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・Anxiety about “Ultraman Trigger”
・Special Feature: Plastic models of monsters what are critically endangered but able to be obtained somehow


Nitto plastic model: backs of large and small "Gamera"

News from Kochi-power Research Institute (Part 20)

Impressions of “Ultraman Trigger"

 A new Ultraman TV show has begun.
 It’s up to you to keep silent, but please don’t use me to express your opinion (bad words) like last time.
 Zeperion Beam!
 Don’t say cheeky things! I was worried about the future of the Ultraman series and was meditating.
 Are you worried about anything?
 Although I’ve only watched the new show “Ultraman Trigger" twice, I soon became skeptical of the success for this program. The same feeling occurred when “Ultraman 80" and “Ultraman Mebius" started. I was thinking that “Ultraman 80" would soon run out of episodes of the school drama and would eventually be forced to change the content. That is as I mentioned last time. As for “Ultraman Mebius," I was worried about the setting that the Ultraman Family would appear again because the series after “Ultraman Tiga" was successful by breaking the relationship with past works. Moreover, another reason is that I wasn’t attracted to the character settings of Tsurugi (Ultraman Hikari) and the enemy Bogar.
 So what about “Ultraman Trigger"?
 Since it is the 25th anniversary of “Tiga," it seems that they have the same view of the world, but as you know, evil giants who speak human language suddenly appeared. The moment I realized that it was a story about a battle between giants, my motivation to watch diminished.
 Why is that?
 The recent series is not interesting because it only has a pattern of fighting the monsters of the evil boss’s minions. Moreover, the anthropomorphization of enemies that I do not evaluate at all, such as “a fairy warrior who is obsessive and brutal" and “a strong warrior who dislikes cowardly fighting and recognizes the Trigger as a rival" is remarkable. It must be said that this pattern is unlikely to produce a memorable masterpiece for fans.
 It’s been a while since Xio of “Ultraman X" that a full-scale defense organization such as TPU and GUTS has appeared.
 As long as the setting of “Tiga" is taken over as it is, I think that eventually Tiga or Daigo Madoka who transforms into Tiga will have to appear. However, since the chances that Hiroshi Nagano who played Daigo appears are almost zero, what are the creators going to do? Like the previous program “Ultraman Chronicle Z," if it is repeated that other GUTS members will appear but only the main character Daigo will not appear, “Trigger" will not be the 25th anniversary work of “Tiga."
 Why can’t Mr. Nagano appear in the Ultraman series?
 I don’t know either if Johnny & Associates, Inc. to which Nagano belongs is bad or the broadcasting station or Tsuburaya Productions is bad, but Children’s dreams should not be broken, and if that’s unavoidable, Johnny & Associates actors should not appear in the Ultraman series.
 I hear that although not affiliated with Johnny & Associates, Saburō Shinoda, who played the main character of “Ultraman Taro," also stubbornly refuses to reappear in the Ultraman series.
 There is a long interview with Mr. Shinoda in “Talk about Ultraman!" (KK Bestsellers). In the interview, he replied that “Ultraman Taro" is one of the good memories of his youth, so he has no intention of appearing as Kōtarō Higashi in the future. He was one of the few successful Ultraman series performers, so I wondered if he would deny his past, but he wasn’t. It should be respected not to perform as one actor’s thoughts. But like Hiroshi Nagano, it’s a shame that he can’t perform for reasons unrelated to his own thoughts.
 Well, don’t get so angry. “Smile, smile."
 Delasium light flow!
 Does the creator who makes the hero say “Smile, smile" know when it is now? Also, I don’t like that the main character isn’t very manly. Oh, I want to see a sequel to “Tiga" where Hiroshi Nagano, Mio Takaki, and Takami Yoshimoto appear. I just hope there is nothing to worry about “Trigger."

From the "Ultraman Trigger" official website
From the “Ultraman Trigger" official website

Special Feature: Plastic models of monsters what are critically endangered but able to be obtained somehow

For five times in a row up to the last time, I have introduced examples of my motorization, focusing on plastic models that were resold without power units. However, in reality, there are many plastic models that have been resold or reprinted together with the power units. This time, I would like to introduce such an endangered monster plastic models that seem to be available even now.

(1) Marusan reprint “Ultraman" (made by Nostalgic Heroes: 1999, 5,800 yen)

The power supply uses two AA batteries to walk with both hands waving, but the walking performance has improved compared to the original. Also, like the original, in addition to lighting both eyes, you can choose whether to light the color timer in blue or blink in red. In addition, a version with a transparent body is also on sale, so if you purchase it together with the normal version, you can make two Ultramans like “Kikaider" that can see through the mechanism with half of the body.

