Tuesday, March 11, 2014
In this video, I review several Splurrt customs, while taking a look at a number of Splurrt resin and sofubi toys from over the years. Make sure to check out my interview with Joe Merrill of Splurrt in the upcoming issue of Clutter Magazine.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
GI Joe is probably the most iconic toy of the last 50 years. And it has stood the test of time, morphing from a heroic grunt in the 60s to a brass adventurer in the 70s to a cartoon driven 4” action figure in the 80s.
To most of us, the original 12” figure is, well, just a legend – something we’ve seen in photos or maybe at a toy show, but don’t know too much about. And yet every great toy has a great story behind it – the why’s and how’s of its development, the people behind it, and the design and production process.
That’s where books like GI Joe: The Story Behind the Legend come in. This is not a new book – it was published by Chronicle Books back in 1996. But that doesn’t matter. The original events all took place in the early 1960s, so this account doesn’t feel dated, even nearly 20 years after publication. I have to say, the book is flat out fascinating. If you’re a GI Joe fan or are interested in toy history, action figures, toy development, or just plain amazing stories about a year-long team effort to make something great, then you might want to check it out.
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Saturday, March 1, 2014
First let's look at pics of the display figure - GID base with green marbling:
|Reminds me of the beautiful marbled green Skullwing released a few Super Festivals ago.|
|Secret release. GID base with orange marbling. Notice the headers are different too.|
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
This will be issue #20 of the magazine, and it is scheduled to be in stores (DKE is handling store distribution) and in Clutter's hands by March 14. So keep an eye out on Clutter's site for more release details and ordering info.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In addition to straight-up 3D printers and toys made from them, there were companies with lithography technology, mass produced keshi gomu toys (made from molds that were created using 3D technology), and more.
Here's a video followed by stills of some of the booths.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Booths are arranged alphabetically.
|Really cool info board about the way the Ultraman cast hands were made.|
Sunday, February 9, 2014
|This wasn't an ordinary WF, as it came on the day after Tokyo's heaviest snowfall in decades. That had a very big impact on transportation, as both fans and dealers slowly rolled in over the course of the morning.|
|Heavy hitters right out of the gate! Kamen Rider...|
Friday, February 7, 2014
Keshi toys were sold in gachapon machines, as "candy/premium toys" (ex: buy a box of chocolate and get a little freebie figure), individually packaged with bags and headers, in sets, boxes, games...you get the picture.
I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the varieties of packaging for these remarkably detailed little figures.
|Here are some Gegege no Kitaro figures in traditional bag/header card packaging.|
|Robo Hachan keshi set with backing board + clear plastic window|
Monday, February 3, 2014
Then there are tin toys, a staple of Japanese toys going back more than half a century. A lot of them are really tough to find these days, especially with the boxes. Here's a look at a bunch of wind-up walkers I came across in Tokyo.
|Barom 1 and Getter Robo|
|Ultraman Leo, Zaboga, Ultraman MAT, Mirrorman|
|Kamen Riders + Ultraman Leo|
|Check out the cool wheel action on this Rider!|
Monday, January 27, 2014
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!|
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 ;-).