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Some toys are harder than others…

Posted in henshin, Kaiju misc., New Vinyl with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by REdYOdA

…to find that is!

Also,  how seeing this monster in 1993 sparked a road to collecting and learning about Japanese culture that has been so much fun!

Here’s the multi faced bad guy… named: ‘Itsutsu Banbara’…

Back in 1993 I first saw the character on the back of an album from a band I really liked…it was a .45 LP from HELMET.

I still have it…

(Bonus: click the album to hear one of the songs from the 45!)

I thought the character was so interesting….plus I just had to understand what the hell was going on in that bizzaro picture!

Of course no toy or figure existed of Itsustu Banbara at that time, but after some digging I learned that the scene on the album was from a Japanese show called ‘Inazuman‘. I loved it!

This is one of the first moments I started really getting into the pop culture of Japan and when I discovered the other hero shows…I was hooked! I mean I knew about Godzilla and Ultraman, but discovering all of the other craziness and brilliance coming out of Japan…I really became enraptured!

Here is the episode (well the parts with Itsutsu Banbara…

Finally in 2009, Japanese toymaker Rainbow released the character (which I missed the pre-order for grrr!) and couldn’t find another until a helpful skullbrain board member spotted one at the Mandarake online store in Tokyo…almost 2 years after the pre-order! But it all worked out finally… Thanks Kurumonz!

Toys will ALWAYS turn up when you are persistently hunting them…though some just take a LOT of patience.

If you want to find this guy…here is the Kanji to get started…

Itsutsu Banbara: イツツバンバ

Rainbow Sofubi (soft vinyl): レインボー ソフビ

The harder they are to find and the longer you have to wait…the more special they are when you finally get them.

...and do yourself a favor and head over to Generation Kikaida and pick up the Inazuman DVD’s, you won’t be sorry!


Ashuran & Sevenger

Posted in Customs, Fun Stuff, henshin, Kaiju Art with tags , , , , on June 4, 2009 by REdYOdA

Some photo fun with Ashuran & Sevenger from Ultraman Leo!

The two faces of evil…Ashuran!…

Ashuran red

Ashuran Blue

Above is the Yamanaya 2007 vinyl (Ltd TV color version) Ashuran.

Ashuran the two sided monster

SEVENGER…a capsule robot used in the battle against Ashuran alongside Ultraman Leo & Ultraman Jack in 1974’s Ultraman Leo: Episode 34 ‘Ultra Brothers…Eternal Vows’

Capsule Robot Sevenger

Above is the 1998 Yamanaya Sevenger with the silver TV show colorway (was also available in green).

Some poor quality screenies…

Face Off!…

Ashuran & Sevenger face off!

Stomping Leo!


Putting the choke on Ashuran…

Choke hold!

Ashuran was finally defeated. Though it did take the combined forces of Ultra Seven, Jack, Leo, & Sevenger to take him out!

Time for a rematch!

Sevenger emerges…

Those guys look familiar...


…and gets a smack down from Ashuran…

Battle Fuji

Robot surprise attack…

It's hard to shoot action!

Oh…not again!


What’s that!…Here comes Angilas & Gorosaurus!

TOHO monsters join in...

You haven’t seen the last of me!

Powered Ashuran?!


I’m working on quite a few new projects…here’s a little teaser of an Ultraman piece I’m working on for Mark Nagata’s Toy Karma 2 at Rotofugi in September. I’m kinda doing it in Mark’s honor…his love of old ray guns (mine too!)…and Ultraman of course!

This M1-go 19″ Ultraman will be part of a kinda Steam Punk wall sculpture (don’t worry, the vinyl won’t get harmed…well except by my painting 😉  ) It’s still a work in progress…but I though it looked kinda cool for a pic…

Ultraman Copper & Brass

Kemur & Z-Ton

Posted in henshin, The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu, Ultra Q, ultraman with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by REdYOdA

After finishing a custom Zeton for a friend, I decided to finally create a new image for the Kaiju Art Collection too!

I’ll post pics of the new custom after it’s new owner receives it. For this image, I used a custom I did several months ago…

Zeton! aka…Z-Ton

I’ve done some terrible things…

I've done some terrible things.

This M1-Go sculpt was an instant favorite because it’s one of the few business suited kaijin (human sized monsters) that I like so much…and I’m definitely not alone there! Basically it’s M1’s Semi-ningen’s suited body with a M1 Kemurujin head stuck on.

The difference between Kemur, Kemurujin, Z-ton, Zeton, and  Zetton?…

I’ll start with Kemurujin…or Kemur for short because he was first on the screen in 1966’s Ultra Q

Kemur Seijin!

