Friday, December 21, 2007
Happy Holidays from The Lost Kaiju. I've been slow on the updates due to some family issues but will be back in the New Year with exciting new figures from CCP, M1-Go, Rainbow, and Marmit. Martin Harris's featured artist page will also be appearing soon, so be sure to check back.
Please Enjoy the Mr Blobby Holiday music video.. he was a big hit in Britain when I lived there. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Arriving next week will be the Toho Science Fiction movie Latitude Zero. The movie was directed by the legend Ishiro Honda and special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya. Produced by the brilliant team at Media Blasters. Also arriving will be Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds. Please check our dvd section for them soon.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Here's some wonderfully created pieces from Carlos Enriquez, I especially like the Mushroom Carousel, it looks like a science experiment gone completely wrong, and Carlos is the mad scientist. As mentioned in the earlier post Carlos is showing his work at Praxis-Art in Miami this December. Please check the show out when your in the area
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The Lost Kaiju is pleased to announce Martin Harris as our featured artist.
Please check back soon to see his fantastical art..(Landing soon)
We've been a bit behind with updates due to the holiday,birthday,and SteamPunk weddings. All packages have been shipped out and we're back on schedule.
Here is a little more info on the show Carlos will be showing at the Praxis Gallery in Miami. He's been working non-stop and will be showing off his new monsters which look outstanding!... Stay tuned, more photos on the way.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Rotofugi a Chicago based toy store, is now selling some great Kaiju-Inspired Toys.
They recently added a Kaiju section to their store, which is great for folks like me who can't enough of monsters. I'll be visiting way more often because of this.
They recently released Zaran from Clap Monsters. This would be the second version of the monster. The first sold out almost immediately at the opening of their ToyKarma show. Zaran the first version reminded me of a vintage Marusan figure. The production number was also very low.
The figure is around twelve inches tall and has a very clumsy shape about him, which gives the monster a lot of character. The color-way(yellow,red,blue) is beautiful and has to be seen in person to truly admire the work. If the first version looked like a vintage kaiju than the second version would be it's Zombie brother. The eye's on the second version looks of a dead fish with the mouth dripping of red from feeding on something or someone? Clap Monsters is a small company from Japan which is working exclusively with Rotofugi. The Zaran second version has a relatively low production number. I would recommend purchasing one if you get the chance to do so. Zaran seems to fit right at home with the fellows from Longneck.
Jermy was the one who presented me with my figure. He's been showing some of his brilliant work on the skullbrain forums and I hope to see his figures evolve onto the retail shelves in the near future.
Please visit the link below for the new Kaiju section at Rotofugi
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Upcoming Shows featuring Artist Carlos Enriquez:
Featured Artist and friend of The Lost Kaiju Carlos Enriquez will be showing works in the month of November at Praxis-Art in Miami and at Art Basel Miami Beach Florida. Please check the sites for more updates. If you happen to be on the East Coast these would be some tremendous shows to visit!
EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS
I was just introduced to this brilliant book by author August Ragone via Myspace. The book features a comprehensive look at the genius Eiji Tsuburaya, the visionary who created Ultraman and Special Effects Wizard of the early Godzilla films. You may find the book at your local book store or Amazon. I'll be putting this on my Amazon wishlist for the holiday. Mark Nagata of Maxtoy is also featured in the book with his legendary collection of Ultraman toys. Here is a blurb from Chronicle Books.
"EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS is the first book on this legendary film figure in English, details the dynamic life and movie career of this legendary film figure, from his early fascination with with movies, aviation, and model building, to his work in the golden age of Japanese Cinema to the ingenious technical innovations that brought miniature worlds and fantastic characters vividly to life." Please visit the links below.
Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters (Amazon page)
Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters Myspace page
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Marmit Black-End will be our featured collectible of the month. This is one crazy figure! He reminds me of a dragon inside a giant grapefruit with dangerous spikes throughout the body. In the episode the spikes retract and extract from him. Amazing sculpt design and the paint job is immaculate, one of the best Marmit figures to come out this year. Tail and feet are move-able. Black-End was a Ultraman Leo kaiju. He was the season finale monster, also Black-End has never been issued by any other company before except Marmit. It would fit well with a Marmit Darkron figure.
Our price will be $90.00 and be up in our store this week. A Big Thanks to Alex Wald for providing me with information on Black-End and the UltraShow which he was from.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Garimpo Exohead Grodnoid (Enemy of Man-Machine)
One of the coolest figures to come out this fall was the Garimpo Exohead Grodnoid.
Standing at seven inches tall, the Grodnoid comes with an extra arm attachment that looks like a spiky mace. The color-way is a burnt yellowish orange within clear vinyl.
