UFO Robo Grendizer
|Name||UFO Robo Grendizer|
|Character Design||Go Nagai|
Review by NekroDave
Sometime last year there was a sudden appearance of large bootleg toys
originating in Taiwan calling themselves Jumbo Machinders. Three robots
included in the set-Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer.
Before reviewing the toys themselves, let's look at the packaging.
Each toy is sold in a bag with a colorful header card. The header cards
be the most interesting thing about them. The say made in China, by a
company called "Boby" ("Popy? Never heard of 'em") which is written in
Japanese on the lower right hand corner. The upper right hand corner
"Jumbo Machinder Power Punch Model" in English, even though no power
feature is included. Below that it says "Jumbo Machinder" misspelled in
Japanese. Lastly each card says "Grendizer" on the front, regardless of
which robot you are actually buying.
As for the toys themselves, they all share the same generic body
modified to suit each robot.
Grendizer has just a sticker to depict the V on his chest and the
his arms. His name is also written in Japanese on a sticker on his
The silver on the legs, arms and waist are also just stickers. He
the biggest difference among the three toys, that being the sickles in
shoulders. These are unfortunately way too big and if he were to launch
them, they would rip his head right off by the horns. You can remove
you turn his head sideways, but they do not have any handles to be held
nor is there any place you put them in his hands. On the plus side,
Grendizer probably has the best head sculpt of the three and the paint
is again surprisingly good for a bootleg toy. Probably the worst part
toys is the tops of the fists. The mold here is very flat, which is a
because the fingers on it my be the best part of the body.
The toy is made of both hard plastic and polyethylene and stands at
the 20" that it is often listed as. Still, these things cost less than
and are a great way to add some sizable toys to your collection for
|Posted 14 December, 2005 - 15:42 by NekroDave|