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・The afterlife and “Space Runaway Ideon”
・Children’s story “Kammy the Robot”
・Revive toys whose power units are omitted or broken (NO.3)


Bandai "Getter 2" and "Mini Getter 2"

News from Kochi-power Research Institute (Part 17)

■About “Near-Death Experience"
Takashi Tachibana's book "Near-Death Experience" (Bungei Shunju)
Near-Death Experience" (Author: Takashi Tachibana, Publishing: Bungeishunju)

Baoh Shooting Bees-Stingers Phenomenon!!
 What is it, suddenly. What’s more, it’s not Baoh, but GeGeGe no Kitaro's special move “Hair Needles"!
 Because I forgot to introduce this special move last time …
 You must apologize to Shigeru Mizuki. By the way, it was reported that Takashi Tachibana, a journalist who was said to be a “Intellectual giant," died on April 30th.
 Speaking of Mr. Tachibana, in 1974 he published “Study on Kakuei Tanaka-his financial and personal connections," which led to the retirement of Prime Minister Tanaka and his arrest in the Lockheed scandal, but more than that, I would like to evaluate the book “Near-Death Experience" (Bungei Shunju) 20 years later (1994). The authors of such books are generally a little crazy people or gurus of new religions, all of which are not worth reading at all. However, because this “Near-Death Experience" was written by Mr. Tachibana, the content is credible with minimal subjective descriptions other than interviews.
 What is your impression after reading?
 I was amazed at the fact that many dying humans experience near-death experiences, and that many experienced people perceive it as a real experience rather than a dream.
 Then, does the afterlife exist?
 Mr. Tachibana himself is skeptical because all cases are not the experiences of dead human beings, and because they are many cultural and religious experiences such as that Americans meet Jesus Christ and Japanese cross the Sanzu River (The river that separates this world from the other world, similar to the River Styx).
 What is your own opinion?
 I’m a scientist, so I don’t think that there is a world like heaven or hell. But I think that there is a non-zero possibility that some kind of information such as consciousness and spirit will remain like the residual scent even after the body disappears. Because, if we are inhabitants of a world higher than the 4th dimension, even if the existence in the 4th dimension (space + time) disappears, there is room for the “parts" that make up us in the remaining dimensions.
 Isn’t there a world like an extension of this world?
 Whether the afterlife is continuous with this world or not, I don’t think it is a very comfortable world. It can be inferred from a simple thought experiment. For example, suppose a child who died at an early age went to the other world. Then, is his/her consciousness in the other world still a child’s one? Or will it return to spiritual beings and become mature conscious at the moment of death?
 It is said that in the afterlife, we will meet the people who went earlier, so I think that they still have the appearances and consciousnesses when they died.
 Then you think that the afterlife is full of old people and that there are many people with dementia. The inhabitants of the afterlife are free from physical sufferings, but remain bound by mental sufferings. At the extreme, if you die of severe brain dysfunction, you may remain unconscious also in the afterlife.
 I don’t like such a world. I like a world where dead people can live equally, peacefully and healthily.
 Okay, let’s say that in the afterlife, everyone returns to their original spiritual existence. In that case, all the factors that formed yourself in this world, such as relationships with family and friends, life experiences such as play and work, will be lost, and you will forget everything and live in peace. There may be situations where you chat with the criminal who killed you.
 If we lose ourselves, the debate about whether we can go to the other world seems meaningless …
 Moreover, not only humans go to the other world. If it is true that mosquitoes and cockroaches also return to their spiritual existences, we must think carefully about why all living things, including bacteria and plants, exist in this world. It is meaningless to discuss the other world ignoring this world.
 It seems unlikely that we can easily derive the answer.
 No one knows if the afterlife exists, and some may find it useless to think about it. However, thinking about how consciousness changes after death comes down to questioning the significance of one’s existence in this world, so I don’t think it’s necessarily meaningless.

