Back in the Christmas of 1977 I went with my parents to the mall to ask Santa Claus what I wanted for Christmas. I sat in his lap and told him exactly what I wanted, A Shogun Warrior! I distincly remember telling him I wanted "Gaiking" but would've been happy with any of them. I was sure to tell my parents just what I told Santa, mainly because I was already hip to the Santa gig.
Later that Christmas I notice an oblong christmas package with my name on it and knew exactly what it was. I tore it open only to find "Raideen" (aka Reideen and Raydeen) Shogun Warrior on the cover. I wasn't disappointed, in fact I had mixed up the names and thought Raideen was Gaiking. No matter, I ripped open the package and put all of the sticker decals on him and he was ready to play with!
If you're not familiar with The Shogun Warriors, they are giant robots with human pilots who fight monsters and save humanity. Based on various animated series (mostly by Go Nagai) that were collected and presented in the U.S. as "Force Five". It had a very short run here but Marvel Comics picked up the series and ran it for 19 issues.
The toys were really cool, many of them had spring action missiles and spring action fits to knock down the bad guys. It also knocks down baby brothers which I found out gets you in trouble. The only bad guy that Mattel got around to making was Godzilla, I eventually got him for my birthday the following year.
Over the years I've seemed to have lost them somehow, I'm not sure how you can lose two 2 ft. high robots but I did. At one time I had a Raideen coloring book, and I've since bought "Mazinga" and "Gaiking" and other memorabilia like Shogun Warrior Colorforms, Comics, Models and some Raideen Children's Board Books (in Japanese). It's a series that still captures my imagination today.