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I started collecting the Christmas of 1983 when I received an ST Chogokin of GoggleV from my grandparents in Japan. It was instant magic. Just prior to this Christmas I met a Japanese friend of mine, and after going over to their house for dinner, walked into primary candy colored happy gokin wonder world that was his bedroom that was a treasure chest of Chogokiness. Imagine if you will, near mint, but *->*NEW*<-*, pieces like Golion, Tetsujin 28, as well as early sentai robos like GodSigma and SunVulcan, and this super really weird, space battleship thing that was a big plastic and articulated Uchuu Senkan Yamato!!! The one with the black main turrets and little ships that shot out from the sides. It's still hard to articulate, but just being taken aback at the awesomeness of seeing these things, soo alien to what I was accustomed to in the US, it was like a surreal journey into another dimension where multicolored hero teams spread transforming robots around like a mom spreads peanut butter on bread for a little skinny kid who's puppy eyes said, "feed me," of which I was also one. So yeah, that GoggleV became my avatar for childhood robot adventures that was later met with my next piece, the Godaikin GodMars!!! It's been downhill into the depths of chogokin luv ever since which I haven't crawled out of all these years later. But I just remember seeing the old box art on those things, especially that Golion box with the big robot thing on the front with the primary colored lions, and my amazement that these things combined, like "Hey!!! Wait!!! That arm is a LION and he's an arm at the same time!?!?!?!? Isn't he confused because now he's all changed into an arm now!?!?!?!?" And seeing ANOTHER lion that can run around, but "Now he's the chest of this REALLY COOL robot? Isn't he confused because he's locked in as the body of this robot!?!?!?!?" I can still remember my little kid mind asking himself these questions with an amazed, but perplexed euphoria trying to come to terms with what I was seeing. THAT'S the magic that's always stuck with me and those early feelings have never left me. That's the perspective and nostalgia that I approach Japanese robots with, and ultimately, what led me to CDX.

VIR's picture

I'm VIR.
I collect just a little of about everything; toys are cool.

kidchuckle's picture

I'm A concept Illustrator. I've been working in the field for 6 yrs in the gaming industry with various freelance jobs as well. I also do commision pieces.

My hobbies include comics, games, toys and drawing.

plaza_japan's picture

I am a collector of figures and other toys.

Alexx's picture

I've always been a big fan of robots, which is part of the reason I'm drawn here (even if the site does cover a vast aray of toys). I was always drawn to anything that I could use as a robot, or any character that had a cool face-obscuring mask, just so I didn't have to look at the plain human face of the figure. After that, if they had a sword, I was set! My interests are simple: robots, skeletons, and ninjas always take precedence, and then the accessories are considered afterward (though, as I said, swords are always a major factor!)

So those have been my interests over the years, and they haven't changed much, even from when I was little. I haven't really been "collecting" toys all this time, because when you're a kid, you don't consider it that way. Granted, I don't play as much as I used to when I was little, but I'm far from setting them on a shelf and just looking in awe at the beauty of how much I've managed to accumulate. I buy toys 'cause I love 'em just as much as I did when I was young. Eventually I want to have the same fun I did back then with kids of my own, and then I can pass all my junk onward. They'll get old and break and get thrown away, but such is the life of a toy.

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