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Deathra & Mightin Customs!

Posted in Customs with tags , , , , , , on October 11, 2008 by REdYOdA

Painted these two together over the last few days…

These two don’t normally get along so well…
Somethings up

Deathra spent some time with Cirque du Kaiju…
Show off!

Invariably …their true nature comes out…
Let go of my finger...get off my foot!

Looks as if Deathra wins this round…???
K.O.'d

See one more in the REdYOdA Custom Gallery (back view).

The fantastic Mini Deathra and Mightin figures are produced by Gargamel!

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Smogferatu-chan

Posted in Customs with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2008 by REdYOdA

Smogferatu-chan

For Halloween ’08… it’s Smogferatu-chan!

As a big fan of Vampire lore, I wanted to do a tribute to the undead blood suckers… in kaiju form.
My next paint job was Gargamel’s great re-issue of Smogun. The one used for this custom is the mini Smo’ (about 4″ tall).  Smogferatu-chan’s name is a homage to the creepy 1922 film “Nosferatu‘… while his look is meant to pay tribute to the more violent and bloody modern vampire tales such as Steve Niles’ great graphic novel ’30 Days of Night’. Read more about the ‘chan’ suffix here if you want.
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Now, about that severed head…

Pegila, who is no stranger to dismemberment (see Ultraman Ep:8 ), was kind enough to donate his head to complete Smogferatu’s look of bloodlust. Pegila is actually an extra Bullmark replica mini I had lying around.

I hope you like it! Click any pic to see more in the growing REdYOdA Custom Gallery!

Thirsyt?

Kaiju Smogun!

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Toy Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2008 by REdYOdA

Smogun!

The garbage monster sculpt, originally created by I-K-B toys in 1971, has proven to be a very popular kaiju with vinyl collectors.

Smogun’s popularity is due in part to the character’s mysterious origins, it’s rarity, and the devoted re-issues by Gargamel and Hukkokudo.
With a torso made of tires, cars for feet, a truck for a head, and headlights for eyes, Smogun is a very unique Kaiju…and that’s saying a lot with all of the imaginative creatures out there!

Header Cards:

For those of you new to collecting vinyl… most Japanese vintage, and new vinyl toys are sold packaged in a clear plastic bag with a stapled header card. The header usually features original printed artwork of the enclosed Kaiju. The artwork, either commissioned or painted by the vinyl toy creator, commonly features the monster/hero in some sort of battle scenario with other monsters, probably related creatures in a series that are also available to purchase. The header art usually features very stylized text, exciting action, and vivid, eye catching colors… I’ve actually bought kaiju just for the cool header card alone! See my Salary Ika Post.

In the case of Smogun, the I-K-B header card plays an important role. The refuse monster, having no TV program or manga to encourage it’s sale, the toy depends entirely on the creativity of the sculpt and an interesting header to grab your attention…and your wallet.

I didn’t take this pic…Original IKB Smoguns to show header…
IKB Originals

Smogun’s header features said Kaiju battling it out with another fictional monster named ‘Mosugun’ aka ‘Smogun 2’. If the ‘Bemon’ character was ever produced in vinyl in the 70’s… it’s existence remains unknown…except for the one I have…but you can’t see it…it’s the only one…only I can look at it!

On a side note: ‘Bemon’ or ‘Mosugun’ from the I-K-B header is also released as ‘Smogun2’ by Target Earth Toys. On the flip side of the Smogun header are pictured various ‘pollution monsters’ called ‘Hedorans’ , which bear an uncanny resemblance to TOHO’s Hedorah the smog monster. Hedoran has also been widely re-released by Gargamel.

Gargamel’s happy Hedorans…
We're Hedorans!

Target Earth’s Smogun 2 ‘Bemon’…
Smogun 2

As far as I-K-B Toy’s history…it remains a complete mystery to me . I have been unable to find any more information on the elusive vintage toy company…so hit me up if you’re in the know!

With a little digging, you’ll unearth quite a few customs and colorways of Smogun. It’s also found in standard and mini sizes.

For the Kaiju Art Collection Smogun at the top of the post …I used the Hukkokudo full size repro of the original I-K-B 1971 colorway. I liked the color interplay of green opposed to the original orange.

See it supersized in the gallery!

Zagoran & Zagamania!

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Toy Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2008 by REdYOdA

Zagoran!

For a monster that never had it’s own television program or movie… Zagoran sure is popular…at least with collectors!

He’s been around for awhile in vinyl, I know, It’s just that I finished the above Kaiju Art photograph and got re-inspired by Zag’s awesomness!
Such a great design in this happy cyclops… what’s not to like?
There are a ton of great Zagoran figures out there, especially by two of my personal favorite vinyl
designers/producers: Hukkokudo & Gargamel.

I think Gargamel has the Hukko’ Zag beat in the sheer numbers produced and I believe Garagamel’s Zag was  the first Zag on the scene… but I gotta give my vote to Hukko’ for my favorite sculpt. Don’t get me wrong! I love the Gargamel Zags, I have a couple, I just prefer the Hukko’s a little more. The Gargamel Zags seem, maybe a little too cartoonish to me… I know that sounds weird when you’re talking about a crazy vinyl toy that represents a fictional character…but heh…if you’re reading this, you probably understand me.
Gargamel Zag!

The Hukkokudo (aka The reprint Maker of Lost Kaiju Toys) Zags are a tiny bit taller at 11″ (compared to 9″ for Gargamel). There are definitely fewer colorways in the Hukko’s, but again, I like the sculpt. The back spines are cool (none on Gargamel’s), as are the more raised ‘scales’. The Huckko’s seem to be not quite as polished a sculpt as the Gargamel. The more inurbane sculpts are something that I feel I’m drawn to in kaiju vinyl.

With a tiny bit of detective work you can also find a crazy amount of custom Zags too. Zag customs by Artists: Tim Biskup, Paul Kaiju (I really like PK’s stuff!), Frank Kozik, Mark Nagata, Dead Presidents, and more.

There are sooo many Zagoran variants: Store variants, SDCC’s, Zags in planes, Zag’s in tanks, Zags stuffed with you-name-it, Super7 even had a Zag design contest… with the winning Zag to get it’s own custom production run…by Gargamel! Zags made by Marmit, Target Earth, & Shikaruna Koubo too!
Marmit Zag!

If you want to $ave some dough, there are lots of mini Zags too.

Well, maybe that will cost you more if you’re the completest type and have to have both versions…doh!

Zagora‘ is a kaiju character from a 1967 book written by Toshiya Nakaoka with original artwork by an artist named Kaijita. The book: Shin Sekai No Kaiju (New World Monsters), features Zag and a cast of other fictional kaiju that were also made into toys… but not used in any tokusatsu programs.

That’s all I’ve been able to determine so far…leave a comment if you know more and I’ll edit this post!

Click Old Skool Zagora below to visit the gallery…

Shin Sekai No Kaiju