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My Joes Found 'round the World.

Gangustars - 8 February, 2015 - 19:32
Blog Post #100!

So I had wanted to do something a little more special, but couldn't really think of anything that I could actually get done in a timely matter. I decided to take a small poll to see what people would like to see instead and with the handful of votes that came in G.I.Joe tied with Takara SF Land toys. With G.I.Joe getting the first vote, I called it in favor of Joe. But don't worry Takara voters, there's still a little Takara thrown in here as well.

I mentioned in my last post that I didn't really get into G.I.Joe until late 1983, and really got going with Hasbro's 1984 assortment. The series 3 additions of Blowtorch, Scrap Iron and Firefly are really to be credited (or blamed) for my love of G.I.Joe. As years went on, and as my options from where to buy Joes opened up, I got into International Joe toys. My first International Joe was a Japanese Takara Firefly that I got in the early 90's. I then got a Chinese v.1 Cobra Commander as a gift in 1994-95. It would be a few years later that I would dip my toes into the foreign Joe market again with more Japanese Takara Joes, and a few more years before I started to move around the World and buy regional exclusives.

I've never had a massive Joe collection as an adult. Once I sold my childhood Joe collection back in the day that was kind of it. And when it came to foreign Joes, I was pretty picky. After jumping in with Japanese Joes, I wanted to start picking up some U.K. Action Force pieces. I had a carded Blowtorch, but had always wanted some Red Shadows guys. Totally unique to AF, and inline more with Star Wars than U.S. Joes I found these guys really cool. The problem was I only like the enemy forces. With each awesome bad guy repainted vehicle or figures was an uncool hero toy.

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For the most part, when it came to the Action Force branded toys I bought whatever loose items I could. I didn't really care to spend much money and go in on MISB stuff. That is until I decided I wanted to go after the European Tiger Force exclusives.

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I feel that Tiger Force gets a really bad wrap for being a straight repaint line, but it showed Hasbro (for better or worse) that sub-lines of recolored per-existing toys could provide higher profits out of the molds. Hell, it worked on me as a kid. I bought all the U.S. Tiger Force toys but the Tiger Sting. I'm sure it was the fact that I liked them so much as a kid that pushed me into getting the Euro ones as an adult, but realistically, I really like the color schemes and detailing of these figures. The Tiger Force Outback is so amazing, with a shirt that has become somewhat iconic among Joe figures. Someone even did a run of actual t-shirts featuring this design about 10 years back. I of course had to buy one. Like I said, I've always had a thing for Tiger Force.

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Now Europe isn't the only place that had exclusive Tiger Force toys, Brazil got some too. I shopped around quite a bit with Brazilian sellers to get most of the exclusive Tiger Force stuff sold there. I didn't branch out too far into Brazilian Joe stuff. It would have been easy I think, there's some great and funky figure designs down there. If you have a second check out their versions of Sky Patrol and Eco Force, and the sub line that all had animal partners Forca Fera. Outside of Tiger Force I only really picked up some Forca Naja (Python Patrol) items. One in particular being the very high in demand Naja Hidro-Helicoptero.

Força Naja Comandos em Ação Naja Hidro Helicóptero GIJoe Brazil Python Patrol SwampfireForça Naja Comandos em Ação Naja Base Anti Aerea GIJoe Brazil Python Patrol ASP

The Hidro-Helicoptero which most outside Brazil pretty much refer to as the Python Swampfire was an exclusive item to Brazil. It took the bright green Dreadnok Swampfire and coated it in Python Patrol colors. It was a very cool toy, much better in this PP style than the original look. I had also grabbed the Brazilian version of the Python ASP. I thought about picking up a 3rd Forca Naja, the Naja Trimoto De Ataque (Estrella Python Stun) but skipped out on it. I never actually bought any of the Estrella Forca Naja figures either. Just before completing a set of Brazilian Tiger Force toys I got ripped off in 2 separate deals. After losing a good sum of money I kinda cooled off on dealings with sellers in Brazil. I still need a few Brazilian Estrella Forca Tigre items. If you have a boxed Forca Tigre Tigre Caça Bombardeiro (Tiger Rat) as well as the Tigre Oficial De Inteligência-Duque and Tigre Operação Resgate-Paramedico figures to sell or trade let me know.

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I didn't just stop in South America completely, I did grab a few items from Argentina. I think maybe 5 or so, but selling most, including the Ninja-ku, Satan and Ninja (Storm Shadow). I did keep the Blowtorch re-colors T.N.T. and Back-Stop.

