- Golden Warrior Gold Lightan
Golden Warrior Gold Lightan 黄金戦士ゴールド・ライタン
(Ōgon Senshi Gōrudo Raitan)
Genre Mecha TV anime Directed by Koichi Mashimo Studio Tatsunoko Production Network Tokyo 12 TV Original run 1 March 1981 – 18 February 1982 Episodes 52
Golden Warrior Gold Lightan (黄金戦士ゴールド・ライタン Ōgon Senshi Gōrudo Raitan ) is a popular anime series that aired in 1981 to 1982 in Japan and Hong Kong. There are 52 episodes that were aired at 30 minutes each.
The story is about a young boy named Hiro Taikai who finds a gold lighter which turns out to be the giant Golden Warrior Gold Lightan with the mission to save the earth from every invasion of King Ibalda. Gold Lightan joined forces with his robot teammates to ruin the plots of King Ibalda and destroyed invading alien robots by using his surpassing hands and leg strikes. Hiro, the boy, also founded a group called the "One Pack Rangers" with his friends.
The robot is usually disguised as a tiny gold Zippo-style lighter in Hiro's pocket. When called upon, Gold Lightan transforms into a giant robot towering at 30 meters and weighing 200 tons. All robots in the show are sentient and do not require pilots. Usually the robot ends a battle with a trademark golden hand stab move which drives a hand strike cutting the enemy robots body, pulling out and smashing the heartbox energy device. 
Presenter: Kenji Yoshida
Planners: Ippei Kuri, Shigeru Yanagawa
Producer: Tomoyuki Miyata
Chief Director: Koichi Mashimo
Character Design: Ippei Kuri
Mecha Establishment : Masaharu Kawamori
Music: Masayuki Jinbo, Masayuki Yamamoto
Animation director: Takashi Nakamura (Episode 6, 22, 30, 41, 48)
Key Animation: Takashi Nakamura (Episode 41)
Japanese name Japanese full name English name Voices by Hiro Hiroshi Taikai Hiro Yō Inoue Samu Osamu Nanjo Sam Yūji Mitsuya Emi Emi Takakura Emi Saeko Shimazu Monki Monkichi Kokarashi Monkey Reiko Suzuki Tonbo Tomokazu Gokuraku Donbo Satomi Mashima Bikku Futoshi Mizumi Big / Rikku Minoru Inaba Ohina Hinako Taikai Ohina Yūko Mita Aburazemi Happei Aburada Akira Murayama Momiji Akino Takumi Miura Gold Lightan Issei Futamata King Ibaruda King Ibaruda King Ibalda Kazuya Tatekabe Mannakka Mannakka Naoko Terada Uyokka Uyokka Shōzō Iizuka
Name Toy release number Toy release date Transform to TV show colors Original toy colors Reissue toy colors Gold Lightan (ゴールドライタン Gōrudo Raitan ) GB-37 1981 Lighter Gold 1. Gold
2. Gold body, black head, arm, legs
1. Gold with black arm
Gold Lightan is the leader of the Golden Warrior team. He was the first robot found by Hiro, the lead boy character in the story. In times of crisis, he makes the decision to call upon his fellow robot friends for assistance. His trademark hand stab move of reaching into the heart of the enemy to grab the heart energy device makes him a leader and finisher in battle. Scope Lightan (スコープライタン Sukōpu Raitan ) GB-38 1981 Scope Silver Gold 1. Gold
Scope Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He transforms into a scope device. In battle he specializes in searching for enemies or locating their weak focal points. Time Lightan (タイムライタン Taimu Raitan ) GB-40 1981 Timer Silver Gold 1. Gold
Time Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He transforms into a timer capable of freezing time for a 30 seconds at most. He is a limited as a fighter in combat, though his ability to manipulate time would prove to be useful for the team. Denji Lightan (デンジライタン Denji Raitan ) GB-41 1981 Magnify glass and Compass Gold Gold pyramid surface on chest 1. Gold pyramid surface on chest
2. Gold smooth surface on chest
Denji Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He is often referred to as Map Lightan though the translation is more of an Electromagnetic Lightan. He transforms into a reconnaissance device containing a magnifying glass and a compass. He provides directional help as a reconnaissance expert. Mechanic Lightan (メカニックライタン Mekanikku Raitan ) GB-42 1981 Tool Chest Box Gold Gold Gold Mechanic Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He transforms into a tool chest box containing the necessary equipment for damage repair and other mechanical functions. He is perhaps the least mobile in the group, but acts as a handy repairman at any given time. Coin Lightan (コインライタン Koin Raitan ) GB-81 1982 Coin Case Silver Silver 1. Silver
Coin Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He transforms into a coin case. Print Lightan (プリントライタン Purinto Raitan ) GB-82 1982 Print Stamp Gold Gold Gold Print Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He transforms into a print stamp. Light Lightan (ライトライタン Raito Raitan ) GB-83 1982 Light Gold Gold Gold Light Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He transforms into a light source. Cutter Lightan (カッターライタン Kattā Raitan ) GB-84 1982 Pencil Sharpener Gold Gold Gold Cutter Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He transforms into a pencil sharpener. Meter Lightan (メートルライタン Mētoru Raitan ) GB-85 1982 Measurement Device Gold Gold Gold Meter Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He is often referred to as Metal Lightan. He transforms into a measurement device. I.C. Lightan (アイシーライタン Aishī Raitan ) GB-86 1982 Processing Unit Black and Silver Black and Silver Black and Silver I.C. Lightan is one of the assistant robots. He transforms into a processing unit. The I.C stands for "Interpret Computer". He is essentially a robotic computer acting as a translator and database for biological or any other type of Information.