The head of Grodnoid is two faced skull figure with women's legs protruding from it. If that's not all the orifices seem to be filled with anal plugs?
I was offered a Lotto-Prize piece by my good friend/buyer from Japan. It is called the First anniversary Exohead memory prize. Type A These were never for sale anywhere and only five were made worldwide. The only US person I know who has one is the custom toy painter Paul Kaiju.
The prize comes with an extra head for the Man-Machine and a little black monster waving it's hands in the air. (Very cool!) The prize head color-way is done differently and comes with a fiery red and yellow color, solid vinyl not clear like the standard.
The anal plugs stand out a little more because of this. A wonderfully demented piece of work. Another great figure from Exohead!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
From the Koriyama City of Museum Art comes this fantastic set by M1-Go.
One of my favorite pieces from M1-Go. The set comes with a clear Ultraman and Baltan that is made of see-through vinyl and stuffed with what looks like colored pipe cleaners! I've seen some vintage Bullmark figures done in this manner.
The set is limited to 100 pieces, and if you were lucky enough to be at the museum on July 14 you could have met up with Toshihiro Iizima director of the Ultra episodes, Susumu Kurobe (Hayata) and Hiroko Sakurai (Akiko Fuji) all from the original Ultraman TV show.
The set comes with a green wooden base autographed by all three stars! A brochure of the exhibition was also included.
Monday, October 29, 2007
M1-Go Vira Seijin an UltraSeven Foe. I recently acquired this figure from one of my favorite toy companies M1-Go. There are several variations of this figure which include some glow and a gold lottery version. I believe it was initially released as a lucky bag and then reintroduced as part of the Battle Royal set from M1.
Pictured here is the orange version. Vira Seijin's head amazingly rotates, as well as his legs and at the base. To me Vira Seijin resembles a happy face-hugger from the Alien movies. But remember these shows pre-dated the Alien movies, which goes to prove that these Ultrashows were way ahead of their time. The M1 Vira Seijin is around eight-nine inches tall, standard size. Again a thank-you to Martin for his contributions of Shonen Weekly!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Jess and I visited the Wolf Flea Market today. It's right off I 90-94 in the AllState Arena(formerly Rosemont Horizon) parking lot in Chicago.
Sadly it was the last weekend of the market till April 2008. I have been coming on and off throughout the last couple of months. There are plenty of odd treasures to be found. I was actually contemplating on purchasing a Colombo Detective Board Game. For me the real deals were in these comic book vendors. I have found old back issues of the Amazing Spider-Man where he discovers his cosmic powers and other issues such as Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Silver Surfer, X-men etc. all for $1.00 The stories seem to be much better way back when. The larger city comic stores have these but for a hefty price.
On our way out I came across a Silver Surfer Toy. It was pretty dirty but had some charm. The Surfer came with his trademark Surfboard which his feet could slide in (Snowboarding?) The lady screamed two dollars, I.. of course not hearing her well said one dollar? Sold!! The figure almost looks like a bad silver Oscar, but it's well articulated and has happily found a place among many of my Japanese monsters and heroes. Made by Toybiz 1994
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Lost Kaiju is pleased to announce Martin Harris as our next featured artist.
Please check back in November to see this artist's fantastic world of imagery! What comes to mind is Roald Dahl meets Eiji Tsuburaya.
If you don't already know Martin was in a issue of Super 7 magazine He also has an outstanding toy collection that is said to be legendary!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
One of my favorite days of the year is October 31st Halloween. As a kid I would decorate the outside of our house with grotesque beings and add some eerie music to scare the trick or treaters.
My favorite pastimes is also collecting horror posters, lobby cards etc. I'm especially
into most of the Hammer Horror films of the sixties and seventies, as well as the Amicus movies. I'm getting ready to pull out my collection of dvds and watch them over this month. Here is the rundown of the films I'll be watching and hope you'll find them somewhat frightful but nevertheless entertaining!
Horror of Dracula (Lee and Cushing at their Best!)
Curse of Frankenstein (Christopher Lee's portrayal of the Monster is pretty creepy)
The Mummy Karloff/Lee (original and Hammer remake)
Warhol's Blood for Dracula (Criterion)
The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires
Taste the Blood of Dracula
Eyes without a Face (Criterion)
The Creeping Flesh
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper Original)
Halloween (John Carpenter)
Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter)
Shockwaves (Blue Underground) "The Best of all the Nazi Zombie movies!"
Dawn of the Dead (George Romero original)
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero)
Return of The Living Dead
Reanimator (Anchor Bay)
Vampyros Lesbos (Jess Franco) Search out the soundtrack, "Sexadelic Dance Party-groovy
A Clockwork Orange ( Kubrick)
Destroy All Monsters!
