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Baruzasu vs Kaossilator

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju Art, Kaiju misc., Kaiju Music with tags , , , , , , , on November 25, 2010 by REdYOdA

I picked up a Korg Kaossilator Pro yesterday 11/24/10. This is a first try at making a cinematic/Sci-Fi sounding song. My first pitiful attempt… but I’m still learning the new gadget. I like it so far.
Also used an ESX-1 and MS-20 in a couple of spots too.

Vinyl in the vid is a Marmit Baruzasu.

Pulgasari

Posted in Film Review, Tokusatsu, Toy Reviews with tags , , , , on January 4, 2009 by REdYOdA

Gold Pulgasari!

Pictured above: 1998 Marmit Pulgasari 9″ Gold Theater Exclusive

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Well, I’m happy to announce that my search for the Golden Pulgasari has ended!

I had a hard time tracking one of these guys down but I finally got lucky and was able to nab one…in fact Pulgasari was received on 1/2/09…therefore being the first kaiju of the New Year! I sure hope that it’s a sign of good Toy Karma to come in the following year. Though what I really need is good Cash Karma…but don’t we all.

What in the hell is a Gold Pulgasari?

Let’s rewind to South Korea circa 1978…I’ll keep this short, there is a lot more to the story, but in summary…

A highly accomplished and extremely popular South Korean film director Shin Sang-ok and his wife/actress Choi Eun-hee are kidnapped by a young North Korean tyrant-in-training by the name of…Kim Jong-il.

I love Kaiju...you capatalist scum!

I love Kaiju...you capitalist scum!

Kim Jong-il, who will soon succeed his father Kim Il-sung as the new leader of North Korea and the communist ‘Korea Worker’s Party’, feels that film will become an important piece to his communist propaganda machine.

According to Shin Sang-ok’s memoir entitled “Kingdom of Kim“, he was taken from his wife, whom he assumed was killed, while he spent up to 4 years in a North Korean prison camp…jailed until Kim Jong-il finally frees him to begin his service as a propaganda film director for the North Korean government.

Pulgasari

1983-86

Acting as producer, Kim Jong -il has Shin direct 7 movies in all…of these 7 films we now finally get to 1985’s Pulgasari…a film about a giant Bull monster that is portrayed as a  ‘Monster of the people‘, and meant to be a representation of the North Korean Govt. and Kim Jong-il. His giant Pulgasari will protect the oppressed people from the tortuous evil king.

Escape

Shin and his wife are finally able to flee North Korea in what seems to be something right out of a international intrigue movie…they are escorted to Vienna by Kim Jong agents for a business meeting. The two are met for lunch by a movie critic friend who has helped arrange the couples’ escape via a taxi…all the while being chased by Kim’s communist agents. The two are able to make it to the American Embassy…and freedom from their bizarre 8 year captivity.

After their embarrassing escape…Kim Jong-il shelves all Shin films…including Pulgasari.

More on Pulgasari…

I’ve watched this film a couple of times, and imo it’s really not that bad. One very interesting fact about the film is that Kim-Jong-il and Shin Sang-ok were able to bring over quite a few Japanese crew from TOHO’s Godzilla to help with the film… after guaranteeing their safety with the Japanese govt. In fact, the man-in-suit for Pulgasari is none other than Kenpachiro Satsuma,who was fresh from donning the G-suit for 1984’s ‘Return of Godzilla’…and would continue  to portray Gojira  in 7 more films up until 1995.

I was going to go thru the entire film, but guess what…you can watch the entire film yourself on Google video!

Watch it HERE!

Here are a few screen-grabs for ya’ though…

Pulgasari is formed from rice and mud by an imprisoned and dying man

Pulgasari is formed from rice and mud by an imprisoned and dying man

All done.

All done.

Brought to life by a drop of blood...baby Pulgasari!

Brought to life by a drop of blood...baby Pulgasari!

Pulgasari actually EATS iron to grow big and strong!

Pulgasari actually EATS iron to grow big and strong!

Evil King has a new WMD to use against Pulgasari!

Evil King has a new WMD to use against Pulgasari!

Bring it.

Bring it.

Watch the film to find out the ending…of course it’s bizarre!

Vinyls

There are very few Pulgasari vinyls available…all by Marmit , that I am aware of. A painted version of the 9″ one I have pictured above and another black 9″ painted version not pictured in the ClubTokyo link. There is also another smaller sculpt from their Para-Baby line that showcases Pulgasari in it’s beginning infant form, available in 2-3 colors including gold. The gold Pulgasari I have pictured is a theater exclusive that was available at a 1998 Japanese screening of the film. Note the elbow articulation as well…something you don’t normally see in Marmit’s figures.

It’s not so much the sculpt of this figure that drew me to it, though it is pretty cool in hand, but more the whole crazy back-story and the fact that it’s kaiju from North Korea…probably the only giant monster from that country that we will ever see.

King Caesar and Pulgasari compare their Gold finishes…

King Ceasar is easily excited.

Guiron!

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , on November 13, 2008 by REdYOdA

Don't make me cut you man

New for The Kaiju Art Collection…Gamera baddie Guiron!

The sensational knife-headed and evil Guiron appears in 1969’s Gamera vs Guiron…

For the picture above I used the great 1997 Marmit Guiron.

(Released in the U.S. as ‘Attack of the Monsters’)
Gamera vs Guiron

Not only does Guiron have a knife (not just any knife mind you…it’s harder than diamond) for a head…great for close combat (he can stand or run around on all fours), he also has the ability to shoot deadly shuriken (throwing stars) out of the side of his head! It’s truly hard to believe that Gamera is able to take the evil Guiron out (Guiron’s knife head gets stuck in the ground and Gamera finishes him off)! …did I mention he shoots shuriken out of his head??!!

What makes Guiron tick…
Guiron Anatomy!

To witness Guiron in action…plus a little Gamera style gymnastics…CLICK HERE

Missile Truck

Posted in Customs with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by REdYOdA

OK, so I had some extra paint and a plain grey mini missile truck sitting around…

Death Truck

The Ballistic Missile vehicle came with the Marmit para-baby Moguera in the pic above. I gave the truck a nice metallic blue finish and some flames. I just couldn’t stand to have it a plain grey color.
Now all I need is a Maser Cannon truck to complete the vehicle arsenal. Japan uses these weapons, with extremely poor results I might add, against it’s persistent giant monster problems.

Tip: if you enlist in the Japanese Military…don’t sign up to drive trucks or tanks.

At least these guys will look good before getting incinerated.

Original Maser Cannon…

…still working on finishing up my M1 customs of Sanda and Gaira from War of the Gargantuas. Pretty much done except I’m waiting for a paint/gloss coat shipment from Japan. Just a couple more days hopefully!