Every time I see this it reminds me of Getter Robo's Bear aka Getter Robo 3 aka Shogun Warriors' Poseidon. The colors help reinforce it along with the shape. The cockpit closely resembles the head of GR Bear and the orange at the tip reminds me of the brow of Bear. See pics (kinda meh in quality, my apologies) http://www.oocities.org/area51/dimension/3392/shogun/poseidn2.jpg and https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/getterrobo/images/b/b0/Getter_Robo_Getter-3.jpg/revision/latest/zoom-crop/width/240/height/240?cb=20160327150836 and headshot https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8489/8249745901_7c88aca2f2_b.jpg It also reminds me very very much of Machine Robo's Missle Tank. They share a lot of design features despite being roughly 20 years apart. Overhanging cockpit, launchers carried on top with round ends even! kind of same shape cockpit even and the colors. See https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/wpimages/images/images1/1/0515/20/1_fecc0bc6c1c9f8875d869fa6b5ceef47.jpgGreat looking build though! Thanks for sharing it.
I see what you mean Lance. They're deadringers for the recovery vehicle! Maybe even Thunderbird 4 thrown in too! You really know your Japanese toys, which sadly passed me by as a kid. The mosts Japanese thing I saw on telly ion the Sixties was Marine Boy, which I adored. Thanks for the links. Fascinating likenesses. So sorry about what's happenned near Houston yesterday.
Thank you Woodsy.Marine Boy is one I have vague memories of. I'm a little bit younger than you though. I got Speed Racer and Amazing 3 along with Astro Boy. Then was exposed to Spectreman, Utraman and Space Giants thanks to my grandparents. Flash ahead in time and we got Starblazers which started the trickle of Japanese animation that became mainstream nowadays. I spent 1982-1995ish wheeling and dealing in anime themed toys, videos, video tapes and books.
Fascinating Lance! How did you deal? At fairs?
I dealt mainly at sci fi conventions and fan club meetings. I also did some private trading from time to time. I went all over Texas but mainy the golden triangle of Houston, Dallas and Austin. The first trades I did was at the first convention I attended in Austin with my roommate. It was a Doctor Who convention and I got to meet Jon Pertwee and the current at the time Doctor, Colin Baker.
Wow, you've met John Pertwee and Colin baker! I'd no idea Dr. Who was popular in the States Lance!
Colin confused me a bit as in Houston at the time, we were getting the Tom Baker episodes. The first Dr Who I saw was Pertwee's last episode which puzzled me but got me interested to see why they killed the main character. The convention really helped clear up the confusion. It aso showed me that Peter Davidson's Dr basically consisted of 1) go to new planet 2) watch new evil/bad guy show up 3) do nothing while said baddie kills off everyone but the essential people 4) leave and head off to a new planet 5) rinse repeatWe got shown actual film episodes and that was neat.