Saturday, October 18, 2014
However, there were quite a lot of vinyl, resin, and plush toys by Western makers who were there in person. Some, including Joe Merrill (Splurrt) and James Groman, manned different booths at set times to release their toys.
Here are pics of the indie toy booths, alphabetized by booth name:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
James Groman - long-time toy designer and creator of Rotten Rex and other vinyl toys - at the Lulubell booth.
|James doing an illustration at the Lulubell booth|
Monday, October 13, 2014
|New Pushead toy debuting at Hyperstoic|
|One of several exceptional display only Rebel Captains|
Sunday, October 5, 2014
pachinko machines are pop culture.
The machines I've seen advertised have mostly featured crossovers with Japanese properties like Kamen Rider, Evangelion, pro wrestling, AKB 48, etc. Recently I saw a poster for something that caught my eye - a Batman machine. It's not surprising that out of the thousands of candidates for Western licensed properties, Batman was chosen. There are a good number of fans in Japan, which has a 50-year-plus history of producing some really interesting Batman goods.
Here's a look at a poster with Batman and a bunch of other machines:
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Most of them are priced at $3,000-$4,000 each but are all unsold, so who knows if that's a realistic price. I guess when there are so few of them out there, whoever has them can make up the price.
With apologies in advance for the image quality. It was dark and raining.
|Ultraman Ace. This is priced at a cool 1 million yen ($10,000).|
Monday, September 15, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
On a random shelf scan, I spotted this excellent Kamen Rider book published by ポプラ社 -> Poplar. It's called the 仮面ライダー大図鑑 -> Kamen Rider Big Picture Book The cover advertises it as an all-in-one guide to Kamen Rider, and from the pictures and content, it's hard to argue.
|The book introduces the Kamen Riders + their villains, starting from 1-go.|
|Gorgeous photos of the heroes, villains, and bikes.|
|Stronger + baddies in Disco/Rocky/WWE/Come-hither poses.|
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
It looks like Mandarake was saving a bunch up to sell all together in honor of the big guy's 60th birthday. It's also probably no coincidence that we're in the middle of the Obon holiday season, during which stores are packed with shoppers.
|Some really rare posters for sale.|
|King Kong vs. Godzilla|
Thursday, August 7, 2014
One of my unexpected pleasures of SDCC 2014 was the Varner Studios booth, where I learned a lot about new trends in action figure sculpting. I even had a chance to try my hand at cutting edge toy design software.
The booth was populated by a knowledgeable and friendly crew who brought along an excellent assortment of their design work.
Also on hand were figures based on other properties including Disney characters, Star Trek, Austin Powers, The Simpsons, and so on. We'll continue after the jump with a gallery scroll through a number of these figures:
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
My interview with Bwana at SDCC. He introduces the Suns of Brodarr line, shows a prototype of an upcoming figure, talks about contributing artists, and more. Good times.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
|Famous cosplayer Yaya Han. There was a long line of people waiting to meet her. One guy was literally shaking after his visit. I guess cosplay is getting to be serious business!|