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August 27, 2010

Rider mania

A Yonezawa sparkler makes its way onto my shelf due to the kindness of a fellow collector.
Despite the insanity of recent prices and the fierce competition among bidders as of late, it is acts like this which keep my faith alive, that the child-like love is what fuels us at all the core.

Throw the boomerang hard next time you can. It will always come back.


July 30, 2010

六神合体ゴッドマーズ: Popy Roshukin Gattai God Mars Camera!!

Filed under: Co. POPY,Declarations,Erik Sjoen — erik sjoen @ 3:40 pm


I mean, c’mon guys, what can you really say about this… OBSESSED!!!

So.. You peep into the viewfinder and see florescent versions of the 6 GOD robots! Amazing. That’s it.. Like I said, OBSESSED!! Next thing I know my wife will be asking me what the hell is up with my God Mars jammies. I mean, what the hell is wrong with that??? Guys??? Anyone? Huh…

June 17, 2010

æ± ç”° 駿介, Shunsuke Ikeda – November 11, 1941 – June 11, 2010

Filed under: Co. BANDAI,Declarations — Josh Fraser @ 4:47 pm


Shunsuke Ikeda

June 14, 2010

C10 relationship woes

Filed under: Declarations,Josh Fraser,Regan Miller,Stoopid,Toy News — Josh Fraser @ 11:25 am

You know you have become predictable when:

He: ” I have these Gaiking baby shoes so if we ever have kids”…
She: …”they can stare at them in the packaging”?


June 9, 2010

Power Charge Baratak

Filed under: Co. TAKARA,Declarations,Toy Love — BillT @ 10:48 pm

This is one of those toys I never expected to get. I mean, I’ve certainly lusted after it, but the few complete ones I’ve seen sell have gone over a grand. There are very few toys I will break the four figure barrier for, and this just wasn’t one of them.

This guy showed up on ebay for a reasonable starting price. I figured I would poke the seller to see if he would do off ebay and save myself the hassle (and likely dissapointment) of butting heads with collectors in a straight up auction (sorry for those who were after it). He was willing to play ball, but was straight up and said there were no stickers or catalog, it was missing a couple of missiles, and the arm wasn’t working. I hesitated on that last one, but figured I would try and fix it. It wasn’t an ideal specimen, but the pieces were complete and the price was right for me. I figured, shit, these don’t exactly show up every month, so I bit.

It was lighter than I expected, but I chalk that up to being used to diecast toys to this point. It comes with a couple of different arms and attachments, but if all you want is a drill and claw arm, save yourself some cash and get the standard M11 Baratak.

This guy is all about THE ARM

When it arrived, sure enough, it wasn’t working when attached to the shoulder. I quickly figured out the problem with a battery and a couple of wires – that small pin next to the ball joint needs to be touching the metal ring in the shoulder socket. It was loose and would not stick out. So out came the screw driver. Turns out a spring that keeps the pin pushed up for contact had come off inside the casing. It was an easier fix than I expected, but a note to self – take a picture of the thing your taking appart, idiot! It took me a while to get those damn gears back in the right place.

Once that was settled, in went the batteries for a trial run. I’m actually glad this wasn’t a deadstock. Not just for the price premium I saved, but with the missiles already off the sprue’s, I could enjoy this guy to the fullest with no guilt/worry about value etc.

I was just going to show a shot of a missile coming out, but that wouldn’t do it justice…

…so I took some video of it in action. 2 missiles don’t fire and, well, I cant have that now. But that’s a fix for another day.

The cutter spins REALLY fast. If you attach a metal one you have a dremel, but that wouldn’t be too smart as you’ll see at the end

I tried both the gatling gun and cutter at the same time, but the weight and vibration just drags the arm down and it loses it’s electrical connection. But I certainly display it with both.

If you can stomach the price, or be lucky enough to spot a deal, I would certainly recommend it. It really is a fun toy. Now I just gotta get those last 2 missiles firing.

