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The May issue of Dengeki Hobby Magazine has just come out, and what to my wondering eyes should appear but...

...the prototype for a 20cm (a little over 7 3/4 inches) Baldios toy! It's planned for a June release in CM's Corporation's Brave Gohkin line (which usually has some die-cast content)...it'll even be formed by its transforming components Pulsarburn (woo-hooo! Dunno why I love that clunky thing so much, but, I just does!), Cutteranger, and Baldiprise! Dengeki devoted a whole page to it.

Yamato also recently announced a Baldios for sometime this year, theirs to be part of the soon-to-launch GN-U "Do" line of li'l Revoltechesque actiony-figurey-'bots (mostly Ashi Pro- and Kokusai Eigasha-related...who knows, maybe Ashi Pro's recent renaming as "Production Reed" has opened some doors).

After so many years of there only being the Nomura-produced Baldios toys from 1980, to have two new ones on the horizon, with the benefits of today's engineering, has me white-hot stoked! Baldios has been a favorite of mine since watching the show's first eight episodes first-run as an exchange student in '80 (and I've been scared to play with my Nomura Triple-Cross Baldios toy from back then, since the thing is worth so darn much now!).

To tie this back to anime songs...Kouichi Ise, whose anison output was Baldios' TV opening and ending themes, period, has surfaced as a performer at Osaka's super-fancy-looking Sound Inn Eikokukan. Maybe Mr. Ise could be persuaded to reprise the songs at an anison concert...after all, if there can be Baldios toys again after 28 years, anything can happen!
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Date:March 25th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Can we talk toys? I wanna talk toys!

This is just one of any number of WTF announcements from the past couple of years, where you just have to sit back and say "there's....a fan base for this? REALLY?"

(may I insert a plug for the Groizer X toy, which Hobbylink Japan has a sexy manga repaint version available?)

Now, I think Baldios has more 'street cred' than Groizer X, and it has a fun transformation (somewhat similar to Daltanius, minus the giant friggin' lion of course), but it's kinda surprising that CM's Corp is taking this on, given how Bandai has been raiding old 'dead company' licenses for the past couple of years.

But yeah, utterly out of the blue. BLUE FIXER I mean! :)

Set aside the obvious 'Ameriotaku' bait like the small flood of Mospeda stuff, there's some stunning neat toys coming out. None of which I can BUY mind you but I sure do enjoy looking at the pretty pretty pictues. Like the SoC Irongear. Holy crap, talk about obsessive extra stuff! Or Ideon! The Super sexy Revolvtech Patlabor figures! Heck, the little tiny trading kits from Yamato made by both Megahouse and ZaccaPAP!

Of course, there's the things we'll never see. Poor Technovoyager gets no love, first the Bandai toy gets cancelled back in the '80s, then Aoshima shows a proto for their gokin line and...*poof* gone, never heard of again.

I'd like to see Bandai restart the Soul of Popinica line and pop out all manner of cool spaceships and cars and motorcycles and such.

Bah. too much stuff, never enough money!
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Date:March 26th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
There actually is a small but vocal Baldios fan base, rallied by rebroadcasts of the series, the Japanese fan site Marine Land, and doujinshi circle Kyoutou Sanseisha, which has been comicalizing the planned but unproduced final five episodes of the TV series. Baldios Is Not Dead. Believe it!

The CM's Corporation Baldios wasn't quite out of the blue; they tested the waters last year with the Brave Gohkin Go Shogun. Now, Yamato's GN-U "Do" series--I didn't expect that. When they first solicited for the big GN-U Brygar, the next planned release was shown too: a smoky silhouette of Baxingar. Maybe that just went entirely up in smoke; there's no sign of it, but there's a Brygar and Baxingar and Sasuraiger and more (and Baldios! *waggle*) in this soon-to-start mini GN-U "Do" line.

Groizer X...Yamato was pushing the Dynamic angle hard, but I dunno, if you're gonna go Dynamic and Knack, why not Go Varian? But that's just me...

Technoboyager toys would be awesome! Wonder if ITC put the kibosh on earlier attempts?
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Date:March 26th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Now, see, I did not know about the fan base. I'm afraid I've become lulled by US fandom talk, where a show like Baldios isn't even on the radar...

