Sunday, January 17, 2016

Heavy Gohkin Devilman by Marmit, 2001

 From what I gather on the internet, Marmit is one of the larger independent toy manufacturers in Japan, known more for sofubi vinyl figures. I was interested in this diecast chogokin for the same reason I'm interested in sofubi vinyl, Be@arbrick, and Tomica cars- their exotic Japanese appeal is of great interest to me in the last year. According to Wikipedia, Devilman was a manga series produced by Go Nagai in 1972, which has spawned numerous manga, novels, and anime, telling the story of teenager Akira Fudo fighting evil as the demon Devilman. "To fight a demon, one must become a demon."

According to Wikipedia, "chogokin" has become a catch-all label for Japanese diecast robot toys, but is actually a trademark registered by originators of the subgenre, Bandai. Chogokin is Japanese for "Super Alloy", the fictitious metal of which robots in Japanese manga & anime were constructed, the name adopted by Popy in 1972 for their toys produced for Bandai. This Devilman has 16+ points of articulation, and an extra set of removable hands- the weight of his diecast construction causes some balance issues in posing, but I love his retro styling. Check out the video:

6" Marmit diecast and 11" 400% Be@rbrick Devilman...

More Later -Make It FUN!


  1. I remember some of this type of figure from the 70s and early 80s. I love the style. He looks like a lot of fun!

  2. Great video as always.Are you getting these from China?If so,whats the wait time?

    1. ...some are Japanese sellers, fulfilled by Amazon, so it's pretty quick- about a week as with this Devilman. I'm never in a hurry really, so if I have to wait three weeks it's not a big deal- nice "surprise" later ;)