And the one I cannot miss-out on the Halloween season
It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
Dr Phibes (Vincent Price)
Haunted Palace (Vincent Price)
Witch-finder General (Midnight movies)
The Thing (John Carpenter) (Original Howard Hawks)
The Shining (Kubrick/ Stephen King)
Thanks to Martin Harris for his scary movie contributions! :)
I'm sure I've might have left a few out. We will be updating The Lost Kaiju in the next few days, so please check back for some new items!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Rotofugi's ToyKarma show is already here and will be opening it's doors this Saturday September 8 in Chicago on Chicago Avenue. I met up with Carlos Enriquez one of the many big talents presenting works at the gallery. He introduced me to Mark Nagata curator of ToyKarma. This show looks to be one of the biggest and first of it's kind I believe. A lot of the figures have already sold out on Rotofugi's preview list. Kirby and Whitney did a great job handling the masses as they drove the server to meltdown. Congratulations on the folks who were lucky enough to get some of the great figures, Their are sure to be more on opening day!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
In the upcoming weeks/months The Lost Kaiju will be selling you Anraku, Exohead, CCP Meltdown Godzilla and much more. Stay tuned for more information soon.... Also upcoming is the latest addition to our gallery section is from Pickeloaf. You can check out his fascinating and informative blog called Assorted Loaf (random musings on dirty little habits)
Sunday, September 2, 2007
The Lost Kaiju is moving some old inventory onto ebay to make room for some new items. Please check our ebay store now for aged or fresh new Wonderfest goodness and then back at The Lost Kaiju store page for new figures next week!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Our featured artist will be Carlos Enriquez. This very talented artist has sculpted many familiar kaiju that has to be seen to believe. Carving out figures from wood he then uses fiberglass to bring to life his creations. You can see he has been inspired by tokusatsu shows such as Barom 1 or Matango. One of Carlos's many interests are Quantum Physics. He will be at Toy Karma in Chicago on Setember 8 with many other talents including Mark Nagata, Bob Conge, Ralph Cosentino, and Steve Forde. Carlos will be selling many of his unique pieces at Toy Karma. This is one artist to watch! Please visit our featured artist page to catch a glimpse of things to come..
Thursday, August 9, 2007
The Lost Kaiju has some new figures in stock now! CCP Spectreman C type. (weathered version)
These were limited to only 300 pieces. A highly detailed figure of Spectreman in the latter episodes as the suit took some real beatings. From the brilliant Japanese toy company Amapro comes Kira. Kira is limited to 100 figures and is purple vinyl.
One of my personal favorites this month is Liberty Planet's Seabozu (Glow version) The like-able depressed Kaiju from the Ultraman epidsode Grave of the Monsters. Even comes with a glow and the dark rock! Come over to the store and check out the great figures.
We will reveal our featured artist shortly, can you guess who it is? He will be at Rotofugi's Toy Karma next month.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
It's the return of the Eye Slugger! My favorite Ultra is to be reincarnated once again. The show is to be called UltraSeven X. It will be released sometime in the fall and will be shot in the widescreen format. The first for a Ultra hero series. The show will also take place in the evening time slot to reach the older audience. The image of UltraSeven X looks very formidable. Let the hack and slash begin! To get more info on UltraSeven X please check out Sci-Fi Japan.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Lost Kaiju is pleased to be carrying Media Blasters dvds. Our featured dvd will be Frankenstein Conquers the World in the upcoming week! A Toho produced movie from 1965. Toho's Frankenstein monster battles Baragon and the swinging sixties. Starring the late great Nick Adams. Also in the weeks ahead, Masked Rider The First, Dagora, Death Trance and the all mighty Toho Triple Pack (featuring Matango/Varan/The Mysterians). Our older titles will be going on sale within the next two weeks. Be sure to drop by and check out the great selections.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I was just introduced to Subcasts line of Marvel toys through myspace. Being a comic book reader and fan of Marvel, these figures look very impressive! I'm very anxious to see them hit the assembly line. The designs are by miO Willmott and the studio Tweeqim. Produced by Upper Deck. Spidey is set to be released at SDCC with only 100 pieces and again for the initial release this fall to 2000. Ghost Rider and Iron Man may also be released sometime in the late season. The Prototype Iron Man is my favorite.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Happy Friday the 13th.. Nothing would be more appropriate to announce the Garimpo Galtan by Exohead. Now in stock. We have only a few, so don't miss out! The price is $190.00 with free shipping within the States. Thanks to all who purchased the X-ray GID Galtan, we are now all sold out. Also pre-orders for the Kaiju-Taro exclusive Galtans are now full. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.