And yeah, I forgot about the Go Shogun. That looked really sweet. On my list of 'wanna get' toys. Pity they won't go whole hog and do a 'Good Thunder' base ship too.

Yamato (the toy company)...yeah, the entire GN-U thing is interesting but there's some bad mojo about QC with their products. I think that small line of non-transforming 'in action' style of figures could be fun.

Refresh my memory. Was Galvion a Ashi Pro show? Now THAT would be a nifty subject for the Brave Gokin line...

"why not Go Varian?" you should be ashamed for a pun like that! ASHAMED! :)

But see, my education continues. Until recently I hadn't even been aware that Groizer X was a real show! I had it in my mind for some stupid reason it was only a manga thing. But I'm learning that Go Nagai/Dynamic Pro clearly has their 'A' list and 'B' list properties and boy, Groizer X sure isn't Mazinger Z... :)

The original Bandai Technoboyager, I assume, got killed when the series didn't go a full year as was still the norm back then. But I'm sure you would know better than me about how protos are shown at trade shows that for one reason or another never get the greenlight for production. Heck, I was looking at an old My Anime (*sob* I miss that magazine) and there was a report of a 1981 plamo-R/C show and not only are there pics of various Xabungle 'Land Ships' kits that never got made, but a blurb that Takara had intended to make an all new, more accurate 'blue' Arcadia kit! AARRGGHHHH!
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Date:March 25th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Very nice. ^^

I just recently watched a DVD a friend made for me a while back of classic mecha openings, and Baldios was on there.

Now if I could I only get the Gold Lightarn song out of my head. @.@
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Date:March 26th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
Good luck with that! ;^) The Gold Lightan opening theme is one of the evillest of ear-worms! I've been having similar trouble with the Ippatsuman opening theme all day. (Then again, both were written by Masayuki Yamamoto--he's prominent in many an ear-worm's pedigree...!)
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Date:March 25th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
At 7 3/4", he can hang out with Megos and FF Play Arts figures! I think Squall, Cloud and Reno might have a new friend sometime soon...
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Date:March 26th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
If nothing else, he can be their pizza delivery 'bot...
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Date:October 16th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
It's one of my favorites, too! That was actually the first anime theme song in Japanese I ever heard, and man, it was the opposite end of the spectrum from what I'd imagined a giant robot song would sound like!

Would love so much to hear Ise-san someday. He got the hell out of anime so fast, though, gotta wonder if he'd be willing to perform either of his "Baldios" songs again... (His voice reminds me of Isao Taira crossed with MoJo. MoJo's manager was recently taking requests for future covers, so I requested "Ashita ni Ikiro Baldios"--dunno if it'll ever come to pass, but, doesn't hurt to try...!)

Hope you'll get the chance to see "Baldios" sometime soon--but recommend not starting with the "Space Warriors" English dub of the movie compilation, though! Hacked-up story, doofy name changes, and horrible, horrible voice-acting... (The "Baldios" movie got an interesting new name when released in Cuba, though: "Yaltus." Am kinda partial to it since I'm from Altus, Okla. ;^) )

(Dunno if it would be of interest, but, have a Baldios-related page with production art and snatches of story at http://baldios.rubberslug.com/ .)
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Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Very sorry for the delay in this reply!

Votoms' opening theme grew on me, too! It was really atypical for the time--as was Votoms itself; for realistic battle-drama, think there had just been Dougram the previous year, and elements of Gundam before that. If you liked Votoms, there was a related OVA series, Armor Hunter Mellowlink, well worth checking out (and also with a grows-on-you OP, Norio Sakai's "Soldier Blue").

