Monday, April 28, 2008

Space Monster Bagun + More!

Yep, it's that time once again. The day-long toygasm known as Superfestival (No. 46!) is set to go off this Tuesday at the Tokyo Science Museum with many, many fresh new releases for collectors of overpriced and underavailable toys. While there are always super-secret releases from our favorite vinyl dealers, here are some interesting pre-show tidbits:

Target Earth - Space Monster Bagun

Keeping pace with the recent retro-patchi craze, Target Earth is releasing a standard size version of Bagun at Superfestival 46. Perhaps you better know this design as the basis for Gargamel's mini-size figure, Deathra!

According to Target Earth's website, Bagun stands approximately 25 cm tall (somewhere between standard and 'big' size... I think) and has 7 points of articulation (including wings and the head nubble). Bagun hails from the illustration series known as "Showa Kaiju no Sekai" (World of the Showa-era Kaiju) and was drawn by Kajita Tatsuji (see photograph on TE blog). Kajita-sense (as he is called by TE) oversaw the modeling of the prototype piece for Bagun. He will also be on-hand at TE's Superfestival booth to sign the pieces.

TE notes in the entry that there are two variations of Bagun, which he calls Bagun 1-go and 2-go. The one to be released immediately is 1-go, while 2-go is currently under development to be released soon. It should be interesting to see how this will match up with Shikaruna Koubo's apparently intended release of its own Bagun 2-go.

Bagun will be sold with original header art by Kajita-sensei, based on the illustration shown in this post.

Perhaps most excitingly, however, TE says that they currently intend to release all 11 standard size kaiju from the Showa Kaiju no Sekai series! Uchuu Kaiju Bagun, deruzo!

Bagun will retail at the show for JPY 7000. Other releases should be around JPY 6000.

(I have not reproduced the photographs in this entry by the request of TE, as noted on his website.)

Shikaruna-Koubo - mini-Zagora + mini-Dagigon + standard Mighty

Shikaruna-Koubo, who has recently been turning heads with its ultra-limited trio of Gehju Gaezal website releases (3 releases of 5 pieces each!), will be pulling a triple play at Superfestival with a couple of minis and preorders for a new standard-size figure!

Recent popular releases, Zagora and Dagigon are reducified into 8.5 cm high mini-figures. Zagora will be given its original green colorway, as well as the website sale pink colorway. Dagigon will be sold in its original yellow and purple colorway, but will be given a smashing new metallic pink and blue style for this release. Finally, S-K makes a torus for us with the freaky new Mighty sculpt (probably based on the original illustration, actually). Mighty will have a black base and orange base version, both featuring fantastic metallic colors on top.

With 50 pieces of each toy to be sold, I hope we will not have to fight like animals over these. But, hey, if it comes to it, RAGAHGHAAH. I rest my case.

The minis will retail for JPY 3500 each, while Mighty is quite a bit more at JPY 8400. Mighty is preorder only at the show, but is expected to arrive by 5/10.

Sorry for the 'no pictures' post, but I would like to respect the original material on the artists' websites since it has not been publicly disseminated otherwise.

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