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Posted in Customs, Fun Stuff, The Collection, ultraman with tags , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2009 by REdYOdA

Just finished up a new custom that I’ll have pics of  here soon.  Actually working on 3 customs now with more in the works. I had good light in the living room today so I just took some random toy shots…still dialing in the new camera…

Ika’s…

Ika's by KoziK

goin’ to work…

Briefcases full of ???

T-28 got a shiny new topcoat yesterday…

Tetsujin T-28

Rockets!

A slightly modified clear Ultra Ace…

now with filling

A custom Smogun…

Smogun Custom

The Beagle Cyclops…I love this guy!

Harryhausen Cyclops

More on Harryhausen and another Japanese X-Plus Cyclops…HERE

It’s a lovely day so Zags going out for a while…

Gotta keep cool!

Another sharp dressed alien…Alien Mates!

Love the hair color!

If you’ve actually made it down this far…here’s a teaser of the Red Warrior Baltan I’ve done for Matt Walker of Dead Presidents…don’t look Matt!

Baltan's neck snapper

…more later.





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!

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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!