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September 23, 2014

GAIKING!!!

Filed under: Toy News — erik sjoen @ 5:26 am

Divine Demon-Dragon Gaiking (大空魔竜ガイキング Daikū Maryū Gaiking)..

Somebody call Josh Fraser because this sofubi is about to get OFF!!

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Our good friend TOORU ABE is slicing and dicing the next most awesome sofubi in the world.. Thank you MEDICOM.

Hit Tooru-san up here:

https://www.facebook.com/tooru.abe.92?fref=ts

August 16, 2014

My most FAVORITE TOY!!

Filed under: Toy News — erik sjoen @ 7:47 pm

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You know it’s funny, after all the years of collecting this stuff the idea of a “favorite”, for me at least, is kind of a foriegn idea, somewhat fleeting. BUT, An old friend of mine recently called me out, saying “Sjoen, your favorite toys have been just about whatever fit the situation or changed by year or whatever, and was never consistent..”.

There are so many potential reactions to this. Yet, the only one that matters to me, you are witnessing here. There are no favorites! There are only, just like anything else in life, momentary enlightenments. We are never keen on anything in particular for very long. LOVE for example, in my personal opinion cannot be coined upon inanimate objects by sane people, thefore “favorites” to me at least don’t really exist when it comes to collecting due to the fact that I don’t associte my brand of collecting with “love” often.. Ha!

As time passes, and tastes change, so do the characters I adore. The fact that one would even have to answer such a mundane question after 20 years of collecting is beyond me..

May 11, 2013

Summertime Part 2

Filed under: Co. POPY,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 2:30 pm

Peferct day for some Jumbo in the wilderness action.
A few years went by, since I made this the last time.

April 27, 2013

Takara: Mirrorman

Filed under: Co. TAKARA,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 11:16 am

Vintage Takara Henshin Cyborg Mirrorman (ミラーマン).

April 3, 2013

Popy: Wednesday bling

Filed under: Co. POPY,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 4:19 pm

Popy Coin Lightan (コインライタン) GB-81

March 29, 2013

Bootleg: Ultra Hero Set

Filed under: Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 4:47 pm

I want to show you another Ultraman sofubi set today.
“Ultraman sofubi set” is maybe the wrong description for this set.
More a “Ultraman-esque bootleg hard plastic set”, or just “Ultra Hero Set”.

I’m not sure if this set is worth a Brog…but it’s too late now.
Photo session is finished and if you read this here, it’s online ;-)

Bought this piece around 95′. I’m pretty sure this thing is
made in the early 90ties , because it has “CE” sign on the box.
I got it from a guy who originally bought it in Thailand and
paid only a few bucks for it. The figures looked so weird,
thats why I needed that shit.

Colorful artwork, japanese typo and no sign of the manufacturer.
Smells like a 100% unlicensed bootleg.

“Made in Japan”…hahahha…never!

Aha…good to know.

Epic kaiju artwork! I like the blue beast on the left side…OMG.

I never open this set in all the years.
Ladies and gentlemen, a historic moment!

Enough talking, enjoy the photos of these bizarre looking Ultramen.

Do you have a favorite? I think mine is the Ultraman Leo.

Sorry bothering you with this 90ties trash guys ;-)

 

 

 

 

March 25, 2013

Popy: Ultraman 80 sofubi set

Filed under: Co. POPY,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 3:36 pm

No, I don’t collect Ultraman stuff. My only vintage piece is this Popy set.
I also have a few 80ties Bandai Ultraman kaijus. That’s it. I think I’m more
a “Mirrorman guy” ;-)

I “rediscover” this piece last friday and thought it deserves some extra love.

Bought this Popy Ultaman 80 (ウルトラマン80) set more than 20 years ago.
I was a complete newbie at this time and had no clue how many (endless) cool
japanese toys are out there. Finding informations about these toys was pretty
difficult at this time. No ebay, no wikipedia, no TBDX, nothing.

I was into Shogun Warriors, tin robots, Popy Chogokins, Micronauts and many
none japanese toys at this time. I bought most of the stuff on flea markets and from
a toy dealer I knew personally here in germany. This guy was pretty cool. He was
specialized on superhero stuff, but also had cool japanese pieces from time to time.
He was travelling around in italy and got the toys from old toy stores, but also
went to big toy shows in the USA a few times a year. Great times! Buying and
finding toys was a real adventure.

I bought my Mattel Astro Robot Jumbos, lots of Shogun Warriors, tons of Popy
Chogokins etc over the years from him. His name was Peter Bergner, he also
had a store in Cologne. This was the german version of  Kimono my House, only
without the japanese toys ;-)

The guy had a world famous Spiderman collection. He had everything you could imagine,
even a real Spidey costume from one of the 70ties movies.

…ok, back to the Ultraman set.
I remember that Peter bought the sofubi set on a toy show in Florida,
because he thought it could be something for me. I think I paid something
like $50 for it. This was lots of money for me at this time, a poor student.

Enough sentimental nostalgic memories. Here’s the toy…lets go.

It’s a “double blister box” with a pop-up flip side. Pretty cool!

The set comes with 13 figures.



13 figures, 13 faces.



I like the artwork of this box. The sofubis look nice inside the blister
box, but even better when they are in the pop-up “diorama”.
Like a little store display.

The set comes with a little Popy Ultraman 80 catalog

Great set. I’m glad that bought it.
Finally a few foot markings…



March 17, 2013

Bullmark: ミラーマン

Filed under: Co. BULLMARK,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 4:29 pm

My little sunday Mirrorman Brog.

Bought this Bullmark sofubi a few years ago on Y!JP.
Some of you might remember the epic “im_power” auctions.

This Mirrorman is about 24 cm / 9,45″ tall.

I think this guy is a bit rarer than other Mirrorman sofubis,
there are lots of them, because I haven’t seen another specimen
since I bought this one. But who knows…

Sexy feet markings.

Here you could see him with a few brothers.

Nice toy! That’s it. Nothing more to say.

March 9, 2013

Ark: キングコング

Filed under: Co. ARK,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 1:59 pm

From time to time I have to post
a photo of Ark’s masterpiece.

 

March 1, 2013

Bullmark/Tobi: Kittyfire

Filed under: Co. BULLMARK,Stephan Halder,Toy Love,Toy News — chogoman @ 1:27 pm

Bullmark/Tobi Kittyfire pencil sharpener sofubi (6,6” / 17cm).

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