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Thread: Just scored my Ultimate Holy Grail: Popy Black Raideen

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    Just scored my Ultimate Holy Grail: Popy Black Raideen

    I'm still in shock. This is a piece that I thought I would never own because of how scarce it is and the price it demands. As a 4th grader, Raideen was my introduction to Japanese Anime. Popy Raideen was the first DX (Deluxe) in their Chogokin line, as he transformed into God Bird Mode. Their first version (on the left) featured white legs, true to the anime, and a shield that had the same color scheme as their Jumbo Raideen. It was a short run before they went to the standard unpainted legs and the colors were reversed on the shield.


    Then for some strange reason, Popy released limited edition Black Raideen, featuring a matte finish with metallic gold sticker highlights. It's not really known why, as he was never shown that way in the anime.

    So, last week, one showed up on ebay in immaculate condition for a very reasonable BIN price. I quickly had a conversation with my "Financial Advisor" and after minimal begging/grovelling, she approved the purchase. The Seller had it in his collection for at least 20 years. He kept it in a vintage lawyer's book case under glass with no lights, in a temperature regulated room. He bought it from a collector in Berkeley at his home, who was selling his prized personal collection. In his Feedback he wrote: "I am glad it went to you, a person who appreciates the Popy toys of the 70s. That was a great period for the ART of Toymaking". What an amazing/pleasurable transaction!


    Oh, my Brothers, there's just something about "Deluxe Super Metal Black" that always drove me bezoomny.


    Last edited by J.B.; Jun 4, '23 at 9:25 PM.
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    I'm still in shock. This is a piece that I thought I would never own because of how scarce it is and the price it demands. As a 4th grader, Raideen was my introduction to Japanese Anime. Popy Raideen was the first DX (Deluxe) in their Chogokin line, as he transformed into God Bird Mode. Their first version (on the left) featured white legs, true to the anime, and a shield that had the same color scheme as their Jumbo Raideen. It was a short run before they went to the standard unpainted legs and the colors were reversed on the shield.


    Then for some strange reason, Popy released limited edition Black Raideen, featuring a matte finish with metallic gold sticker highlights. It's not really known why, as he was never shown that way in the anime.

    So, last week, one showed up on ebay in immaculate condition for a very reasonable BIN price. I quickly had a conversation with my "Financial Advisor" and after minimal begging/grovelling, she approved the purchase. The Seller had it in his collection for at least 20 years. He kept it in a vintage lawyer's book case under glass with no lights, in a temperature regulated room. He bought it from a collector in Berkeley at his home, who was selling his prized personal collection. In his Feedback he wrote: "I am glad it went to you, a person who appreciates the Popy toys of the 70s. That was a great period for the ART of Toymaking". What an amazing/pleasurable transaction!


    Oh, my Brothers, there's just something about "Deluxe Super Metal Black" that always drove me bezoomny.


    Congrats on the pick up. Itís a beaut.

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    Thanks.
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    Wow, I had no idea such a beast existed, super cool get!
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    that is awesome, and he looks sinister in that all black deco

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    He looks amazing, congratulations on a great score.
    Sammy

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    Incredible find. I've only ever seen one in my lifetime, and it wasn't this nice.
    Looking for Green Arrow accessories, Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver, and Japanese Popy Megos (Battle Cossack and France, Battle of the Planets, Kamen Rider, Ultraman)

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    Wow that's a great piece there!

    Congrats!

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    Superwildesignmetalfun! Congrats!

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