I Have Also Got A Toy Mask Of Ultraman!


In addition to the plastic model posted yesterday, I bought a fun thing: Omen of Ultraman. (Click the images for enlargement)

Omen means mask in Japanese. Compared with another term kamen also meaning mask, omen often represents a toy mask for kids.

There were toy masks of Ultraman around in our childhood, but they were based on the Type A mask, and they didn’t look like the real mask.

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Ultraman (Type C mask)

Oddly enough, there were omens with octagonal eyes, and their jaws and even mouths were painted red although they showed features unique to the Type A mask.

Come to think of it, they had red ears somehow as well.

You can see a standard Ultraman omen of the time based on the Type A mask in Episode 26 of Ultraman featuring Gomora that was worn by Osamu.

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Ultraman (Type A mask)

But this omen I’ve got is very much faithful to the Type C mask of Ultraman and looks so cool although I also love the touch of the old masks that I now find attractive enough.

The mask makers’ adherence to trying to imitate the real Type C mask makes me feel their affection and respect for the Ultra Series.

Looks like an omen of Ultraseven probably in the same omen series is also very much well made, so I’d like to get one sometime.

Anyway I’m going to display the omen of Ultraman somewhere in my room.

I personally want an omen of the Type B mask to get produced.

Osamu and one of his friends playing Ultraman and a kaiju (Peguila)

I Have Just Got Mini/Triangle VTOL!


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The other day I got a plastic model of the Mini VTOL (Triangle VTOL).

This is one of the tiny plastic model series I posted before.

While I had purchased the other ones, this one was not released yet at that time.

One of my readers kindly posted a video (sorry, the video in Japanese) on these model series in his comment on the above post.

And it tells us the kits can be assembled quite easily by snapping in each part without using adhesive.

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Billy Joek just for comparison in size

No painting is necessary, either, because the kits are distinctively colored from the very beginning.

To make it look more realistic, you can apply the decals which come together with the kit.

So these models are to be built without spending much time.

Despite the easiness of assembling and the sizes, I’ve found the finished models shown in the video look attractive and realistic enough.

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This kind of snap-in style models were not around when I was a kid, but I now find this could be the main stream of plastic models (especially in Gundom models) here in Japan.

As I wrote before, this series of tiny models stemmed from the Space Battleship Yamato series sometime around in the 1980s while I have none of them with me any more unfortunately.

They were highly reputed as well-made models despite the size and price then, and I had to use glue and paint them at the time although it was fun as well.

Daily hustles and bustles have still kept me from building these models at leisure (I don’t want to do it hastily), but I look forward to building them before long.

SHADOWMAN


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Episode Episode 33: The Dead Invaders
Alias Resuscitated Mysterious Man
Features See below
Actor Ryumei Azuma, Nobuyoshi Takemura, Hiroshi Takigawa and more

Shadowmen are, to put it bluntly, ghosts of the dead manipulated by unidentified aliens with telekinesis.

The aliens used them to steal a microfilm of secret data (specifying the locations of the worldwide TDF Bases) out of the TDF Far East Base after it was brought in from the Paris Headquarter under strict security alert.

In the first place the aliens stole the dead bodies for autopsy out of a hospital and sent them around the Base as ‘moving dead bodies.’

As soon as the bodies were recovered into the Base, their spirits started acting behind the scenes as Shadowmen.

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A walking man accidentally hit by the Pointer was…

They stole the microfilm kept under lock and key and transmitted the data to the District K of Tokyo through the communication device of the Operations Room of the Base.

After rushing to the District K, the Ultra Garrison found an antenna to receive electric waves and forward them up to space.

Dan aboard the Ultra Hawk 2 found the aliens’ space station in space, and he transformed into Ultraseven when the Hawk 2 was blasted by an attack from the station.

The station captured Ultraseven and tried to take him away.

But the Ultra Hawk 1 that rushed there with the other UG members on board rescued Ultraseven.

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Ultraseven left trapped, of all things, in a glass by Shadowmen in the TDF Base

Ultraseven managed to destroy the space station finally, and the crisis went away.

This is the first episode of Ultraseven featuring no alien and no monster, and, although it should be attractive enough as a sci-fi drama, I found it so unsatisfactory as a child.

As to the alien who didn’t appear at all, it seems that an alien named Alien Yuri (pronounced as yuuree) was to show up initially but it was rejected eventually while I think the alien should have appeared.

The name Yuri came from the Okinawan term meaning ghost (yurei is the Japanese equivalent),  and it’s likely that the artwork of Alien Yuri drawn by Noriyoshi Ikeya still remains unused.

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The aliens’ space station trying to take Ultraseven away

AGIRA


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Episode Episode 32: The Wandering Planet

Episode 46: The Duel: Dan vs. Seven

Alias Capsule Monster
Height micro – 45 meters
Weight 0 – 12,000 tons
Homeplace Planet Animal of Nebula M78
Features Agility
Designer Noriyoshi Ikeya
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Kunio Suzuki (32): Unknown (25)

Agira is the third Capsule Monster that appeared in Ultraseven with a frill like a dinosaur.

He was a little inconspicuous compared with the other Capsule Monsters Windom and Miclas because he looks so simple and plain.

But he’s now found adorable and loved by people due to his attractive gestures and behavior.

He’s good at agility and fought bravely against Riggar using side steps.

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vs. Riggar

In Episode 32 featuring Riggar he was called in while Dan was unable to transform into Ultraseven because of the electromagnetic waves of Asteroid Din.

Agira was defeated after Riggar slapped him with its tail repeatedly until he got all weak.

In Episode 46 he was called on and battled against Fake Ultraseven because Dan left Ultra Eye behind in the Pointer.  🙂

He was beaten down unilaterally and kicked off a cliff by the fake who was as strong as his master.

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Agira in Episode 46 (the costume’s back was painted black) It has a forked beak

It’s said that, although Windom was to appear as the capsule monster in Episode 32 initially, it ended up having the new monster Agira instead so as to increase viewership.

In the early plot Pagos of Ultra Q seems to have been a candidate for the capsule monster of this episode as monsters of Ultra Q and Ultraman were initially to appear as capsule monsters of Ultraseven.

Talking about the costume, I find Agira’s head is rather well made while I think high sculpturing ability should be required to make such a plain monster without decorations.

Incidentally, the name Agira came from Akira Tsuburaya, Eiji Tsuburaya’s third son, who was also involved in the Ultra Series.

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Kicked by Fake Ultraseven

RIGGAR


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Episode Episode 32: The Wandering Planet
Alias Mechanism Monster
Height 60 meters
Weight 45,000 tons
Homeplace Asteroid Din
Features Dwelling on Asteroid Din
Designer Noriyoshi Ikeya
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Yoshimi Kato

Riggar is the four-footed space monster that was found to dwell on the asteroid approaching Earth from the Asteroid Belt.

Although the name didn’t come up in the drama, the asteroid is called Din in the settings. (It’s rather recently that the name has been disclosed publicly. We didn’t know it as a child.)

And it was found that the asteroid itself was a time bomb making its way to the TDF Base.

Din had unmanned frontline bases on the surface giving out mysterious electromagnetic waves.

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Asteroid Din that looks like an island and was described so in the drama

The electromagnetic waves disabled any communications and use of weapons while Dan, Furuhashi and Amagi were trapped there.

And the waves also left Dan unable to transform into Ultraseven so Capsule Monster Agira fought against Riggar instead.

Becoming aware that Din was on its way to the TDF Base, Staff Officer Manabe instructed to make the new Killy missiles, which were to fly at the electromagnetic waves, ready to destroy Din.

With the detonation time and the launch of the Killy getting closer every minute, Dan managed to blast the bases, which allowed him to turn into Ultraseven.

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Mysterious frontline bases found on Din

Riggar seems to have been a robot monster and its head was emitting radio waves to steer Asteroid Din.

Ultraseven cut off the head with Eye Slugger and took it away to beacon the asteroid so that it detonated in a safe place after Furuhashi and Amagi were rescued by the Hawk 3.

Along with the story leaving the aliens who sent in the asteroid unknown, Riggar didn’t have much impact unfortunately.

But it seems the storyline itself can date back to sometime around Ultraman, which means the plot written for Ultraman saw the light of day at last.

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Killy missiles ready to be launched