Monday, October 3, 2016

Ultraman Ace Exhibit at Super Festival 72

The tokusatsu focus of Super Festival 72 was Ultraman Ace. As with past shows, the organizers did a great job putting together an exhibit of Ultraman Ace items. That included toys, books, scripts, and what look like props from the show. Here's a look:

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ippei Kuri Artwork and New Book

For more than half a century, through manga, anime TV shows, and movies, Ippei Kuri (九里 一平) has worked as a character creator, artist, animator, director, and producer. Through Tatsunoko Pro, which he cofounded with his brothers in 1962, Kuri-san has been part of the creation and production of many famous stories, including Speed Racer, Gatchaman, Casshan, Hutch the Honeybee, Robotech, and a long list of others. IMDB lists his impressive achievements.

On the fourth floor of Nakano Broadway, there's a nice homage to the master's work, as part of a rollout of his new book.

Digital prints:

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Godzilla vs. Evangelion Dried Ramen Snacks

As a tie-in promotion with the Shin Godzilla movie, the makers of "Baby Star" dried ramen have released a really cool two pack featuring Japan's most famous kaiju vs. one of its most famous anime mecha characters.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Huge Assortment of Japanese Tin Toys

I spotted this massive assortment of tin toys in Tokyo. They're modern versions by companies like Billiken. Here's a video, followed by some still photos.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Excellent Hedorah Sofubi Exhibit

I recently saw an excellent exhibit of Hedorah sofubi figures. Here are pics:

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Monday, August 8, 2016

SDCC 2016: Interview with Super7's Brian Flynn

Super7's owner Brian Flynn talks about Masters of the Universe toys and animation, Alien, The Worst, sofubi toys, and more.

Friday, August 5, 2016

SDCC 2016: Interview with Dweores creator John Ottinger

Dweores was one of the more interesting indie toy booths at SDCC 2016. I spent a few minutes talking with Dweores founder John Ottinger about his toys, books, and plans for the future.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

SDCC 2016: Indie Toys

Welcome to Kaiju Korner's indie toy report for SDCC 2016!

At the show, there were dozens of indie toy vendors. In addition to larger booths like Tokidoki, Bait, Super7, and Funko, a number of perennials returned, including DKE, Kidrobot, October Toys, Rotofugi, and others. Plus there were a number of relatively new companies on the scene, like Dweores and Hyperactive Monkey.

Here's a look at their booths and toy releases, alphabetically as always:

Bait, with a consistently well stocked booth with lots of exclusives from different toy makers, seems to have a loyal fan base.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

SDCC 2016: The Man in the High Castle Museum

The Man in the High Castle is an Amazon TV show based on the Philip K. Dick novel. It's something of a "What If" concept: What if Japan and Germany had won World War II, colonized the USA, and divided the country into two halves: one for Germany and the other for Japan.

At SDCC this year, Amazon put together an excellent display of props from the show, in a building across from the convention center. Here's a look inside, starting with the Japan side of occupied America:
Original outfit from the show

The screen looped one of the mysterious films central to the plot.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

SDCC 2016: Skeletor's Lair by Super7

During SDCC, Super7 once again turned their San Diego shop into Skeletor's Lair - a place to check out and buy new He Man goods. To gain entrance, you picked up a token from the Super7 booth inside the convention center.
On preview night, in the parking lot across from the shop, Super7 premiered a new He Man cartoon: The Curse of the Three Terrors. The cartoon, the first new He Man animation in some 30 years, was created and produced by Super7.
An interesting note about the cartoon: some of the backgrounds were originals from the 1980s Funmation series. Super7 once again proved their toy sleuthing prowess, tracking the backgrounds down in private collections.
 Josh Herbolsheimer, who works at Super7 and designs toys, voiced Beastman.
 This Terror has a resemblance to Josh's Earth Wolf.
 Now let's take a look inside the store:
Very big crowd on hand for the opening. (The line to get in snaked around the corner.)

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SDCC 2016: Varner Studios - Toy Sculpts and Prototypes

Varner Studios' booth is another of my favorite stops at SDCC. Using digital sculpting software, they're responsible for making toys for some of the world's biggest properties, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, Star Trek, and many more.
They always bring multiple shelves full of prototypes, some of which are arranged to show what's involved with bringing a toy to life from the sculpting to the packaging stages.

Here's a look at their cases:

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