I pretty much missed the good finds that have come in the last 10 years from places like Mexico and China, I just haven't kept up with my International Joe collecting. I have been focused on other less popular lines or just not spending the kind of cash that seems to be needed to stay in the running. And to be honest, my first and most loved area of International Joes will always be the Japanese Takara stuff.
G.I.Joe Japan Takara タカラ G.I.ジョー 1986 デューク グラント スカイストライカーG.I.Joe Japan Takara タカラ G.I.ジョー 1986 デストロ ワイルドウィゼル コブララトラー

The packaging art is beautiful, the toys are of the  high quality found in North America and Europe. The line is not very big, it's been called a "Best Of" line of early G.I.Joe toys. I have to agree. I did however cut back on my Japanese Joes selling almost all non-Cobra items a few years back. 

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I have thought about getting back into it, but haven't just yet. While the items are just not as rare as ebay sellers may hype them, there's too many auctions scalpers out there right now picking up cheap items and then trying to flip them on ebay for much higher costs. It cheats collectors out of the chance to get the items at a good price. You of course wouldn't have had a problem 15 years ago, and it was surely a breeze 20 years ago. G.I.Joe didn't take off in Japan. The age group that would have been needed to make it a hit passed on the toys. Funny enough, the group we now call "tweens" are the ones who ran with the Joe concept in part due to the customizing and dio building so many adult Joe fans partake in now.


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Japan did produce enough cool things though to give collectors a fun time looking for them, toys, books, candy toys, a record, the Movie on VHS among other things. As for the record, it featured the open and end credit songs in their full unedited forms. I uploaded each if you want to have a listen to the Joe songs in Japan. I have to admit, I much prefer the U.S. songs, but you make up your own mind.


World's Greatest Expert Team: G.I.Joe Open theme:G.I.Joe by Rei Ishihara:


World's Greatest Expert Team: G.I.Joe End theme: Again by Rei Ishihara:


Yo Joe!
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Winter Kid

Glyos Transmission Blog - 8 February, 2015 - 17:21

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MAN FROM RENO Opens March 27th

SciFi Japan - 8 February, 2015 - 03:00
Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment, Strategy PR/Consulting Official Movie Site: manfromrenomovie.com Special Thanks to Emily Lu
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Eleven Arts are pleased to release Dave Boyle's award-winning MAN FROM RENO in the United States. A Japanese crime novelist and a small town sheriff are lured into the same strange murder mystery in this idiosyncratic and engrossing neo-noir, opening in New York and Los Angeles starting March 27th. MAN FROM RENO will expand to additional markets on April 10th. The film stars Ayako Fujitani (GAMERA Trilogy), Pepe Serna (SCARFACE) and Kazuki Kitamura (THE RAID 2, GODZILLA: FINAL WARS). MAN FROM RENO is presented in English and Japanese with English subtitles, and has a running time of 111 Minutes. Continued...
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VIZ Media Becomes Master Merchandise Licensee for JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE!

SciFi Japan - 7 February, 2015 - 20:09
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © by Hirohiko Araki & LUCKY LAND COMMUNICATIONS/SHUEISHA Inc.
Wide Range of Products Based on the Acclaimed Fantasy Action Anime to be Developed for North America Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: jojo-animation.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has been named the North American master merchandise licensee for JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険, JoJo no Kimyoo na Booken). Continued...
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Adventure in the Past, Present and Future With Hello Kitty: It’s About Time

SciFi Japan - 7 February, 2015 - 15:33
Original Graphic Novel from Perfect Square Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
Image courtesy of VIZ Media. © 1976, 2015 SANRIO CO., LTD
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, invites readers of all ages to set an appointment for fun with the graphic novel debut of Hello Kitty: It's About Time. The new edition joins the expanding roster of original Hello Kitty graphic novels published by the Perfect Square imprint. Hello Kitty: It's About Time is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. This newest addition to the HELLO KITTY series of graphic novels depicts original, full-color adventures of the iconic Sanrio character and brings back the talented artistic team of Jacob Chabot, Ian McGinty, Jorge Monlongo, and Giovanni Castro, and also presents special guest artist Erica Salcedo. Continued...
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Kabuto Mushi MK II: Wave Seven

Glyos Transmission Blog - 6 February, 2015 - 22:15
Marty "Loctite" Hansen rolls into 2015 with three brand new colors showcasing his popular Kabuto Mushi MK II production figure!

Continuing his recent theme of famous Japanese character homages, Marty has put together some very clever combinations utilizing an assortment of all new spray applications. My personal favorite is the Cyborg Mushi, which is shown above surveying the Frozen Zone that has taken over most of New England.

