff is neat ... later series, meh.

  • June 2, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    ...I mean ST:TOS of course

    by ReportAbuse

    It was that Type 1 phaser with the Type 2 phaser that pops out of the top, really nifty keen.

  • June 2, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Looks stupid

    by Kontarsky

    I want my Sideshow General Veers still...

  • June 2, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Why did I even click on this?

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Why am I even commenting? STAR WARS is dead.

  • June 2, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    I have $100K in student loans because I'm a toy scholar

    by YackBacker

    It's a glamorous field of study, but it can sometimes be intimidating.

  • June 2, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    I'M MORE OF A MAGAZINE/BOOK COLLECTOR MYSELF.....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Kinda lost interest in owning toys in my teens.

  • June 2, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    So much cynacism and hatred

    by Jaka

    This is really one of those columns where that shit has no purpose, ya know? It just makes most of you look like unhappy douche bags, really. Personally, I think it's cool, but I don't collect toys. Only statues and busts. lol

  • June 2, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    And of course I meant cynicism...

    by Jaka

    ...but my synapses are in the middle of a serious spat of rapid misfires. Like, 10 hours sleep since Monday. Meh.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I think it's cool. The price is

    by Dingbatty

    exorbitant though. If it were between 10 and 20 bucks... I could see someone buying it if they collect trooper stuff, particularly a member of the 501st who was a child in the late 70's early 80's. Those original Shogun Warriors were such fun. Remember lining up action figures and annihilating them with the firing fists and rockets and Mazinga and Raydeen. Always coveted that Godzilla, but never got one.

  • June 3, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    "of" Mazing and Raydeen, meant to type...

    by Dingbatty

  • June 3, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    No Stay Puff giant action doll? I'm out!

    by I_shot_Cyrus

  • June 3, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    eBay

    by btc909

    Can't I just order one on eBay? Would I, well no I wouldn't.

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  • June 3, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I'm glad I outgrew SW toy collecting

    by HapaPapa72

    BUT thankfully not before I found one of those newly revamped giant Millenium Falcons on after Xmas clearance a few years ago for $15 freaking dollars!!! Thanks, Walmart!

  • June 3, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    On a purely asthetic level

    by smackfu

    this thing looks absolutely awful.

  • June 3, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Stiff posture

    by slickjohnny

    Looks like there's a stick up that stormtrooper's ass. Maybe that's the fantasy appeal?

  • June 3, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Lucas can kiss my Ass!

    by FatMexicanDwarf72

    Im not giving that douchebag another cent!

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