Discussion in 'Vintage Vinyl' started by ultrakaiju, Sep 18, 2011.
The quality of work is amazing for what was probably the cheapest of the cheap toys.
Had the pleasure of spending time with LA > Phoenix’s sofubi Prince, @plastichunter, who hit me with a few hours of kaiju show and tell, as well as some knowledge. My personal favorite of what we went through that day was Miura. These four here were provided by Connell for the sake of photographing, which I was elated to do! These dinos are incredible. I love these rough sculpts. I feel like they were intentionally rushed to get something out that’s immediately recognizable(to the extent of the kid’s imagination), but still taking pride in getting something cool and fun produced. What I appreciate about any vintage toy, aesthetically, is when I look at them I can see its value as an actual playable toy for a kid, but as an adult [kid] I can see how it’s carried a legendary status as a show piece in a collector’s home. If I can find the Gomora and Ghidorah, I would love to own them.
Fantastic photos Robert. You can really see the details in your pictures. I regret selling the few that I had. Especially the bagged one of the Dino Bird. Maybe one day I will hunt them all down again.
I would totally have bought Hukkokudo reissues of these.
@chimply.kaiju Thank you, Anthony! I really did want to stress the textures of these dinos. Very, very integral and shining aspect of the toys, I think! I wouldn’t mind being on the hunt for these myself, but the Gomora and Ghidorah really have my attention amongst them all. I’ve been seeing the Pegyaos come up under Miura searches, but I don’t think that’s a Miura Company toy, right?
@akum6n Once Connell showed me these and gave me some insight, I was really surprised Hukkokudo hadn’t! I’d be more than happy with these originals, but if Hukko had released repros we’d have likely seen many interesting paints!
As one of my top figure choices - hence me starting this thread - I cannot agree more, and thank you, for showing some love and shining light [and your incredible photography talents, Robert] on these toys. They are just incredible; like you said the sculpt of them exemplifies just about everything I adore about vintage toys. And, for all that, and how gorgeous these are to look at (and yes, play with too ), they are still very accessible to even beginning collectors, both still appearing regularly for sale and being affordable in the scope. Love it. I am sure your time with Connell was a blast, and a master class in toys to boot; consider a bunch of us jealous.
Stellar photos as always! And a double wow for the condition of those toys! You had me fooled at first that they were new, but it dawned on me that those weren't reissued by Miura. Never seen so much gold on the Spinosaurus eyes and horn! ...and untarnished at that!
p.s. good luck esp. on your hunt for Ghidorah, they have really goofy loveable expressive "smiles"
@ultrakaiju Once Connell brought these out I knew I had to get some highlighting in. And he was very, very excited to tell me about ‘em. Learning about a new vintage company and getting to see some of their toys at the same time was a real treat! I have since found four different Miura toy listings since my briefing, so you are very correct that they’re accessible, for which I’m thankful!
@Mr. Humphreys I, too, was rather surprised about the condition of these dinos! Connell takes rather meticulous care of his collection as is, but given the age of these Miura it was shocking to see how little of paint was chipped away over time! Thank you for the well wishes on the hunt! The photos of the Ghidorah look just awesome, and the smiles they have are pretty unique, and definitely fun.
Thank you both for the kind words towards the photos! I’m glad to have contributed to a whole new part of the board!
@xSuicide Squadx Fantastic photos, they look like they belong in a glossy book!
I’m lucky enough to own the top two figures and tried to hunt down the other two in Japan but sadly only found a few examples in poor condition. During my online searching I did find the figure below sold as Miura at Mandarake, apology’s if this has been discussed before but is this a known Miura figure?
Pterodactyl, the paint on yo back is REDONKULOUS!!!
I would say this figure is suspected of being produced by Miura Toy, but not confirmed. There are a few of these, including the red dino bat kaiju that pops up more frequently.
The sculpting style is very similar to the Miura Toy figures, but they are not stamped and use only a generic header. Maybe Mandarake knows something that we don't, but I don't think I have ever definitively seen or read about any connection to Miura Toy.
