Archive for Ultra Q

Kemur & Z-Ton

Posted in henshin, The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu, Ultra Q, ultraman with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by REdYOdA

After finishing a custom Zeton for a friend, I decided to finally create a new image for the Kaiju Art Collection too!

I’ll post pics of the new custom after it’s new owner receives it. For this image, I used a custom I did several months ago…

Zeton! aka…Z-Ton

I’ve done some terrible things…

I've done some terrible things.

This M1-Go sculpt was an instant favorite because it’s one of the few business suited kaijin (human sized monsters) that I like so much…and I’m definitely not alone there! Basically it’s M1’s Semi-ningen’s suited body with a M1 Kemurujin head stuck on.

The difference between Kemur, Kemurujin, Z-ton, Zeton, and  Zetton?…

I’ll start with Kemurujin…or Kemur for short because he was first on the screen in 1966’s Ultra Q

Kemur Seijin!

He has a thing for Ferris wheels in the very dark episode…

I'll take that.

Kemur makes a very brief return in 1967’s Ultraman Episode 33 “The Forbidden World”, after being summoned by the evil alien Mephilas! Kemur II as he is sometimes known, is on screen for about 2 seconds…but it’s his first time in color…

Don't blink...or you'll miss my close-up!

Now on to Z-Ton, Zeton, and Zetton…

For Ultraman’s final episode…Episode 39 ” Farewell Ultraman” in 1967, apparently the producers decided to bring Kemurujin back. But, as they often did, they used a previously used monster suit…made a few changes in appearance…and called him something else for the new episode.

This time Tsuburaya’s team changed the head a bit and added a business suit to the now human sized…Zeton, or Z-ton as he is listed in some kaiju/kaijin reference books…

As before…we only get to see him breifly…basically he stands up after being tackled by the Science Patrol, turns around and gets shot in the face…

Like my new suit?

Headshot!

Thats gotta hurt!

OK…who is Zetton then???…

This guy…Zeton’s boss… also from the final episode, who finally overwhelms our hero Ultraman…

You're toast Ultraman!

The two aliens in the final episode are from the planet Z-Ton…so we have the lesser alien Zeton and his boss Zetton…creative huh?

Many toy companies created figures of Kemur and Zeton…though the most confusing is the 1991 release of Z-ton by M1-Go due to the cost effectiveness of using Kemur’s head on the Semi-ningen’s suited body sculpt. M1’s Kemur, Semi-Ningen, and Z-ton were all produced in 1991. You’ll often see M1’s Z-ton listed as Kemur or Kemur Seijin (Seijin means Adult) because of the mix-match parts. We will see the same suit resurface again for M1’s Keronia in 2001.

Finally…here is a mislabled video of ‘Kemurujin’ and Ultraman performing a Benny Hill-esque fight…not sure of the video’s origin… so chime in if you do!

Video is from Gojira73rules

Pics of my new version of the Zeton with a polka-dot tie coming soon…


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Toygraph Tokyo Tower

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Ultra Q with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2009 by REdYOdA

Ultra Q Tokyo Tower!

Finally got around to taking shots of the adorable 2006 ‘Ultra Q Tokyo Tower’ by Toygraph!

I really do enjoy the Toygraph vinyls…this small Japanese toy company definitely takes a more whimsical approach in their highly recognizable sculpting style. The toy company just had a major hit in the last quarter of 2008 with their Space Troopers line. Here are some ClubTokyo links to a few of their ‘cuter‘ sculpts:

The Vinyl Ultra Q Tokyo Towers were released in 2006 and feature these Ultra Q monsters…

Goro (no, I’m not King Kong Damnit!) the ape kaiju…

..and it's not the Eiffel Tower!

Eyeryone’s favorite money muching kaiju… Kanegon!

Did I cause the econmic crisis?

Creepy Alien Kemur Seijin…

Wee!

…and Hanging out at the base of the Tower It’s Namegon, the giant Snail and Mongler, the Mole monster…

Namegon!Mongler!

There is a glow version of the Ultra Q tower available as well…which seems to be a bit more common, but usually more expensive. There are also two Toygraph ‘TOHO’ kaiju Towers which features…Mothra, Godzilla, Baragon, Hedorah, and either Ebirah or Gorosaurus. Apparently Ebirah had to be removed due to a licensing issue.

