Do you know there was a Japanese adaptation of Marvel’s Spider-Man in the 70s? The series was produced by Toei TV. Over 40 years on, the spirit of the Japanese live-action Spider-Man series lives on as some pretty cool toys.
There are two new toys based on the Toei TV Spider-Man: a S.H.Figuarts Spider-Man Toei TV Series Action Figure and a Soul of Chogokin GX-33R Leopardon and Marveler Summoning Set.
For the uninitiated, Leopardon is Spidey’s very own “Transformers” robot that can transform between a spaceship into a giant fighting robot.
As for the Marveler Summoning Set, it is a wrist-worn device that enables the web-slinger to summon the GX-33R Leopardon.
Super cool stuff and very, very nostalgic. I’d say, whether or not you know about this series, as long as you are big fan of the friendly neighborhood superhero, you will want these toys.
The S.H.Figuarts Spider-Man (Toei TV Series) Action Figure stands 15 cm (6 inches) tall and features multiple articulations and comes with a bunch of accessories, including an alternate head sculpt, interchangeable hands, interchangeable feet, spider stings, and a spider net set.
The figure comes with a Marveler Summoner that can be opened and closed, so you can recreate Japanese Spider-Man summoning the Leopardon.
S.H.Figuarts Spider-Man (Toei TV Series) Action Figure is now available in stores in Japan for 7,150 yen (about US$67).
The figure is cool and all, but true fans will want to take note of the Soul of Chogokin GX-33R Leopardon and Marveler Summoning Set. This is first time a wearable Spider bracelet has been produced for collectors. It can be opened and closed, and features music and voice function.
The set also includes transformable Leopardon figure that stands 17 cm (6.7 inches) tall as well as a die-cast Spider Machine GP-7 vehicle (basically a car that flies) scaled to the included Spider-Man mini action figure. An even smaller Spider Machine GP-7 is included and can be stored in Leopardon just like in the TV series.
The robot is also supplied with a few accessories, including interchangeable hands, Sword Vicker, Spider Protector, and a stand for the vehicle mode.
Soul of Chogokin GX-33R Leopardon and Marveler Summoning Set is set to hit the stores in September for 22,000 yen (tax included, about US$206).
Images: Bandai Tamashii Nations [JP].