Celebrating 40 Years of Star Wars

Posts tagged ‘Ultraman’

Video

“Ultraman world M78 Osaka” opening event

IntroUltraman

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.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Challenge

CoverImage-790x428   As a few of you know, I was born in 1970. Saturday morning cartoons were already of, almost any American kid’s childhood. Until a few years ago it still was. I will admit that there were a few shows I would watch and enjoy. Once the tradition died, though, there was this gaping hole. Sure I could go out and play, or work on a “Honey-Do” list, but damnit if I didn’t miss those damn shows.

(more…)

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.

IMAG2878

Check out the gallery >>>

(more…)

Gallery: Superheroes Done Right

   So there I was, again, searching through random image on Google when I came up with the idea to do a post about the WORST attempts at live action Superhero shows ever. Well, I found several lists along with images and the world has enough negative posts about everything.

   I decided to post a few images of, what I feel to be, the best executions of  superhero(ish) characters to make it to the small screen. I won’t list (Green) Arrow, the Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or the bad-assness of Dare Devil, since they all go without saying that they are some of the best shows to date based on comic book material. So without further ado I bring you, in no particular order, my favorite heroes that can be found on television.

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.

Gallery

Rebuilding My Collection / Mid-life Regression?

   So here I am 45, as of the 3rd of May 2015, and I am just on the cusp of becoming gainfully employed again. It’s been a while since I had a regular job, but the contract stuff and selling online is just getting us by. Once I re-enter the 9-5 world, after 20 years, I plan on replacing/upgrading many things (car, appliances, computers) and rebuilding the collecting that had dwindled over the years. Presented here is what we have left, that isn’t up for sale. Some is my wife’s, others are mine, and some we’ve collected together. The best thing about collecting again is that, if needed, I can always flip my stuff for more than I paid and start over again.

   If you want to see what I would like to add to my collection, so far, then check out my collection list on eBay: My 45 Year Wish List! Misty’s will be building her list soon.

   Check out what we’ve sold on Etsy and Ebay in our Facebook page Gallery: There and Back Again 1977 ~ Albums

#Toy Blasts from My Past

Hotwheels - Science Friction: Space Cop!

Hot Wheels – Science Friction: Space Cop!

   So I once had this Hot Wheels car… I was out looking for it and actually found it after I had given up. I didn’t remember the name so I never found it on the internet. THIS was my favorite car toy when I was a child. Heck this piece comes in a number two spot to a real Bugatti Veyron SS on my list of favorite things on wheels. Now I have it, no internet needed, unless I want a better quality version.

   I’ve added a few new items to Toy blasts from my past. Give it a look-see and maybe you’ll find what all we have in common ^_^

   Some of these things we’ve sold on eBay or Etsy… some I’ll be keeping once I re-find them, like my car.

Cheers,
Live Long and Prosper,
and May the Force Be with You.

Darran “Jedi_Knut” Hight

#Toy Blasts from My Past.

%d bloggers like this: