AMC Network Entertainment LLC

This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.

The Complete Compendium of Ultraman Toys

Ultrasmallgroup

Last week, while the excellent and capable John DiNardo from SF Signal was guest blogging for me, I was in Japan, exploring the curious supershops of Akihabra.

One of the most astonishing and wonderful things that I discovered in these shops was how easy it was to acquire a complete set of all the rubbery, tentacled monsters from the Ultraman series. They also had all of the Godzilla monsters, but I ultimately preferred Ultaman: something about the monster design on that show was far goofier and surreal.

Unfortunately, AMC isn’t paying me enough to secure a complete set of rubber Ultraman monster figures in Japan, home of the twelve dollar beers. The smallest of brightly colored Ultraman monster figurines cost more than the dowry of a North Korean child bride. Depressed, I had to leave Japan with the belly of my suitcase unglutted by novelty figurines.

However, in a curious convergence between my guest blogger last week on Sci-Fi Scanner and my stint in Japan, John D. at SF Signal has spotted a fantastic website completely devoted to Japanese Ultraman toys. If you’re a particular kind of geek, this site will have you browsing for hours… then mortaging your house to supplement your credit for the resulting spending spree.

Ultraman Toys [Official Site, via SF Signal]

Read More