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Daitetsujin 17


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The first ones from the 90's had all of the accessories. Then around 2000-2001 they stopped showing up at all in Taiwan. I called my contact in Taiwan to see if he could get more and he drove out to the Bootlegers factory and asked them. They said that they had stopped producing them, but that they had 30 left that did not have wings or planes that launched from them. Machindershop bought 22 of the 30 that they had. I had to wire transfer the money to Taiwan (my bank thought I was smuggling drugs)and I ended up with 22 of them in my living room! (I have a pic somewhere?)

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Posted by BradW on 22 April, 2008 - 12:17
Cool, Brad, thanks for

Cool, Brad, thanks for clarifying my fuzzy memory. I seem to recall getting a great deal on that lot, too. Something like $30 a pop for these guys, wasn't it? Btw, do you happen to have a picture of the alternate stickers?

Though they may have had only 30 when you contacted them, I'm inclined to think they must have had even more in that condition. I still see them popping up on Ebay, and even both Yahoo!Japan and Yahoo!Hong Kong auctions, but always with the bag and wheels and no wings, planes, etc.. As you can see in the Ebay link above, someone's got one up now, a complete green wings version.....but with those old ugly stickers stripped off! Gah! I'd have totally bought it if it still had the original stickers.. :( As it is, I'm a bit surprised to see it has bids at $200.

Oh, one last thing. Last night, Sanjeev told me that the repro Popy sticker sheet he got off of Ebay ended up peeling right off! I guess it didn't stick well to the cheap plastic, but he hasn't yet tried to re-attach it with any adhesive spray or anything.

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Posted by NekroDave on 22 April, 2008 - 18:04
Ask Tom

I spent way too long last night looking for a pic that I had showing both versions side by side and I couldn't find it. At one point I had both, but they were sold along with everything else. I have since reaquired a red winged version (minus the wings..ect) off ebay of all places. I believe that Tom has one of the green winged versions.

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Posted by BradW on 23 April, 2008 - 07:56