Cyborg Mushi also makes a good rival for Redlaw Argen, as they both pay tribute to the excellent classic Henshin Cyborg series by Takara (thank you Paul L. for maintaining the best link).

Head over to Mushi Central to check out the rest of TGB's latest offerings.

Congratulations on another unique and exciting wave, Marty! 


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Bento Friday: happy devil bento box recipe

Rinkya Blog - 6 February, 2015 - 05:07

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This week we’re going to laugh while creating our bento box! We have a very happy devil bento box recipe to enjoy the ride! He is a yummy onigiri which invites us to enjoy!

Ingredients: boiled rice, ketchup, mayonnaise, egg, green peas, cheese, boiled pasta, sausage, nori.

We mix some ketchup with the boiled rice. We create an onigiri (ball rice) and in the centre we put some mayonnaise. Once we’ve done the ball rice, we give it an oval shape, and on the top we make a small mountain. On it we will put broken omelette to create the devil’s hair. Then, we cut two pieces of the sausage, in triangular shape. Those will be our devil’s horns. We can use the pasta to put into the horns so it sticks. The pasta should be a little bit hard, otherwise it won’t work.

We then cut the devil’s eyes (cheese) and nori, and we decorate his face. We can also decorate part of the horns with some nori. We can create his cheeks with some ketchup or we can use sausage if we prefer. We’ll use a boiled green pea as his nose.

These make cute onigiris for parties. The secret is to create more than just one!

It would be also funny if you decorate his surroundings with your favorite veggies. And it will make it healthier too!

Image source: charaben mania.

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Rinkya Japanese Flashcards: onomatopoeia flashcard “beta beta”

Rinkya Blog - 6 February, 2015 - 05:07

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Are you collecting all Rinkya Japanese flashcards? Great! Today we are going to learn all about “beta beta.” Have you ever felt your skin sticky with sweat? Then your skin is “beta beta.” This onomatopoeia describes something sticky or clingy. It also describes the character of people. When people are too clingy or too sticky, they are also “beta beta.” You can find this onomatopoeia in daily conversations, but also in literature and manga.

How many Rinkya Japanese flahscards have you collected so far? Which are your favorite ones? Let us know in comments.

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Sailor Moon Ichiban Kuji Lottery 2015: awesome goodies! The review.

Rinkya Blog - 5 February, 2015 - 12:22



Sailor Moon Collectibles has made an incredible review about some of the Sailor Moon Ichiban Kuji Lottery 2015 goodies. There are more than 25 prizes in this lottery, and it seems that all items have already been sold out in Japan! (Sailor Moon rocks guys!)

If you are interested in getting some of this prizes, you can find them Rinkya.com. Here you have some of them. You can bid for them during today and tomorrow! Remember to check our system to find more of these items!

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This set includes:

  • Last one Prize Crystal star mirror type pocket watch
  • G Award handkerchief (Neptune)
  • H Award Art mirror (Uranus, Pluto)
  • I Prize acrylic plate strap (Mars)
  • Sailor Moon 20th most lottery
  • F Prize Charm (compact & rod)

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Last One Prize Crystal Star mirror type pocket watch.

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Sailor Moon Ichiban Lottery Kuji Set.

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Sailor Moon Ichiban Lottery Kuji + Tyrol Chocolates Set.

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Sailor Moon last one Prize Crystal Star mirror type pocket watch + C: prize Dress.

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Sailor Moon Ichiban Kuji E prize set.

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Sailor Moon Ichiban Kuji Set.

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Sailor Moon Ichiban Kuji Stuffed Luna.

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Rinkya Japanese Flashcards: onomatopoeia flashcard “dara dara”

Rinkya Blog - 5 February, 2015 - 11:03

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Are you collecting all Rinkya Japanese flashcards? Good! Today we’re going to learn about “dara dara.” It explains a situation in which something has been going on for a long time, but no conclusion has been reached yet. It can also describe water, or any other liquid, that it’s streaming. You can find this onomatopoeia in daily conversations, but also in literature and manga (mostly describing liquids, but also stagnant situations).

How many Rinkya Japanese flashcards have you collected so far? Which are your favorite ones?

