It was definitely one of my favorite quarter munchers, though I was never very good. Anyway, over the years the game has shown quite a resilience, and I wanted to do a writeup of some of the ways Makaimura, and its iconic artwork and characters, have stayed current over the decades.
Let's start with a look at the Nintendo Famicom game, which features box art that appears over and over in Makaimura products:
|Funny story here. I bought this Famicom game loose in Kobe last year. Then, about a week ago, I found a store in Tokyo selling just the box, plastic container, and instruction manual - for 50 yen. Capcommish serendipity!|
|Here's the manual that came with the game,|
|There's a funny comic inside. Here are a couple of pages.|
|In 1986, Bandai released a plastic model toy set. Not only is the box a similar size to the console game box, but it uses the same cover art. Aye Caramba!|
|This is a really cool set. You get a big ol' Arthur, the princess, and a ton of baddies.|
|Arthur isn't going to be crushed on level 1 this time around. He's friggin huge compared to the other figures, and his lance has a tip that actually fires. Very cool for a snap together plastic set. Arthur also has a cross to take care of Satan.|
|This flying demon comes with a stand, Nice touch.|
|Over the years, Gargamel has released other Makaimura sets.|
|This is an unpainted white version of the first set. The header maintains a nod to the Makaimura color palette and Famicom box design.|
|Here we have another Gargamel set, featuring three mini figures and a tombstone. It was released a couple of years ago.|
|The same set was released a second time at Winter Wonder Festival 2013, this time in white.|
It's fun to see how so many classic properties and toy and game releases link together and weave their way through the decades. Toy lines and games from the 70s and 80s continue to have a strong influence on indie toy makers. And some legendary series, like Kamen Rider and Ultraman, as well as games, like Mario Bros, remain current with new versions coming out pretty regularly. Impressive stuff.