...continued from Part 4.
While the overwhelming majority of these toys were released in Italy, I was quite surprised one day to discover that the genre did not stop there. As I've mentioned in previous entries, some toys, such as the Robot di Pace and Space Warrior, seem to have been released in the UK. But we know (or at least suspect, in the case of Space Warrior) that these toys were made by Italian companies (regardless of the origin of their actual manufacture, namely Hong Kong). However, other toys of this type were not only sold in other countries, but originate there as well.
No, not the US state, but instead it is the name of a company located in Argentina. At this time, I know for certain that they released at least one toy of this type and did so in three different colorways. The name of the toy is simply Super Robot and it is based on the character of Atoranger.
Final tally for Oklahoma:
- Super Robot (black body, black legs, black arms)
- Super Robot (black body, green legs, black arms)
- Super Robot (red body, green legs, black arms)
And now, we have come full circle. Definitely released in Australia, and possibly in Canada, were a series of Machine Blaster robots, the exact same toys made by Takemi in Japan and fully licensed. However, this time around only three were released: Robo Kress, Bull Caesar and Boss Palder.
I know what your thinking. "But Dave, Sandaio is always the rarest of the Machine Blasters so I bet they released him too and you just haven't seen it yet." Normally I would agree except that only the three robots mentioned are actually shown on the side of the box.
Speaking of which, all three were sold in the same box and the box reads "Machine Bluster". That's not a typo. Machine BLUSTER. The toys have the same markings as the Takemi version, while the box says simply "Made In Japan, TK=3A", whatever that means.
Final tally for Takemi:
- Robo Kress (Machine Bluster 1)
- Bull Caesar (Machine Bluster 2)
- Boss Palder (Machine Bluster 3)
And that about wraps it up, finally. I'm sure that there will continue to be new discoveries as we move forward but for now that is just about all that I can verify exists for sure. These toys can be fun to collect and compliment a collection of jumbos or bootleg robots in general. Unfortunately, like with seemingly everything else collectible these days, the prices seem to be going up and I sincerely hope it's nothing to do with any of my contributions here on CDX over the years. Not only does it make it harder for me to complete my own collection, but I've seen quite a few very common, should be inexpensive toys selling for more than they should lately and more and more sellers asking for more. It's a little disappointing to see, but I suppose nothing can be done about it but to search harder for those deals!