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Michael Jackson Transformations!

Posted in Fun Stuff with tags , , , , on February 20, 2011 by REdYOdA

Fun with those wacky but cool MJ Thriller vinyls Marusan released in 2010

Michael transforms into a Werecat & Zombie right before your very eyes! wow.

and there you have it folks…28 more seconds wasted on the internet YES!

>If  the gif animations are loading too slowly for your connection, there are smaller video versions at my flickr…HERE<

Click metamorphosing Mike above to see a video about the making of Thriller (linked part features MJ getting the ‘werecat’ makeup).


Click Zombie Mike to learn the Thriller Zombie dance!

Figures by Marusan.

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!!!

New Customs…Done!

Posted in Customs, The Kaiju Art Collection with tags , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2008 by REdYOdA

Visit the Gallery!

I finished up the Minya & Bemler customs…finally!

Bemler is actually sold (my first!), and Minya is probably going to stay home with me as he’s not exactly everyone’s favorite kaiju but… we’ll see.

I went for a pearlized finish on both Kaiju… using mostly V-Color (a special vinyl paint from Japan) and a little Tamiya. Both are then given a clear vinyl coating to protect. These really do catch the light well!

Both figures started as flesh colored vinyl: Minya is by Marusan and Bemlar is a 1997 M1go, and yes… I made Minya have googly eyes on purpose.

Click the pic to go to the new customs gallery!

Marusan & Bullmark Toys

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Toy Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by REdYOdA

Marusan logo

Bullmark Logo

Two toy companies with very strong ties to each other.

One cannot discuss Bullmark’s history without mention of the Marusan Toy Company.

Marusan started business in 1950 as primarily a tin toy producer. The visionary company will go on to eventually produce the first Godzilla tin toys in 1964…followed by the first vinyl Godzilla toys in 1966. Marusan will suffer a brief bankruptcy in 1968, but re-open after a reorganization of companies in 1970…this is the year that the struggling toy company will shift it’s focus from vinyl toys… to Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM).

In 1969 , during Marusan’s reorganizations,  Koutaro Ishidahe, the nephew of the Marusan president, and two other ex-Marusan employees open a new toy company… Bullmark.

Bullmark, armed with Marusan’s license to produce TOHO kaiju vinyl toys (some using the original Marusan molds), represented the Japanese monsters  in a very stylized manner with uncharacteristic colorways. This artistic sculpting style and free use of color made the toy company famous to collectors and toy buffs to this day. Vintage Bullmark and Marusan kaiju vinyls can command thousands of dollars today.

Today many of Bullmark & Marusan original molds are used to produce vinyl reproductions. Companies such as M1-ichigo & the giant Bandai, have recreated vintage Bullmark toys from the 1970’s.

The more stylized kaiju vinyls are definitely my favorite…I simply love the tactile experience of holding them and the vibrant colorways. Often many color styles exist for any given figure. As an example… some were made especially for the Hawaiian market that feature a very exotic color palette…with an emphasis on pink.

Bullmark closed its doors in 1977 while Marusan endures…back in the vinyl toy business.

Here is an example of an early Godzilla…
and my favorite Godzilla interpretation in vinyl, I really like how this sculpt gives G an almost birdlike appearance…

Click Gojira to see more in the gallery or enlarge.

Godzilla!