Golden Warrior Gold Lightan

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Golden Warrior Gold Lightan
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Screenshot showing Gold Lightan reaching his hand out to Hiro.
黄金戦士ゴールド・ライタン
(Ōgon Senshi Gōrudo Raitan)
Genre Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Koichi Mashimo
Studio Tatsunoko Production
Network Tokyo 12 TV
Original run 1 March 198118 February 1982[1]
Episodes 52[1] (List of episodes)
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Golden Warrior Gold Lightan (黄金戦士ゴールド・ライタン Ōgon Senshi Gōrudo Raitan?) is an anime series that aired from 1981 to 1982 in Japan. The show was also popular in Hong Kong and was aired there around the same time. There are 52 episodes that were aired at 30 minutes each.[2]

Original story[edit]

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 an invasion by King Ibalda. Gold Lightan joined forces with his robot teammates to ruin the plots of King Ibalda and destroy invading alien robots by using his surpassing hand and leg strikes. Hiro also founded a group called the "Bratty Rangers" with his friends.[1]

Concept[edit]

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.[3]

Staff[edit]

Characters[edit]

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

Lightan Robots[edit]

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
2. Gold
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
2. Silver
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
2. Silver
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
2. Gold
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.

Episode titles[edit]

Merchandise[edit]

In 2005, Hong Kong Bandai reissued the semi-original robots as part of the Soul of Chogokin label[citation needed]. 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[citation needed]. 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.[1] Not only were they considered to be one of the most detailed and sophisticated Gold Lightan toys 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "黄金戦士ゴールド・ライタン". Tatsunoko Productions (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Tatsunoko Pro". Tatsunoko Production. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Gold Warrior Gold Lightan". Tatsunokousa.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 

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