I'm a giant fan of piloted robots. I grew up in the late 70's and early 80's. During that time, we had the cartoon show Force Five - a syndicated anime anthology during the late 1970s/early 1980s and consisted of five imported Japanese giant robot serials (originally produced in the mid-1970s by Toei Animation) in response to the popularity of the Shogun Warriors toy collection.
Force Five consisted of the following five series:
Between Force Five and Starblazers, I was a raving toy lunatic when it came to these franchises. Over the years they eventually broke or I lost them, which used to break my heart.
A while back I discovered the Soul of Chogokin line, and after what seemed like a decade-long search, I obtained my first Chogokins, which were the three robots that were in the Starvengers. The addiction for obtaining Chogokins based off the Force Five series is strong, but I've been trying my best to not give into the temptation I have. Because these suckers are expensive. Yikes!
I've know of Alen Yen, creator of ToyboxDX and creator of Incubot for some time now. I've been watching him go from a major toy robot collector to actually making soft toy robots of his own design and turning them into USB drives at the same time. Very cool. Then Alen got some licensing agreements and did some stuff with Gigantor. And Voltron. And now he's got the license for one of the Force Five staples, Grandizer (or known as Grendizer in his homeland).
Alen created a Kickstarter that was successful and his stretch goals enabled him to make some variants of Grendizer. Alen sent me some of these to photograph for his Incubot website.
(L to R: alternate color scheme Grendizer, regular production Grendizer, "clear" see-through Grendizer)
Grendizer is awesome. He's a 4 gig USB drive, and he comes with his flying saucer ship that he can dock inside. The saucer has a USB cord that comes out of the back and serves as a USB dock as well, which makes it doubly awesome. Alen even designed the package to resemble the old Shogun Warriors packaging of yesteryear. The fact that he came with his saucer kicks this USB figure into overdrive. It's really awesome how well this figure turned out.
I was really psyched to help Alen photograph the Grendizer figures. We're working on a current project that is going to be out-of-the-world, and should launch Incubot into space. It's going to be really exciting.
If you love vintage robots, love Grendizer, or just love interesting USB collectables, head over to Incubot and check out Alen's creations. They are amazing. I'm totally jealous. But I'm happy that I can be part of his team. He's got grand plans.
The seven year old in me is yelling extremely loud with excitement right now. Thanks Alen.