All of the Towers stand appx. 14″ tall with the three upper kaiju separately bagged.

These Towers are definately worth picking up…if you can find one that’s not too expensive. The detail and paint on each little monster is pretty well done…and these Towers look fantastic displayed with your full size vinyls!

Vintage Tsuburaya…behind the scenes

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , on December 3, 2008 by REdYOdA

After I had finished painting Ragon…I remembered this vintage footage that featured a funny little segment showing legendary director Eiji Tsuburaya having a sit-down with Ragon and the ape-like monster M1.

Tsuburaya gives advice to Ragon & M1

This really sweet little 30 min. documentary about Tsuburaya features some behind the scenes footage of Tsuburaya on the studio back lot and the set of Ultra Q and other films.  There is really some amazing footage throughout this mini-doc, scenes showing miniature work and concept art (brief shots of the ‘Moonlight SY-3 Rocket’ art from DAM!) .  The Ragon/M1 segment comes in at 11:55.

I‘m afraid that I don’t have subtitles for this…but if you’re as big of fan of Eiji Tsuburaya as I am…it’s just great to see him in action!

Of course, as I have mentioned many times before…
The absolute best way to find out more about this fascinating man and his legacy… is to pick up a copy of August Ragone’s splendid book:

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters.

Ragon Custom

Posted in Customs, The Kaiju Art Collection with tags , , , , , , on December 1, 2008 by REdYOdA

Belly Flop?

I finished up a custom of a favorite M1 Sculpt…Ragon!

Pictured above is a shot I created of the custom Ragon swimming…though the more I look at it…it looks kinda like she is skydiving!

Hmm…I always thought of the Ultra Q monster ‘Ragon’ as a ‘he’ but certain areas of this sculpt make me think otherwise^^

Here’s the normal shot…
REdYOdA Ragon Custom
Click through to see a much better and larger version at flickr.

I must say that it does have a pretty shiny fish-like appearance in hand. I layered quite a few metallic colors to give it some depth and a more translucent sea creature look.

Extreme Close-up

Well, that’s it for today, oh…btw, Ragon is from 1966’s Ultra Q Episode 20: “The Undersea Primate Ragon and this vinyl figure was produced by M1-Go, 1991, 9″ tall.

A supersized Ragon 2.0 appears in Ultraman Episode 4 as well…

…and gets clobbered Ultra-style…
A fish out of water...

Flower Monsters?

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu, Ultra Q with tags , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2008 by REdYOdA

Flower Power!
Shown above is ‘Greenmons‘ …the giant flower monster from UltramanEpisode 5: The Treasure of the Miloganda. I used a 2000 M1-Go mini for the shot. I used an extra light beaming in the side…hoping to create a glowing ‘Sun’ effect.

‘Greenmons’

First discovered by a botanical expedition to the remote Oilis Island, the irradiated Greenmons attacks a surprised team of botanists and reporters, luckily the angry plant is able to be put down by a team member’s revolver. Some time later, back in Japan, the same flowery beast that was presumed dead, returns in the dead of night to take more victims.

After a grisly killing spree, the monster is finally discovered after an attack on one of the Science Patrol’s own. Greenmons is shot again, only to fall and disappear into a reservoir. Dead? Oh…I don’t think so!

For the final showdown,  this time Greenmons returns as a towering flower beast that only Ultraman can stop!

Greenmons was not the first flowery monster to wreak havoc upon Tokyo… first there was…

‘Juran’ the Mammoth Flower from Ultra Q

Ultra Q – Episode 5 ‘The Mammoth Flower’ 1966

After a series of mysterious earthquakes shake Tokyo, ominous looking vines start appearing that are definitely not your typical houseplant variety. The Ultra Q team soon witness the vines mounting an
attack on a hapless human. With the help of a broken bottle and a fire extinguisher (?!) as weapons, the team are able to put a stop to the carnivorous plant…for the time being.

