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Mazinger Z


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I have a similar story since

I have a similar story since i share your passion for Tranzor Z. I always saw pictures of both editions online but it was only when i went on a trip to Japan that i bought my very first SOC GX-01R. for about 50 bucks. The pictures on the back of the box sold me straight away, the proportions, darker variation of the blue paint apps and the more subtle rocket hatch in the stomach area were all great features. Looking back at it now and comparing it to the original release, i have no regrets.

It should also be noted that, while it's good to wait and save money. some pieces tend to get even more expensive the more rare they become. The GX-01 you bought was used, some collectors including myself are always on the lookout for rare items that are still new or in mint condition, and those can be hard to find at a decent price the more farther away from their original release date they become.

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Posted by Mazinkaizer on 23 May, 2012 - 13:36
I love my GX-01, however...

Yes, the GX-01 was an answer to my prayers back in 1997. I remember I got three of them from a stateside online store long gone now (can't remember the name - "DayOldAntiques" or something like that?). Anyway, it is still one of my favorites... However, IMO, it doesn't hold a candle to the GX-01R, no way, no how. Not even close...

Oh, a correction to the review, the GX-01 does not come with three Pilders, only the Hover Pilder (normal & Wings up). The Jet Pilder came with the GX-02 Great Mazinger. Somehow you got a Jet Pilder with your GX-01, but it was probably because the previous owner forgot that the Jet Pilder was actually a GX-02 accessory instead. His loss, your gain!


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Posted by The Mazinger Z on 23 May, 2012 - 21:05
GX-01 Nostalgia

Thanks for the comments!

Mazinkaizerm and the Mazinger Z, Yes when GX-01R to GX-01 there is no comparison, the R version is superior in every way. As you can read by my review this is more of a nostalgia review of something I personally wanted since I was in college in the 1990's but I couldn't afford and not to say that it is better than the later versions.

But I also wanted to point out if this wasn't a SOC and just some $20-$30 generic Mazinger Z toy, would it still be a bad toy? In light of the later releases yes, but as a inexpensive die cast Mazinger is certainly not bad at all.

I do have great nostalgia for this GX-01 Mazinger for the reasons stated in the review. Going back to my GI Joes I've been reviewing, certainly the swivel arm Joes were superior to the straight arm figures of 1982 but there is something that attracts me to those 1982 straight arm figures that still grabs me all these years later.

in 2017 GX-01 will be a 20 year old toy and it asks the question when does a toy start being "vintage" or "Classic" regardless of what flaws it had? I chose to write this review under the spotlight of GX-01 now becoming a vintage toy.

Thanks for the heads up on the extra Pilder! I thought it was kind of odd that mine came with three~!

Thank you for your thoughts and comments!

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Posted by Showapop on 24 May, 2012 - 10:54
Nice review

Nice review... I am glad this guy and the 01R are a lot cheaper nowadays. It gives even more folks an opportunity to see some real modern masterpieces of toy design.

I would love to see more of these for the stuff that were covered in the old, original CDX review-style. Years and time spent with a toy give you a perspective very different than when they first came out. I always welcome "ver 2.0" of the reviews here.

Thanks for a great review with a personal touch. I always love the reviews that have a little "personal history" to them. It makes it special for the long-time guys like me. Cheers.

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Posted by The Big R on 24 May, 2012 - 10:59