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Bemler

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu, ultraman with tags , , , , on November 24, 2010 by REdYOdA

aka…Bemular, Bemlar, ベムラー

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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!

TOY KARMA II!

Posted in Customs, Kaiju Art, Shows, Tokusatsu on August 19, 2009 by REdYOdA

Mark Nagata’s Toy Karma 2 show tears into Chicago’s Rotofugi Gallery & Store September 5th -20th 2009. Mark has rounded up an unprecedented 70+ talented artists for a Japanese toy & art show like no other!!!

…and I’ll have a couple of special pieces there too, pics below!

Sponsored by Max Toy, Rotofugi, Dead President’s Designs, & Vinyl Pulse!

toy karma flyer

Artist List & Sponsers

I was working on a special 19″ Ultraman for this show (in honor of Mark…who if you didn’t know has the largest Ultraman collection outside of Japan!), but due to some technical difficulties and time…that’s just going to have to wait til a bit later 😦

So...I decided to create one special piece and release my ‘Sanda vs Gaira‘ set for TK2.

Out of all of the customs I’ve created…these Gargantuas have had more purchase requests than anything else I have done! I actually rarely sell my customs and mainly just paint for my own collection…but now’s your chance to grab ’em!

Header images

Sanda…

Sanda

Gaira…

REdYOdA Gaira Custom

I also created a special Chicago rivalry header card for the set…

Cubs vs White Sox

Gaira side…

Header Gaira Side

Sanda side…

Header Sanda Side

Sanda vs Gaira set!

Here’s a clip from WOTG with Gaira tearing up the airport…

Emerald Sea Gezora w/ Magnetic Tentacle Snip Action & Mini Custom Ganime!

Up next is a custom Gezora set that recreates a scene from the 1970 TOHO film ‘Space Amoeba‘!

Space Amoeba

Emerald Sea Gezora and custom mini Ganime…

ES Gezora & Ganime

Ganime attacks…SNIP!

Snip!

MAGNETS?

Some great vintage kaiju toys employed magnets set into the vinyl to allow for interchangeable heads or hold another toy. I thought it would be fun to add magnets in this way to create a scene from the film… where Gezora gets his tentacle snipped by Ganime!

A special header for the set depicts the scene…

ES Gezora Header

Space Amoeba trailer…

I can’t believe the talented company I’m in for this show!!! HUGE thanks to Mark Nagata for the invite!

Also a big thanks to the sponsors and Kirby & Whitney Kerr at Rotofugi for hosting and taking care of and organizing all of this art…indeed no small task!

Toy Karma 2 blog from Rotofugi….HERE!


Gojira like you’ve never seen before!

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by REdYOdA

…just a reminder that Gojira is coming out very soon on BLU RAY!…plus some other random Gojira stuff below!

Gojira Blu Ray US Version

I knew that a few select tokusatsu films would be coming out on BLU… but since it’s now just over a month away…I thought I’d share my research on the upcoming Goji releases and Pre-Order info for you kaiju eiga lovers like me!

Pictured above is Classic Media’s version which will apparently contain both versions of the film…the original and the Raymond Burr heavily edited version. English subs and dubbed versions will be available.  The films will feature commentaries, trailers, and some making of featurettes…Making the Goji suit and story development, hopefully more as well . This will be Classic Media’s FIRST ever Blu Ray release!

CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDERreleases on September 22nd!

Gojira Japanese Only Blu Ray

…and now your decision gets complicated…

Official Japanese TOHO Blu Ray site…HERE.

Pictured above is the Japanese only release of Gojira. Japan’s release will NOT feature the Raymond Burr version (no surprise there!) This version will also have some awesome exclusive extras:

Theatrical Trailer (HD quality), Akira Ifukube Interview (SD quality), View Storyboards with Picture-In-Picture [NEW FEATURE!], New Version of Godzilla’s Theme (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], See Original Filming Locations With Snapshots (tentative) (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], Oxygen Destroyer (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], Audio Commentary (Akira Takarada)

Sounds amazing right!!??…here’s the hitch though…no subs except Japanese. 😦

...unless you speak Japanese

For me this is still a no-brainer…buy both!

But seriously… I would much rather have the Japanese release…for one I understand a bit of Japanese (plus it helps you learn!)  and we all know the story anyways, and two, the extras here are great! Plus this Blu will fit in nicely with the other Japanese only Godzilla releases.

Gojira will be released just 4 days prior (Sept. 18th) to the US version.

Pre-order from Amazon.jp HERE! These discs are going to run you about $50 each with shipping. Just click up in the upper right of the page for English and log in with your usual Amazon ID…simple!

Click on the covers below to Pre-Order the other titles…

Godzilla vs Biollante

VS Biollante

Godzilla: Final Wars

cover_godzilla_final_wars_jp

Both of these are also Japanese language only… but both feature great extras as well. I do not know how long it will be before (if ever) Classic Media will be able to release these other titles in the USA.

…and might as well grab all FIVE kaiju releases and save on shipping!

Click HERE for MOTHRA!  Click HERE for RODAN!

…And now more Goji!…

Making the Godzilla Suit…a great doc from Ed Godziszewski!

Mr. Godziszewski is one of very few Goji experts in the US and performed commentary for Classic Media’s previous Godzilla releases. He co-wrote the great documentary film’Bringing Godzilla Down to Size’, wrote ‘The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Godzilla’, he is also the editor & publisher of Japanese Giants Magazine, and much more!

