Archive for October, 2008

Matango Custom!

Posted in Customs with tags , , , on October 31, 2008 by REdYOdA

I’ve been wanting to custom a Matango for quite some time but had poor luck in finding an unpainted M1 or Marmit…well I found a 1997 Marmit, and here he is…now all shiny!
Matango Front/Back
Matango Front/Back
It would be extremely hard for me to pick a favorite kaiju out of so many imaginative and unique creations, but if I had to pick just one…it would have to be Matango!
Matango Poster
I had envisioned a full-on metallic mushroom man (I am really into the metallic colors right now!) and knew it would be really fun to paint. For the Marmit custom, I used black, blue, red, gold, green, silver, and pink sprays.

Here he is with some fungi friends…
Check out the new guy!

Bigger pics +1 more can be found in the REdYOdA Custom Gallery.

Thanks for looking!

G-FAN!

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2008 by REdYOdA


I was finally able to sink my teeth into the latest issue of G-FAN and it was such a great issue… I thought I’d post a little about it.
One of the reasons I loved this issue is the fantastic interview and tribute to living legend… Haruo Nakajima.
Mr. Nakajima was the first to don the iconic suit of Godzilla in 1954 and breath life into the legendary monster. And not just Godzilla, Nakajima portrayed many other well known tokusatsu characters as well, such as Gaira from War of the Gargantuas, Matango, King Kong, Baragon, & Moguera, just to name a few!

Seen in this rare photo…a visibly agitated King Caesar listens in while Eiji Tsuburaya directs Nakajima (in Godzilla legs). King Caesar feels he is not getting enough screen time…

If your interested in early TOHO Studios and tokusatsu history…definitely grab this issue! G-FAN magazine is unceasingly fun to read … I’m always anxious to get my quarterly issues!

Some other great reads that I recommend, that are not too hard to find,  on early TOHO, Godzilla & tokusatsu history…

Oh… by the way… G-FAN was just named in the Chicago Tribune’s list of  their top 50 favorite magazines nationwide!!! God job and congratulations J.D.!

To subscribe to G-FAN…click the cover…
G-FAN!

btw…Matango Custom is now finished, just gotta shoot some pics and will have it posted sometime Thursday!

Flower Monsters?

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu, Ultra Q with tags , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2008 by REdYOdA

Flower Power!
Shown above is ‘Greenmons‘ …the giant flower monster from UltramanEpisode 5: The Treasure of the Miloganda. I used a 2000 M1-Go mini for the shot. I used an extra light beaming in the side…hoping to create a glowing ‘Sun’ effect.

‘Greenmons’

First discovered by a botanical expedition to the remote Oilis Island, the irradiated Greenmons attacks a surprised team of botanists and reporters, luckily the angry plant is able to be put down by a team member’s revolver. Some time later, back in Japan, the same flowery beast that was presumed dead, returns in the dead of night to take more victims.

After a grisly killing spree, the monster is finally discovered after an attack on one of the Science Patrol’s own. Greenmons is shot again, only to fall and disappear into a reservoir. Dead? Oh…I don’t think so!

For the final showdown,  this time Greenmons returns as a towering flower beast that only Ultraman can stop!

Greenmons was not the first flowery monster to wreak havoc upon Tokyo… first there was…

‘Juran’ the Mammoth Flower from Ultra Q

Ultra Q – Episode 5 ‘The Mammoth Flower’ 1966

After a series of mysterious earthquakes shake Tokyo, ominous looking vines start appearing that are definitely not your typical houseplant variety. The Ultra Q team soon witness the vines mounting an
attack on a hapless human. With the help of a broken bottle and a fire extinguisher (?!) as weapons, the team are able to put a stop to the carnivorous plant…for the time being.

Soon the plant reemerges, though this time it has transformed into ‘Manmosu Furawā’ or ‘Mammoth Flower’, tearing through a building to allow it’s flower to extend. The 300 ft. tall flower soon wreaks more havoc… with deadly vines and a pollen that has the ability to cocoon it’s victims.

After much deliberation and close calls, the Ultra Q team along with a Dr. Ichitani, who’s theories of giant, city destroying flowers were previously scoffed at, decide to put to use the doctor’s plan for destroying the Mammoth Flower…Fixed Carbonic Acid.

Released from an airplane by Ultra Q’s pilot Jun and the doctor, the acid, along with flamethrowers, are able to put down the giant plant once and for all.