(2) Marusan reprint “Godzilla" (made by Nostalgic Heroes: 2000, 5,800 yen)

It moves forward, waving both hands, and its eyes glow red. It looks exactly like the soft vinyl doll modeled after Godzilla that appeared in “King Kong vs. Godzilla" (1964). The power supply is one AA battery, but it is not enough power, so it is recommended to improve it so that it uses two batteries.

(3) Bullmark reprint “Godzilla" (made by Bandai: 2001, 8,000 yen)

It is powered by a mainspring, waving both hands and moving forward. The original box and Bullmark T-shirt were put in a newly tailored box and sold.

(4) Bullmark reprint “Gigan" (made by Bandai: 2001, 8,000 yen)

It is powered by a mainspring, and while moving the rotary cutter on the abdomen up and down, it moves forward by waving both hands. Both the gimmick and the modeling are wonderful. Like “Godzilla," the original box and T-shirt were put in a newly tailored box and sold.

(5) Bullmark reprint “King Ghidorah" (made by Bandai: 2001, 8,000 yen)

It was not released by Bullmark at that time, but Bandai reprinted it. The area above the chest is made of soft vinyl. It moves forward with a mainspring, but its walking performance is inferior to that of “Godzilla" and “Gigan." There are no original boxes or instructions.

(6) Bullmark resale “Baragon" (made by Bandai: 1978, 600 yen)

Bandai has resold the wind-up powered monster plastic models manufactured by Bullmark. It is one size smaller than the above “Godzilla" and “King Ghidorah." It moves forward with a mainspring, but both hands do not move. Marusan’s plastic model “Battery powered Baragon" was handsome, but this Bullmark “Baragon" has a unique look like a cow.

(7) Bullmark resale “Red King" (made by Bandai: 1978, 600 yen)

It was resold at the same time as “Baragon," but for some reason it is even smaller than “Baragon." It moves forward with a mainspring, but both hands do not move.

(8) Bullmark resale “Arstron" (made by Bandai: 1978, 600 yen)
(9) Bullmark resale “Gomora" (made by Bandai: 1978, 600 yen)

These are resales at the same time as “Baragon" and “Red King." Both are walking with mainsprings. I haven’t assembled them, so I’m posting the finished photos printed on the boxes. As I mentioned last time, “Detton," “Eleking," “Alien Baltan," and “King Joe" are not resold in this series. I have seen molded products of “Moguera" (which was also introduced in the magazine “Uchūsen“) and “Sadolar" on the Internet. I think it is highly possible that Bandai has their molds.

(10) Nitto resale “Gappa (Large)" (made by Nitto: 1984, 1,800 yen, made by Arii: 1992, 1,800 yen)

Nitto Plastic Model "Gappa (Large)"

It is Nitto’s battery powered “Gappa." It moves back and forth with the remote control, but both arms do not move. It is resold by Nitto and Arii respectively. The original first edition had a gimmick that automatically opened and closed the wings. After the gimmick was omitted, the instruction manual instructed to glue the wings, but manual opening and closing is possible by joining the wings to the body with screws. Also, It has been changed from battery powered to wind-up powered, and I had the wind-up version as a birthday present from my sister. It used a high-class mainspring and could walk for a long time. The outside of the “Gappa" introduced here is the battery powered one resold by Nitto, but the mainspring is diverted form the assembled wind-up powered one that was obtained at the auction. There is no reverse rotation prevention roller on the sole of the foot like products manufactured by Marusan or Bullmark, but as you can see from the video, it walks really smoothly.

(11) Nitto resale “Gamera (Large)" (made by Nitto: 1984, 1,800 yen, made by Arii: 1992, 1,800 yen)

Arii resale "Gamera (large)" gearbox
Arii’s gearbox

It is Nitto’s battery powered “Gamera." Like “Gappa," you can move forward and backward with the remote control, but both arms do not move. The photo is a painted one of Arii’s resale product. The shape of the shell is wonderful. I am not qualified to be a collector since I lost the box. I also introduce the gear box made by Arii with a photo. The main body can be disassembled because it is joined with screws, but since the gearbox has a sealed structure, it is a little troublesome when oiling or repairing. Also, be aware that Arii’s remote control box is prone to failure. As part of this remote control (large) series, “Gyaos" is also being resold.