A little about “Space Runaway Ideon"

 "Ideon" is the “Legendary Giant" that you like more than the “Mobile Suit."
 The ending of the movie, which is to fly in space as a new seed of life with someone you like when you die, was impressive. The TV version was disappointing due to the sudden discontinuation, but anyway, the theme song and BGM were wonderful works.
 Like “Star Fleet," you’ve uploaded a commercial video again.
 The chorus “I–deo–n" is a little strange in the commercial, so please listen to it. Also, I wanted to upload the ending theme song at the final episode (recorded at the time of the main broadcast) that is not recorded on DVD or BD even now, but I didn’t like to receive complaints from the copyright holder, so I stopped. Also on another occasion.

Tommy's TV commercial

My favorite robot toys; Episode 9 “Kammy the Robot"

 What happens when a robot dies?
 If you are worried about your robot life, you should read “Kammy the Robot" (written by Taruhi Furuta, illustrated by Seiichi Horiuchi, Published by Fukuinkan Shoten). It was my favorite book when I was in the lower grades of elementary school.
 Please tell me your favorite points.
 It’s impressive that Kammy, who was left out of the group, could only make two products for playing shops in the kindergarten and teared because no customers came to his shop. I think everyone has that kind of experience as a child. Kammy is run over by a dump truck to help his kindergarten friends, but the last is quite moving.
 The first edition was published on March 10, 1970, so it’s a children’s story that has been read for a long time.
 It’s a little sentimental story about a hated robot finally being loved by everyone and leaving. Please read it to your children.
 I don’t have any children, but I’ll read it right away.

Revive toys whose power units are omitted or broken (NO.3)
Bandai products

This time, I will introduce modified examples of robot plastic models that were resold by Bandai without power units.

(1) “Great Mazinger" resale plastic model

Bandai "Great Mazinger" resale plastic model
Completed in 2005

The original single item was sold for 900 yen in 1974. The results of the “Aucfree" survey over the past five years are as follows, but those that may be resold were excluded. There may be mistakes due to my own subjective selection. In that case, please forgive me.
[Great Mazinger (single item)]
・Unassembled: 5 listings with an average winning bid of about 32,000 yen
・Assembled junk: 1 listing with a winning bid of 27,000 yen
・Assembled: 1 listing with a winning bid of 17,000 yen
[Great Mazinger Secret Base]
・Unassembled: 8 listings with an average winning bid of about 37,000 yen
・Unassembled junk: 1 listing with a winning bid of 19,000 yen

It is a fairly reasonable impression compared to “Mazinger Z," whose average winning bid for unassembled items over the past five years is about 350,000 yen (6 listings) . I think this is because, in addition to the difference in character’s popularity, “Great Mazinger" was resold (non-powered, 2,000 yen) in 1998, while “Mazinger Z" has never been resold. There is a theory that “Great Mazinger" diverted the mold of “Mazinger Z." Even if this is not the case, the condition for future resale is that the mold of “Mazinger Z" remains intact.
Bandai resells many battery powered robot plastic models in addition to “Great Mazinger," but all are non-powered. Around the same time, also Doyusha resold several “Moguras" series of Midori Shokai without power units, but the situation is different. In the case of Doyusha, the molds were taken over, but they were just reproductions of another company’s products. Also, many of the “Moguras" series gearboxes were elaborate, and I feel that it was a bit harsh to hope for reproductions of the power units. On the other hand, in the case of Bandai, they were resales of its own products, and since the original gearboxes had simple structures, it seems that it was easy to reproduce them with plastic gears. The feeling of reselling old products that have little value if they have no power units cannot be understood by me as a purchasing group that Bandai considers to be a target. I would like Bandai to imitate the passion of Arii, who managed to resell the Nitto's battery powered “Gamera" series using its own gearboxes. What do you think of it?

