Hitomi Harada performs opening theme; Mikako Izawa, Yuka Iguchi perform ending theme
Series based on mobile RPG debuts worldwide on October 10
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This 1979 newspaper article from The Argus Press talks of the licensing history of the toy industry, starting with the “Teddy Bear” in 1903 and running all of the way through 1979, the short article is actually a pretty decent overview for anyone unfamiliar with the history of licensing in the toy industry. These days, of course, licensing is far... Read more →
Now this isn’t the first time that we’ve seen an Ultra Magnus newspaper ad from the eighties. Back in April I posted a 1988 ad, but what makes today’s ad so special is that it’s from May of 1986, before Transformers: The Movie* hit theaters. At the time this ad ran we didn’t know much at all about Ultra Magnus,... Read more →
Short centers on elementary school student who is a folklore storyteller
Posting that 1949 Parker Brothers article a few days ago made me ask: What else is out there? Well, it didn’t take any time at all to discover this Life magazine page featuring a Parker Brothers advertisment. Look, kids, Monopoly advertising in the fifties! Sweet! And hey, just what in the hell is Fat Boy’s Game and where do I... Read more →
Capcom ships latest game in Monster Hunter franchise in Japan on 3DS on November 28
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The Final Fantasy Network fan news website posted a recording on Saturday of Final Fantasy Distant Worlds conductor Arnie Roth mentioning a Final Fantasy...
Launched for orders now on MightJaxx.com are a trio of prints featuring the iconic characters of Star Wars, as interpreted by Clogtwo! VADER, BOBA and STORM are available in 2 different size formats, A2 ($50) and A3 ($30), with all coming in Signed and numbered (based on the total sold). NOTE that this is a "timed release", opened August 1st and ending August 3rd, 2015 (NEW YORK - 10AM /
The first print project from GanguStars is finally done and ready to be pre-ordered. This 174 page, 8x10, full color books is a "lightly critiqued" visual analysis of 25 years of Japanese toys ads. It features 165 toy ads from over 20 different companies, featuring such greats as Microman, the Sentai series, Ultraman, Transformers and so much more.
Here' are a few sample pages from the book:
The book will be priced at $48.99, but for this pre-order, a special price of $42.99 will be available until close of day August 31st. Shipping will be extra, and an invoice will be sent with payment info after you make contact. Just look blow for order info.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to send an e-mail, thank you!
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Inside source provides details on Toho's next Godzilla and his design.
On December 7, 2014, I posted a breaking story concerning Toho's announcement on an all-new Japanese Godzilla film (to be titled) to begin production the following summer. Helmed by celebrated genre filmmakers Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack On Titan), with Anno turning in the final draft of his screenplay this past March. Which means that pre-production started sometime last year. A source on July 31st (Japan Time) stated that principal photography has begun (or is about to), but there has been no confirmation from Toho.
New Godzilla design rumored to be more classic than Legendary's.
Meanwhile, an inside source contacted “The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla” to share some information — which has yet to be officially released or verified — about the design of the Toho’s new Godzilla. Or rather, the men who were responsible for the new design, which has yet to be unveiled; and the news is not only good — it’s gigantic. In fact, it’s explosive:
Godzilla's new designer, famed illustrator Mahiro Maeda.
Celebrated animator and designer, Mahiro Maeda, has visualized the new Godzilla. Maeda’s long and distinguished career goes back to working with Anno on SUPER DIMENSIONAL FORTRESS MACROSS (1982), followed by the famous Daicon IV opening animated film in 1983, and then as a mecha designer on ROBOT CARNIVAL (1987), and then with both Anno and Higuchi in 1988 on HONEAMISE: THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and GUNBUSTER: AIM FOR THE TOP, which forged the creation of Gainax.
Maeada's concept for Immortan Joe for proposed anime series.
In 1992, Meada and Higuchi went on to form the design house, Gonzo, and has also worked with Quentin Tarantino, creating the animated sequence for KILL BILL (2004), and more recently as a designer for George Miller on MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015). He also has animator credits on several films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984), LAPUTA, CASTLE IN THE SKY (1986), and PORCO ROSSO (1992).
Original promotional poster for ULTRAMAN POWERED.
But, why is Maeda exciting for kaiju fans? In 1993, he re-imagined over a dozen of the classic Ultra Monsters, and executed the mecha design, for ULTRAMAN: THE ULTIMATE HERO (aka “Ultraman Great”), then went on to design the monsters for Shusuke Kaneko’s GAMERA trilogy (1995-1999). I don’t believe that there is anyone who will argue that Maeda’s re-imaging of Gamera, as he evolves through each film, was not brilliant and set the bar for future Japanese monster movies.
Visual Effects Museum event poster featuring Giant God Warrior.
