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No.13
・The age of the magazine “Uchūsen”
・Space dinosaur “Z-ton the second generation” appeared

2021-06-18

Space dinosaur "Z-ton the second generation" appeared

News from Kochi-power Research Institute (Part 13)

 #$%&+ー=>@・・・
 What’s wrong, Kochijiro.
 ♪Should the canary which forgot the song be thrown away in the mountain behind? No, that’s no good・・・

From “Magma Man" Episode 12 “The earth is a graveyard for robots
※A Japanese nursery rhyme sung by a pretty girl during the play. At the end, the girl turns out to be a scientist-made robot, and the broken girl continues to sing this song.

 Apparently he looks like a breakdown … (I’ll explain. Kochijiro was a robot made by Professor.)
 ・・・I’m an adult. I can’t be treated as a child forever. I also abandon the old man and become independent・・・

From “Operation Mystery" Episode 7 “Blue Blood Woman
※An android created by a lone scientist was manipulating a serial killer French doll. What is the motive of the murder that the girl started talking about …

 He treated me as an old man! I can’t repair him. The end of the robot is decided to go to the blast furnace like the last scene of “Terminator 2."
 (Crying) I’m sorry, it was a joke ~! I’ll be back ~!

■What is the magazine “Uchūsen"?

 This time, I will introduce the magazine for science fiction and special effects fans “Uchūsen (means Spaceship)" published by Asahi Sonorama.
 The first issue of “Uchūsen" was published in February 1980, and the cover page also says “The leading visual science fiction magazine of the 1980s !!" So, I think it deviates from the purpose of this blog, which mainly deals with the 70’s …
 No, it is no problem because this magazine has a lot of retrospective articles on movies and TV programs from the 1960s and 1970s.
 The Asahi Sonorama version was suspended in 2005 (Vol.119), and since 2008 the publisher has been changed to Hobby Japan, and it is still being published.
 I’ve never read the Hobby Japan version. In the first place, I stopped subscribing to the Asahi Sonorama version around the time when it became bimonthly from the quarterly publication in 1984.
 Why?
 This is because the number of articles that stick to “individuals" such as heroines appearing in special effects programs increased, and their spin-off novels were serialized. I thought that such “personal taste" should be taken up in fanzines. Also, there was no need for an uninterested person to have a sales corner for garage kits made by amateurs. Today, let’s review Vol.1-8 (black back cover) from the time when I personally think that the “Uchūsen" was decent. At that time, “Uchūsen" handled articles from Japan and overseas without distinction, and were highly valuable as materials.


"Monthly Manga Shōnen" separate volume "The world of wonderful special effects videos"

Vol.0 “Monthly Manga Shōnen" separate volume “The world of wonderful special effects videos"
Published June 15, 1979, 226 pages, list price 500 yen
・Color special feature: Special effects scene collections, World of TV special effects
・History of Japanese special effects
・Manga version of unpublished scenario “Ultraman Taro
・Parody Manga “Japan-US Special Effects Battle"
・Who’s Who of Japanese special effects engineers , Who’s Who of overseas special effects engineers
・Some materials for making Eiji Tsuburaya into a movie
・Special effects engineers roundtable “Leave the special effects movie to us!"
・8m/m special effects movie production memo
・Scenario of “Marine Kong
・Catalog of special effects characters
 etc.
※A magazine that has the meaning of a preparatory issue for “Uchūsen." It is a masterpiece full of love for special effects and a must-have book for fans. “Ultraman Taro" is the manga drawn by Shūhō Itahashi, which had a scenario based on Akio Jissōji's original story, and the high drawing ability is a must-see. Similarly, the manga “Japan-US Special Effects Battle" is based on Hiroshi Takeuchi, Kazuo Sumitani, and Saki Hijiri, and drawn by Hitoshi Yoneda. This person is also good at drawing. The special effects engineers roundtable is attended by famous people such as Tōru Hirayama, Nobuo Yajima, Kōichi Takano, Teruyoshi Nakano, Minoru Nakano, Kazuo Sagawa and other members.


the magazine "Uchūsen"

Vol.1 Issued on February 20, 1980, 96 pages, list price 680 yen
・Beyond 2D! (SF models made by enthusiasts)
・Monster manufacturing studio: Don Post Studios
・We fanzine editors, Fanzine catalogs
・Work research, masterpiece animation: Hurricane Polymar
・Mechanics / Masterpiece robot illustration collections
・New works information
 etc.
※A memorable first issue. Unusual in commercial magazines, many three-dimensional objects such as figures made by amateurs are published in color. There is also a “SF modeling school" by Fuyuki Shinada, and the magazine has made great achievements as a spark for the boom of creating fans’ own favorite characters with garage kits. Initially, it also featured anime works. “A mania’s room" by Hitoshi Yoneda is interesting.


