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Mazinger Z

October 2, 2014

Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s October, which means the bestest of all holidays is coming up. That’s right, it’s almost Christmas! But in the meantime, Halloween is less than a month away, and it’s time to break out some goodies.

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This is the Shogun Warrior Ben Cooper costume from 1977. This is Mazinga and it’s a very thin vacuum formed mask, slightly different from the usual stiffer plastic they used in earlier releases.

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This also appears to be a J.C. Penny catalog item, because the box is radically different as well. Made of a tougher corrugated cardboard, the front is decorated with a generic sampling image of other costumes

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The mailing box is also much larger than the in-store ones, with no die cut opening on the front to see the costume inside

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The costume itself is the typical “flame retarded” vinyl and cotton, and as is another typical occurrence with these types of costumes the fabric part gets pretty shredded after 30+ years

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There is also a small note attached to the box indicating you have to supply your own damn boots. What a rip off

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And as always…PLAY HARD

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