Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to everyone! New figures on the horizon

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

M1-Go Koriyama Ultraman Vs Baltan Set

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

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

Comics and The Silver Surfer

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

Martin Harris (Featured artist for November)

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

October Halloween Movies

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)

Horror Express
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)
Evil Dead
Destroy All Monsters!
And the one I cannot miss-out on the Halloween season
It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Added 10/10/07
Halloween 3
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!