Episodes (names translated from Japanese) 1. Demon of mechanic dimension 2. Sudden attack of super Namazurobo 3. Good bye Yukigon 4. As for amusement park Mechanic Underworld 5. Thermal optical chestnut star man 6. The informer is who? 7. Reckless driving robot of demon 8. Subway centipede panic 9. Town of mechanic cosmos 10. UFO of dragonfly 11. Bomb mechanic swan 12. Mysterious person of world forgetting village 13. Ohina narrow squeak 14. Rebellion Mechanic Underworld 15. Mechanic demon dragon of skies 16. Mini spy of demon 17. Good-bye day of dolphin 18. Garibenda large maneuvers 19. As for Ohina circus star 20. Niyutonda of love 21. Mechanic patience method shadow offshoot 22. The doll which has lived 23. As for the fine arts thief Mekaso 24. Array 6 human Lightan 25. The nessie raging traveling 26. It is the large storm to be, the manner dust 27. The dracula panic 28. Jungle gym of puzzle 29. Beauty contest of fear 30. Puzzle of Ibaruda Palace 31. Surprise Nezumogura 32. Snow woman Koranka 33. Trouble maneuvers of love 34. Mermaid princess of demon human promontory 35. The trap of puzzle doctor 36. With respect to detective going/participating 37. Weak point of team Lightans 38. Animal of large plain 39. Mechanic dimensional straight line 40. Seabed palace of puzzle 41. Tear of large demon God 42. Fear of demon boundary corps 43. Mechanic dimensional largest crisis 44. Drifting person of volcanic island 45. Yamaterasu country of vision 46. Decision of magmatic giant 47. Horsefly ladder large victory of love 48. Target! Mannatsuka 49. Rebellion of mechanic palace 50. Challenge of Mr. mechanic X 51. Day of mechanic palace last moment 52. Good bye team Lightans
In 2005, Hong Kong Bandai reissued the semi-original robots as part of the Soul of Chogokin label. The individual robots were released with a hard plastic display case, robot footstand, red carpet storage box, interchangeable gold hands pieces, and an enemy's heartbox energy device. This version also feature the robots with high quality 18K gold plating. The toys can be purchased individually or as a set. There are 2 known sets in the reissues. one is the first generation grey box, available in Hong Kong and Japan, featuring 6 of the robots; the other is an exclusive redcarpet wooden box set, known to be available only in Japan, featuring all 11 robots.
Later, in 2005, replicas were re-released by Hung Hing toys in Hong Kong and Macau featuring the robots built in cheaper die-cast metals. The texture and few minor details were inconsistent between the products. Multiple variations of the toys were sold as well. One such version is the large toy Gold Lightan measuring at 11.5 inches in height when standing in robot form, although only 2,000 were manufactured. Additionally, at the base of the foot, of the toy, is a label counting the manufactured number out of 2,000. Other variations include team robots in different colors or grey low weight plastic/silver exclusive to Hong Kong and Macau.
There are more variations and replicas of Gold Lightan than any others because it is the lead robot in the series. There are other design variations. For example, older models of I.C. Lightan uses AA batteries to light up its LED eye, while newer reissues of the toy uses flat button or coin batteries. None of these re-releases are completely identical to the original 1980s GB series Chogokin toy launch from 1979 to 1983, by Popy Pleasure. The originals are valued at a higher price, as they were constructed with different grades of diecast metals as well as high quality acrylonitrile butadiene styrene.
In 2006, Bandai released a new version of the Gold Lightan in their Soul of Chogokin line-up - GX 32 The Gold Lightan. Not only were they considered to be one of the most detailed and sophisticated Gold Lightan toys as of yet, they were plated with 18K gold, as their predecessors were. Aside from being able to transform into a lighter, just like the original toys, its joints were well structured. The package comes with a stand, interchangeable hands, and a heartbox energy device. The toy was a success and was well-received by fans in Japan and Hong Kong. This caused Bandai Hong Kong to make a singular stand showcase just for the Gold Lightan, itself.
The titular robot is a playable character in the fighting game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. When he fights, he can only be single as opposed to character doubles, since he is so big and powerful.
- Hung Hing Toy Manual in the reissue
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