@djkemp Thank you!!! It’s still something of a goal of mine to release some sort of book or zine, or something. But the contents in which I’d want in it is constantly changing. As for that Ghidorah, I wish I could answer, but I’m *very* new to Miura. What I do know, is, some toys come up in searches under Miura on Manda that aren’t foot stamped at all, Pegyaos as I previously mentioned being one. They don’t share the same header, but have that same, classic pachi vibe.
@akum6n @xSuicide Squadx I see, i was thinking maybe Mandarake knew something we didn't, hopefully an old catalogue will turn up one day to sort it out. Looking closer at my own Triceratops it does have those similar foot grooves the red Dino Bat kaiju has. Few pics of my guys below.
@djkemp Given how new these are to me, it’s totally possible Mandarake knows more! I’m just goin’ off of base appearances and speculation.
And I must say, those photos are fantastic. Your lighting is spectacular and I love how soft and professional the dinos are presented! They look like catalog shots!
If it's a Miura, then this is the only one I have. No markings anywhere on the body.
Found some photos of a Miura catalogue, unfortunately only one photo of Pachi Kaiju. Still, better than nothing.
Lovely, great find on that catalogue snap Moog! The connection between the pachi/bootlegs and Miura is an interesting one, I have always wanted to probe further. I have gotten the impression that there is [was] one, but how it actually broke down, or what the specific concrete evidence was, I don't know. It may be this is more common knowledge among the Japanese collection circles, hence the interchangeable attributability I have seen (whether this is accurate or not).
Glad this thread is getting some love. These are some of my favorite toys. Another nice thing with these is that the three main dinos from the set are pretty easy to find an inexpensive. The larger ultraman knock offs can get a little pricey.
@The Moog amazing find on that add, thanks for sharing.
@xSuicide Squadx beautiful photos!.
As for me im only looking for one more, the Pachycephalosaurus looking guy (left). Hes pretty hard to find, ive had him in my want list for years.
@XVivaHateX Thank you! What I’ve come to appreciate from just photographing this vintage quartet, is, there’s a certain goal, I feel, in highlighting and preserving the age of these toys. When you can capture their natural, intended charm of being kids’ toys, but also where they stand in the world of collecting, there’s a huge leap in appreciation for ‘em! I’d love to photograph more vintage down the road. The listings for Miura I have found so far are rather affordable! I just have funds tied up towards saving for the lady’s birthday. But these are definitely now a goal! That Pachycephalosaurus is spiffy as hell. Absolutely cannot go wrong with blue sprays on red vinyl!
Anthony, I have *no* idea how I missed this posting, but I’m so glad I came back to this thread for fun. That Ghidorah is STELLAR. The wings are slightly reminiscent of the Pegyaos to my eyes, if they’re not the same. But, wow. I would definitely love to have that one the shelf someday!
I posted these on the board somewhere years ago and I forget where but there are some really cool patchi dinos and miura on here. I actually would love to see Ohashixbutanohana do his spin on all of them.
I wish Hukkokudo would’ve been able to do reproductions of more of these toys. I’d love for there to be multiple versions of the Pegyaos. I was bidding on a, what is translated from the ad, Lost Triquelan(lower left, orange triceratops) last night, but lost it by $1.59. Has anyone ever figured out exactly what Hukko did in order to get those reprints made? Was there permission, or just a strong desire to see them reborn, and a personal mission to locate the molds, which turned out successfully?
The red “Angus” and blue “Midget Monster Frankie,” as they’re being translated, as just killer. I also love that these were trading cards at one point. These would make great 8x10 framed prints. Thanks for bringin’ these here, Bryce!
@bryce_r - Excellent post. Those are some rad trading cards. This pachi is a favorite of mine:
I saw it up for auction once, but it went a bit higher than I was hoping. Maybe next time.
This is great Bryce.
Forgive my ignorance here, but it looks like a mixture of Miura, Yonezawa and IKB pachi toys on these cards....were these cards produced by Hukkokudo? Just wondering if there is some material historical connection between the three companies that I was previously unaware of, beyond producing beautifully chunky and crude pachi toys.
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