the magazine "Uchūsen"

Vol.2 Issued May 20, 1980, page 94, list price 680 yen
・SF toy collections
・We make 8m/m special effects
・Flash Gordon’s adolescence
Daimajin modeling diary
・People who make special effects: Den Film Effects
・Work research, masterpiece animation: Magne Robo Gakeen
・Special effects masterpiece series: Thunderbirds
 etc.
※It is said that the circulation was small probably because the release time overlapped with the special edition of the Roman AlbumThunderbirds” (Tokuma Shoten). I couldn’t buy it at the bookstore at that time. From this issue, “Flash Gordon’s adolescence" by the editor Saki Hijiri will be serialized. In addition, Ryōsaku Takayama's modeling diary was released for the first time in Japan. This led to the serialization of “Kaiju Production Diary" from Vol.4.


the magazine "Uchūsen"

Vol.3 Issued on August 20, 1980, 96 pages, list price 680 yen
・Special effects masterpiece series: Mighty Jack
・Flash Gordon’s adolescence
Ultraman 80: Special effects studio report
・Special feature: A world of mystery and horror
・History of horror footage
・Masquerade ’80
 etc.
※Special feature of “Mighty Jack." The article in which Noriaki Ikeda tries to find the true theme of this work in the final episode of “Fight! Mighty Jack" is excellent. In addition, the mystery and horror special feature is a volume of 23-pages, which introduces Tsuburaya Productions’ “Horror Theater Unbalance" and “Saturday Wide Theater," as well as horrors such as Universal Monsters and Hammer Film Productions in detail.


the magazine "Uchūsen"

Vol.4 Issued on November 20, 1980, 96 pages, list price 680 yen
・Special effects masterpiece series: Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot (Giant Robo)
・Special feature, new special effects: Starfleet (X-Bomber)
・Flash Gordon’s adolescence
・Introduction to collectors
・Special effects masterpiece series: National Kid
・Ryōsaku Takayama’s monster production diary
 etc.
※The special effects masterpiece series consists of “Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot" and “National Kid." From around this time, it became difficult to differentiate from the company’s “Fantastic Collection." Also featured is “Starfleet," which began broadcasting in October. The puppet performance technique was high, and the music of the rock band BOWWOW was also an impressive work.


the magazine "Uchūsen"

Vol.5 Issued on February 20, 1981, 96 pages, list price 680 yen
・Special effects masterpiece series: SF / special effects 10 TV movies battle
・Flash Gordon’s adolescence
・Special feature: “Atragon" research
・Out-of-print SF plastic models catalog seen in box pictures
・Popular cartoonist competition: Ultraman series unreleased scenarios
・Ryōsaku Takayama’s monster production diary
 etc.
※This issue features “Space Giants(Ambassador Magma)," “Masked Ninja Akakage," “Captain Ultra," “Speed of light Esper," “Monster Prince," “Genie Bander," “Akuma-kun," “Booska," “Vampire," and “Kappa Sanpei," which is a little too much. At the SF modeling school, the technique of converting a person plastic model into an alien is introduced. In the introduction to collectors, Teruhisa Kitahara, who was as young as 32 years old, appears. Kazuo Umezu, Hideoki Inoue, Daiji Kazumine, and Jirō Kuwata participated in the manga artist competition.


the magazine "Uchūsen"

Vol.6 Issued May 20, 1981, 96 pages, list price 680 yen
・Special effects masterpiece series: Shōtarō Ishi(no)mori's world of special effects heroes
・Special feature: Movie “Rengo Kantai (Combined Fleet)"
・US West Coast SF travel report
・Flash Gordon’s adolescence
・Ultraman 80, looking back on the past year
・Special effects masterpiece series: Super Giants
・New movies information
 etc.
※This issue features “Android Kikaider," “Kikaider 01," “Inazuman," “Inazuman F," and “Henshin Ninja Arashi." Saki Hijiri’s travelogue includes participation in the American science fiction convention and visit to Don Post Studios. The new movies features “Rengo Kantai," “the Howling," “the Elephant Man," “Clash of the Titans," and “Escape from New York."


the magazine "Uchūsen"

Vol.7 Issued on August 20, 1981, 96 pages, list price 680 yen
・SF plastic models album
・SPFX girls large set!
・Flash Gordon’s adolescence
・SF modeling school: Let’s make friends with plastic models!
・Special effects masterpiece series: Astro Boy, Gigantor, Ninja Hattori-kun
・SPFX Scrapbook: The Mysterians
 etc.
※The special feature of SF plastic model is mainly overseas products and Gunpla, and many of them are self-made, which is disappointing. The heroines special feature is also catalog-like and lacks in depth as an article. It seems that there were rumors that the publication was suspended in this issue, and it seemed that there was confusion in editing, such as featuring three old special effects programs, and devoting many pages to introducing super weapons of “The Mysterians."


