Two years ago, I put up some shots of the toy section of a large one-stop shop called Seiyu, which has many outlets in Japan. At the time, Kamen Rider OOO was still on the air. Today I was at the store again, and the Kamen Rider section caught my eye. So I unholstered trusty old black (my Canon S95) from its manly side-strapped belt case and snapped some shots.
|The inclusion of masks in toy lines goes back decades in Japan. Toy masks (and belts) were made from many shows in the tokusatsu and sentai pioneer days of the 1970s.|
|There's no need to wait for Halloween. Get your funky sentai on now!|
|A Bandai belt set.|
|Sometimes we get cynical and think kids these days just want a Gameboy or PS3. There's something heartening about seeing racks of very basic figures like this. I think it helps depeg (hyuck) our cynicism - at least a little.|
|More KR Wizard figures|
So we'll count today a victory. Thanks for joining the tour!