ELEKING (Making)

Eleking design drawn by Tohl Narita

Tohl Narita: “Eleking has nothing I got the idea from either. I can call it an absract form I finally drew up on a piece of Kent Paper. I mostly ignored the concept of the eyes, ears and mouth.
(As to Baby Eleking) “It is a design of Eleking shaped like a fish before it becomes a giant.”

Eleking is a monster which makes us feel this is a typical extraterrestrial monster as it features rotating crescent-shaped horns where the eyes are supposed to be and an inanimate, meshed glowing part instead of the mouth.

While the counter-rotating horns look truly fascinating, Shigeo Kurakata, who was in charge of equipping characters with inner mechanism back then, recalls it was so tough to install the device to rotate the horns into its small head.

Baby Eleking drawn by Narita

According to him, the horns were originally attached by Ryosaku Takayama when Takayama sculpted it, and then Kurakata took them off to set the inner device and put them back where they had been while Kurakata had to tear the costume where the scar would not stand out for the installation.

It seems that the mechanism Kurakata built was embedded in the same way as above for each monster, and it is also explained two tails in different lengths (3 meters and 6 meters) were prepared for Eleking and used according to the scenes.

It is also fun to find the horns in Natira’s design look different in shape from those of the costume (Baby Eleking has the same kind of horns as the design) as it is pointed out Keylla has antennas similar to Eleking’s in Narita’s drawing.

Incidentally, the counter-rotating horns were originally applied to Gango, and, in Gango’s case, it is likely that one single motor was set in the head so that the horns connected to it could spin in different directions opposite each other as I guess the same type of device was used for Eleking as well.

Eleking at the Bisen studio along with the shot of the costume being sculpted at Takayama’s Atelier May

4 thoughts on “ELEKING (Making)”

  1. I have some special picture of Eleking from 1968Thai comicbook. . Thai comic Artist Applied and combined Jiro Kuwata’s Ultraseven and Kazumie Daiji’s Ultraman into one story!

    1. I love the daringness with which they combined the two into one!
      That tells me how much Kuwata and Kazumine were popular as manga artists of the Ulra Series in Thailand!
      I find Eleking with sharp claws is a lot of fun! (It appears to get its teeth exposed too)
      Thank you for sharing these with us!

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