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January 7, 2013
January 6, 2013
Today it’s time for a bit Submarine love.
These Bullmark Mirrorman (ミラーマン) Submarine Sets pop up
quiet regular on Y!JP. I always liked the box art, but this set never was
really on top of my “want list”. A few weeks ago I had the chance to win
one for a pretty nice price…I couldn’t say no.
As you could see, the box art is quiet nice. Some cool
Mirrorman-Kaiju-Submarine battle action. The set contains
4 little plastic kaijus (Maruchi, Aian, Dakaron and Invera)
and the Submarine. The sub is surprisingly heavy and is a
The Sumarine has two action features. A wind-up propellor drive
and a “water ballast tank” that could be filled with water….or sake.
Here you could see the propellor drive in action. It could cut off your fingers easy ;-)
With the crank you boost the propellor.
You could see the filler cap for the “water ballast tank” on the left side.
Here’s a close up of the 4 Kaijus. Too bad that there’s no Mirrorman in the set.
I guess he’s in the Submarine…
But Mirrorman has other opportunities to kick the Kaijus asses!
He don’t really need a Submarine…he has his deadly tricycle!
So, get lost you little plastic suckers…
December 30, 2012
2012 is nearly over and I thought poor Gabura needed some extra love.
Some people call him Poophead…not very nice!
For those who don’t know Gabura.
Gabura (ガブラ) is one of the Akumaizer 3 guys, a popular japanese
tokusatsu TV series from the mid 70ties. He is the strong, beefy, “the thing”
kinda guy of the three.
First I wanted to make a little photo review about the Bullmark large sofubi
and started to shot a few photos…
…but than I thought that Gabura is such a cool guy with so many “different” faces.
Let’s make a little “Gabura-family-photo-review”.
Here we go…The Gaburas.
Made by Bullmark, Takatoku, Grip, etc
…and the smallest of the gang. Gabura key-chain
…ok, he looks like a Poophead!
December 11, 2012
Some of you may remember this post of mine from way back when: http://toyboxdx.com/phorum/read.php?6,226880,226880#msg-226880 . Well I figured it was high time my capsule robo was able to stand tall, and the only beater sofubi I had was a Bullmark MFV Mecha Godzilla…. a couple mins with a hair dryer and this was the result….
December 8, 2012
Talking about “I have reached a new low”, on a sozial network japanese
toy group…I’m not sure who won this contest. Josh with his Kamen Rider
Playskool-esque Kamen Rider Car or me, with this toy I show you today.
Whether you love or hate this toy, mankind could thank us toynerds that
we preserve these pieces of art for future generations ;-)
(Do you hear the angel’s choir in the background?)
Ok, back to the harsh Yahoo!Japan reality.
Some time ago this Bullmark Matsuo Tricycle from the Ufo Diapolon
(ＵＦＯ戦士ダイアポロン) series showed up on Y!JP.
Matsuo is one of the 3 friends of Takeshi, who is the son of the king of the
planet Apolon. He’s part of the american football team at the Blue Sky orphanage,
that’s why he has this outfit…more about UFO Diapolon, here.
To be honest, this was the first time I’ve seen this Tricycle.
Maybe I never really noticed the toy before, because I didn’t see it in the UFO
Diapolon context. There are not too many toys of the Miki, Goro, Matsuo
and Takeshi characters. I only know one Bullmark sofubi set of these guys.
Nothing compared to the myriad of Diapolon, Legger, Trang and Header toys
The starting price was pretty high I thought, too high for a Tricycle with
a little football boy on it. Oh, did I mentioned that I’m not interested
in sports at all! But for some reason I like the toy and saved it to my favorites.
The weeks went by and nothing happened. After being relisted several times,
the seller began to reduce the starting bid. Exciting..like a poker game.
I was pretty sure that I’m not the only guy watching this auction…Ciao Italia! ;-)
And to make the story complete. Start price was finally ok, for a Tricycle with
a stupid looking little football boy on it and I bid. I had one opponent,
but thank god no epic “OKU***-battle”, the auction ended pretty fast.
Only 800 yen more than the opening bid.
I think apart from the fact that this is a Tricycle with a super stupid looking little
football boy on it, the toy is pretty cute and the box artwork isn’t that bad too.
Here are a few detail shots of the toy. Click to enlarge.
AND NOW LADIES AD GENTLEMAN!
/italian caps lock mode actiated
The boy without his helmet. OMG!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Isn’t he cute! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Ok, a few of you might think he looks like a little idiot. Maybe they are right…
So better get lost little sucker!
Maybe I’m also an idiotic UFO Diapolon completist.
