toyboxdx toy blog brog: is graceful art of daily expressing japanese toy
January 23, 2013
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!
May 6, 2012
…, who is the fairest one of all?
Hard to say!
Mirrorman (ミラーマン) was the first non Ultra character from Tsuburaya Production.
The TV series runs from December 5, 1971 to November 26, 1972.
When I bought my first Bullmark Mirrorman sofubi and got it from japan
I was instantly bitten by the mirror bug. I have quiet a few now, but there
much more out there…collecting for the next years is assured ;-)
May 2, 2012
Hmm…the title of this Brog is a bit lewd.
But nothing pornographic here, only a few vinyl figures from
the Akumaizer 3 series.
The 3 horny guys are Mezalord (メザロード) sofubis. Mezalord is the
leader of the Akuma Clan. Akuma Clan?
“The Akuma Clan are a race of magical cyborgs who live deep within the earth,
plot to invade the surface world.” (thanks wikipedia)
The green lady with the gigantic ears is Darunia from the Demon Clan.
She’s a friend of Zaitan and a “good gal”.
These guys are marked as Takatoku, but a few of them had been sold on
Bullmark branded carded sets. So again a collaboration between these two
companies, like they did with the Akumaizer MekaMachine, MFVs, etc.
I know that there is another Darunia sofubi version (shitI lost the auction),
but I’m not sure if there’s another variation of Mezalord.
But you never know…the japanese toy universe is (nearly) endless.
December 24, 2011
Santa Claus and his elves repair some
Takatoku Akumaizer Gullibirds ;-)
July 16, 2011
Weird noises come out of his place at all hours and the windows are almost always dark. Some nights you can see little, flickering lights moving around in there like he’s maneuvering about the place with tea lights in his hands and plenty of shochu in his veins.
Oh, yeah he drinks alright. Sometimes alone, sometimes with what sounds like a million angry ghosts but always the next morning: the clatter of glass and aluminum out the back door, down the steps, and into the recycle container, often to overflowing.
He bangs that porch door a lot and, if you look over, he sometimes waves his little, plastic swords menacingly in your direction.
We turn our heads when this happens, politely sucking on our cigarettes, pretending we aren’t amused, interested, or even aware of his bizarre, red costume with the bumpy blue eyes.
You don’t fuck around with a guy like that. Not in San Francisco. Not when he’s … the neighbor.
July 8, 2011
I mean, who doesn’t? Well…
In the interest of research and all, I guess it might just be appropriate. I’ve slowly but surely amassed some very quintessential historic toy related info, yet… Some of it has been absolutely ruined…. BY CHILDHOOD IDOCY!!!
POCKY disaster circa 1981….
I know, I know… Who busts a wad of Pocky brilliance on a Gatchaman 11 cardboard book?? Well, let me tell you. A 5 year old kid. Doh!!
All good. I really “loved” these pages.
Can you even imagine what I’ve done to these other books over the years? And this is only the tip of the iceberg.. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmm…..