Mill Creek Entertainment is hyping up their Blu-Ray releases for both Ultra Q & Ultraman with some new preview pics! Posted up over on their twitter, are our first in hand looks at the Steelbook packaging for each series. Each series set in the Mill Creek collection will be numbered in order, making each new series a gorgeous addition to any toku collectors’ library of titles, and in my personal collection a nice uniform set of spines on a shelf! With the promise of many more series to come, like the recently announced Orb & Geed, these first two sets are bound to be big sellers with fans.
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Hot on the heels of the release of the Ultraman Suit, Tamashii Nations has just revealed (via the Ultraman Manga/Anime Twitter) their next entry in the Ultraman anime line of S.H. Figuarts. Once again, it’s a bit of a do-over, but one that should please collectors.
Bemular (The Animation) takes the original Manga Bemular S.H. Figuarts X Ultra-Act release, and re-works it into a newly improved design more in line with the Netflix anime’s design style. A side by side comparison of the two figures attached here shows just how different the new animation release really is.
Tamashii has confirmed that Bemular will be released as a Tamashii Web Exclusive, though at this time release date and price have yet to be announced. We’ll update this story when that information becomes available.
Happy Ultraman Day indeed! As revealed exclusively by SciFi Japan, Mill Creek Entertainment (in conjunction with Indigo Entertainment) has just struck a tremendous deal with Tsuburaya Productions. Mill Creek has just acquired the *entire* Ultraman library of series and films ranging from 1966’s Ultra Q all the way through to today for both physical home media & digital releases!
This announcement means that nearly every single production released as a part of the Ultra Series in the last 50+ years (over 1100 episodes and 20 movies) has the potential for both physical Blu-Ray releases as well as digital streaming options. To kick off this acquisition, Mill Creek has also officially revealed it’s first two home media releases, Ultra Q and Ultraman!
Both Ultra Q & Ultraman will be released in Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray series sets on October 15th for $49.98 each. Standard Packaging releases of each series will be made available on the same day for $39.98 as well. Each set will also include Digital redemption codes through Mill Creek’s Moviespree streaming service! Both series have been remastered in high definition with DTS-HD Masters of the original Japanese audio, with a fresh set of English subtitles. You can pre-order each set at the following links.:
Ultra Q Complete Series Limited Steelbook Blu-Ray – $49.98
Ultra Q Complete Series Standard Blu-Ray – $39.98
Ultraman Complete Series Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-Ray $49.98
Ultraman Complete Series Standard Blu-Ray $39.98
This is a pretty huge announcement on a day that was already a true celebration of the franchise itself. The door is now wide open for the heroes that came after the original Ultraman to finally be available to English speaking audiences on Blu-Ray & digital streaming widely. We eagerly await Mill Creek’s next announcement!
Our friends at Hobby Link Japan sent through information on 3 new Ultraman products hitting the Japanese market. The high end collectibles will include Character Classics Ultraman Taro, Ultraman Tiga Art Master 3D, Ultra Q Decayed Garamon Art Master 3D. Each of them are based on the classic series and are meant for the most die-hard Ultraman fans. Read on to check out the details and info from HLJ!
80cm Tiga, Two More Breathtaking Ultraman Statues from GomoraKick
GomoraKick (Kaiyodo International) presents three premium, highly-detailed Ultraman statues for summer release: Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Taro, and Gamaron.
SANO, Japan — HobbyLink Japan, one of the largest and longest-operating international retailers of Japanese hobby products and toys, announced today the release of three premium statues for Ultraman fans, brought to life by master sculptors Takashi Kinoshita and Ryu Oyama. All three statues will be available outside of Japan this July from GomoraKick (Kaiyodo International), and are currently available for pre-order from HobbyLink Japan with no prepayment required.
Character Classics Ultraman Taro (¥34,800 JPY)
Based on the in-depth knowledge and research of Takashi Kinoshita, Ultraman Taro is recreated in impressive detail at 35cm tall. The mask has been crafted with the original mask used as reference, and the Color Timer has been reproduced in translucent material and reverse installed for an impeccable appearance. Includes a magnetic display stand.
- 35cm tall
- Completed cold-cast model
- Display stand included (cold-cast, magnetic)
- Sculpted by Takashi Kinoshita
Ultraman Tiga Art Master 3D (¥158,000 JPY)
Created by Takashi Kinoshita, Ultraman Tiga features a realistic, screen-accurate costume created by 3D scanning the original vinyl kit, then enlarging and improving details into a stunning 80cm-tall statue. His eyes and Color Timer are LED-lit, and sound effects are built in, adding interactivity to aesthetic. A remote control for the LEDs and sound effect, as well as a display stand, are included.
- 80cm tall
- Dynamic fighting pose
- LED-powered Color Timer and eyes
- Sound effect model
- Remote control (lights, sounds) included
- Display stand included
- Sculpted by Takashi Kinoshita
Ultra Q Decayed Garamon Art Master 3D (¥59,800 JPY)
Sculptor Ryu Oyama brings us the most detailed, delightfully grotesque version of Garamon yet. Garamon was crafted as a 14cm-tall clay model which was CT scanned to capture every layer and detail necessary to enlarge the final statue to a 20cm height. Made from blown poly-resin similar to plastic, this kaiju is made to be particular resistant to breakage and damage to protect each carefully-crafted thorn and edge.
- 20cm tall
- Blow-molded poly-resin
- Sculpted by Ryu Oyama
About Hobby Link Japan
In 1995, HobbyLink Japan Ltd. began offering Japanese model kits to international customers out of a small apartment in Tokyo, Japan. Today, HobbyLink Japan Ltd. operates out of a custom-built office and warehouse in cozy Sano City, Tochigi Prefecture, and offers over 120,000 hobby products, toys, publications, and collectibles at domestic prices, shipping to 225 countries and regions worldwide. In addition to retail sales, the company offers wholesale, third-party logistics, and third-party ecommerce services. With its staff of over 75 Japanese and international employees, HobbyLink Japan Ltd. won feefo’s Gold Trusted Service Award in 2018 for outstanding service scores, as rated by real customers. To learn more, visit https://hlj.com/corporate-profile.
In an exclusive being reported by THR, Tsuburaya has just tapped Jeff Gomez and his Starlight Runner Entertainment along with LA based The Licensing Group to rebrand and reboot the Ultraman franchise across multiple platforms for markets outside Japan. This is massive news for a number of reasons, but THR has a great exclusive breakdown of what this all means as well.
U.S. transmedia producer Starlight Runner Entertainment has been tapped by Tokyo-based Tsuburaya Productions to build out the Ultraman mythology for the digital age outside of Japan, to include a possible live action streaming TV series. The original live action Ultra Q and Ultramanseries that launched in 1966 featured a high-tech police force and their silver superhero Ultraman battling to save the Earth from invading aliens and giant monsters.
Dozens of sequel TV series, movies, video games and other spinoff content followed, including recent movies like Ultraman X the Movie in 2016, Ultraman Orb the Movie last year and Ultraman Geed the Movie in 2018, the 29th installment of the franchise.
As Tsuburaya looks to restore Ultraman’s profile outside Japan, Starlight Runner will team with The Licensing Group to reboot the superhero property across multiple platforms, with story-driven licensing and merchandising programs for the U.S. and international markets.
The Ultraman licensing program will be supported by new content distributed on cable, streaming and SVOD platforms. “Ultraman is one of my greatest childhood heroes. We’re honored to be embarking on this mission to bring this family of characters back to the world stage,” Starlight Runner CEO Jeff Gomez said in a statement.
So, how exciting is this? Seeing one of the oldest and most beloved Tokusatsu franchises in the world, stepping into the modern day in an entirely new fashion. SHare your thoughts on the subject by visiting our discussion thread on the topic, just click “Discuss on the TokuNation Forums” at the bottom of this post.
A new challenger has arrived!
Tsuburaya Productions’ begun to tease the next Ultraman series following Ultraman Geed, and while our new hero currently remains nameless we have our first silhouetted look at this new hero thanks to a magazine that have been making the rounds online.
No name for this Ultraman has been confirmed as of yet, but three names have been trademarked: Ultraman Lube, Ultraman Rosso, and Ultraman Bull. Ultraman Bright has also been thrown around, it’s also possible that Tsuburaya could be going with three main Ultramen for the next show, but nothing has been 100% confirmed as of this writing.
Stay tuned, and we’ll bring you more info as it breaks.
After a rousing success in international print sales, numerous S.H.Figuarts, high end 1/6 scale figures, statues, busts, & other collectibles, the last barrier left to conquer for Eeichi Shimizu’s ULTRAMAN manga is of course, for it to be adapted to anime!
Headed our way in 2019 will be a full anime adaptation of the long running ULTRAMAN manga! A countdown had been ticking down on the series official website, without much further information until now. As more information about this series is revealed, such as the animation staff and voice cast, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date. If you’re unfamiliar with the ULTRAMAN Manga, here’s a handy summary of the plot from the series US publisher Viz:
Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined Shin Hayata of the Scientific Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters known as Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero – a new kind of Ultraman…
Shinjiro is an ordinary teenager, but his father is the legendary Shin Hayata. When he learns that his father passed on the “Ultraman Factor” to him, and that he possesses incredible powers, nothing will ever be the same again.
Good news, Converge collectors! Bandai has a double whammy reveal for us with the latest wave of Kamen Rider Converge and the very first Ultraman Converge set!
Kamen Rider 8 Converge will see a release in January and will contain Blade, Blade Jack Form, Amazon Omega, New Amazon Omega, Fourze Base States, and two yet to be disclosed Kamen Rider Build related releases.
Meanwhile, Ultraman Converge’s first outing will contain the original Ultraman, Geed Primitive, Tiga, Zero Beyond, Belial, and Orb Origin. This wave will be released the following month in February, both series will also contain one additional secret figure.
Kenelephant Brands just unveiled a unique statue for fans of Ultraman. Cast in polystone, this 1/12 Ultraman statue is referencing an old photo of Eiji Tsuburaya himself on set during the production of the original Ultraman. For those of you that own August Ragone’s book: Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters you’ll instantly recognize this piece as the cover for said book.
But, this awesome piece comes with a catch: the Kenelephant Eiji Tsuburaya & Ultraman 1/12 Statue will set you back about 32,400 yen. It’ll be released in February 2018 but it seems like only 300 or so of these will be made.
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