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  1. deafmetal

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    @Alebrije - Wow... what a beauty. First edition Marusan Ultraman in likely the best condition I have seen. The air bubbles around the neck also somewhat typical for early Marusan vinyl.
     
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    Considering the crazy prices of today, it doesn't seem like a bad price for how good the figure looks, as Mark says, the air bubbles in the neck is something that wouldn't bother me in the least because I've come to see it even in figures manufactured in later years.
     
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    Haha, seems like he got the 'Steve shine' treatment. :razz:

    In all seriousness though, so lovely to see such a great example of the type A Ultra. Even with the unfortunate air bubbles around the neck (this is very early Marusan after all, so perhaps the process was just not down perfect yet), this is such a beauty. That is some incredibly clean paint if all original, which it would seem it was. I think outside of the red 'reverse' version, this is a pinnacle for most Ultraman and Marusan/Bullmark collectors. One of those sales to keep note of. Thanks for sharing this auction, Roger.
     
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    Hi Steve, do you think there is a possibility that the figure have been treated with baby oil so that the vinyl will shine more or even worse they use armor all.
     
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    You know, it is pure speculation on my part, but this particular toy - given it's age, and all other vintage toys I have seen in my years of the hobby - seems a bit overly shiny to me. Whether this was just a sharp buffing for the photos, a treatment to restore it, or something just temporary, who knows, but I do feel like, at least in the photos, it seems to be a bit more artificial than what I would normally expect. It wouldn't necessarily detract me from bidding on such a toy, but in spending that kind of money, it would be nice to know just what sort of thing these details entail. I definitely do tend to overanalyse photographs when toy shopping though! :lol: (and you should see me in person)
     
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    Red Baron NTV Soft missile time thing antique Showa Retro rare about 38cm
    Went for: 281,000 yen
    I think it's a good price for this amazing piece.
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    Marusan Godzilla silver generous both feet marked there time thing Soft Vinyl
    Went for: 501,000 yen

    In itself it is rare to see a Goji with that amount of silver on the body and head, in addition to that it is a double stamp. Despite everything mentioned before the final price surprised me a lot and I know that Mark @deafmetal can tell us more about this piece.
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    Yes, that is indeed a beautiful example of a double stamp Goji. As you pointed out, the silver coverage on this guy is lovely, and I particularly love the fade as you go down the body right to having that nice stripe across the legs, and inside the arms. Subtly achieved, but wonderful. I think, for examples like this one, passionate collectors are willing to go that extra mile to have a lovely Godzilla for their collections, so when one comes up for sale I am not so surprised it ends fairly high.
     
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    @Alebrije - I feel that Steve has summarized this auction result very well. Although the vinyl color and silver paints are not rare and would be considered a standard run, many collectors desire an example with the heaviest possible amount of silver paints, especially covering the full head, neck, torso, and limbs like this one. Another factor is the luster and uniformity of the silver paint. I feel that this goji is a perfect example in this regard, and looks very lovely with the fades from smooth and thick silver paint into the dark blue vinyl. The silver paint is in almost immaculate condition with very little wear. I find it very interesting that these features appeal so much to many different collectors, even though it was probably just a random decision by the factory artist that day who felt that they had enough silver paint to "go a bit heavy" on these Gojiras, haha.

    I would consider this to be a "condition-obsessed" auction, where the overall condition of the toy and paints is heavily prized. There is an obvious paint chip out of the red and black paints out of the right eye, but that said, I have only seen a couple of these examples with such heavy silver paint, and this one is one of the best I have ever seen. The Marusan double foot engravings are an additional bonus as well that drives up the bids. I imagine if there were black ink markings on the bottom of the feet that the winning bid would be half or less of the final result. I thought that paint chip would have kept the price lower, but there were at least two other bidders throwing down monster bids at this one after I had already dropped out. I have seen other examples like this sell for ~100-300k yen based on condition.
     
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    Thank you for you reply guys @ultrakaiju, @deafmetal.
    Mark thank you for delving into the subject so much, if I remember correctly a few years ago a member of the board wanted to buy a similar Goji with a lot of silver spray on the body in Kobe toy store for $ 1,200 USD and with the help of some board members They negotiated the price up to $ 900 USD unlike this specimen I think it was not double stamped and the blue vinyl was a bit lighter.
     
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