In February of this year, Dream Rocket [ドリームロケット] released its first new sculpt since 2007- Gousei Kaiju Kyumaras [合成怪獣キュマラス]. The name essentially translates to "Composite Kaiju," as it incorporates the features of several 'real' creatures. So it is a patchi (patchwork) kaiju in the truest sense of the word.
I hate to use the phrase "best one yet," but this is honestly an outstanding piece. The sculpt has a very distinct form, but is also finely textured, very much like an organic surface. Vintage collectors may note a nod to certain classic kaiju toys made by Bullmark and Ark. As always, Dream Rocket walks the fine line between stylized kaiju and real-type kaiju.
Mr. Yajima also uses both of his distinctive painting styles on this toy. It seems like he has poured the sum total of his experience in toymaking into this creature, making it well worth the wait.
(This Balbagon was released over a year ago at Patchi-Summit. I somehow managed to keep myself from tearing into it for this long.)
Well, if you missed Kyumaras the first time around, do not fear! There were 4 show exclusive versions sold at Kaiju Comrades in Japan, and a yellow mail-order version is on sale tonight.
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