Mazinger AD-1901 – マジンガーZ HK Version

I remember growing up watching Mazinger anime on TV and thinking, Mazinger has to be the coolest robot in the world. No doubt he is one of the most recognizable Japanese robot characters, and Fewture have gone and given him a complete makeover. In true Fewture style, he has been given an adult twist, more sinister, more realistic and he looks cooler than ever!Mazinger Face

Background:

Mazinger Z is Super Robot manga and anime series created by Go Nagai which first appeared in the manga Shonen Jump in 1972. He is a giant super robot built by Professor Juzo Kabuto as a secret weapon to fight against the forces of Dr. Hell. Professor Juzo was later killed by a bomb planted by Dr. Hell’s right-hand man, but before he died he managed to show his grandson how to use Mazinger, that is how Kouji Kabuto became the pilot of Mazinger Z and fights against the mechanical monsters sent by Dr. Hell.

Name: Mazinger Z (マジンガーZ)
Manufacturer: Fewture – Art Storm Co. Ltd
Line: Action Figure Series FA-Z01 (AD-1901)
Designer: Yasushi Nirasawa
Sculptor: Taku Sato
Scale: Non-scale
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: 2001
Original Price: $39.99USD (approx. $50AUD)
Secondary Market Price: $50USD – $230USD
Height: 230mm / 9.1inches

Packaging:

When I first received delivery of my Mazinger, I was surprised at the size of the box and my first impression was that the packaging is quite nice. There are 4 windows in which you can look in to see the contents, it resembles a small fish tank in my opinon. The graphics was hand-drawn in style which suited the product, and description at the back detailed the features of this toy nicely. However, the pictures on the box were of the first version, and not of the Hong Kong version which I purchased, instead there is only a sticker in the front window indicating that it is the HK version, not a big deal but would be nice if they made the effort to print different boxes for each version. Mazinger sits nice and snug in the box, sandwiched between various layers of liners.

Mazinger packaging

Accessories:

Mazinger comes with a few accessories in this release, there is a spare set of hands with articulated fingers, an open and shut version of the Tomahawk fist attachment, the pilot (in this version Juzo is the pilot), and a display stand, all very nicely detailed. The fingers each have 2 joints, but you can’t really make it grip anything, and the Tomahawk attachments do not fit very well and keep falling out of place, as is with the covers. The display stand looks badly painted, but I guess it’s better than not having one and the pilot is actually not bad at all. Each figure in the line also comes with a bonus part which I can only assume will combine to form the scramble dash.

  • Mazinger tomahawk closed
  • Mazinger tomahawk open
  • Mazinger hand
  • Mazinger stand

Form/Sculpt:

The design of this Mazinger is very unique, he has been given some serious body work and his build resembles a large American football player wearing massive shoulder pads. There are various heavy industrial elements in this design, lots of rivet and bolt details with very angular and defined body panels. Basically he looks pretty tough and agressive, the only questionable design element in this figure that I can see is that he looks like he is wearing high heels. The use of material on this figure is also questionable, it feels slightly on the cheap side and you can see flow lines in the plastic and various imperfections on the parts.

Mazinger front and back

One of the biggest changes with this figure from the traditional Mazinger Z design has been the removal of the hover pileder from the head, instead the pilot sits inside the chest cavity, entering from the back. This Mazinger can no longer be classified as a Super Robot, as he is only meant to be 12 meters tall.

Articulation/Action:

With 27 points of articulation, this figure looks like it should be very good to pose, but it really wasn’t that great. Firstly, the right bicep swivel joint broke off within 5 minutes of me playing with it, the joint was so tight that when I tried to rotate it, it simply snapped (it is now super glued in position). Some of the other joints do not rotate very much at all, basically giving the figure no extra articulation (elbow rotate and bicep rotate). The knee joints can sometimes get stuck and hard to bend, and the foot doesn’t allow horizontal articulation making the figure unstable when he opens his legs out for a pose.

  • Mazinger pose 01
  • Mazinger pose 02
  • Mazinger pose 03
  • Mazinger pose 04

It is not all bad though, the shoulder has an impressive total of 3 joints each side for a wide range of articulation, and the head and neck articulation allows Mazinger to look where ever he wants! As mentioned before if the figure was made with better materials, it could also make a huge difference to the usable articulation.

  • Mazinger pose 05
  • Mazinger pose 06
  • Mazinger pose 07
  • Mazinger pose 08

Paint/Print:

Paint was good on this model. The Hong Kong version looks great with the dark red breast plate, offset by the combination of metallic silver and gunmetal grey colours. Although the colours were not exactly anime accurate (as he is meant to have blue arms and legs) I think this colour combination makes Mazinger look much more sinister and aggressive – matching Fewture’s character design.

The paint was even and there were no chips or over spray, it seems to be very durable and overall nicely applied. The only detail which I didn’t like was the way they tried to paint in “rust” runs from various rivets on the figure, particularly the ones on the breast plate, as they had painted these runs on a strange angle.

Detail/Features:

There are a couple of cool features which I didn’t expect a toy at this level to have, firstly the pilot actually sits inside the body of the robot, very cool feature, and the seat swings down to allow the pilot to be connected in place. The cockpit has 3 doors, 2 of which are interlocking, a very nice touch to the detail.

  • Mazinger pilot
  • Mazinger pilot in cockpit

The second feature is the detachable Iron Guard (mouth piece), this reveals Mazinger’s real face and he looks great!

Mazinger face detach

Overall:

Overall this is a good piece for any collection, especially if you want a piece of Fewture’s history on your shelf, as this was basically the precursor to the now very popular Fewture EX Gokin figures.

However, for the price at which they are now on the secondary market, it probably isn’t worth it. I was lucky and picked mine up on an eBay auction for about $25USD plus postage, they do pop up for auction from time to time but unless you are a very big fan of this line, I wouldn’t pay more than $50USD for it.

Thanks for reading my toy review!



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16 Comments

    Thank you so much for doing a comprehensive photo review on this! I was scouring the internet for information on this when I bought mine and didn’t even find enough to tell me that it didn’t have diecast! Come to think of it, I probably got it from the same guy as you.

    • Hi KaGAmi,

      Thanks for visiting the toyboxcollection website, I’m glad you liked the review and you picked up this figure for a good price!(assuming you did get it from the same seller as me). Please visit again soon and if there are any figures in particular you would like to see a review of, please let me know!

      Cheers,

      Ken

    hi, love your review! I have the repainted version which I bought used 4 years ago,
    I have eversince been on the lookout for the HK version.

    KaGami, if you plan on selling yours just let me know.

    Ken, could you give me the ebay seller ID you bought yours from?

    thanks!
    harold

    • Hi Harold,

      Thanks for visiting, unfortunately its been so long I can’t remember who I purchased this figure from. But I did a quick search and found a couple for a good price. I’ve emailed you:)

      If you need a hand sourcing other figures, please let me know!

      Cheers,

      Ken

    • Hi Harold, got some good news for you. I’ve found the seller I purchased my Mazinger from and he has some more in stock, http://bit.ly/ddcbnt

    Hi,
    I have the non-color version of this, but can’t seem to find any info online. I want to sell mine on ebay, but only came across the color/repainted version.(red breast plate). Any idea what I should add in the search box to find the non color version. I think the breast plate on mine is yellow/gold. Thanks!

  • Hi Marty,

    Thanks for visiting the site. I think I know the one you’re talking about, its silver and light blue with yellow breast plates? That would be the original / first version. The one I reviewed is the HK limited colour version, and the other one with blue arms and legs and red breast plates would be the Japanese re-colour version.

    I just did a quick search on eBay but it doesn’t seem like there is any on there at the moment. If there are, simply typing in “Mazinger AD 1901” should bring up any of the 3 versions.

    Let me know if you need any more information:)

  • Thank you for the speedy response!! I’ll keep checking ebay periodically for the original version to pop up. :)

    • no worries!:) I’m confused, did you want to sell yours? or did you want to buy one?

    Hi…I’m selling my collection of Mazinger AD 1901 for $500 USD…selling it as package which includes Mazinger repaint version, Aflodai repaint version and Garada. If interested you can contact me at weirdzal@gmail.com…I’m located in the Philippines but willing to ship the items thru FedEx if you are located in another country. Shipping & handling will be at buyers expense.

    • Are the items sealed? Whats the packaging condition? For those interested:P

    Hi…sorry, ALL of my Mazinger 1901 AD items are already SOLD OUT just recently…thank you!!!

  • Any idea how much this is worth now?

    • hum its hard to say exactly how much this is worth as I’ve found them on eBay ranging from $60 – over $300. I guess it really depends on how much you are willing to pay for one, I’d suggest no more than $100 unless you are a super-fan of this series!

    can u tell me the difference between this HK version and the “original” version? some people is saying that this is a bootleg… made in china…

    • Hi Jesse, not a problem. As far as I know there are 3 colour variants for this toy, the “original version”, “repaint version” and “HK repaint version” (which is this one).

      – The “original version” features yellow breast plates and dark purple/blue and light silver colour scheme.

      – The “repaint version” features a red breast plate and dark charcoal/silver colour scheme with blue forearms and shin parts.

      – The “HK version” is as you see above, much more similar to the “repaint version” except it doesn’t feature any blue.

      They are ALL made in China btw…most toys are these days. I hope this helps!

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