We got Bandai's Soul of Chogokin God Mars in at work today! Have been eagerly anticipating its release since last summer...although I won't be able to buy one for a while, since the darn thing is 23,000 yen, and expenses from last month's trip home ate most of the fun money in this month's paycheck. Ah well, at least I got to touch the box... *sigh*
Inside the box--of course taking the box's word for this, for I am not of the league of lucky God Mars owners--are the six robots that combine to form God Mars (wow, and Gaia can even be posed just as spastically as in the show!)...annnndo--holy cats!--there's even the Cosmo Crusher three-in-one plane! I've been wanting a toy to be made of that for years! Gonna be a happy day indeed when I too can call an SoC God Mars my own.
Oh yeah, and to tie this to anime songs...What the heck ever happened to Ippo Hiura, who sang the "God Mars" TV series opening and end themes? Dude, you and that great end theme, "Ai no Kinjitou," were number two for 1982 Animage Grand Prix Song of the Year--just one vote behind winner "Lum no Love Song," 1631 to 1630! So from there, you...disappear from the scene for a while. And then return in late '83 with second "Sasuraigar" end theme "Maybe Baby," and then...disappear some more (well, okay, that's kinda understandable after "Maybe Baby")...until you resurface in '86 with the brilliant "Ikkiman" opening and end themes! Sweet vindication! But then, you disappear again. And haven't shown up since, in any music genre. At least not by that name. Come baaack, Mr. Hiura~!
Even though it wasn't the SoC God Mars, at least I was able to get a neat toy this month. The package arrived yesterday, and after it passed Sheba's inspection, I couldn't help but tear the thing open! Hard to hold back after 28 years of searching for...
...Nomura Toy's Baldios Pulsaber! From a YJ!A seller in Hokkaido, this actual-size-if-the-Baldios-'bot-was-as-l
Mannn, wish I had a copy of the TV commercials made for this and Nomura Toy's Secret Nine, the kid-sized plastic incarnation of the does-nine-secret-things wonder-weapon of a briefcase that was featured in one whole episode of "Baldios." ("Let's see...what sort of gadget weapon would kids love?" "Hmmm...how about a terrarium? Oh, wait, that's not very gadgety. What about a pair of stilts? Gadgety-type ones. Or, how about a briefcase?" "That's it! What kid doesn't love a briefcase?! Let's do it!" And lo, Nomura Toy is no longer here today...)
Okay, coming up next for real--Aniki! With video!