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Soul of Chogokin

Soul of Chogokin (????, Ch?g?kin Damashii) or "Soul of Super-alloy",


The Soul of Chogokin Line, or also known as "SOC", began in 1997. The name Soul of Chogokin means "Soul of Super Alloy", and is known for it's relatively high content of die-cast metal. The line almost exclusively focuses on robots taken from various 1970's/1980's Anime TV programs. Bandai has also expanded the line to include other mecha from the '70's such as Super Sentai and Tokusatsu.

Reports have the Soul of Chogokin series starting as the Hi-Complete Model line was being phased out. The last figure in the line was meant to be Mazinger Z, but Bandai decided to turn that prototype into the first Soul of Chogokin robot. It was a smart decision. The Soul of Chogokin series debuted in 1997 and was an instant success. Later Bandai chose to refine models and resculpt special renditions, resulting in R or Renewal SOC versions.

Soul of Chogokin robots take the joint systems to an entirely new level.  Previous diecast Chogokin toys of the 1970's primairly used rotating arms and legs and that was it.  So with the new Soul of the SOC toys came multiple axis of movement.  Most all toys in the line feature heads, legs, wrists, arms, knees, and interchangeable hands.

Soul of Chogokin

NumberFigureFrom the SeriesRelease Date
GX-01 Mazinger Z Mazinger Z 1997.12
GX-02 Great Mazinger Great Mazinger 1998.11
GX-03 Combattler V Combattler V 1999.06
GX-04 UFO Robo Grendizer Grendizer 2000.02
GX-05 Daiku Maryu Gaiking Gaiking 2001.04
GX-06 Getter Robo Getter Robo 2001.11
GX-07 Mazinger Z OVA Mazinkaiser 2001.12
GX-08 Aphrodai A Mazinger Z 2002.01
GX-09 Minerva X Mazinger Z 2002.02
GX-10 Boss Borot Mazinger Z 2002.03
GX-11 Dianan A Mazinger Z 2002.06
GX-12 Venus A Great Mazinger 2002.06
GX-13 Dancougar Dancougar 2003.02
GX-14 Eva 01 Test Type Neon Genesis Evangelion 2003.06
GX-15 Eva 02 Production Model Neon Genesis Evangelion 2003.08
GX-16 Eva 00 "Kai" Neon Genesis Evangelion 2003.08
GX-17 Eva 00 "Yellow" Neon Genesis Evangelion 2003.09
GX-18 Getter Dragon Getter Robo G 2003.11
GX-19 Getter Lyger Getter Robo G 2003.12
GX-20 Getter Poseidon Getter Robo G 2003.12
GX-21 Eva 03 Production Model Neon Genesis Evangelion 2004.03
GX-22 Eva 04 Production Model Neon Genesis Evangelion 2004.03
GX-23 Zambot 3 Zambot 3 2004.05
GX-24 Tetsujin 28 Tetsujin 28-go 2004.09
GX-25 Garada K7 Mazinger Z 2004.11
GX-26 Doublas M2 Mazinger Z 2004.12
GX-27 Gaiking Gaiking 2005.05
GX-28 Blue Gale Xabungle Xabungle 2005.09
GX-29 Black Ox Tetsujin 28-go 2005.11
GX-30 Battle Fever Robo Battle Fever J 2006.03
GX-31 Voltes V Voltes V 2006.05
GX-32 Gold Lightan Gold Lightan 2006.07
GX-33 Leopardon Spider-Man (tokusatsu) 2006.08
GX-34 Gunbuster Gunbuster 2006.11
GX-35 Walker Gallia Xabungle 2007.01
GX-36 Ideon Ideon 2007.03
GX-37 King Joe Ultra Seven 2007.05
GX-38 Iron Gear Xabungle 2007.09
GX-39 Baikanfu Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos 2007.11
GX-40 God Mars Six God Combination Godmars 2008.03
GX-41 Raideen Raideen 2008.04
GX-42 Kotetsushin Jeeg Kotetsushin Jeeg 2008.07
GX-43 Daimos Tosho Daimos 2008.09
GX-44 Taiy? no Shisha Tetsujin 28 Taiy? no Shisha Tetsujin 28 (1980) 2008.11
GX-45 Mazinger Z (Shin Mazinger Z Ver.) Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen 2009.06
GX-46 Dygenguar & Außenseiter Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2009.06
GX-47 Energer Z Restyling Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen 2009.08
GX-48 The Big O The Big O 2009.09
GX-49 Shin Mazinger Z (Shin Mazinger Z + Big Bang Punch Ver.) Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen 2009.09
GX-50 Combattler V (10th Year Anniversary) Combattler V 2009.12
GX-51 Getter Dragon (From Change! Shin Getter Robo OVA) Getter Robo Armageddon 2009.11
GX-52 Getter Robo 1 (From Change! Shin Getter Robo OVA) Getter Robo Armageddon 2010.01
GX-53 Daitarn 3 Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3 2010.04
GX-54 Tobikage (Combine VER.) & Kurojishi Ninja Senshi Tobikage 2010.07
GX-55 Tobikage (Normal VER.) & Houraioh Ninja Senshi Tobikage 2010.09
GX-56 Zerokage & Bakuryu Ninja Senshi Tobikage 2010.11
GX-57 Space Battleship Yamato Space Battleship Yamato 2010.11
GX-58 Super Battleship Andromeda Space Battleship Yamato 2011.02
GX-59 Future Robo Daltanious Mirai Robo Daltanious 2011.04
GX-60 Space Emperor God Sigma Space Emperor God Sigma 2011.07
GX-61 Saikyo Robo Daiohja Saikyo Robo Daiohja 2012.04
GX-62 Danguard Ace Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace 2013.07


Some accessories, die-cast weapon or special items...

GX-01X Motorized Hangar Hangar for Mazinger Z
GX-02? Great Mazinger Box Metallic box display for Great Mazinger
GX-03? Com-Battler V Kunaï Weapon "Kuna¨" in metallic version
GX-04X Drill Spacer & Marine Spacer Add-ons to Grendizer (included in GX-04S)
GX-06? Getter Robo Mobile strap A kind of key chain with pictures of each getter
n/a Nambara Base Display base for GX-50 Combattler V
GX-48? Big O Expansion set Sold by Bandai Tamashii web site

Black version, recolors and renewal versions

Bandai released lots of variants of the original releases. Most are just repaints, while some of them have a totally different sculpt or add more features to the original SoC.

NumberFigureEditionRelease Date
GX-01B Mazinger Z Black version 1998.09
GX-01R Mazinger Z Restyling 2002.11
GX-02B Great Mazinger Black version 1999.07
GX-02R Great Mazinger Restyling 2002.11
GX-03B Combattler V Black version 2000.07
GX-04B UFO Robo Grendizer Black version 2001.06
GX-04S UFO Robo Grendizer Perfect Set 2002.12
GX-05B Daiku Maryu Gaiking Black version 2002.03
GX-05R Daiku Maryu Gaiking Restyling 2004.03
GX-05RB Daiku Maryu Gaiking Restyling black 2004.03
GX-06M Getter Robo Training version 2001.11
GX-08MA Aphrodai A Mazinger Angels 2004.09
GX-09MA Minerva X Mazinger Angels 2004.12
GX-10B Boss Borot Black version 2002.12
GX-11MA Dianan A Mazinger Angels 2004.10
GX-12MA Venus A Mazinger Angels 2004.11
GX-23A Zambot 3 Zamboace  
GX-24M Tetsujin 28 Metallic 2008.10
GX-28R Blue Gale Xabungle Recolour 2005.12
GX-31V Voltes V Respect for Volt In Box 2008.12
GX-32SB Gold Lightan Two robots: one silver and one black 2007.08
GX-37B King Joe Black Version 2008.02
GX-41B Raideen Black Version 2009.03
GX-41S Raideen Fade-in set 2008.04
GX-44S Taiy? no Shisha Tetsujin 28 & Black OX Tetsujin 28 with Black OX Pack 2008.11
GX-49G Mazinger Z Gold version  

Limited items

Even though they were never too difficult to find, the following versions were never released in shops. Most of them required the use of coupons found in manga/magazines/CDs. Some were released in fairs/exhibitions.

NumberFigureEditionRelease Date
GX-01RG Mazinger Z Restyling Gold. Tamashii Expo 2004 Pre-Exhibition 2003.04
GX-01R+ Mazinger Z Weathered paint. Tamashii Nation 2008. Limited to 3000 pieces. 2008.03
GX-07E Energer Z Sold at the "40th Anniversary of Go Nagai's Works" exhibit 2008.12
GX-07I Iron Z Mail-in coupon from the manga "Mazinger Z Angels (???? Z)", vol. 1  ?
GX-08MAW Aphrodai A Mazinger Angels Snow white. Mail-in coupon from Magazine Z 2004.09
GX-09MAB Minerva X Mazinger Angels La Sirene De Noir  
GX-09SS Minerva X Mazinger Angels Shining Shadow. Mail-in coupon from the manga "Mazinger Z Angels (???? Z)", vol. 2 2009
GX-11MAM Dianan A Mazinger Angels Marine Blue Mermaid  
GX-12MAG Venus A Mazinger Angels Queen of Gold  
GX-24 (DVD) Tetsujin 28 DVD Special Edition. Mail-in coupon. 2007
GX-24N Tetsujin 28 Naked version. Sold at Spring 2009 Tamashii Nation Expo 2009.03
GX-40G Gaia limited metallic version. Mail-in coupon from the book "Soul of Chokogin Project (??????)" vol. 3 2009.10
GX-45A Mazinger Z Atami Night version. Sold at Autumn 2009 Tamashii Nations Expo 2009.10
GX-47P Energer Z Proto Type. Mail-in coupon from the book "Soul of Chokogin Project Z (?????? Z)" 2010.04
GX-47N Energer Z Normal Color version. Sold at Autum 2010 Tamashii Nations Expo 2010.10

Special items

The following special items were released in predetermined limited numbers. They have all reached incredibly high prices in secondary market.

NumberFigureEditionLimited toRelease Date
GX-01RB Mazinger Z Restyled Black chrome. DVD Limited Edition 1000  
GX-01 (??) Mazinger Z Kurogane no Shiro (????). Reward from the book "Iron Castle: Mazinger Z Disassembly" (???:?????Z??) 10  
GX-06G1 Getter 1 Sold at San Diego Comic Con 2008 500 2008
GX-11B Dianan Black. Questionnaire reward from Dekgeki Hobby Magazine  2 2004
GX-13R Dancougar Recolour. Sold at the Chogokin EXPO 2004 500 2004
GX-18M Getter Dragon Metallic. Diamond Comic Distributor 1 2006
GX-18SP Getter Dragon Shine Spark. Award in Hyper Hobby Magazine's Getter Gattai Contest 1  
GX-45C Mazinger Z Comic Color Vesion. Sold at Go Nagai Wonderland Museum opening 100 2010.04