Archive for October, 2009

NM Part 2…

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju Art, Kaiju misc. with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by REdYOdA

The trip continues to White Sands National Monument

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White Sands Monument New Mexico

White Sands Monument is a surreal & beautiful place…with miles upon miles of pure white gypsum sand dunes…great for some otherworldly toy pics! (this is a Japanese toy website after all…)

Captain Ultra…

Big Head Capatain Ultra

Quicksand!…

Help!

Garamon’s Homeworld?

Garamon's Homeworld

This place can alter your perception…

Frog dude trips out...

Garamon takes a spirit walk…

Garamon's Spirit Walk

Garamon

Minya scales some sandy peaks…

Minya

An alien invader?

Apache Invader

Stranded on another planet…

Stranded

Minya really feels the heat!…

Radioactive?

Really had a great time here…visitors can rent plastic sleds and slide down the massive white dunes! I did actually have kind of a hard time shooting pics here because it is sooo incredibly bright…I could barely see my camera viewfinder! Hope you like the pics though!

One of the stranger places to have a picnic…

Picnic area in White Sands

More pics coming up in Part 3….including this place…

WEEE!

A Trip to NM…

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju Art, Kaiju misc. with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by REdYOdA

PART 1

Just got back from another wild, weird, & wonderful trip to my (2nd) favorite state…New Mexico!

Organ Mtns...not like that organ...like pipe organ...

…and of course REdYOdA never travels without taking along a few toy friends!

Lots and lots of pics…some with toys…some not. Some messed with by camera tricks & software…some not…BUT … I always try to make them interesting and fun! This task was actually made pretty easy by the fascinating and intriguing places we visited!

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The worlds largest Pistachio outside of Alamogordo, NM…done in 60’s postcard style…it’s 30 feet tall…

Such a tourist!

NM has so many truly breathtaking sights…it’s definitely not just flat desert like many think…

The Rabbit Ear peaks…

The Rabbit Ears

The sky is BIG here!

The Organ Mtn peaks

The fall colors were in full effect!…

Fall

Interesting wildflowers…

Duster

Local Kaiju checks us out…

Love those colors!

Had to take a pic of this amazing and delicate Raven skull my Uncle found!…

Raven Skull

Garamon came along to keep an eye on us…

I feel like I'm being watched....

People in Hatch, NM put chile peppers on their roof to dry them!

Red Chiles cover the roof!

Garamon poses in front of some Mexican glass…

Garamon Lollipop

Visited a very cool place that you may recognize from a lot of sci-fi movies…the Very Large Array!

Seriously out in the middle of NOWHERE!

VLA Sign

Out in the stark San Augustin plains (50 miles west of Socorro) stand the 27 massive Radio Antennas pointed up at the stars…each antenna weighs 230 tons!!!

click for a much better view…

V L A

Which antenna is different than the others?…

V L A

Listening...

My Uncle takes a closer look…

They are BIG!

I highly recommend making the totally out-of-the-way trip to the VLA…I really learned a lot about radio astronomy…and these giant antennas are just an unreal sight!…and you can pick up a copy of Contact in the gift shop ;)…

Contact

Lots more coming up in PART2…including this place…

I think he's lost...


Kaiju Kone!

Posted in Customs, Fun Stuff, Kaiju Art, Kaiju misc. with tags , , , , on October 3, 2009 by REdYOdA

Received a couple of unpainted prototypes for Sebastian Curadeau’s new resin Kone toy!

Here’s one of them I painted up…(my first resin paint app…so be gentle)

Kaiju Kone!

I still have one more to do… but I’ll be out of town for a couple of weeks so I though I would go ahead and post this up.

Pre-paint Kones!…

Kone Before Paint

Before paint 2

I’m calling this Kone flavor..Nuclear Strawberry…

Kaiju Kone Nuclear Strawberry

Standing 6″ tall, the resin prototypes are still a little rough around the edges, but with a little more polish I think it’s shaping up to be a really great new toy…one that I would love to see made into vinyl!

Chicks dig 'em!

When you feel your temperature rising…reach for a refreshing Kone!

Grab a cool Kone!

Everyone’s getting in on the action!…

Gameldon loves Kones!

Even Yokai love Kones…

that's nasty...

So unassuming when viewed from behind…

BAck view

Wanna bite???…

eat me...I dare you...

Though you can’t tell so much in the images above…I used color shift pearl flake in the fuscia and red paints so it has a bit more depth in person. The Kaiju Kones are a blast to paint and fun to hold…feels just like your holding the real thing. Sebastian used a real ice cream cone in the casting process which I painted heavily in metallic gold.

Vancouver resident Seabastian Curadeau is better known for his other plush creations and especially the plush Kones which I have 2 of and love ’em! See more of Sebastian’s plush awesomness…HERE!

Here’s a couple more of Sebastian’s plushes from my collection…

Hedorah & Eyezon by Sebastian Curadeau

Be back with more in a couple of weeks …I’m taking a much needed vacation!

…and your’s is on it’s way to Canada Sebastian!

GORGO! + A New Custom!

Posted in Customs, Film Review, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , on October 1, 2009 by REdYOdA

Love Gorgo…one of the first “kaiju” films I saw when I was a kid.

Gorgo Quad Poster

This giant monster is not from Japan though…

…Gorgo hails from Great Britain mates!

From the director of the wonderful Harryhausen vehicle: ‘Beast from 20,000 Fathoms‘  Russian born film visualist & pioneer Eugene Lourie’  takes one more stab at directing a giant monster epic before going back to his main ambition of film art director and designer.

Beast from 20,000 Fathoms!

GORGO!

Gorgo follows the story of a treasure salvage ship’s Captain, Joe Ryan, and his shipmates run-in with a violent offshore volcanic eruption… an event that will soon lead them to an encounter with a juvenile 65′ monster that is to be named… Gorgo!

Gorgo…

A face only a mother could love...

Definite shades of King Kong in this film…with the capture and transport of the mini beast to London…where like Kong…Gorgo is displayed to the public before all hell breaks loose! Of course Gojira is the first to come to mind too…I guess it’s hard to make a giant monster movie without it being compared to Godzilla.

The twist in this film is that it’s not Gorgo at all who’ll become the problem…it’s his angry 200′ tall mother Ogra! Momma Ogra isn’t at all happy about men stealing her baby…so the British Navy, the iconic clock Big Ben and the Tower Bridge in London will all feel her wrath!    How does it end???

Mom..Ogra…

Give me back my BABY!!

Lobby Card

I’d definitely recommend buying it…this is actually a really descent monster film with great effects!

$9.99 @ Amazon HERE!

Here’s the exciting finale (if you just can’t wait)…

A New Gorgo Custom!

I didn’t have time to finish the ‘baby’ Gorgo that came with this M1-go set of flesh vinyls but here is the completed full size…

Gorgo Custom!

Gorgo Custom Back

M1’s Gorgo sculpt is really something…lots of textures and lizardy bumps and scales. I wanted to use a lot of colors on this one to really bring out all of the surface qualities. I think I used about 10-12 colors on him total!

I’m calling this custom ‘Powered Gorga’ …in reference to some monsters ability to draw extra power and abilities which often makes them glow red or change colors…

Powered Gorgo!

Powered Gorgo!

Gorgo Custom by REdYOdA

The 9.5″ M1-go Gorgo vinyl was introduced in 2002 and has 6-7 different colorways including a few glow versions. Not too rare or terribly expensive but a great sculpt nonetheless. The sculpt captures the essence of the British movie monster very well…especially those big ol’ mitts!

Cheerio!