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Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 2 Box Set Now in Stores

SciFi Japan - 4 February, 2015 - 14:16
Diamond Select's Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 2 Box Set are now on sale. Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © 2014 Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC. GODZILLA and the character designs are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2015 Toho Co., Ltd.
Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys has a bunch of new items coming to comic shops and specialty stores across North America this week. The lineup includes the second series of Godzilla Minimates, arriving a month earlier than originally announced. Continued...
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Rinkya Japanese Flashcards: onomatopoeia flashcard “tobo tobo”

Rinkya Blog - 4 February, 2015 - 11:36

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Are you collecting all Rinkya Japanese flashcards? Good! Today we are going to walk wearily along with “tobo tobo.” This is a sad onomatopoeia that describes someone trudging, or walking in a really sad manner, or walking wearily. You can find this onomatopoeia in manga, but you can also listen to someone use it when describing someone. You might also find it in books (literature).

Which are your favorite onomatopoeias so far? From all the Rinkya Japanese flashcards that you’ve collected, which ones are your favorite? Do you find any of them difficult to learn or to use?

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FiguartsZERO Vegeta -Galick Gun- Coming from Bandai in July

SciFi Japan - 4 February, 2015 - 07:14
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © BIRD STUDIO / Shueisha ・ Fuji Television ・ Toei Animation
Photo courtesy of Bluefin. © BIRD STUDIO / Shueisha ・ Fuji Television ・ Toei Animation
Bandai Figure to be Sold in Japan and America Source: Bluefin Corp. press release Bandai Tamashii Nations Official Site: tamashii.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Xavier Lim Distributor Bluefin Corp. has provided product specs and high-res photos for the latest figure in the popular FiguartsZERO DRAGON BALL Z (ドラゴンボールZ, Doragon Booru Zetto) series from Bandai... Vegeta -Galick Gun-. Continued...
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Fandom Crossovers: Kitty Special

Rinkya Blog - 4 February, 2015 - 05:31

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This week we have Nyanko Fandom Crossovers! Prepare yourself to enjoy Starpaws, and other incredibly cute kitty fan art! They are cute, and fantastic! The posters with lots of Kitties are made by Derlaine. Great fan art! Let’s discover all the kitties!

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Holmeows is the greatest detective into the kitty world! He is helped by John Catson! Incredibly cute fan art!

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If you love anime, I am sure you’re going to love the animeow versions of kitties! Which one is your favorite so far?

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The best British cats are also really cute! So far, I think I love Tom Kittenston! What about you?? (Say Meoooowwww!)

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Kitty Princesses are so cute! Which one is your favorite one? It is hard to decide!

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If you are in trouble, just call for BatKitty. She will come soon to rescue you!

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Join the cute side of the Force. DarthKitty will show you the kawaii way!

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Kitty cuteness overload! There are some characters that are not kitties though! Find them out!

Image sources: Nerdy Ninja Platypus, trigger plug.

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GID Gorilla Biscuits

Super7 - 3 February, 2015 - 16:57

Super7 once again joins seminal hardcore band, Gorilla Biscuits, for a vinyl toy release of the GB Mascot! The Start Today Gorilla Biscuits vinyl figure is cast in Glow-in-the-Dark vinyl, packaged in a deluxe Start Today box, available at the Super7 retail store and online at super7store.com, Friday, February 13th, 12noon PST.

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Hitchcock Pint Glass

Super7 - 3 February, 2015 - 16:54

The Birds are coming! Since your fate is already sealed, you may as well kick back and enjoy a delicious beverage served in the Super7 Hitchcock Pint Glass. Featuring the master of suspense composed from one of his most iconic creations..

Available now from Super7store.com, here. $10 ea.

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POWER RANGERS: LOST GALAXY on DVD March 10th

SciFi Japan - 3 February, 2015 - 15:43
Complete 1999 Series Available in Stores Nationwide from Shout! Factory Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Tom Chen and Shannon Meehan
Cover art for POWER RANGERS: LOST GALAXY: The Complete Series. Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © Power Rangers LLC.
On March 10, 2015 join the Power Rangers aboard the spaceship Terra Venture when Shout! Factory releases POWER RANGERS: LOST GALAXY: The Complete Series, a 5-DVD box set that contains all 45 episodes of the iconic show’s seventh season. The massive spaceship Terra Venture represents mankind's greatest accomplishment. The giant spacecraft hosts multiple habitat domes with diverse environments ranging from a lake to a mountain range -- even a dome with a sprawling city inside -- as it takes thousands of human pioneers deep into space to settle a new world. Along the way they are stalked by dangerous aliens led by the insect-like villain Scorpius and his daughter Trakeena. Rising to protect the colony ship and its many inhabitants, a team of Power Rangers from different walks of life unites to become the Galaxy Rangers. Continued...
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