Archive for vinyl

Some toys are harder than others…

Posted in henshin, Kaiju misc., New Vinyl with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by REdYOdA

…to find that is!

Also,  how seeing this monster in 1993 sparked a road to collecting and learning about Japanese culture that has been so much fun!

Here’s the multi faced bad guy… named: ‘Itsutsu Banbara’…

Back in 1993 I first saw the character on the back of an album from a band I really liked…it was a .45 LP from HELMET.

I still have it…

(Bonus: click the album to hear one of the songs from the 45!)

I thought the character was so interesting….plus I just had to understand what the hell was going on in that bizzaro picture!

Of course no toy or figure existed of Itsustu Banbara at that time, but after some digging I learned that the scene on the album was from a Japanese show called ‘Inazuman‘. I loved it!

This is one of the first moments I started really getting into the pop culture of Japan and when I discovered the other hero shows…I was hooked! I mean I knew about Godzilla and Ultraman, but discovering all of the other craziness and brilliance coming out of Japan…I really became enraptured!

Here is the episode (well the parts with Itsutsu Banbara…

Finally in 2009, Japanese toymaker Rainbow released the character (which I missed the pre-order for grrr!) and couldn’t find another until a helpful skullbrain board member spotted one at the Mandarake online store in Tokyo…almost 2 years after the pre-order! But it all worked out finally… Thanks Kurumonz!

Toys will ALWAYS turn up when you are persistently hunting them…though some just take a LOT of patience.

If you want to find this guy…here is the Kanji to get started…

Itsutsu Banbara: イツツバンバ

Rainbow Sofubi (soft vinyl): レインボー ソフビ

The harder they are to find and the longer you have to wait…the more special they are when you finally get them.

...and do yourself a favor and head over to Generation Kikaida and pick up the Inazuman DVD’s, you won’t be sorry!


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.

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.

A look inside a Mandarake storeroom…

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju misc. with tags , , , , on May 16, 2010 by REdYOdA
From Mandarake TV/Goomo TV

Lots & Lots of boxes and LOTS of toys!

I would love to spend a few days digging around in there!

The Mandarake shops have quite a few locations around Japan, but the most well known are the shops located in the Nakano Broadway shopping mall in Shibuya, Tokyo, and the complex in Akihabara. Mandarake allows for a unique shopping experience by having a series of shops in the same location that each cater to different collectors. They sell much more than rare vinyl toys…they sell pretty much every Japanese toy ever made plus tons of manga!

Here’s another video looking around at some other stuffs..

Here’s a look inside the Osaka shops…

Mandarake online shop…HERE!

A Trip to NM…

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju Art, Kaiju misc. with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by REdYOdA


Just got back from another wild, weird, & wonderful trip to my (2nd) favorite state…New Mexico!

Organ Mtns...not like that pipe organ...

…and of course REdYOdA never travels without taking along a few toy friends!

Lots and lots of pics…some with toys…some not. Some messed with by camera tricks & software…some not…BUT … I always try to make them interesting and fun! This task was actually made pretty easy by the fascinating and intriguing places we visited!

Click any pic to view mucho grande!

The worlds largest Pistachio outside of Alamogordo, NM…done in 60’s postcard style…it’s 30 feet tall…

Such a tourist!

NM has so many truly breathtaking sights…it’s definitely not just flat desert like many think…

The Rabbit Ear peaks…

The Rabbit Ears

The sky is BIG here!

The Organ Mtn peaks

The fall colors were in full effect!…


Interesting wildflowers…


Local Kaiju checks us out…

Love those colors!

Had to take a pic of this amazing and delicate Raven skull my Uncle found!…

Raven Skull

Garamon came along to keep an eye on us…

I feel like I'm being watched....

People in Hatch, NM put chile peppers on their roof to dry them!

Red Chiles cover the roof!

Garamon poses in front of some Mexican glass…

Garamon Lollipop

Visited a very cool place that you may recognize from a lot of sci-fi movies…the Very Large Array!

Seriously out in the middle of NOWHERE!