(12) Nitto resale “Gamera series" (made by Nitto: 1983~1984, 700 yen, made by Arii: 1992, 1,200 yen)

Nitto wind-up powered plastic model "Jiger"

These are Nitto’s wind-up powered “Gamera" series. The resale products from Arii have been changed to the remote control specifications (4 types of 1,200 yen in the leaflet introduced earlier). Only the “Gamera" in the photo was purchased at a model store before the limited reprint in 1984. It was a so-called “red box" version, and the price was 500 yen. There are also “Gyaos" and “Barugon" in this series, and for some reason the original monsters “Gorgon," “Wanigon," and “Gamaron" are also lined up. “Jiger" and “Wanigon" walk on four legs. The “Jiger" in the photo had so many failures that I taped the tail for repair. This wind-up powered “Gamera" was cheap at 200 yen, so many children owned it. There is an impression that it will turn over immediately, but it walks firmly unexpectedly. Nitto’s “Gamera series" also includes the “Running Monster Series" with tires instead of hind legs (resold by Arii) and the “Mini Monster Series" (without resale from Arii) where monsters on rocks run by flywheels.

(13) Aoshima resale “Spectreman Monster Series" (made by Aoshima: 1983, 600 yen)

These are Aoshima’s wind-up powered “Space Apeman Gori Vs. Spectreman Monster Series." The first edition lineup included the protagonists and villains “Spectreman," “Gori," and “Ra No. 1“(English name is “Karras“), but only four monsters were resold due to mold repairs and other reasons. Both move forward while waving both hands (the “Bakulah" moves with all 6 legs). The original first edition was relatively cheap at 350 yen, so I remember assembling two “Zeron" and “Galleron" at a friend’s house during the summer vacation when I was in elementary school. More than 10 years have passed since I bought the resale products and thought about assembling them someday.

Nitto plastic model "Ra No. 1"

Products that have not been resold are no longer endangered species, but are extinct species. The difference between the two naturally appears due to the difference in acquisition price, but I personally think that endangered species are within 5,000 yen and extinct species are 10,000 yen or more. This “Ra No. 1" is an extinct species, so it is not easy to obtain, but fortunately I was able to make a successful bid for less than 10,000 yen 10 years ago.

(14) Marusho resale “Noshinoshi Ultraman Monster Series“(made by Chugoku Fukuman Toy Co., Ltd. (FUMAN): Sales year, price unknown)

Chugoku Fukuman Toy Co., Ltd. (FUMAN)  "Jirahs"
Wind-up powered plastic models: from the left, "Pigmon," "Red King," "Alien Baltan"

The original product was released in 1983 for 300 yen. Since it is a relatively new product, it is still easy to obtain the original one. However, the resale products in China include the lineups “Ultraman," “King Joe," “Pigmon," and “Jirahs" that were not released in Japan and are valuable. In particular, “Pigmon," which became a plastic model for the first time, has a unique movement, so please check it in the video. In my collection of resale products made in China, NO.8 “Eleking" has not been obtained yet.

(15) Other endangered species

① Midori ShokaiGarnera" resale “Ultra Kong" (made by Doyusha: sales time unknown, 300 yen)
It walks on the power of the mainspring. Like the product of Midori Shokai, it is a plastic model with a big gap with the box picture. Unlike the original product, the resale product does not have the eye and mouth stickers.

Midori Shokai reprint “Guilala" (made by Doyusha: 2001, 2,200 yen)
This “Guilala" and “Atomic Astro Boat" are the only reprints with a power unit by Doyusha. It walks on two legs with the power of a mainspring, but if the mold of the battery powered “Guilala (Large)" remains, I would like Doyusha to resell it someday.

Nitto plastic model "Brontosaurus"

Nitto resale “Dinosaur series" (made by Nitto: 1980, 500 yen)
There are three types in this series, “Tyrannosaurus," “Stegosaurus," and “Brontosaurus," each of which walks with a mainspring power. Seven types, including four types of “Gamera," “Gappa," “Gyaos," and “Barugon," are called the “Walking Monster Series." However, this “Dinosaur series" has fallen out of the lineup of Nitto resale in 1984 and Arii resale in 1992.

Imai plastic model "Bagilla"
Nippon Hobby plastic model "Kijira"

I don’t know how many versions of Imai's “Bagilla" and “Galba" were released, but I often see them at auctions. They run on rubber power.
I also often see Nippon Hobby's super spring seriesKijira" and “Golden Bat" at auctions. I can see few products in the same series, “Black Eagle." Each moves while jumping with a mainspring. It seems that Arii later resold them as “Gogon Kijira" and “Gogon Bat," but since I have hardly seen them, they may be rarer than the original products.