We've got a lot of the same favorites! For others on my own robot hit parade, yikes, it's hard to choose! Keeping it to male vocalists and before this decade, here are 25, alphabetical by show...
Acrobunch OP "Yume no Karyuudou" by Yukio Yamagata (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=EbxUQSVCZUU)
Albegas OP "Kousoku Denjin Albegas" by MoJo (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=3lR2qj0ona8)
Baxingar OP "Ginga Reppuu Baxingar" by Yukio Yamagata (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz5PrnCFTw8)
ComBattler V OP "ComBattler V no Theme" by Ichirou Mizuki (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=FUOjNQb8hm8)
Dai Apollon OP "UFO Senshi Dai Apollon" by Masato Shimon (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb5qXSrqchc) [This was the first robot series I ever saw in its entirety; can only plead that daily viewings drove it deep into my noggin...]
Dairugger XV OP "Ginga no Seishun" (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=2E8kJp8lVDU)
Dorvack OP "Chikyuu ni I Love You" by Welcome (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=1E3iLD_
God Mars OP "Uchuu no Ooja! God Mars" (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=sbE5T4JsqfE)
and ED "Ai no Kinjitou" (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=ztdPjulhIM0), both by Ippo Hiura
Gold Lightan OP "Ogon Senshi Gold Lightan" by Ryou Miyauchi and ED "Mechanical Dancing Fight" by TOMO (both at http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=dFQHfk-I6II)
Goshogun OP "Go Shogun Hasshinseyo" and ED "21 Century -Ginga o Koete-", both by Ken Fujii (both at http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ruf8XJMns8)
Go Shogun The Movie ED "Namida no Hosoku" by Jin Haneoka (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=sCyG9bYy-KA)
Go Varian OP "Kodoku no Tabiji -Lonely Journey-" by Neverland (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=SErYTpoN_bw)
Grendizer ED "Uchuu no Ooja Grendizer" by Isao Sasaki (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=zIXeVN-iP5I)
Grendizer/Getter Robo G/Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaijuu movie OP "Izaike! Robot Gundan" by Isao Sasaki (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=PD0ZUBspiKo)
Laserion OP "Video Senshi Laserion" by Takayuki Miyauchi (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=349tyJC7OkY)
Machine Robo Butchigiri Battlehackers OP "Butchigiri Battlehackers" by Toshiya Igarashi (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=y_abMOtHKLQ)
Mazinger Z insert song "Z no Theme" (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=5U8tfuQBEjw)Imzs)
Mazinger Z insert song "Soratobu Mazinger Z" (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=hnPlgiPIpqo --starts at 6:09)
Srungle OP#2 "Fighting On" by Hiro Hasemoto (can't find a YouTube link for this, arrgh...)
Taiyou no Shisha Tetsujin 28 OP "Taiyou no Shisha Tetsujin 28" by Gimmick (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=CVuzL_Ty3fo)
Voltes V ED "Chichi o Motomete" by Ichirou Mizuki (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=prj0oUka9Mc)
Yuusha Raideen ED "Ore Wa Akira Da" by Masato Shimon (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=IMQQ3jRBiVI)

Among Akira Kushida songs, one to check out would be "Sono Na wa Gaiking The Great," an insert song from the Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryuu series a couple years back (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=KPmRB7njTZE). His tokusatsu Gavan ED "Hoshizora no Message" is something special, too (a live performance is at http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=XlrFmF4hugA).

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Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Yowza, ran out of room above...!

Most of MoJo's output has been tokusatsu, but in anime robot shows he did the Daikengo ED (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=1oJ6L0Sm02A), and Albegas' OP, ED, and insert song. He also did a couple of outstanding insert songs for anime series Urashiman, "Crystal Knights Necrime" (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=HewFNA_KCZU) and "Battle Urashiman" (http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=IFL-xQ_QVys).

Oops, shoulda mentioned--that's my Baldios page. ;^)

Was born in Altus and love the place, but wound up going to school in Michigan, where my dad was from. Wanted to live and work in Japan ever since I was an exchange student in Osaka for a summer in high school. Kept hoping to do it someday, although I became a horse racing journalist and the years there started to pile up without the chance to work in Japan ever happening along... And then my dad died, and I realized there were things he wanted to do someday, but someday never got there for him--and someday wasn't going to get there for me unless I went after it. It took a couple years, but I was finally able to go to Japan to teach English, and from there get a job with a hobby shop, where I've been for six years now. Hope to get back to Oklahoma for a visit soon--there's sure nothing to make you miss it like being in the boonies of Gunma prefecture...!
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