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Enigmatic Ultraman Suit #2

Thus, are you ready for my guess?, the Ultraman shown in this picture could have been the costume with the combination of the duplicated Type C mask and the Type A body suit before it turned out to become, are you ready?, the Zoffy costume that appeared in the final episode of “Ultraman”!!!

Come to think of it, the eyes of the Ultraman in the picture appear to be positioned slightly higher than the authentic Type C mask while the eyes positioned somewhat higher than Ultraman is a characteristic of the Zoffy and Returned Ultraman masks! (along with that entry, you can also see this post about it)

Unfortunately enough, it is unknown when this picture was taken for what show and where this Ultraman costume came from and how it was made including whether this costume was truly the one that was made into the Zoffy costume finally as this photo makes the things more enigmatic.

Ultraman Type A suit worn by Bin Furuya (the unwantedly bright part beside the head in this photo exists all along in the publication. Sorry!)

If my guess is right, this picture can shed new light on how the Zoffy costume was produced to possibly revise the long-held idea that it was made exclusively for Zoffy rather hastily to have it appear in the final episode of the show “Ultraman” with a tight schedule while a possibility has arisen that the costume with the Type C mask duplicated from the original mold and the Type A suit put together DID EXIST EARLIER than Zoffy.

Or another possibility is that this picture includes the so-called Type D costume of Ultraman allegedly turned from the Zoffy costume into Ultraman to be used at events if it is supposed that the picture was taken LATER than the show “Ultraman” had ended…

As to the lodge shown in this photo with the name Kirigamine Hotel, the facility and business seems to have folded in 2011 with a huge amount of debt although it had been in business since 1951. Pertaining to my entry on the making of Woo, this bankruptcy story can indicate what has happened to the resort development recently that flourished in the 1950s and 1960s in Japan.

Enigmatic Ultraman Suit #1

Following the pictures that show the authentic costume of Woo used at an event back then in the ski field, there is another note-worthy picture in which Ultraman is contained in a publication.

It is described as a photo taken on the occasion that a TV show or segment having Ultraman appear was shot. As the show/segment was filmed in Kirigamine Plateau, Nagano Prefecture, this picture shows a building with the name “Kirigamine Hotel” inscribed on the wall in the back.

What is enigmatic about this picture is that it shows the Ultraman suit that did not have Bin Furuya in it apparently judging from the body shape and that, nevertheless, the costume mask is obviously the one of the Type C suit of Ultraman.

While it also draws attention that the Ultraman is found to have seemingly worn “sandals” instead of the boots with the feet of the person inside seen as they were maybe because they did not need to film the whole body of Ultraman for the segment just using the bust shots or something.

Enigmatically enough, the body part of the suit is the one that looks so similar to the Type A Ultraman suit even though the body shape of the actor may make it look different from how it looked when it was worn by Bin Furuya.

The back of the head with a silver part right behind the ear to the top fully indicates it is the same as the Type A suit while the Type C costume has no such part with the back of its head painted all red.

Regarding the coloring of the back of the Type C costume head part, there are some Japanese fans who complain about it as it makes the mask of the Type C costume look like a “mask” while the Type A and B costumes properly had the parts painted silver behind the ears showing the feel of integration between the mask and the costume while the presence of the narrow silver parts behind the ears more or less helped to avoid making the masks look like mere masks as they are supposed to be the “faces” of the alien from Nebula M78 instead of the masks.

The back of the Type C suit head painted all red without any silver portions behind the ears the Type A and B costumes had, which could have made the mask look more like a mask rather than the alien’s face

Differences Between Newly Made And Original Ultraman Suits

Newly sculpted costumes; as to the Type B mask of Ultraman, no replicas from the original mold seem to be available

Following my yesterday’s entry, when we are at it, I would like to tell you about how Ultra hero costumes are made now as it was described in a book by Fuyuki Shinada who is in charge of character costume sculpture with Tsuburaya Productions while he is nicknamed as “Kaiju Maestro.”

According to him, as far as masks of the original Ultraman are concerned, they scanned the form through the 3D printer from the replica mask in Akira Sasaki’s possession cast out of the original Ultraman Type C mask mold.

And masks are turned out of the printer after the size has been slightly reduced by a few percent because current suit actors are often shorter than Bin Furuya (the original Ultraman actor) while they are well built specializing in suit action as the original Ultraman mask was sculpted based on Furuya’s life mask.

Therefore, Shinada says, they reduce the size of masks a bit to avoid making the head look much larger in proportion to the body.

So the masks should be the same as the original mask in the form except the size. Nevertheless, they don’t look the same somehow although the new ones should be superior in symmetricity too.

One of the reasons I come up with is the size, position and angle of the eyes as they are additional parts separate from the mask and should be placed by hand.

I think the same is true of Ultraseven masks while the eye holes of the newly made costumes appear to be too close to each other.

And, as one of my readers points out in the comment section, the spray-painting, not the brush-painting applied to the costumes in the past, should also make the masks look different.

In my opinion, current masks look much better than the ones found at the time when the molds had been remodeled before Shinada joined Tsuburaya, and I believe his efforts to reproduce features of the original costumes are remarkable living up to his nickname “Kaiju Maestro” and worthy of high admiration.

At any rate, the costume even used in “Ultra Fight” and slightly worn out still has much of a presence and looks so great!

Amazing! “Ultra Fight” Ultraseven Costume Still In Existence!

It seems that an Ultraseven exhibition is now underway at Ehime Prefectural Museum of History and Culture in Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in Japan.

While I am not going to see the exhibition as it is too far from Tokyo, a variety of items including newly made costumes of Ultraseven characters and props actually used at that time are likely to be displayed as I find it will be a lot of fun although I should already have seen most of them at an exhibition held near Tokyo.

Meanwhile, what drew my attention about this exhibition is that, amazingly enough, the Ultraseven costume used in “Ultra Fight” for real is reported to be on display as well.

It comes as a total surprise that the costume still remains in existence as I have never heard of it, and it is a great thing to have it displayed at the exhibition.

As a man introduced as a toy collector described it as a “historical material” in a news show reporting on the exhibition, it is really a precious item that should also be displayed where it is more accessible from Tokyo.

While I think it is the same suit as the one I dealt with in my previous article with the eyes caved in, the condition of the costume is eloquent in making us feel it was actually used in the show “Ultra Fight” with deterioration in parts of it although it appears to have been well preserved (it should have been repaired to look nice enough).

The back of the head is still black as it was in the show, and, comparing it to the newly made costume, it makes me aware of the differences including the “presence” between the original Ultraseven mask and a newly sculpted mask.

While my understanding is one of the Ultraseven costumes used in “Ultraseven” was reused in “Ultra Fight,” they should have been cast from the same mold even if the “Ultra Fight” Ultraseven costume should have been the one made exclusively for stage shows or something.

I think it should deserve to be designated as a national treasure!

(The video of the news show covering the exhibition is available on YouTube at

“Ultra Fight” Ultraseven
This should be a newly made costume of Ultraseven

Dressed Or Undressed?

I heard someone say Alien Pegassa looks as if he was wearing a fisherman sweater and Alien Goddora a red vest.

While they exactly look that way, when looking at Alien Pegassa’s costume, his lower part of the body appears to have been made of a fabric material instead of latex.

I had long thought they applied the material to the costume to reduce cost, I have just come up with another idea right after my post about the making of Alien Pegassa.

The thing is, there is a speculative explanation that Tohl Narita might have designed some of his aliens so that they were dressed with spacesuits.

Narita says in his art book that Alien Mefilas of “Ultraman” was a design he worked out when he started working on design development of “aliens” instead of kaijus and kaijins (mysterious human) in earnest.

And there is speculation that Alien Mefilas was designed as an alien wearing a spacesuit, and, come to think of it, that might be the way he looks.

This speculation might make it more plausible that Ultraseven aliens were designed on the assumption that they were dressed with space suits although the suit appears to have been integrated into the whole body of the alien.

It is true that we find many aliens who are actually dressed like Alien Shaplay or Alien Shadow in “Ultraseven” although they got dressed for cost cutting while it saved time and money to sculpt their bodies.

If the speculation should be true, Alien Pegassa’s fabric-looking lower body might have been meant to be his space suit along with his fisherman sweater.

It is only natural that kaijus are undressed, certainly, but aliens could be in their space suits.

Now that Narita is not alive, I don’t think there is any way to make it sure without him whether he designed the aliens with their space suits in mind.

Incidentally, Alien Pumpkin was a dressed alien with a cape while it is unknown who designed and sculpted the character…sorry for my irrelevance!