He has a thing for Ferris wheels in the very dark episode…

I'll take that.

Kemur makes a very brief return in 1967’s Ultraman Episode 33 “The Forbidden World”, after being summoned by the evil alien Mephilas! Kemur II as he is sometimes known, is on screen for about 2 seconds…but it’s his first time in color…

Don't blink...or you'll miss my close-up!

Now on to Z-Ton, Zeton, and Zetton…

For Ultraman’s final episode…Episode 39 ” Farewell Ultraman” in 1967, apparently the producers decided to bring Kemurujin back. But, as they often did, they used a previously used monster suit…made a few changes in appearance…and called him something else for the new episode.

This time Tsuburaya’s team changed the head a bit and added a business suit to the now human sized…Zeton, or Z-ton as he is listed in some kaiju/kaijin reference books…

As before…we only get to see him breifly…basically he stands up after being tackled by the Science Patrol, turns around and gets shot in the face…

Like my new suit?


Thats gotta hurt!

OK…who is Zetton then???…

This guy…Zeton’s boss… also from the final episode, who finally overwhelms our hero Ultraman…

You're toast Ultraman!

The two aliens in the final episode are from the planet Z-Ton…so we have the lesser alien Zeton and his boss Zetton…creative huh?

Many toy companies created figures of Kemur and Zeton…though the most confusing is the 1991 release of Z-ton by M1-Go due to the cost effectiveness of using Kemur’s head on the Semi-ningen’s suited body sculpt. M1’s Kemur, Semi-Ningen, and Z-ton were all produced in 1991. You’ll often see M1’s Z-ton listed as Kemur or Kemur Seijin (Seijin means Adult) because of the mix-match parts. We will see the same suit resurface again for M1’s Keronia in 2001.

Finally…here is a mislabled video of ‘Kemurujin’ and Ultraman performing a Benny Hill-esque fight…not sure of the video’s origin… so chime in if you do!

Video is from Gojira73rules

Pics of my new version of the Zeton with a polka-dot tie coming soon…

Spectreman Hedoran

Posted in Fun Stuff, henshin, Tokusatsu on February 3, 2009 by REdYOdA

Bit of a lazy week for me, can’t seem to shake this cold/flu that I have 😦

Here’s the Spectreman opening episode from 1971.


“Gori Targets the Earth!”

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

In the episode you’ll see Spectreman battle with another version of a smog spewing monster or ‘Hedoran’ (pollution Monster). I chose this episode because Bear Model recently released this Hedoran in vinyl. Super 7 has one.

Pic swiped from S7…
Spectreman Hedoran

Takara Invaders

Posted in henshin, Kaiju Art with tags , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by REdYOdA

Destroy All Humans!

I thought I’d break out the 1998 Takara Vinyl Invaders for some new HDR images. These 12″ vinyl version Invaders are a homage to the 1970’s hard plastic 8″ versions. There are 3 Aliens in all… Invaders Z (shown above), Invader J (below), and Invader O (shown on package box only, I didn’t open that one).

Invader 'J'

The Invaders all have removable heads…concealing their evil robot brains inside…

Surprise! I’m really a…well…Evil Alien ROBOT Invader!

Invader Z shows you his head.

Available in vinyl are the Invaders shown here as well as the King Walder Monsters. Pics of all of them…HERE! Besides the glitter vinyl and the cool sculpts, the best thing about these three…they can be found pretty cheap!

One more of Alien Invader ‘J’…

Invader 'J'


Invader's Packaging

EDIT: Forgot that I had this image of the ’70’s ad for the original 8″ Invaders…Click to enlarge

OG Takara Invaders Advertisement

Henshin Heroes!

Posted in henshin, Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , , on January 10, 2009 by REdYOdA

Today I thought I would just post up some great Japanese Hero TV programs that I grabbed from YouTube. Some good stuff!

No subs on these vids… but you really don’t have to be too much of a genius to figure out what’s going on.

Ten purrfect minutes of  Tetsujin Tiger Seven!

Barom-1 greatness…an absolute must see (All Demons attack!)! Part 1 of full final episode…just click thru for parts 2,3…

More Kitteh Hero! Fuun Lion Maru -Full episode (Finale) Part 1…

Super Robot Red Baron!…Not really henshin (transform)… but still super cool!

See Spiderman driving his cool car(?) in the Japanese ‘Supaidaman’…

Best Hero Hair …and the award goes to… Megaloman!…

Of course their are many many more shows,…but I’ll run out of room! I have a lot of these programs on DVD…perhaps I’ll post more later as I convert some of mine to video files.

btw…I’m busy at work on a new kaiju custom…stay tuned!