Monday, May 29, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
雜貨店 (zha huo dian). They sell your standard low-cost kitchen wares, household products, etc. They also sometimes have toys.
Quick backstory about why I was there. I was on my way to an old neighborhood, and I had a feeling a neighbor might invite me in for coffee. Well, when you go into someone's house, you remove your shoes first. That morning, I had discovered that one of my socks, bought years ago in Korea, had developed a hole in a toe. Not a good look. As a bit of preventive defense, I went searching for a new pair of socks. Lucky thing I found some, since I did wind up visiting with the neighbors. Embarrassment prevented!
Back to the shop. Here's a look at some of the colorful KO toys they had:
|We'll start with an oddly named "Deformation" toy. This Transformers KO has even reappropriated the packaging. Thorough job!|
|And where would we be without LEPIN, one of the many LEGO knockoff brands? Instead of Ninjago, this is the renamed Ninjag line. Maybe they ran out of letters.|
|The girls have toys to choose from, too.|
|This "Star War" gun may be a sort of Nerf/Transformers KO? Nerformers?|
Monday, May 15, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
|Starting price: About $40,000|
Monday, May 1, 2017
Here's a look at some stills from various Ultraman and Kamen Rider shows from the Showa and Heisei eras.
|Kamen Rider X|
|Kamen Rider 1|
|Kamen Rider J|
|Kamen Rider Kuuga|
|Ultraman Great (aka Ultraman: Towards the Future). Fantastic set of stills from the Australian show!|
|More Ultraman Great|
|Finally, here's a fun photo of TV actors holding Ultraman toys!|
Monday, April 24, 2017
Here is my 200+ pic report on the toy offerings from around 50 toy makers from Japan, England, China, the USA, and beyond. They brought goods made from sofubi, resin, keshi gomu, and other materials. For the pics, the booths are arranged alphabetically.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Joy Hobby is located on the basement level of the Technomart shopping plaza. To get there, take the subway to Gangbyeon station. The mall is right next to the station.
Joy Hobby has a website, but it's all in Korean.
Here's a video I shot of the store:
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
There isn't much dialogue.
|Other Korean X-Men and Wolverine titles.|
Anyway, I thought it was neat to see how other countries treat heroes from the US. There's no question that Japanese manga dominates the Asian comic scene. But American superhero movies and characters are also popular, and there's some love out there for the comics that spawned them.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
More shop shots after the jump:
Monday, March 6, 2017
For this series, I actually like the package designs better than the stickers, which are kind of on the anime/SD side.
In 2016, Lotte put out its first Kinnikuman series. I prefer these over the new ones. Excellent dynamic designs and colors. Here's a look at a couple: