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Mutant Chaos - Rainbow
  • ToyPunkJan angel

    ToyPunkJan

    1884 1893 2107

    6 years ago

    Has anyone here an idea of what the hell 'Sofubi' means? When you're on ebay all kinds of Nintendo figures show up!!!

  • MisterQuiche

    MisterQuiche

    185 83 831

    6 years ago

    my understanding is soft vinyl but i could be wrong, quick someone educate us

  • SillyK angel

    SillyK

    154 1426 1657

    6 years ago

    i think Mr. Quiche is correct. Sofubi stands for soft vinyl.

  • Shankweather angel

    Shankweather

    427 4 822

    6 years ago

    Sofubi, soft vinyl, and Japanese vinyl are all the same thing. Kaiju is a subset of that. Kaiju can be sofubi, but it's specific characters. The newer stuff like RxH and Super7 and Greasebat isn't really Kaiju. Really, I'm not sure even Zagoran is Kaiju, strictly speaking.

  • ToyPunkJan angel

    ToyPunkJan

    1884 1893 2107

    6 years ago

    The reason I'm asking is that Gatchabert uploaded a ton of RxHs years ago and put them as 'sofubi' :
    http://rotocasted.com/toy/522... />I just had the feeling that sofubi was 'punk' toys that didn't really fit into the Kaiju ie Strange Beast niche, but still were more 'twisted' than your usual Touma or whatever Japanese toy.

  • monsterforge

    monsterforge

    279 125 209

    6 years ago

    Technically RealxHead figures are not kaiju toys. Kaiju are usually monsters based on and inspired by the old tokusatsu (special effects) movies and shows like Ultraman, Godzilla, and Power Rangers, to name a few. RealXHead figures owe more to "fight figures" than they do to kaiju figures. Fight figures were first started by artist Takeshit with his Fink Shit fight figure.

    http://pds.exblog.jp/pds/1/200901/13/94/e0143594_963043.jpg

    Takeshit was a big fan of (and participated in) shoot fighting (kind of like the Japanese version of MMA mixed with pro wrestling) and created a stylized figure that brings to mind the look of Japanese boxers with his shorts and boxing gloves. Companies like Secret Base, Gargamel, and others started making figures that were similar to the Fink Shit figure, and there was a big boom in the fight figure style. Mori Katsura stepped into the ring with his own take on the fight figure and it has evolved past the fight figure realm. I think his characters have the most involved backstories of all the fight figure styled figures. I'd be hesitant to label all of the RealXHead figures as "fight figures"-- certainly some fit right in with their fighting trunks and fight figure stances, but they have really evolved into something that is all their own. They have a bit of the kaiju flair to them, but they aren't really kaiju in the true sense of the word. I believe the "sofubi" tag works best... it's general enough to encompass all that RealXHead stuff embodies and specific enough to not include kaiju and other types of figures.

  • lordsketch angel

    lordsketch

    381 1083 1433

    6 years ago

    thanks monster, that was really eye opening! I had no idea there was this tradition in Japanese toys

  • CoMus angel

    CoMus

    171 468 619

    6 years ago

    It is a new Japanese word created from English words -

    Soft Vinyl -> Sofoto Biniru -> Sofu Biniru -> Sofubi

    Kaiju is just Japanese for strange/odd/not of this world beast. Yet in reference to toys Monsterforge is correct - They are old tokusatsu beasts.

    The lines of what makes a Kaiju toy "kaiju" are blended, as people are creating monster toys inspired by Japanese toys inspired by old Kaiju toys.

    If anything, Mutant Chaos is a Kaijin (humanoid monster)

  • monsterforge

    monsterforge

    279 125 209

    6 years ago

    Kaijin is a pretty good term for them... it doesn't take away from the fact that they are like fight figures and doesn't quite put them in the same range as kaiju. (You start going into crazy territory when you start calling things "kaiju." People will cut you over that! Not really... or maybe really... I'm scared! Maybe not.)

    I know a lot of collectors of Japanese soft vinyl call ALL of it "sofubi" because it is a generic term. I wanted to err on the side of safety. (No knife attacks from crazed kaiju purists for me, good sir!)

    In my opinion, people can call 'em whatever they want... I prefer to call them "AWESOME!" :D

  • lordsketch angel

    lordsketch

    381 1083 1433

    6 years ago

    monster - I also love knowing the right terms for things as much as I can. I get slightly annoyed whenever people call anime mange or vice versa, and I'm not that big of an anime or mange fan :D

  • lordsketch angel

    lordsketch

    381 1083 1433

    6 years ago

    is there anywhere I can read more about fighting figures?

  • monsterforge

    monsterforge

    279 125 209

    6 years ago

    I like knowing the proper terms, but I think it behooves one to not get all buttdestroyed over people who are new to things not getting it right. People learn a lot more by encouragement than they do by chastising. I agree though... sometimes hearing people call any comic book a "graphic novel" makes my spine rattle. But then I get all over it and stuff and keep on keepin' on! XD

    I first found out about fight figures in an old issue of Super Seven magazine and started looking around online for more information. You can find out a LOT about Japanese toys by looking at sites like:

    http://robotxmonster.blogspot.com/
    http://www.collectiondx.com/
    http://toyboxdx.com/
    http://skullbrain.org/

    Skullbrain is a forum, but you don't have to join to search for terms and read stuff there. Those guys are a big source for information about most Japanese vinyl.