The narrator in the end of the program reminds us to be careful of the pretty flowers…as they may rise up to destroy us again….ok, that’s just weird.

…But I like pretty flowers!

…and so does Gabari…(shown with the little M1-Go Greenmons)

Now you have an excuse if your girfriend asks… “how come you never give me flowers anymore?”

“Well, because honey, flowers are evil and will grow hundreds of feet tall and destroy humanity. Now you wouldn’t want that would you?”

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Custom Gargantuas!

Posted in Customs, Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu Music with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by REdYOdA

Sanda & Gaira

Pictured above are my latest customs of Sanda (left) & Gaira from War of the Gargantuas!

The figures were produced by M1-Go in 2003 and are my favorite sculpt of these two handsome devils in vinyl.

Heads

One more pic at my RY customs flickr.

Pick up the film too if you haven’t already…it’s great!

…and as an added bonus, I’ve added the Main Theme to WotG by Akira Ifukube in the sidebar music section…enjoy!

R/C Mechagodzilla

Posted in Kaiju misc. with tags , on October 23, 2008 by REdYOdA

Yep, R/C Mechagodzilla!

I heard about this thing months ago and had almost given up on it being released. Well, it looks like it is in December, and here is an awesome video to show what the Bandai MechaG can do…

Yes folks, all this R/C MechaGodzilla action can be yours for the low low price of just 84,000 Yen!
…or $852.85 at the current exchange.
I still can’t believe the dollar is below the Yen. Looks to be staying there a while too.

You gotta admit…it does have the coolest remote control ever created…

Nice job Bandai!

Missile Truck

Posted in Customs with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by REdYOdA

OK, so I had some extra paint and a plain grey mini missile truck sitting around…

Death Truck

The Ballistic Missile vehicle came with the Marmit para-baby Moguera in the pic above. I gave the truck a nice metallic blue finish and some flames. I just couldn’t stand to have it a plain grey color.
Now all I need is a Maser Cannon truck to complete the vehicle arsenal. Japan uses these weapons, with extremely poor results I might add, against it’s persistent giant monster problems.

Tip: if you enlist in the Japanese Military…don’t sign up to drive trucks or tanks.

At least these guys will look good before getting incinerated.

Original Maser Cannon…

…still working on finishing up my M1 customs of Sanda and Gaira from War of the Gargantuas. Pretty much done except I’m waiting for a paint/gloss coat shipment from Japan. Just a couple more days hopefully!

Garumega!

Posted in Kaiju misc., The Kaiju Art Collection with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2008 by REdYOdA

Garumega!

New for The Kaiju Art Collection…’Garumega!’

Shikaruna Koubo

SK is a very small Japanese toy producer that has been causing quite a big stir among vinyl toy collectors…myself included! Known mainly for producing book/manga-only characters, such as the dead-on Zagoran sculpt from the sought after and rare books ‘Sekai no Kaiju and Shin Sekai no Kaiju‘ (which SK is planning to re-release) and other characters such as Mighty, Dagigon, and Bagun, SK also produces some incredible original character sculpts.
The first figures I had from them were minis, I couldn’t believe the attention to detail in both paint and sculpt, especially the paint work, truly amazing and intricate…and using quite a few more colors than I was used to seeing…especially in a mini!

Uh-Oh, Now I’m Hooked!
My first ‘standard size’ figure, ‘Garumega‘, shown above, instantly owned my toy shelf with it’s presence! SK seems to have thrown ‘standard size kaiju‘ limitations out the window and said “lets just make the biggest and bad ass characters that we want!”
Shikaruna definitely knows how to keep the collectors hungry too…amazing sculpts, quality vinyl, unsurpassed paint apps, and unusually low numbers. Sometimes runs of a popular figure will be just 20 pieces in a given colorway. SK is also known for producing quite a few, very hard to find, one-off paint apps as well. Pretty much the ultimate for a vinyl toy collector is the one-of-a-kind piece of a favorite sculpt, hand painted by the toy’s artists!

I have this guy on a pre-order…can’t wait. This one is going to be fun to photograph!

Shown above, the truly jaw dropping new sculpt ‘Dorol’ or ‘Dororu’

Looks like I’m going to need some new X-Large shelves if Shikaruna Koubo keep this up!

So in closing, I’d like to ask that if you haven’t already started collecting Shikaruna Koubo, then please don’t. I’m having a hard enough time finding the figures that I want as it is!

;p

See a larger ‘Garumega’ and more kaiju HERE!