the magazine "Uchūsen"

Vol.8 Issued on November 20, 1981, 96 pages, list price 680 yen
・Special feature: Daimajin
・Amateur film maker wonderland
・Guidance to 8m/m special effects movie
・Flash Gordon’s adolescence
・Goodbye! Kamen Rider
・Special effects masterpiece series: Outer Limits
Toho special effects, the world of 3D monster modelings
 etc.
※The special feature of “Daimajin" is only the story introduction of three movies. The introduction of the final episode of “Kamen Rider Super1" is good, but for some reason it has been introduced up to the final episode of “Kamen Rider Stronger." The special effects masterpiece series was finally made a course correction, and “Outer Limits" of overseas works was introduced.


(Summary) “Uchūsen" was planned because “Monthly Manga Shōnen" separate volume published in the third Ultraman boom was popular. It was launched at the same time as “Kamen Rider (Sky Rider)" (1979/10/5 ~) and “Ultraman 80" (1980/4/2 ~), which started broadcasting with great expectations, but these 2 works lacked the power to continue the special effects boom, and the boom came to an end. However, with the spread of video decks, the age of saying goodbye to the program at the end of broadcasting was over, and fans have come to want an environment where they can constantly interact with their favorite characters by publishing fanzines, collecting related goods, making garage kits, etc. The magazine “Uchūsen", the editors themselves, are a representative of such fans, and emphasized the guide-like function of delivering the information necessary for a new form of cheering style. Since I graduated from “Uchūsen" at an early stage, I don’t know what kind of changes have occurred in its role and function since then. However, the back numbers published in the first few years are valuable as materials and are an important collection of books.

Celebration! “Return of Ultraman" 50th Anniversary. 
The project to make a soft vinyl monster dolls walk on batteries
(No.13 space dinosaur “Z-ton the second generation")

The project to make a soft vinyl monster dolls walk on batteries: Space dinosaur "Z-ton the second generation"
Completed in 2011

This time, it is the space dinosaur Z-ton (the second generation) that is not sure whether it is popular with fans or not. I would like to introduce an interesting article about the second generation in the book “Talk about Ultraman!" (KK Bestsellers) that I covered before.
S However, the charm of the second generation monsters of the second Ultraman series is the best.
G The second generation Z-ton is symbolic, and the first thing to note is his feeling fat. And his appearance like homeless. He looks extremely strong. For example, the first generation can be compared to Jose Mendoza and the second generation to Joe Yabuki. The king’s personality and elegance are decisively lacking, but there is a terrible thing that no one knows what he will do, so in the end I would say which one is stronger …
S That’s Joe. But he looks completely Mammoth Nishi・・・That body, which is all defeated by gravity, is definitely the second generation’s individuality. It is nonsense to compare because it is different from the first generation.
G Even though he is Z-ton, he does not squeal “Zetton, Zetton" but screams “Bumoo." It looks like a bull and is wonderful. Therefore, the second generation has the goodness of the second generation (with full confidence).
(From “Remodeling! Regeneration! Thorough dissection of the second generation monsters“)

From the final episode Ultra 5 Oaths of “Return of Ultraman

That’s all for the evaluation of second generations, and let’s get back to the electrification project. This time, I used a soft vinyl doll from Kaijūkyō. One of the characteristics of Z-ton is that the illuminant flows through the face in both the first and second generations, but in reality, the illuminant moves from bottom to top in the first generation, and the illuminant moves from top to bottom in the second generation. To express this, I made an illumination switch using the 2mm output shaft of Tamiya's Universal Gear. In addition, its walking system is a so-called Midori Shokai type with center pulleys and drive belts (Tamiya’s RC PARTS), which are often used in this project, but there is a little device. The pulley is moved by rotating the gear A next to the pulley with another gear B. Here, since the teeth of gear B have been scraped off by exactly half a circle, the pulley rotates during the half rotation of gear B, and stands still during the remaining half rotation. The pulley can be rotated independently by the left and right legs, and by arranging the toothed part and the non-toothed part of the gear B with the left and right legs, it is realized to walk zigzaggedly.

The project to make a soft vinyl monster dolls walk on batteries: Space dinosaur "Z-ton the second generation"
Before remodeling (from left to front, left side, disassembled)
※Since the processing of the antennae is not precise, it does not look like the second generation unless it is colored.
The project to make a soft vinyl monster dolls walk on batteries: Space dinosaur "Z-ton the second generation"
Drive unit