Oddities & Commodities: Mecha-Grim-Zilla


As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of vintage knock offs, I've spent quite a bit of time (and money) searching out some of the most oddly re-tooled versions of my favorite figures, and this one is probably one of the oddest combinations of trademarks that I've ever seen. I first stumbled across this figure pretty early on in my Transformers collecting hobby, but it took me quite a few years to find one that was complete, and in good shape. I'm not opposed to buying incomplete figures, and piecing them together (hell that's half the fun), but I knew something this rare would be impossible to find all the parts for if I didn't get it complete. I passed on a couple of these over the years because they were incomplete and/or broken, not to mention extremely over-priced for what they were.

Fast forward a few years, and as luck would have it, I just happened to stumble across a seller who had a couple of these for sale... mint in box! He had them listed as "Make IMG_20150225_051944Offer", and since I honestly had no idea what a fair offer would be, I naturally assumed that they were going to be out of my price range. I decided that this would at least be a good opportunity for me to get some information about these guys. I sent him a message explaining that I had been on the IMG_20150225_051954"look out" for one of these for a while. I also was very honest, and told him that I didn't think these were going to be in my price range, wanted to inquired about what he thought a fair price would be; this way I would at least know what to expect to pay for one when I did stumble across another one. IMG_20150225_052159We traded a few messages back and forth, and he explained that he wasn't quite sure what to ask for them either, and that was why he had placed them for sale as "Make Offer"; he was also polite enough to tell me what he had paid for them almost five years prior. I thought about it a bit, and decided that I would make an offer on one. I explained that I hadn't initially intended to buy one, but wondered if he would accept the number I had come up with. He seemed surprised by my offer, and graciously accepted. As usual I won't discuss exact price, but I took what he paid for them, added a bit for "appreciation", and all was good.

Once we brokered the deal it didn't take long at all for my IMG_20150225_052725figure to arrive in all it's gloriousness. A combination of Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla, married with a 1980's Grimlock figure. Sold as the Dalung Mater, and made by Leader Shine/Champion Crown these figures were often found in KB Toy Stores during the 90's, and came packaged in either a black or a white box (presumably depending on which company's name was attached to them).

The transformation of this figure is almost identical to the IMG_20150225_051720G1 figure, with the exception of the tail. While Grimlock's tail folds down to become part of the leg, the tail on this figure simply hangs off the back of the figure in robot-mode. There's also quite a bit of difference in the molded details to accommodate the "Gojira look", IMG_20150225_052758but overall this figure doesn't differ much from the original toy. There is a very noticeable lack of die-cast metal in this figure, but what do you expect from a knock off (LOL)? You'll also notice that the end of the tail pops off to become a rather large gun for ol' Grim-zilla in robot-mode.

I tend to keep mine in alt-mode showcasing his Godzilla-like IMG_20150225_052744features, partly to distinguish him from the original figure, but mostly to save on the shelf space; the hanging tail really does take up quite a bit of room. As you can tell from some of my other collection pictures, shelf space is at a premium; especially since the remodel of the Nerd-Cave.

Overall there's not really much to say about this figure, IMG_20150225_052732other than it's a Godzilla themed knock off of everybody's favorite Dynobot. It's a very unique take on the G1 figure, and is quite ambitious for the knock off company because it takes the liberty of violating two intellectual properties. If you're IMG_20150225_052213one for collecting "oddities", this is one of those epically rare figures that is sure to turn some heads when your showing off your collection. The Dalung Master would make a great addition to any G1, or Knock Off, collection.

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