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Mechagodzilla replenishes his Qi

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju misc., Robots, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 14, 2010 by REdYOdA

After days of citywide destruction, having his head ripped off, and fighting Godzilla…sometimes Mechagodzilla needs to find his inner calm…

This Mechagodzilla is actually Tomy’s great little bipedal robot iSobot…with an M1-Go Mechagodzilla vinyl head stuck on. Music by Miyagi (Kyoto Garden).

Thanks to Kirkland for putting it up on TBS!

Now here is a cool video of the real MechaG getting his suit tests…yeah, it’s actually just a guy in a suit. I know…I was a little disappointed too 😉


Metal House Dino Robots!

Posted in Fun Stuff, Robots with tags , , , , on December 3, 2009 by REdYOdA

I recently picked up a couple of Japanese Dino Robots and thought I’d share a few pics and video…

Some incredibly cool box art reproduced for this new version of the Dino Robot!

This is a limited repro ‘green‘ version of the original battery operated Japanese tin Dino Robot produced by SH Horikawa in1968…

11.5″ tall…with all the same specs as the original.

These new, limited production repros are made by Japan’s oldest and only traditional tin toy robot manufacturer… Metal House Robots. Metal House actually began producing toys in 1943, under the name ‘Marumiya‘, as a sub-contractor for many other Japanese robot toy producers…including the aforementioned Horikawa.

Marumiya produced some of the most famous and collectible toy robots from the 1950’s-1980’s…until slow sales finally forced the shut-down of most all of Marumiya’s manufacturing contracts.

In 1989 Marumiya Co. reorganized and opened up shop as Metal House. To this day Metal House continues producing quality traditional tin toys of their own design as well as some of the best known Horikawa designs.

Dinos in disguise!…[click to enlarge pics]

Roaring sound and light in mouth [see video below]…

This guy is fun to play with!!

I shot a short video of his antics…plus I have a camera that will shoot in slow-motion…I thought it would be fun to catch the opening and closing of his robot head at 300fps! The slow-motion segment is about halfway thru the video. No sound available at that speed so I added a soundtrack ;)…

Stolen pic (???) of an original vintage boxed version…one of these went up for bid at the recent Morphy Auction!…

The Metal House limited smoking version Dino Robot is next on my robot want-list!…

Smoking’s not cool…unless it’s by Dinos!

I picked up this Metal House design too…Dino Robot III (limited to only 100 made)…

Hey, that Dino head sure looks familiar…

Another video, but no slo-mo this time,  just hardcore robot walking action!…

Since X-Mas is coming soon…I thought I’d also mention a couple of affordable and cool robot-themed gift ideas!..

More robot perfection from Metal House…THE SANTA ROBOT!

Ho Ho Ho!…destroy…kill…destroy…

Available for $75 HERE!

Chop Shop is still offering their uber-sweet weRobot T-shirts for good boys and girls…but now the robot eyes glow in the dark too!!!

$20.00 [click designs below to go to the CS store]

How many robots can you name???

…I actually named all but 3 off the top of my head…is that normal?

R/C Giant Robo

Posted in Kaiju misc., Toy Reviews with tags , , , , on November 21, 2008 by REdYOdA

Johnny Sokko

Well, since I can’t see dropping $800+ for the new R/C Mecha Godzilla…I got what I felt was the next best thing…an R/C Giant Robo…and saved about $750!

This Giant Robo is produced to coincide with the show’s 40th anniversary and made in China by a company I just cannot discern…the box is entirely in Chinese and without any recognizable logo.

The robot does seem to be extremely well made and worked perfectly out of the box…though it did arrive with dead batteries. It takes 4 AA for the robot and 2 AAA for the remote (or Giant Robo Control Unit)…

The Giant Robo Control Unit

Able to perform a variety of maneuvers flawlessly by remote with sound effects and lights, it’s a pretty cool toy! The look of it is a little off in places… but it’s still instantly recognizable as the iconic robot. The robot stands about 14″ tall. He does get a little off balance at times…and I had him fall over once…but that’s what I get for trying to make him do a pirouette.

Giant Robo demonstration…or me trying to figure out the remote…

To see the real ‘Jaianto Roboin action…you can watch quite a few episodes for FREE over at And here is the Wiki.

Robots Rule!