Whatever. I’m happy that this Tricycle with a ultra stupid looking little
football boy on it is in my collection ;-)
But he never will be a badass biker…sorry, triker like Diapolon!
More in the BBS.
November 30, 2012
November 11, 2012
“No, I don’t collect kaiju sofubis. Collecting kaijus gonna ruin me.”
Did I say that? Don’t remember. ;-)
Today it’s time for a bit extra love for the King of the Monsters. Godzilla.
A few weeks ago this Bullmark Godzilla showed up on Y!JP.
The auction fotos weren’t the best, but Gojira looked on them like a
vintage Bullmark version. After some research and the “yes, looks vintage”
(thanks Jim & Mike!), I placed my bid…and won it. Weeks later Gojira
arrived in germany with lots of other toys in a big parcel. After an intensive
cleaning, Godzilla really looked nice. I think I mentioned this before:
Dirt conserves condition
Enough talking…enjoy Gojira.
To be honest, this Gojira is looking more like some dinosaur.
But who cares. I love him and always wanted him!
More as usual in the BBS.
November 4, 2012
I worked on this BROG for some time, but always something else
prevented me from finishing it…like Kemler. But no excuses anymore,
here you are!
The story begun in germany nearly 40 years ago.
A country that is not only famous for great cars, tasty beer and
tactical submarines. NO. Also famous for the fact that you could
find vintage Zenmais in the forrest. Why do you think is a famous
forrest near Freiburg im Breisgau (south of germany) called
“Der schwarze Blechfiguren Wald”. Translated that means something
like “The black tin figures forrest”…
OK. Bullshit. This is not a good start for the BROG.
Have to add more action and realism in the story.
The story begun in April 1975 in Xuan Loc, Vietnam.
Captain P. Hershell (33rd Ranger Battalion), who just came back from Saigon…
OK. No “Missing in Action” or Rambo-esque story.
The truth now! I bought this 2 wonderful Zenmais on Y!JP a few months ago.
Nobody was really interested in these guys, so I got them without any epic
“bid-battles”. No wonder. The condition of this Ultraman & Ultra Seven Zenmai
wasn’t the best. I guess a solid C-0,4. But I immediately recognized the immense
“potential” of these rusted beauties.
What “potential”? At least potential as photomodels.
A few weeks later a pretty beat-up Ultraman Leo showed up on Y!JP,
but a few other “rust lover” also showed interest and the price went up.
So, no Leo for me.
Enough bla bla. Here are the two guy.
From the underwood to the glas display, rusted in dignity!
Finally they escaped the evil humid jungle. Nearly rusted away.
Now a dry & nice place waits for them. Hopefully for the next 30 years.
Now a few details shots. Click to enlarge.
Looks like a happy end.
No I only could hope that these 2 Survivors will be
accepted by the others.
That’s it! As usual more photos etc in the BBS.
August 15, 2012
As you might remember, I have already done my homage to Jet Jaguar a few years ago ( see link above). Then, I had given up hope to ever finding the one Bullmark vinyl that would for a moment, release me of my tin only diet.
As it happens, Sanjeev in his wisdom, (tainted always with a bit of evil), sends me a message in caps and exclamation points, and a link that would bring another circle to a close.
With only a couple days left a mint in bag Giant Bullmark Jet Jaguar grins at me mockingly. The last time one showed up, a couple years before, I had not been in a place to really go for it. Luckily, I had the means and waited it out.
Honestly surprised at the relatively low price it was won at, my buyer gets the typical diagram infused and enthusiastically neurotic email almost immediately after it ends.
1978 was when I saw my first Godzilla movie. Osh Gosh overalls and some random 70s graphic T, completed with blonde unkept muppet hair.
Creature Double Feature weekend was the weekly alter I prayed to. Godzilla vs Megalon was the sermon that made me see the light. Jet Jaguar was really my savior and gateway drug from which I would never return completely.
It was not until much later however , fully into my adulthood that I knew even a toy of this conglomeration of Japanese children’s imaginations even existed.
When it became apparent to me, not only was there a vinyl, but one over a foot tall… well, it went on a short list. One that lasted many years and one I even could not achieve when I lived in Tokyo. Loose yes, but not mint in bag for what was an affordable price 10 years ago.
I was worried it would have been the catalyst for getting into Toho vinyls, which really is not something I need to do to my wallet or sanity. Luckily it was just a desire for a proper Jet Jaguar toy that prompted the journey. One I’m happy to see finally come to an end.
May 16, 2012
We had a little discussion about the pros and cons
using a Bullpet Godzillla as a waffle iron.
I found this here. Must be from the mid 70ties.