VLA Sign

Out in the stark San Augustin plains (50 miles west of Socorro) stand the 27 massive Radio Antennas pointed up at the stars…each antenna weighs 230 tons!!!

click for a much better view…


Which antenna is different than the others?…



My Uncle takes a closer look…

They are BIG!

I highly recommend making the totally out-of-the-way trip to the VLA…I really learned a lot about radio astronomy…and these giant antennas are just an unreal sight!…and you can pick up a copy of Contact in the gift shop ;)…


Lots more coming up in PART2…including this place…

I think he's lost...


Posted in Customs, Kaiju Art, New Vinyl with tags , , , , on May 28, 2009 by REdYOdA

Larvagon custom from VELOCITRON!

Flying in Space

This new sculpt…VELOCITRON’s 2nd piece in what will hopefully be just one more segment of his creation’s ‘Lifecycle’. The first in the series was Bechigon’ The Egg of the Apocolypse!

A couple examples of Bechigon’s many colorways and variants…

Battalion version

Emperor Version

VELOCITRON’s vinyl series…which pays homage to one of my all-time favorite monsters…A L I E N designed by Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger. Giger’s original ALIEN has a lifecycle of Egg, Facehugger, Chestburster, and finally the full grown ALIEN monster. Are we going to see a similar lifecycle with these new toys...Bechigon…Larvagon…???



Larvagon Emerges in Giger's lost work

For the public release of Larvagon (others can be seen HERE), VELOCITRON did something really cool…he made them available to his mailing list, but each buyer was able to have input on their color preferences…each Larvagon a 1/1 custom! Only 10 of these customs were produced. I asked for metallic green and gold…with a little red and black. I also specified silver teeth.

I thought it turned out amazing!…

Larvagon Custom

Say AHHHhhh

Another great thing about this toy is that it is actually a few pieces joined together…The ‘Larva’ can be removed from the tail section…


Head with the clear dome removed…

Larva Head

Larva close-up

To show size…here’s Larvagon checking out his new digs…

Ahh...too bright!

The Larva glows!

glow Larva!

Well, that glow pic I took sucks! I’ll pretend it looks like this…

Not what it really looks like.

I really hope to see more vinyl creations from VELOCITRON!

Would you buy toys from this man???….

VELOCITRON and friends!

If so…Mailing list info HERE!


Heavy Metal Dempa-gon & Ampa-gon

Posted in Customs with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by REdYOdA

My last custom for the “It Came From Skullbrain!” show at Super 7!

HMDG”s story…

“Rising from a giant forgotten heap of scrap metal, discarded electronics, and toxic sludge…a creature has formed…a creature born of man’s carelessness…Heavy Metal Dempa-gon!
Unable to generate a vocabulary on it’s own, the hulking metal monster creates a demented symbiotic side-kick…the ultra-sonic Ampa-gon.
Ampa-gon has the ability to broadcast HMDG’s electronic, ear-drum shattering screams and wails upon the unsuspecting population of Tokyo!”

HMDG & Sidekick Ampa-gon
Ready to make some noise!
All Metal!
Like Eruption Gas Bawer in my previous post…I wanted to add electronics to this custom for the S7 show.

So…being that I love to mess around with analog synths and pretty much anything that makes electronic sounds, I decided to turn Dempa into a ‘musical’ instrument.

Built inside is a kind of ‘Theremin’. Though not in the traditional sense…this small battery powered (9v) device uses light to change the frequency of sound instead of hand movements. The device is installed into HMDG’s protruding eye…and once plugged into his sidekick Ampa-gon…a flashlight is used to manipulate the sound!

I always kind of imagined Dempa-gon would sound like a mass of short circuiting electronics.


Heavy metal amplifier!

Both Dempa and the amp are powered, Dempa can be plugged directly into a PC as well using the 1/8 jack!

The amp is a basic Radio Shack 9volt powered mini amplifier with input & output jacks. I painted it and embellished it with faux scrap metal parts and painted him up to become HMDG’s evil sidekick… Ampa-gon!

Video…it does get a little loud.

If they let me turn it on…I’ll demonstrate at S7 on the show opening Saturday April 18th.