Among Maeda’s voluminous and impressive design credits are Angels 6 & 7 for Anno’s EVANGELION (1995), as well as ESCAFLOWNE (1996), TURN-A GUNDAM (1999), and SAMURAI CHAMPLOO (2004). But, if that’s not impressive enough, he also designed the titular creature for Anno and Higuchi’s short film, GIANT GOD WARRIOR APPEARS IN TOKYO (2013), which was brought to three-dimensional life by the incredible sculpting talents of Takayuki Takeya.
Prolific sculpture Takeya has reportedly created the new maquette!
If you don’t know who Takayuki Takeya is, you’ve been sleeping under a rock since the 1980s — a powerhouse designer and sculpture, who’s work has influenced a generation, and can be seen in everything from toys and garage kits (Bandai’s Super Imaginative Chogokin line), the films and television (Kamen Rider Drive), anime series (Gilgamesh), and video games (Final Fantasy VII). He’s also visualized characters for the films of Keita Amemiya from FUTURE NINJA (1988), ZEIRAM (1991), and MIKAZUKI (2000).
Takeda's "Predator Riding A Horse" for Sideshow Collectables.
Well, if that doesn’t jog your memory, perhaps you might remember that statue of a Predator riding a mounted Xenomorph? Yeah, that’s Takayuki Takeya. If you’ve collected Devilman toys over the last two years, yeah, that’s Takayuki Takeya, again. Even if you’re not that deep into Japanese fantasy films, but you’re into STAR WARS, and his work looks familiar, that’s because he was also responsible for the Tamashii Nation’s “Samurai Star Wars” line. Impressed yet?
Takeya's "Samurai Star Wars" Darth Vader for Tamashii Nations.
Takeya’s fans number an impressive roster including writer Michael Moorcock (Elric of Melniboné), Simon Lee (Pacific Rim), Shiflett Brothers, and (reportedly), Nike’s CEO, Mark Parker. More recently, Takeya served as character designer for the nightmarish colossi in Shinji Higuchi’s two-feature film epic, ATTACK ON TITAN and ATTACK ON TITAN: END OF THE WORLD (2015). It’s no surprise to say that Higuchi assigned Takeya to bring Mahiro Maeda’s new Godzilla design to life as a production maquette.
One of Takeya's nightmares from ATTACK ON TITAN (2015)!
At least, this is the scoop coming out of our sources connected to the production… If all of this news pans out to be true, we could be in for something not only fresh and original, but also truly scary; which as imposing and impressive the recent Godzilla designs have been, they all lacked the fear that the original invoked. According to one of the people close to the production, who wanted to remain anonymous, “(This new) Godzilla is based on the original (1954 version), but is going to be… frightening.”
Shinobu Matsumura's fantastic Godzilla 54 Garage Kit for Kaiyodo.
Reading that quote, makes me recall an early concept for the Big G, anticipating the production of RETURN OF GODZILLA, illustrated by Hariken “Hurricane” Ryu in the pages of a 1984 issue of Kodansha’s TV Magazine, which was a cross between the ’54 and ’64 Godzilla, infused with an impressive demonic presence — foreshadowing GAMERA 3’s “Nightmare Gamera” — which we ultimately didn’t get.
This time, though, if what my sources have shared with us, we could see the definitive Godzilla many fans, such as myself, have been waiting decades for.
Stay tuned for more details as they develop... Cross your fingers (and toes) that this is happening!
Stay tuned for more details as they develop... Cross your fingers (and toes) that this is happening!
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Lead actors Nana Yamada, Ryūsei Yokohama also pictured in costume
Sequel series had a 9-month hiatus last year & another 1-month hiatus in June
Dropping August 1st (for pre-orders) at BicPlastics.com is "TwoBit" by David Flores. Standing 10" tall, this ABS and Vinyl figure features a fluorescent mix of pink, orange, and cream. Priced at US$135 (includes global shipping) per and limited to 800 pieces. Will attempt to upload further images for when they are released.
More from Victor Wong on Facebook, now showing off Voyager Wave 4's Battle Core Optimus out of the box. A quick photo overview shows off the toy, including a side by side with the original release of Combiner Wars Optimus, although at least in that mode the robot head is the only point of retooling. Despite one combined form shot, we still haven't gotten a look to see the rumored retooling inside the combiner chest, but hopefully soon! Keep reading to take a look.
Syd, Ryan, Lindsay, and Anna headed over to Chiba Prefecture bright and early for this summer’s (literally) hottest figure event: Wonder Festival! We’re taking a look at the latest figure releases and announcements straight from the floor, with some added fun thrown in. Written and photographic reports are to follow — in the meantime, sit […]
Categories: Toy News
The wraparound jacket band on Michiko Itou and Taiki Asatoki's first Shokugeki no Soma: L'étoile manga volume is announcing on Tuesday that Yūto Tsukuda...