…now for some vinyl Gojis!

Here is a great vintage 1966 Marusan Godzilla that I acquired a few months ago…(click any pic to enlarge)

1966 Marusan GodzillaMarusan 1966 Godzilla

If I had to leave in a hurry, not to come back, and could only take one toy from my collection…this would be it. This original Marusan Goji sculpt, which really bears little resemblance to t he screen Godzilla, is considered by many collectors to be the foundation of their Japanese sofubi collection.

1966 Marusan Godzilla

Other than Bandai toys…the first real kaiju fig ure I paid more ‘serious’ money for was the 1991 Bandai/Bullmark reissue of the same Godzilla sculpt as pictured above.  After that I was hooked. I eventually expanded my horizon into other TOHO monsters and in the last couple of years have brought more of the neo-kaiju into my collection.

This great sculpt is still produced today, 40+ years later, in sooo many colors and slight variations by toy companies like Toygraph & M1-Go.

Here’s a few more various Goji’s from my collection…and if I had the room and the money, I would most definitely try to track down all of the original Marusan & Bullmark vintage versions!

Goji and Bullmark Mini

Glow Goji with signed base

Glowies

A gaggle of Goji's

Goji will always be king!!!

The Rooster from Space!???

Posted in Customs, Tokusatsu, Ultra Seven with tags , , , on July 7, 2009 by REdYOdA

Well kinda…it’s Perolynga Seijin from Ultra Seven…who wasn’t really a rooster at all!  Though Bear Model’s interpretation really brings out the cock-a-doodle qualities in their sculpt of this Ultra Alien!

So without further adieu…here’s my latest custom…

Custom REdYOdA Perolynga…

REdYOdA Pink Perolynga

One of the reasons I think I was drawn to this project was that I am born in the ‘Year of the Rooster‘ in the Chinese Zodiac…or as my friends like to keep reminding me…the year of the cock 😉

One cocky custom!...sorry, couldn't help it

Perolynga's back

Would you be scared of this alien?

Perolynga

The original Perolynga by Bear Model was released in 1999 in red vinyl and this simple colorway (the above custom was painted on the plain red vinyl). Pic is from COOP’s collection…

Alien Perolynga bearmodel 1999

Bear Model also re-used Perolynga’s body for their Piniya sculp from 2000…

bearmodel 2000 piniya

And here’s one of Yamanaya’s mini Perolyngas…

Yellow Yamanaya

Marmit went more realistic in their interpretation of the character…this is pretty much what Perolynga looked like in the Ultra Seven episode…

Marmit Perolynga

Perolynga is from Ultra Seven Episode #45: ‘Flying Saucers have arrived!’ which aired  in 1968.

Hide your hens when Perolynga is in town!…

Perolynga on TV

Gezora Custom!

Posted in Customs, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2009 by REdYOdA

The giant sea creatures are my favorite monsters…

And here’s a new Gezora custom I just finished up…

REdYOdA Gezora Custom

Being one of my favorite seafaring kaiju sculpts…I wanted to give this Gezora a special oceanic blue/green metallic finish and went really heavy on a glossy top coat to keep him wet looking. I also added some color shift pearl powder to the paint so he really catches the light and transforms color from different angles…

Hi!

Back…

REdYOdA Gezora Back

All of his many tentacles are painted gold inside…that took a while 😉

ewww!

Gezora

Gezora is aka ‘YOG: The monster from space‘. The Alien-possessed cuttlefish makes his appearance in 1970’s ‘Space Amoeba‘ directed by Ishiro Honda. The movie features 2 other giant sea creatures…Kamoeba & Ganime. The film is released in the US under the aforementioned ‘YOG’ in 1971.

It’s a fun and surreal movie that has quite a few good chuckles in it…but it is a little light on the monster battles until the end. This film is quite different compared to Honda’s other kaiju pictures…but is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan. The film is near the end of Honda’s illustrious kaiju filled career. Another tidbitHarou Nakajima, who is the man-in-suit for quite a few legendary Honda beasties including the iconic Gojira…but for this film he suits up as Gezora AND Ganime…kaiju double duty!!

Yog Poster

Space Amoeba Poster

An old Gezora image I made using the same Bullmark type of vinyl figure…

Gezora Attacks!

Here’s the new custom joining one of Marmit’s versions…

Ahh...get your dirty tentacles off me!

Here is the original Japanese language trailer from 1970 for ‘Space Amoeba!’…


Deep Sea Monster Raiga

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , on May 31, 2009 by REdYOdA

A new comedy farce from director Shinpei Hayashiya which features a very Goji-esque star and is full of stereotypical monster movie characters!

This new film is a sequel to Hayashiya’s first monster film: 2005’sDeep Sea Monster Raigo

New ‘Raiga’ Trailer…

HA! I love the scene where Raiga knocks the golden poop looking logo off of the Asahi building!

SFX Monster Heaven

“The film is set to screen as part of an all-night event called ‘Tokusatsu Kaiju Tengoku’ (literally ‘SFX Monster Heaven’) on June 27, 2009, at Ikebukuro’s Shin-Bungeiza theater. The other films being screened include Hayashiya’s Deep Sea Monster Reigo, Masaaki Tezuka’s Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., and Keita Amemiya’s Zeiram. There will also be a 40-minute talk with the three directors.”…Nippon Cinema

Raiga…

Raiga

Official Site…HERE

Looks wacky!