Bandai "Great Mazinger" resale plastic model
Left: After installing the drive unit, Right: “Universal Gearbox" and “Crank Arm
Bandai "Great Mazinger" resale plastic model

By the way, I used Tamiya's “Universal Gearbox" and “Crank Arm" for the drive unit. If the center of rotation of the pseudo foot is set to the same position as the original, the movable width of this crank will be too large to fit in the foot. Therefore, I lowered the center of rotation and adjusted it to the same movable width as the original.
Like the “Getter Robo" introduced in (2), the original “Mazinger Z" and “Great Mazinger" have too few gears, so even if worm gears were used, the crank rotations were too fast, and they were walking like crazy.
This time, the gear ratio of the Universal Gearbox is maximized to reduce the walking speed, but walking while lifting the two C batteries in the legs seems to be difficult. The original used a steel worm gear, but I wonder how much the load on the motor was.

(2) “Getter 2" resale plastic model

Bandai "Getter 2" resale plastic model
Completed in 2013

The original was sold for 900 yen in 1974. The results of the survey for “Getter" series conducted by “Aucfree" for the past 5 years are as follows.
[Getter 1]
・Unassembled: 11 listings with an average winning bid of about 29,000 yen (Maximum 58,000 yen)
・Assembled junk: 2 listings with an average winning bid of about 17,000 yen
・Assembled: 2 listings with an average winning bid of about 17,000 yen 
[Getter 2]
・Unassembled: 8 listings with an average winning bid of about 23,000 yen (Maximum 30,000 yen)
・Assembled junk: 2 listings with an average winning bid of about 7,300 yen
・Assembled: 2 listings with an average winning bid of about 14,000 yen 
[Getter 3]
・Unassembled: 9 listings with an average winning bid of about 56,000 yen (Maximum 80,000 yen)
・Unassembled junk: 1 listing with a winning bid of 15,000 yen
・Assembled junk: 2 listings with an average winning bid of about 22,000 yen

Looking at it in this way, “Getter 3" is the most popular in the second-hand market, followed by “Getter 1" and “Getter 2." When I was a kid, I was a little strange kid, so I bought “Getter 3" while everyone was buying “Getter 1." Its appearance of running on caterpillar was shocking, so one friend hurriedly bought “Getter 3" when he saw my finished product. Even at that time, “Getter 2" was unpopular.
The “Getter" series were resold by Bandai in 1999 without power units (all prices were 2,000 yen). In 2013, I made a successful bid for the assembled junk item of “Getter 2" for 6,000 yen and the resale item for 600 yen, and challenged remodeling. I could have used the original gearbox, but that was boring, so I made my own gearbox with the same dimensions and almost the same gear ratio as the original. I don’t know if it’s a material problem or a member thickness problem, but I have the impression that Bandai’s plastic models are more vulnerable to heat than other manufacturers. When I was in elementary school, my friends took my “Mazinger Z" home and painted it nicely for me, who was resting because of illness. However, the heat of a hair dryer bended legs of “Mazinger Z," and my friends were pretty depressed (Currently, if the same accident happens, my fever will rise to about 45 ° C). This time, “Getter 2" also had a hard time getting it back because the plastic pseudo-legs bent with a little heat. In addition, this “Getter 2" was made in 2013 when my skill improved a little, so I used screws to join the body, but I think I was able to handle it well so that the screws would not be noticeable.

Bandai "Getter 2" resale plastic model
Left: Original gearbox (left) and manufactured gearbox (right), Right: Situation where the power unit has been installed

(3) “Getter 3" resale plastic model

Bandai "Getter 3" resale plastic model
Completed in 2005

Finally, I would like to introduce “Getter 3." This funky look and the unprecedented running on caterpillar are so unique in the world of battery powered plastic models. Also, the gimmick of waving is well thought out, and I am impressed.
There are few difficult points about remodeling, just set the Universal Gearbox on the “Get machine Jaguar" (light blue). However, if there is rattling between the “Bear" (yellow), which is the battery box, and the “Eagle" (red), which supports the “Bear," it will not be energized, so care must be taken in assembly accuracy. Also, be careful not to be too much paint the “Bear," as the yellow paint doesn’t stay well.

Bandai "Getter 3" resale plastic model
Left: Inside the “Jaguar" (Universal Gearbox installation status), Middle: Top of the “Jaguar," Right: Inside the “Bear"