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Agasukeron!

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection with tags , , , , , on January 24, 2009 by REdYOdA

What's the big deal?

New for the Kaiju Art Collection it’s Agasukeron from Wombat!

Now I don’t personally know the folks behind Wombat Toys…but I can tell you that they are big fans of vintage Pachimon trading cards and the wonderful artwork of Shigeru Komatsuzaki. Nearly all of their vinyl releases are directly based on the vintage art depicted on these trading cards. More info and pics on Pachimon can be found in my Galtan post.

Here’s the original Pachi for Agasukeron (click to enlarge)…

Agasukeron Pachi!

There are four versions of this one-eyed furry beast…and imo the sculpt nailed the vintage artwork just perfectly! Each Agasukeron is limited to just 20 pieces and stand appx. 9″ tall. The vinyl quality and paint is top notch. The version I used for the image at the top of the post is the 2006 first release with the original Pachimon colorway.

Wombat Agasukeron releases…

Releases

I love the happy, yet surprised look of this guy!

Visit their website to see other Wombat releases. Their last post on the site was in Oct.08…hopefully we’ll still see more from the small toy company. I must mention the header card as well… featuring what elsea real Wombat!…

I want a pet Wombat.



Meganuron!

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by REdYOdA

I see 300 of you!

For the KaijuArt Collection…‘Meganuron’ from Rodan!

This creepy crawly creature has a few memorable scenes in the 1956 classic TOHO film… ‘RODAN!’
Though the Meganuron(s) (there’s a whole hive of them) have only a few scenes, they do add some nice creepy scares to the film before the titular monster is finally revealed!

The star of Rodan takes a look at the miniature set…

Oh yeah...I'm gonna tear this up!

Story:
A small rural Japanese village is devastated by the deaths of  local miners in what is originally thought to be a bizarre series of murders by one of their own…a  fellow miner with a grudge… who has also gone missing.
Little do the villagers know that a hive of nightmarish larvae-like creatures known as Meganuron are the real culprits!

The residents are soon to find out though…when a Meganuron decides to attack a house right in the village!

Mind if I come in?

Surprise!

Of course the villagers realize that their accused man is not responsible for the murders and therefore decide to track down and destroy the creature. This, of course, proves easier said than done as bullets and heavy artillery don’t seem to effect the insectoid menace!

Hard to kill…

Stretching back stage.

Finally the rogue Meganuron will be killed by crushing it with a speeding mining ore car, but at the cost of a terrible cave in…trapping a local man named Shigeru! As the worried people topside start their days-long endeavor to free the trapped man, Shigeru has time to explore the caves…and guess what he finds…a whole colony of Meganuron!

…and a giant egg that begins to hatch before his eyes!

You’re bug food Shigeru!

I'm going to be Rodan's dinner

Shigeru does witness the egg hatch…though not of another giant bug…but the giant dino-bird: RODAN!

The hungry baby Rodan will make a quick first meal of the surprised Meganurons, aiding in Shigeru’s escape. Apparently all of this is just too much for Shigeru to handle though…the traumatized man is found later on wandering a road and unable to remember anything he has witnessed!

Now hopefully I have piqued your interest into finding out the rest of the story…if you haven’t already seen it a million times like me!

A superb re-release of the film was just put out late last year by Classic Media, and it’s a triple bill!..with ‘War of the Gargantuas‘, ‘Rodan’, and the great documentary ‘Bringing Godzilla Down to Size’! This incredible set is on Amazon right now for $14.99cheap!

The Meganuron figure used for my two images above is the 2006 Toygraph release (blue with tower). ClubTokyo Pic HERE.

And finally, here are some scenes featuring Meganuron…


Fotomo + Kaiju!

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju Art with tags , , , on January 2, 2009 by REdYOdA

Moguera Attacks!

Moguera Attacks!

Well I had a couple of days off  from work going into the New Year so I though I’d get a little crafty and finally build up a couple of paper models from the ‘Fotomo’ book by Kimio Itozaki that I bought a while back…

Click the book’s cover below to see it at Amazon.jp
Fotomo!

The ‘Fotomo’ books are filled with papercraft studies of ordinary buildings, buses, apt’s, restaurants, people, etc. Mostly set in Tokyo but a little in Hong Kong as well. The one I have contains Asakusa, Shibuya, & Hong Kong. There are a couple more versions of these amazing 3-D architecture model books by Kimio Itozaki available too.

“Photograph + Model = Fotomo” (so I guess Monster+Photo+Model = ‘MoFotomo’^^) Here is a scan of a couple of pages…click to enlarge.

Truck-Fotomo papercraftPapercraft-building-Fotomo

The pages are quite sturdy and I really enjoy the forced perspective some of these offer for photography… but of course I have to add monsters to my shots…so I got to work building my first one…

Tiny Subway

It took me about 45 min. to complete the little subway scene. Now to find kaiju stars at the appx. scale…

Moguera & Goji get ready for their shot

The Marmit Para-Baby Goji and Moguera seemed about right.

I’m actually really happy with how the Moguera shot at the top of this post turned out. I was able to achieved some great lighting effects using Photoshop… hopefully making the stores seem more alive and real. Click either image to see larger ones over at flickr.

Here’s Godzilla attacking a Tokyo Subway…

Goji loves Subway Trains!
I’ve built another one already and plan to do more. They are actually really quite fun to make! The only problem is…what to do with them after I’m finished photographing. They are just too cool looking to toss and I don’t have the room to display them…hmmm quandary.

More on Fotomo and photographer Kimio Itozaki can be found HERE! (in English)