“Ultraman world M78 Osaka” opening event

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The very 1st graphic I used for my 1st website circa 1996

   This place looks awesome. This would be like a “Star Wars Store” having a grand opening. I would love to visit Japan for a number of reasons, this is now another one. I’ve been an Ultraman fan for as long as I can recall, ever since it was imported to the U.S. back in the early 70’s. As a matter of fact, watching Ultraman is among some of my earliest memory. For some time, I’ve owned the first season and I love to watch it from time to time. Check out my collection of Ultraman Family Posters, if you have a few minutes.

Kamen Rider 1 movie news!

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   Apart from everything looking like a over glorified toy commercial in all the newer incarnations for the Kamen Rider, the concept sounds cool. I am constantly afflicted with the nostalgia bug and this is the medication that I need. When they brought back all of the Ultramen a few years ago, I almost had a nerd overload!

CULT FACTION

The following information has now been released:
Hongo Takeshi/Kamen Rider 1 returns to Japan in order to protect Mayu Tachibana, his former friend and mentor’s (Tachibana Tobei) granddaughter. He  he meets the Ghost Riders, Takeru and Makoto who have been investigating her.
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Also a new faction, Nova Shocker arises and is lead by former Shocker mutants Igura (Nao Nagasawa), Urga (Tsuyoshi Abe) and Buffal (Kozo Takeda) – they are also after Mayu.
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Written by Toshiki Inoue and Hiroshi Fujioka and directed by Osamu Kaneda, Kamen Rider 1 The movie will premiere in Japanese cinemas on 26th March 2016.
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Vintage Collection: Ultraman | ウルトラマン Family Poster Set (circa 1970’s)

IMAG2887   Back in the early 80’s, 1981-ish, I had a “friend”. Well I thought he was a friend. I was more his friend than he was mine. That is either here nor there. He let me borrow this awesome poster set while he borrowed a prized comic book of mine. It was a Captain America that I had picked up from 7-11 the week before. It was drawn by one of my favorite artists, John Byrne. Many times I attempted to make contact with this kid, but he had moved away. He stayed in contact with a few others I knew but blew me off.

   In hindsight, I got the better part of the deal, obviously. Heck, I replaced that copy of Captain America vol. 1 #254. Couple that with what I am about to share, well I think I came out on top. I don’t know a lot about the set but it features the Ultraman Family up to that point in time. It also shows a ton of the monsters (kaiju) that they fought.

   With no further ado, I present to you the ultimate Henshin Heroes (no offense, Kamen Riders), Tsuburya’s very own…

ULTRAMAN, err men, errrrr people.

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Tokusatsu, the Birth of this #Geek

Ultraman   There comes a time, a moment in our lives, where the currents of what makes us us guide our development. I was born in May of 1970 and I don’t remember much about that. No my earliest memories are of two shows that, unbeknownst to me, would chart my course to Geekdom  to this day.  These shows were “Johnny Sokko and His Fling Robot”, and “Utraman”. They were poorly dubbed Japanese imports and they captured my undivided attention.

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot   No, my friends, Bat-Man, Spider-Man, nor Captain Kirk ushered me into the Age of the Geek. Star Wars was but a mere glimmer in George Lucas’ eye. It was Ultraman, and what I called “Bucket-Head Ultraman”! Apparently Johnny Sokko and His Fling Robot was too difficult for me to say way back when. I have no idea of the time line but these Tokusatsu shows [Tokusatsu (特撮) is a Japanese term that applies to any live-action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as “special filming” in Japanese)] left an indelible mark upon me that I still wear proudly to this day.

   These two titles can be found on Hulu. While I own the Ultraman series, Johnny Sokko just doesn’t hold up for me as well, but that is OK. Old Bucket-Head Ultraman helped me find my path in life and even Geeks leave some of their loves behind in order to grow and move on. If you are in the same boat or would like to check these titles out simply click the above graphics to go to the series pages on Hulu. I hope that you enjoy them ^_^

Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with you.

This is a Thing! Star Wars Transforming X-Wing Fighter by Takara

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My #Multiverse by @Jedi_knut

My #Multiverse by @Jedi_knut

   Last year I cobbled this together for fun. I was inspired by the bLog, Space1970.

Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger: 10 Years After #Sentai

Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger: 10 Years After #Sentai

   Catching up with Hurricaneger 10 years later. Super Sentai can, at many times, be super silly but it is also very entertaining. I have the raw movie for this but here is a link for subtitled version. I have to say that Yosuke looks awesome in that black, hybrid shozoku that he is sporting in this one.

An Old Hobby Redux

Lines & Detail Layers...

 

Jump to https://quantummultiverse.wordpress.com/image-manipulations-101/ to see the progression.

   I am such of fan of both the newer, but sadly canceled, Young Justice and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes styles that I may just begin again. I’ll also upload a few, select, images from my old portfolio into a gallery on this site.