Archive for February, 2009

SK Delivers!

Posted in Kaiju Book Review, New Vinyl with tags , , , on February 22, 2009 by REdYOdA

After a 3 1/2 month wait for this pre-order…Siccaluna-Koubou delivers an amazing set!

Sekai no KaijuShin Sekai no Kaiju

A bunch of images from the set below…but first a brief description of what this set consists of:

  • 9 inch vinyl 4-arm Zagoran. Only available with this book set. This is an alternate representation (extra set of arms) of the first ‘Zag’ to appear. Zag is first seen in the book “World of Giant Monsters” (the first book of the set) Page 11.
  • Reprint set of the extremely hard to come by books: Sekai No Kaiju’ (World of Giant Monsters) and ‘Shin Sekai No Kaiju’ (New World of Giant Monsters) Book 2.  The original books, published in 1967, feature short kaiju stories by Toshiya Nakaoka with illustrations by artists Kaijita & Minamimura.
  • Book 1 focuses more on prehistoric beasts with some freakish twists…though there are a few conceptualized monsters in the volume such as Zagoran, the Space Kaiju, and Dagigon .
  • Book 2 sees more of  the prehistoric creatures but also features a lot more imaginative creations like Bagun, Maity, & Iga-ru, plus many more. This volume also features many of the first ‘Kaiju Anatomy’ illustrations.
  • Both books feature the full color fold-out illustrations like the originals.

Now for some pics (click any to enlarge)…

4 Arm Zag

Purdy!

4 Arm Zag

AnatomyAnatomy

Iga-rudeer guy

MaitySea Blob

Pagessea-creatures

My only critique…SK added four pages of product listing to the end of each book. These are all great vinyls, but I kinda wish the books were completely true to the originals…a small criticism.

SK Vinyls from the books

The book and Zag set is sold out but the books are still available…HERE.

For me, the Zag is pretty cool, but it’s really about the two books. SK obviously took great care in who they chose to reproduce the rare books. The images are crisp and they’ve included the full color fold-outs and slipcases. Absolutely nothing about these hardcover volumes feel cheap…which these are not (around $50++ for both). It is also great to see how well SK reproduced these unknown monsters for their own toy line.

If you can track down the originals and can afford them…then by all means grab them!

If not…I guarantee you won’t be sorry for picking up this great set of repro-books!


New Dokuro Tarou Toys

Posted in Kaiju Art, New Vinyl with tags , , , on February 21, 2009 by REdYOdA

Elegab’s shipment from Tokyo arrived and I had the time to take some shots…

The tiniest of  terrors: Mimigiras…

ROAAAAR!!!!

Galtan’s long lost cousin: Honegon…

Creepy!

mou hitotsu…

All smiles

The biggest and baddest of the three…the ‘giant’4.5 inch Zunougon…

Bottom guy doesn't seem too pleased.

More on these new figures & Dokuro Tarou… HERE!

They are mostly sold out but order …HERE



The day the monster came out…

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju misc. on February 19, 2009 by REdYOdA

Not quite sure what this is from… but it’s a quirky little 4 min. film about a bullied kaiju collector ( I hope I’m not this nerdy) that gets his wish…and a big surprise!


The film actually starts about 30 sec in…after the vampire dude gets shown some kaiju toys^^


Looking for trouble…

Posted in Kaiju Art with tags , , on February 17, 2009 by REdYOdA

some shady characters

Don’t be a Deadbeat!

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju Art on February 14, 2009 by REdYOdA

Yamashiro's looking for love

*Do something special today for those that you really love the most…

*(Like dust them…or take them to a nice dinner)

Your Toys!

For the ladies.

Hell…you know you probably spend more time & money on these than your significant other anyways!

Space Tokusatsu Series: Captain Ultra

Posted in Fun Stuff, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by REdYOdA

Below are some great clips from the lesser known TOEI series “Captain Ultra”!

Captain Ultra, Huck the robot, & Joe

For tokusatsu kaiju vinyl collectors…you may notice some recognizable characters in these clips…

Garuban the Magnet Monster’s first appearance…

Clip featuring a favorite of mine… the Banderu

Ghost monster Gozura…

Shamura steps on his master…


You gotta love Metarion…

and here is the finale of the Garuban Episode…

Captain Ultra aired from April-September of 1967 with only 24 episodes. The TOEI produced tokusatsu program originally aired on TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) and debuted on television right after Ultraman… but the show was soon replaced after it’s short run by Tsuburaya’s Ultra Seven.

Now for a challenge…see if you can find an original vinyl 13″ Garuban by Bullmark…very rare!

Dokuro Tarou New Monsters!

Posted in New Vinyl with tags , , , , , , on February 7, 2009 by REdYOdA

Coming up for sale Feb. 14th (hopefully) are not one…but 3 new sculpts from Dokuro Tarou!

Elegab's New Monsters!

Sculpted by Shintani “Nari” Naritada, the maker of probably my favorite mini last year…Misslelas and of course his little sidekick Haramakion! The 4″ Zunougon (above) is the latest enemy to Nari’s hero character Docro Taro. Zunougon is a bullied boy genius who hates the world and is transformed into an evil brain creature who will challenge Docro Taro.

Zunougon will be available in (3) colorways (Green above)…

Black & Gold

Blue

I like this guy too…The tiny Honegon…

Honegon!

I really enjoy the whole back-story and world Nari & Dokuro Tarou are creating with these figures. Each new sculpt definitely has Shintani’s signature look. I find the the coarse look of the sculpts really appealing. I’m thinking these guys probably won’t last long so… good luck!

Dokuro Tarou is one of the rare Japanese Toy makers that will ship to the USA directly from their webstore.

Grumble Toy distributes DT’s toys too…but no official word on these yet.