Monday, January 20, 2014

Godzilla Bootleg Keshi Gachapon minifigures


In the late 90's I came across one of those capsule toy machines in a mall selling little monster figures. I've always had a thing for weird monster toys so I occasionally check these things out, even if I don't buy anything. But this time the figures looked familiar - they were Godzilla characters. Several dollars later I had (from what I could tell) was a full set.

These figures are about 1.5 inches tall, brightly painted, and are made of a hard solid plastic. I would come to learn years later that these are actually bootlegs of Japanese keshi figures. Apparently it's a tradition in Japan to release small scale toys of popular franchises, often sold in gachapon vending machines (which is what they call capsule machines that sell toys instead of candy in Japan.) The word "gachapon" comes from the sound effect the capsule makes as it falls after you put the quarter in.

Anyway, apparently these figures are actually bootleg recasts from figures that were made for a Godzilla board game in Japan. The figures came in multiple colors, as I have both a red and yellow Titanosaurus. There are Showa and Heisei versions of Godzilla. I know there also exists a King Cesar figure in addition to the ones I have. Also it appears the line may have been expanded a bit, as it also contains a Gamera figure, and a bipedal, winged dinosaur kaiju that could possibly be an Ultraman figure. There is also a smaller version of this winged figure that has a stamp built into it's base, which tells me there are probably other "stamp figures" of this type.

Enjoy!


All the figures in my personal collection.

Close ups of Godzilla (showa,) Baragon, and Titanosaurs.

Close up of the unknown gliding dinosaur kaiju, and Gamera.

King Ghidora, Hedorah, Godzilla (heisei,) and Megalon. To the left is the small "stamp" figure.

Hedorah, Megalon, and Mechagodzilla

Close up of Gamera, and Mechagodzilla

A better shot of King Ghidorha

Godzilla (heisei,) and yellow Titanosaurus

Friday, December 13, 2013

Weird Candy Part 1

What up folks! This is the first part of what is going to be a long running series on all the weird things people put in their mouths. First up we have Gummi Pizza, from a company called efrutti. It looked pretty interesting, but to be honest didn't taste very good. The "dough" part is this weird, fluffy-gummy type thing that has this strange texture, and isn't very enjoyable. 



Gummy Pizza, served up by a strange, googley-eyed pizza chef.

The whole thing is about the size of a half dollar.

Not exactly sure what the big black thing is supposed to be. Olive? Anchovy?
Cat did not enjoy the gummy pizza.

The same company also makes Gummy hot dogs, which are essentially the same thing as the gummy pizzas. The bun is made from the same weird spongy stuff.

It looks okay, from the top side...

But I'm not exactly sure what this is supposed to be.

Yeah, I don't know about this one.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Long Beach Comic and Horror con 2014

What up folks! Had a table at the Long Beach Comic and Horror con this past Nov. 22nd, and things went great.  I figure I better post these before I forget.

On with the cosplayers!

Iron man and War machine...

... with Deadpool.

Poison Ivy

Jedi with a very long lightsaber

Leela from Futurama

Who you gonna call?

Punisher Spierman, and Gadget from Rescue Rangers.

Black Cat

8-bit Jason

Hip Hop Stromtrooper

The Little Mermaid

Zombees (get it?)

The Last Airbender

A kiss be even deadlier, if you mean it.

Morpheus and Bumblebee

Doc Ock and Bumblebee

Not sure who they are supposed to be.

Or who these girls either.

This guy was awesome

Some anime people, and another Poison Ivy

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween Oreoes

I've always loved Halloween, it's a holiday about dressing up like a monster, eating tons of sugar, getting blitzed and partying. As far as holidays go, it has zero redeeming social value.

One thing I've noticed recently is that all the yummy cookies and candy and crap that I had growing up is suddenly coming in all these weird flavors - coconut M&Ms, tropical Skittles, Starburst favored candy corn, etc. Plus we always get a nice profusion of things that are pumpkin flavored around this time - pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bagels, and so on.

Enter Halloween Oreos. 

Unfortunately, despite the attractive packaging and enticing orange color, these are simply ordinary doublestuffed Oreos, lacking in any pumpkin flavor.



But hey, Oreoes are Oreos, right?

Happy belated Halloween everybody.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Monsterpalooza 2013

What up folks! Just got back from Monsterpalooza in Burbank this past weekend. Met a lot of cool people, made a bit of money, had a great time.

On with the pics!


Samara

Hot zombie chicks

I made these

This one makes a chicken noise when you punch it.

Not sure who she's supposed to be, but her dress had a bunch of "death" cards on it.



My buddy Raf hanging with Akira Takarada


An apple for you, my pretty.

Crazy mutant thing, made out of pool noodles.

Zombarrista

An American werewolf in London

Have you tried talking to a corpse? It's boring.






Pretty zombie girls.

Crazy vampire guy

This guy's eyes lit up.

Zippermouth


This guy had a visible brain, awesome costume.



At the Stan Winston booth.

Hot vampire girl.


Strange scarecrow zombies.

Weird bunny person.

Evil clown and escaped zombie convict.


Insane nurse

Vampire club kid.

Norman Bates.


Me and the spaceman.


This big hand actually moved.


These masks were so realistic, you couldn't tell from a distance.

The classics.


My girl, and my booth.


Do you Beetle...


Gojira!


Killer Klown killing my buddy Raf.

Edward Scissorhands

Raf and the Vampire girl


Frankenberry

The Rancor


The centipede was moving around.

My human is cranky


Obey.