Weathering the PERFECT STORM: Super7’s Super Shogun Stormtrooper

Filed under: Co. POPY,Declarations,Erik Sjoen — erik sjoen @ 12:31 am


Let it be said that man lives a good part of life in his memory. A vast discombobulated account of his time here on this planet, and a questionable recollection of said time past at best. I mean, seriously, where were you in June 1978 at 7:25pm on a school night? You really want to know? I’ll tell you. You’re sitting in the bathtub succumbing to Mommy’s orders, a 4 inch black and white figure clasp inside your little bitty hand while drowning Greedo in haste.. You don’t want to get out of the tub as you’re kicking some rebel scum ass (not realy), but alas the deed is done. “Get OUT! Drop the Stormtooper!” she screams, and it’s over…

Fast forward 30 years.

Sitting in the Hybrid Design conference room at 10:25am on a Tuesday to discuss the progress of a bigger than life Stormtrooper. Enter Super7 visionary Brian Flynn with a handful of what looks like junk, sporting a shit eating grin.. Upon closer inspection, he’s holding geek gold in his arms. The odds and ends of what were to become the stumbling blocks to a real “Picaso” so to speak. A true crossover of two totally different toy families. The Japanese giant Jumbo Machinders and George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise… Dude.. Seriously?

Well, the rest is history now, isn’t it?

Yep. It’s not like it’s news. This hype has been going on for quite sometime. BUT, honestly this project must be given the respect it deserves. This project, will, without a doubt be the catalyst for something far bigger. I for one certainly hope so.

OK, so on to some behind the scenes highlights!

Check out this prototype wax head:


This was one of countless incarnations of what was to become the “Super Shogun”. It’s really always been about the details with this thing. For example the helmet on this wax prototype was 1/8 inch to far forward and was like clockwork rejected much like the countless others that were to follow.. Honestly though, this project was a true labor of love and these small set backs were exactly what brought this masterpiece to fruition.


Stickers and Jumbo Machinders are a torrid match. Don’t get me wrong here. I LOVE the vintage feel and aesthetics of stickers, but let’s face it, they do fade over time. The PINK rubber in this picture is actually a prototype of the black that appears on the finished product replacing the need for stickers. This is two fold, as the actual Stormtroopers sport rubber suits under their armor and long term, as any JUMBO aficionado knows, stickers die..

Below are an army of prototype PINK Stormtrooper Jumbos awaiting the call to participate in the next “race for the cure”. They only run for breast cancer though..


Alas.. I could talk all day about the wonder of this magnificant piece and why you should buy it, BUT… I really feel you need to see it for yourself. It just so happens we are throwing a party this weekend in its honor. Come on down to Super 7 if you can and see it for yourself this Saturday, June 12th at 6pm clickity CLICK HERE for details. Be there or be rebel scum…


In closing I give you these awesome shots to wet your whistle with.. May the force be with us all.

[Disclaimer: The pictures featured below consist of the actual creative process involved in producing this piece and are in NO WAY a definitive representation of the actual finished product that will be for sale.]

June 7, 2010

“Soft”fubi party

Filed under: Daily Money Shots,Declarations,Josh Fraser,Toy News — Josh Fraser @ 12:43 pm


Saturday August 14, the 2010 East Coast Chogokin Summit will commence in Watertown Mass … book your tickets, gas up your cars, and grease your bicycles. It is going to be a good time.

June 4, 2010

What dreams may come

Filed under: Declarations,Josh Fraser,Stoopid,Toy Love — Josh Fraser @ 5:46 pm


I had a dream the other night.

The phone rang. Picking up, I hear the excited voice of Mason, telling me that a seller out of South Boston, who found a dead stock shipment from Mattel, which never made it past the boatyard warehouse.

It appears Mattel/Bandai had made a GA50 Shogun Warrior set, which no one had known about, since the entire production run got lost in a paperwork trail and had for the past 33 years sat unopened and unknown… until now.

Like a date with Christina Hendricks, these are the moments you never wish to wake up from.

June 2, 2010

KAZUNORI SAITO: Super Collector!!

Filed under: Co. POPY,Declarations,Erik Sjoen,Toy Love — erik sjoen @ 11:46 am

Saito’s collection is just amazing.. He sent me these pictures last night giving me a little taste. Speechless…






Saito’s Colleciton @ Yokohama Doll Museum 5/16 – 7/11

Filed under: Declarations,Erik Sjoen,Toy News — erik sjoen @ 1:40 am

My dear friend and SUPER collector Kazunori Saito’s collection of Japanese toys will be on display at the Yokohama Doll Museum from 5.16.10 – 7.11.08. Be there or be square.


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