Monday, January 27, 2014

Meet the Kamen Riders

You never know who you're going to run into in Tokyo. Today, after hanging out at my favorite Koenji izakaya (kind of like a bar/restaurant) with good kimchi, edamame, and 190 yen draft beer (oh, yeah, you read that right), I wandered over to Godzilla-ya, one of my favorite toy shops.

And who did I happen to run into but two famous tokusatsu actors: Mr. Sasaki Takeshi (above photo - on the left) who played Kamen Rider 2 in the original 1971-73 series and Mr. Takasugi Shunsuke (on the right) who starred as Kamen Rider Super-1, the franchise's seventh series which ran from 1980-81. They were hanging out, chatting, and checking out the shop.
Sasaki-san was flipping through some old Kamen Rider trading cards and commenting on how expensive the Kamen Rider 1 cards were - hah hah, good times!

Takasugi-san and I got to chatting, and I asked if he had a lot of Kamen Rider toys. Turns out he has a lot of Super-1 figures, since he gets them when they come out. Must be pretty cool to have a bunch of figures of yourself!
I got a Super-1 record in the shop and Takasugi-san kindly signed it for me - yay!

Oh, and I found out Sasaki-san owns a bar called バッタ もん (Bata Mon). "Bata" means "locust." As I learned today, whereas in the West, the locust carries a widely negative connotation (plague of locusts and all that), the insect isn't viewed so negatively in Japan. Did not know that.

Anyway, moral of the story - you never know who you'll meet, so carry a smile - and a camera - and a pen is good too (though I used the shop's ;-).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Antique Jamboree 2014

Tokyo has a large and thriving antique scene, with shows held just about every month. There are street sales, flea markets, and large shows held at event halls. Antique Jamboree is one of the better known shows, and it's held at Tokyo's Big Sight.

Dealers have everything from vintage phonographs to antique furniture to glassware, fabric, dolls, celluloid figures, and other toys. This was my first time attending the show, and I had a good time checking out the booths and snapping shots. Here are some pics.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Yusei Majin + Moon Majin Images

New pics I recently shot at Cosmo Knight Alpha of the shop's Yusei Majin and Moon Majin display.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Super Festival 64 / スーパーフェスティバル 64

 Welcome to Kaiju Korner's Super Festival 64 report.
It was a nice day in central Tokyo.
Toy booths, arranged alphabetically:

Astro Zombies

Perhaps the show's most anticipated release: A pair of "Wingshits" - Green and Red Skullwings painted to match the original fathers of modern indie sofubi - the green and red Finkshit.

They even came bagged in a similar style to the OG Finkshits.
About 140 pics after the jump:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Jyujin by GEEK! Produced by Medicom (Video)

Jyujin is a huge figure designed by GEEK! and produced by Medicom. The figure was shown at some Medicom exhibitions last year, and then we started seeing releases, at places like the Summer 2013 Wonder Festival, Medicom, and TAG.

The 12" behemoth is imposing, but it also has a thoughtful, brooding expression which adds to the character.

Here's my video review of Jyujin, with some other figures brought in for size comparison.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Kamen Rider Toy Shop Visit (Pics + Video) - Taipei, Taiwan

Kamen Rider is an old school toy shop in Taipei with tons of stock and a friendly owner. They have a nice selection of modern + vintage toys. I visited the other day for the first time, and here are some pics and a video from my visit.

Store Info:

Address: Nanjing W. Rd. No. 163 Suite 57, Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: 02 2556 3786
Hours:Mon-Sat 2-9,Sunday (varies)


Still images:

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