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I never would have guessed, yet it's not too surprising.
That was a great read.

Materialist Zen's picture
Posted by Materialist Zen on 1 July, 2009 - 17:44
clover boots

Nice item Josh. It's cool to see "made in Japan" bootregs, and not just as we think of most of them from Taiwan, China, etc.
I wonder if it's the same company that put out the huge Diogia DX remake called Magnatron (or,Magnetron, ..forgot spelling). I remember that also was a "made in Japan" product, but with english box writing. Exact Diogia replica, except for the helmet crest was eliminated.

repairtechjon's picture
Posted by repairtechjon on 1 July, 2009 - 21:39
Oh wow. So some Clover toys

Oh wow. So some Clover toys were available in the U.S. during the 80's? That's great.

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Posted by VZMK2 on 2 July, 2009 - 07:32
80's robot boom

I don't know how it was in other parts of the country, but here in California, you would see robot toys in every store. I don't care if it was a mom & pop dime store, or a big department store like Gemco or JC Penny, they had toys from shows that nobody had ever heard of - but didn't care because it was a robot. Even places like Swap Meets and yard sales had cases of toys, usually from people who had contacts in Asia.

Many were the crazy bootlegs that had just as much diecast as the original, but you often see Takatoku, Bandai, Gakken, Clover, Takara, and many other genuine toys in full Japanese packaging. Sometimes there would be crude stickers slapped on over the Kanji with names like "Space Hero" or "Heroic Robot Warrior", probably to try and give the toy some form of identity without a show to sell it.

This is how I got to know the joy of toys like the Mugen Calibur, Orguss Orgroid, Battroid Valkyrie, Machine Robo and others, years before I'd ever know what they were actually from. It was a great time to be a kid and enjoy all the great toys that would later be remembered as some of the best toys ever made.

duke togo's picture
Posted by duke togo on 2 July, 2009 - 12:25
Much agreed with Duke.

I personally had an original non-bootleg Clover Dunbine like the one pictured on the back of the box in my collection for many years and here's a review of my Clover Mobile Suit Gundam I bought back in the day

Like Duke stated above many of these toys were available everywhere, and if you were hip to it you could pick up some great classic robots at rock bottom prices.

Ah! Those were the days!!!

Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Showapop on 2 July, 2009 - 12:37