Soon the plant reemerges, though this time it has transformed into ‘Manmosu Furawā’ or ‘Mammoth Flower’, tearing through a building to allow it’s flower to extend. The 300 ft. tall flower soon wreaks more havoc… with deadly vines and a pollen that has the ability to cocoon it’s victims.

After much deliberation and close calls, the Ultra Q team along with a Dr. Ichitani, who’s theories of giant, city destroying flowers were previously scoffed at, decide to put to use the doctor’s plan for destroying the Mammoth Flower…Fixed Carbonic Acid.

Released from an airplane by Ultra Q’s pilot Jun and the doctor, the acid, along with flamethrowers, are able to put down the giant plant once and for all.

The narrator in the end of the program reminds us to be careful of the pretty flowers…as they may rise up to destroy us again….ok, that’s just weird.

…But I like pretty flowers!

…and so does Gabari…(shown with the little M1-Go Greenmons)

Now you have an excuse if your girfriend asks… “how come you never give me flowers anymore?”

“Well, because honey, flowers are evil and will grow hundreds of feet tall and destroy humanity. Now you wouldn’t want that would you?”

Click HERE to visit The Kaiju Art Collection and see the pic grow in size.

Kaijyu Ultra-Book

Posted in Kaiju Book Review, Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2008 by REdYOdA
My kind of book!

My kind of book!

I’ve had this book for about 2 weeks. I wasn’t even going to post about it…but I find that I keep going back to it… it’s great!!

Details:

This 194 page glossy book covers all of the standard size (7-10″ish) ‘Ultra’ Kaiju. Meaning…starting with Ultra Q, Ultraman, Ultra Seven…and on down the line. Each figure has it’s own trading card style picture (I do find these a little darkly lit on some). Each character section also displays a picture of the original Bullmark vinyl if it was produced for any given kaiju. The vinyls are given individual statistics: Maker, Original Cost, Notes and Year of release.

The back of the book features a collector’s checklist for each company as well…+1

The book covers ‘new’ Kaiju by the biggest producers:  Marmit, Marusan, M1Go, Bandai/Bullmark repros, Yamanaya, etc. up until 2008. You will not find some of the more obscure or smaller scale Ultra kaiju in here.

Of course Woo finds his favorite page.

Of course Woo finds his favorite page.

Why Buy It?

This is where it all began…Ultra Kaiju. I started by collecting Godzilla, I then moved into the Ultra shows and was completely blown away by the creativity, colors, and designs of these beasties. Searching them out became as fun as acquisition. Watching the old tokusatsu shows is something I never tire of. I love these monsters and wish I had each and every one…in all their variants. Since I don’t have the time or money to do that…having a book like this can be the next best thing.  For the other painters out there…it’s a killer source of inspiration too.

I also find it very useful, being as forgetful as I am, always asking: “what was that guy’s name again?

Big bonus: All the kaiju have their name in English too! +2

The book was available at Max Toy briefly as well as Super7, but seems to be sold out. There are some available on ebay now at decent prices. If you’re a serious Kaiju collector or just getting started…this book should be in your possession. Good Luck!

Semi-Ningen!

Posted in The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu, Ultra Q with tags , , , , , , , on September 14, 2008 by REdYOdA

Always look your best!
The smartly dressed, Cicada head, bad guy from Ultra Q!

Semi Ningen (Cicada-Human) is dispatched to earth, disguised as a human man, by his evil alien Cicada brethren and tasked with controlling (2) Garamon to create all kinds of general havoc in Tokyo.

Our intrepid Ultra Q team discovers a way to stop his source of control over the Garamon by placing a meteorite (Tilsonite) in a special covering that prevents it’s energy from reaching the Garamon…thus ending the attack.
It seems that Semi-Ningen’s alien comrades aren’t too happy with his failure…so they vaporize him.

Don’t Vaporize me Bro!
FAIL

Here are the final moments from Ultra Q Episode 16 “The Revenge of Garamon”

Enjoy!…and look for actor Akihiko Hirata: Dr. Serizawa from the original 1954 ‘Gojira” and many other Kaiju classics!

For the Kaiju Art Collection Semi-Ningen, I used the 1991 M1Go orange version.

Click HERE to see the new Semi-Ningen much larger.