Discussion in 'Vintage Vinyl' started by fission chips, Feb 12, 2011.
Oh good, I'll check those ones out too, thanks.
It's research. For an opera I'm writing.
Yamanaya has a four part series about Bullmark minis on their site:
Whole bunch of articles on Bullmark minis on the Robot Robot blog:
Came across this mini Saigo on Mandarake:
I was recently watching Eiji Kaminaga's interview of Saburo Ishizuki and Ishizuki-san mentioned how some Bullmark minis had high defect rates when they were pulled from the molds. I wonder if Saigo was one of these.
Also, out of stock, but so expensive:
Rodan just flew in, thanks again to @deafmetal! Click through for Instagram link:
@Roger - Glad that Rodan landed safely through the postal vortex.
Awesome. On the hunt for that Sadolar/Sadola.
Beautiful group Dave. I really like the Taro with the gold paint, really cool look. Ill have to track one down.
Question: were Dodongo, Saigo, Gigas, or Gamakujira ever reissued by Yamanaya?
Not that i know of, Gigas is shown on the Yamanaya packaging but as far as i know it hasn't been issued in any of the sets so far or as a single.
That's what had me wondering about Gigas specifically. Thanks for the info.
This is the only original/reissue pair I have right now, but there is a pretty drastic size difference with Skydon.
Wow! Hard to believe they came from the same mold...
I have Hyper Hobby Dash 6, which was published in 2001. It shows Yamanaya Bullmark mini sets A through F. Did they ever do a set G or beyond?
Answering my own question, sets G and H:
Wonder if I'll ever be able to find all of these sets.
Yeah I think those ones stopped at H, not seen an I set. Also when they released the reprint Leo Kaiju sets they started at A again.
Yeah I'm not too sure if they did come from the same mould. I read somewhere that the mini Dorako mould was lost but they made a new mould from an existing figure. Though I have no idea how this is possible it's hard to believe they resculpted as it is almost identical but larger. They even have the same small tool marks etc.
I sent my picture of the original and reissue Skydon to Kaminaga-san at Marusan, who talked to Yamana-san about it. He said the Yamanaya reissues of the minis were produced from master molds. When the original toys were manufactured by Bullmark's factories, many production molds were made from copies of copies of the original sculpts, which resulted in figures that were progressively smaller.
Good work, very interesting.
Thanks @deafmetal for the squishy Anguiras, love him.
Oh man, I need the one on the left.
@djkemp - Dave, I am glad to see he arrived safely (and much faster than the last parcel). It is quite surprising how soft and squishy some of the later Bullmark variants are compared to their earlier incarnations. I have observed this with both the mini and mid-size toys. I was wondering if it was the quality of the vinyl being used.
Nearly all of my vintage minis are somewhat squishy.
I would say the dark green Anguirus I have is somewhat squishy like most others, but the two light green Anguirus I have handled have both been noticeably more squishy. I have also noticed this with other variants like the mid-size Mechagodzilla where the standard black/silver spray versions are somewhat squishy, but the metallic teal spray versions are very squishy. Perhaps they were made at a different factory.
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