Chogokin Action Figures Identification Tool with Pictures

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Founded in 1971, Bandai was a subsidiary of Bandai that originally aimed to create products for candy and other stores. However, this focus did not last long, for Popy picked up licenses to create products like vehicles for popular shows They finally hit their stride when they introduced the Chogokin toys to the market.

Bandai nor Popy were not the first company to use die-cast metals to create toys. Toy companies first used die-cast metals to create toys in the early 20th century. While this technique was usually used to create vehicles like cars, Popy decided to give heft to their robots by including zinc alloys within the construction.

The Chogokin toys were not simply another toy line, Popy aimed to create high-quality toys using die-cast parts. Multiple licensed brands fell under the Chogokin banner, especially those with Japanese Mechs like Mazinger Z.

In fact, the line’s name, Chogokin originated from the Mazinger Z series. Roughly translated to “super alloy”, this fictional material granted the mechs of the show great power and durability. As the GA-01 Mazinger Z toy from 1974 ushered in the line, it made sense that Chogokin was chosen.

The classic line basically had two different scales that they made toys in. Those from the ST, indicating standard, category averaged around 5” tall. Meanwhile, the DX, standing for deluxe, category was much larger. Along with the taller robots, the DX toys also featured combining robots, like GoLion.

Meanwhile, Popy’s Mini-Mini line, which predated Chogokin, transformed into the Popynika toy line. These toys complimented the Chogokin line by providing cheaper, albeit smaller, options. It also had a stronger emphasis on vehicles than robots.

Over the years, the Chogokin toy line featured many different robots from Japanese media. Aside from the Mazinger characters, there were also robots from Getta, Raideen, Gaiking, and many other series. Basically, any Japanese show with a giant robot received a Chogokin toy.

The Chogokin toy line lasted for several years. During that time, the toys were split up into two different series. The GA series, which launched the line, remained active until 1979. Then, Popy introduced the GB series which ran from 1979 until 1983. Popy’s last series within the line was 1983’s GC series. After Bandai reabsorbed Popy back into the main company, they took over the GC series, which lasted until 1988.

Mattel imported many of the original Chogokin toys and created a united narrative with the Shogun Warriors. To help sell this brand-new take on toys that most Americans knew nothing about, Mattel had Marvel create a comic book series.

Popy Chogokin Dairugger Fifteen GB-73

Chogokin toys had a second chance to make it on US toy shelves with Bandai’s Godaikin toy line. Unlike Mattel’s take, Bandai directly imported the toys and kept the original names.

Chogokin faded away in the 1980s as cheaper materials like PVC and ABS plastic became standard. Moreover, competition from Bandai’s Diaclone toys, which later became part of the Transformers line, began to outperform Popy’s toys. Since die-cast toys were more expensive to make, the plastics were more economical. However, the process did not fade away completely.

As those that grew up with Chogokin and other die-cast toys became adults, a new market for adult collectors opened up. Thus, companies could produce high-end toys at a higher price point for these customers.

The line triumphantly returned in 1997 with a brand new name, Soul of Chogokin. Once again, Mazinger Z heralded this new line with the GX-01 version of the figure. Like the vintage Chogokin line, the Soul of Chogkin toys now was part of the GX series, which is still the active line. 

Years later, Bandai introduced a brand new subsidiary company that was dedicated to producing collector’s grade toys, Tamashii Nations, in 2007. This new part of the company took over the production of the Soul of Chogokin toys. It also introduced many other popular brands like MonserArts and FigurArts.

The Soul of Chogokin toy line is still going strong today. It has featured multiple new brands including Pacific Rim, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and One Piece. It also has produced newer versions of some of the classic figures, especially those from Mazinger Z.

Bandai also introduced a similar line that kept the spirit of the Chogokin toys while using cheaper materials. The Super Robot Chogokin toys were also on the smaller side, averaging around 5 ½” tall. This line has featured robots from Super Sentai and other Japanese shows.

Unfortunately, the immense success of the Chogokin toy line has made the word synonymous with die-cast robots in general. Even though 超合金 (Chogokin) is a registered trademark of Bandai, other companies have decided to mimic the line when they create toy robots. So, they often only carry the suffix -gokin, but have no relationship with Bandai.

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