    Hope that helps! :D

  • MisterQuiche

    MisterQuiche

    185 83 831

    6 years ago

    this type of conversation & knowledge sharing is a big part of what adds so much awesomeness to this site, thanks to all involved above for both great questions and super in depth answers :)

  • CoMus angel

    CoMus

    171 468 619

    6 years ago

    Don't you just hate jargon!

    Mark Nagata has some good posts about Kaiju works - http://toykarma.blogspot.com/

  • CoMus angel

    CoMus

    171 468 619

    6 years ago

    Also, check out this link - http://www.pecha-kucha.org/pr...

    Don Kratzer teaches us the meaning of "Kaiju,"

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Malus Chrome Kubrick
  • jheff_123

    jheff_123

    10 0 3

    6 years ago

    I have this toy (with limited edition book), brand new unopened packaging, $60USD plus shipping (I'm in Australia). email me for details, ethics@sdmcrew.com

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Miclas
  • SillyK angel

    SillyK

    154 1426 1657

    6 years ago

    i love those big puffy pink lips...i bet he is good at giving head

    and those horns!!! he surely can take 4 ladies at once for a "ride"

    >_<

  • J_Walrus

    J_Walrus

    51 9 368

    6 years ago

    Jeeeeeeez you Silly! :D

  • monsterforge

    monsterforge

    279 125 209

    6 years ago

    He certainly is a happy lookin' dude. :D

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Black Scar Mini Hades Pheyden - GID
  • lordsketch angel

    lordsketch

    381 1083 1433

    6 years ago

    good luck! be quick on the trigger :)
    they're killer piece

  • ToyPunkJan angel

    ToyPunkJan

    1884 1893 2107

    6 years ago

    Quote; "I know that the last Mini Sarvos release resulted in a few people missing out, which I apologize for. This drop should not leave anybody cold, as the supply has been increased to hopefully cover those that want this Mini."

    It's now or never, Avri! :)

    When that is said... I really don't have a sense of Japanese time!! :

    EDT – Eastern Daylight Time!?!

  • lordsketch angel

    lordsketch

    381 1083 1433

    6 years ago

    I think it's american times, Jan.
    http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/usa/eastern-time/eastern-daylight-time/

    unfortunately I'm going to miss out on this one, because I have no cash... 35$ is not a steep price but to Israel there is also a 25$ shipping charge so it comes up pretty expansive.

    but I did get the last release which I'm very very happy with!

  • lordsketch angel

    lordsketch

    381 1083 1433

    6 years ago

    usually they drop at this link - http://www.onelldesign.com/re...

  • lordsketch angel

    lordsketch

    381 1083 1433

    6 years ago

    Sold out

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2D
  • LoneCub

    LoneCub

    326 279 155

    6 years ago

    Dang, I am looking for the Orange shirt one.

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Pheyaos Mini
  • ToyPunkJan angel

    ToyPunkJan

    1884 1893 2107

    6 years ago

    Those eyes! Stare right through me!
    Killa piece! Nice rub!

  • monsterforge

    monsterforge

    279 125 209

    6 years ago

    It's a gorgeous toy... and it seems like each release gets a little more exciting than the last!

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Daywalker - NYCC '11
  • SillyK angel

    SillyK

    154 1426 1657

    6 years ago

    hmmm....i have the true blood version and love this piece, but this colorway does not get to me...it looks too plain in my opinion.

  • ToyPunkJan angel

    ToyPunkJan

    1884 1893 2107

    6 years ago

    The eyes and .. .legs are somewhat more defined here. But I get what you're saying, the True Blood is a bit more beautiful.

  • SillyK angel

    SillyK

    154 1426 1657

    6 years ago

    when i think about it...it might be as well the color combination... imagine this in pink instead black. blue and pink would looooook so epic together..

    uuuuh..now i want to buy one and paint pink over it...

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Taoking - Unpainted Dark Blue
  • TheBlotSays

    TheBlotSays

    239 158 124

    6 years ago

    This is actually an unpainted Blue Taoking...it's just an unpainted version of the SDCC release: http://www.rotocasted.com/toy... />
    A black Taoking has not be produced...yet.

  • ToyPunkJan angel

    ToyPunkJan

    1884 1893 2107

    6 years ago

    Ok, very very dark blue it is. Thanks, Blot! :)

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Plasma Elizabeth
  • vinylgoddess

    vinylgoddess

    365 108 162

    6 years ago

    The correct name for this is 'Plasma Elizabeth' -- platform is 'Elizabeth'. Lizzie is a slightly different sculpt.

  • MisterQuiche

    MisterQuiche

    185 83 831

    6 years ago

    Updated :)

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Boiler Zomb
  • ullar77

    ullar77

    112 20 104

    7 years ago

    platform is zomb

  • LoneCub

    LoneCub

    326 279 155

    6 years ago

    Where are the rest of the Zombies??? I cant' find the Acolyte zomb...

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