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Akemashite omedetou! Hope this finds the New Year treating you right!

December is crazy season from gate to wire, especially in the toy-selling biz--but work aside, this time two Christmas get-togethers, a half-dozen bounenkai forget-the-year parties (five of 'em anison-related!), two days of Comiket, and a countdown-to-the-New-Year concert wound 2008 up in a wonderful whirl.

Trying to fight off a colossal cold now so this will be short, but for now, here's a peek at two nifty Christmas gifts:



At MoJo's MoJox2 X'mas show on Dec. 20, which included special-guest performances by grand-prize winners in his MoJox2 Nodo Jiman events, friend Satomi-san and I were given the chance to debut our half-Japanese, half-English duet version of "Engine Gattai Engine-O G6"--and MoJo added even further to the thrill by leaping in on the final chorus, the three of us going like blazes! Wild beyond words!



Annndo on Almost-Christmas Day, the first Saturday after it's-a-weekday-so-of-course-it's-a-workday Dec. 25, Mighty M and Finder J and Spoony and I had our traditional get-together, where this "Dai Apollon"ophile received an astonishing item I hadn't known existed...




...A Bullmark toy of our hero's zip-around plane, the Space Clear-go, with sparking motor, in a box that's seen 'way better days but still boasts an uber-cool box top and is even too long to fit on the scanner! Woo-hoo!

Hope you got neat loot too, and that we'll all have a fine '09!
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From:tochiro998
Date:January 5th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I am in awe of your Space Clear-go toy! I suspect, as was usual for the time it doesn't *quite* match the awesome power of the box art, but any toy that farts fire is aces in my book!

I want to f'ing marry that box art. Ok, maybe not marry it, but I sure would date it. They sure don't do box tops like that anymore. I like how there's so much implied story going on there, but I notice something scary. Is it just me, or does it appear that the flaming wreckage tumbling to earth is heading RIGHT FOR THAT ROAD?!? Those poor people in their cars don't stand a chance...
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 6th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Isn't that box art the best ever?! It's signed "N. MAZMURA." Absolutely, the teensy cars below and fwooshing firey wreckage overhead make it all the greater--the Dazan Gundan are pretty awful folks, y'know, so better get busy defending mankind with that Space Clear-go...!

Unfortunately, must confess...while my Space Clear-go has the potential to fart fire, it's going to be a while before I can actually witness it--'cause one piece is missing: the motor's wind-up key. *heavy sigh*

One just like it, minus the box (ha-ha) but with the key (arrgh!), just turned up on YJ!A:
http://page10.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/m55568821 (yeah, somehow doesn't quite match the box art...but still...!)
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From:tochiro998
Date:January 6th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Well, not as awesome as the box art, but still pretty nifty looking! But say, when did Dai Apollon come out? I'm too lazy to grab my This Is Animation book to look it up...reason I ask, that looks like a very modified Ultra Hawk 1-go was used as the base mold, doesn't it?

As to the key issue, didn't Bullmark used standard Zenmai mechanisms? Surely a key can be found? I call out to your other friends, FIND HER A KEY! Because you can't be denied the joy of watching this roll on the floor farting fire! :)
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 7th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
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"Dai Apollon" was 1976; "Dai Apollon II" started later that year and rolled on into 1977. Know woefully little about Bullmark vehicles (and not much more about the 'bots)--but fished around online for photos of the not-mini Ultra Hawk 1-go, and yeah, think you called it! They're even both 33cm long.

My life cannot be complete without witnessing the Space Clear-go in glorious fire-fartin' motion!! *sob*
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From:tochiro998
Date:January 7th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
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I have faith that one day, one day soon, this dream will be fulfilled! Remember, if you do not abandon your dreams, your dreams will not abandon you!

So dream of....fire....farting...spaceships...um...I'm not sure this is what Matsumoto had in mind...

(that first paragraph would sound better if intoned by the narrator of the Galaxy Express 999 TV series
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From:pockyman
Date:January 5th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Happy New Year!
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 6th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
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And to you, too! (And heyyy, guess what karaoke chain Pasela added to their catalog last month? The "Go Q Chouji Ikkiman" opening and ending themes!!)
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From:pockyman
Date:January 6th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, nice!

Damn it, sometimes I hate not living in Japan. :/
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From:avalonjones
Date:January 5th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
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"Sometimes he farts by himself." Happy New Year!
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 6th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
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"The battery pack is stored inside his butt, which is very appropriate. And it's even produced by Wizland!" A fitting finish to '08... Happy New Year!
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From:avalonjones
Date:January 7th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
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WIZLAND. SAY IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN UNTIL YOU CRACK UP. Yes, I am twelve.
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 7th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
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WIZLANDWIZLANDWIZLANDWIZLANDWIZLANDWIZLANDWIZLANDWIZLANDWIZLANDWIZLEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!!
From:smythe_saikyo
Date:January 6th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)

MoJo

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Did you know MoJo was part of the Knight Scats who did the Super GUTS song for Ultraman Dyna? Maybe you could talk him into doing that live ;) He did the English parts in the verses too!
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 6th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)

Re: MoJo

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At MoJo's MoJox2 X'mas show on Dec. 20, a quartet of male grand-prize winners in his MoJox2 Nodo Jiman events got together to serve up a brilliant rendition of "Take Off! Super GUTS." After that, so many people asked MoJo if he'd ever sing it again, he announced that maybe he'll do it soon. (Another of the Night Scats members, Etsurou Wakakonai, has guested at a past MoJo Zone concert; who knows what the future may hold...?)
From:smythe_saikyo
Date:January 7th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)

Re: MoJo

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Just wanna get this question outta the way since MoJo worked on the same anime as Noboru Kimura- do you have any idea what happened to "Harry" Kimura after 1983? I really loved his high-toned voice on songs like Kagayaku Ouja Dolgiran and ULTRAMAN 80...
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 13th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)

Re: MoJo

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First, maybe you should get some responses outta the way to my answers to earlier questions.
From:smythe_saikyo
Date:January 13th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)

Re: MoJo

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Well that's pretty cool! I seriously like that song!
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