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September 1, 2015
May 11, 2013
Peferct day for some Jumbo in the wilderness action.
A few years went by, since I made this the last time.
April 3, 2013
March 25, 2013
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 (ã‚¦ãƒ«ãƒˆãƒ©ãƒžãƒ³80) 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 ofÂ 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.
The set comes with a little Popy Ultraman 80 catalog
Great set. I’m glad that bought it.
Finally a few foot markings…
December 27, 2012
September 10, 2012
I’m sure every collector out there is aware that Ed is parting with his magnificent DX Chogokin Black Daltanious at the upcoming Morphy Auction this Thursday. It is so flippin’ rare to see one of these, not to mention for sale. This is one of the holy trinity of Black DX’s Popy turned out. I would love to see this, the Garbin and the Godsigma together, although I’m not holding my breath. I’m sure we’ll all be watching this one VERY closely.
April 9, 2012
April 7, 2012
January 14, 2012
“The cat is a dog”. Yes. I’m pretty confused. I was one of the guys who thought for
decades t hat Norakuro is a cat. Japan’s answer to Felix the Cat. Holy shit.
He looks like a cat! But I was wrong.
Norakuro (ã®ã‚‰ãã‚), or Norakuro-kun was created by SuihÅ Tagawa.
“The name Norakuro is an abbreviation of norainu (é‡Žè‰¯çŠ¬, stray dog) and Kurokichi
(é»’å‰, the name of the dog, literally meaning “black lucky”).”Â wikipedia
Norakuro started his manga career in 1931 as a private, serving in an army of dogs
called the “fierce dogs brigade” (çŒ›çŠ¬é€£éšŠ mÅkenrentai).
I always wanted the Popy Chogokin version of Norakuro, but I needed a few
years to get one. He’s not very scare and not very expensive, always another
toy was on top of my “list”. Norakuro had to wait. Finally I got one from Yahoo
Japan last year. When he arrived I was really amazed. All I can say. Super nice toy!
The 1976 Norakuro GA-72 is from Popy’s Meisaku Series. Let’s start with the box art.
The toy comes with a plastic stand, a bag with accessories, a Popy chogokin catalog and
a little brochure.
Hope you all appreciate what I do now ;-)
I destroyed the C-10 condition and open the plastic bag with theÂ accessories.
Hmmmmm…I smell more than 30 year old preserved japanese odor.
In the bag are Norakuro’s rifle, sword, bayone, backpack and 7 attachable badges of rank.
With the badges he could be gradually promoted from private to 2nd lieutenant.
Here are some detail shots of his military equipment.
Norakuro itself is heavy diecast. Only his head is plastic and
he could move his arms and legs.
…again. Super nice toy!
I love this little dog and I hope that Norakuro didn’t make any bad things in
China during the 30ties when he was part of the Imperial Japanese Army.
Ok, not really Imperial Japanese Army…”fierce dogs brigade”.
THANKS Mr.Chairman Sjoen destroying my illusion that Norakuro is a cat.
All the old fotos are from the secret archive of the Imperial “fierce dogs brigade”.
They never had been published before.
More fotos in the BBS.