Kaiju Toys - A Collector's Dream
Kaiju toys are they more than just a toy?
Kaiju is a Japanese word that means "strange beast" or loosely translated in English as "monster".
In reality, kaiju are mythical creatures featured in popular Japanese TV shows known as Tokusatsu. Tokusatsu had a huge influence on both ugly doll creators Sun-Min and David since they were small children , so now they wish to honour their fond memories with genuine Japanese Kaiju!
Tokusatsu meaning "special effects" are used in Japanese TV.In particular, Tokusatsu means the use of special effects in live action film or television dramas.
Tokusatsu entertainment is based around science fiction, fantasy, or horror, but confusingly movies and TV shows in other genres can sometimes be classified as Tokusatsu as well.
The most popular types of this genre are Kaiju monster movies such as the Godzilla and Gamera film series , Superhero TV serials like the Kamen Rider and Metal Heroes series .
This genre is proving to be immensely popular within the Japanese entertainment industry and in recent years has also begun to develop a small but loyal and growing fan-base outside of Japan.
Conventional animals insects and mythical figures are all used in the creation of Kaiju toys.
Even traffic lights, faucets and vegetables like tomatoes are all grist to the artists imagination when creating these super creatures.
Then there's Kamen Rider Super-1 includes a whole army of monsters based on everyday objects such as ladders and umbrellas.
The term Kaiju is used in the West to describe monsters from Tokusatsu and Japanese folklore. From the Japanese point of view though vampires, werewolves, zombies and mummies from Wetern mythology belong to this genre too and are credited as the inspiration behind the many Kaiju creations.
Typically, Kaiju toys serve as cannon fodder for evil warlords. Kaiju can also be featured as the right-hand men to the chief villaind but morality soon intervenes when they are destroyed by advancing hero figures.
Kaiju started becoming popular after they were cast alongside heroes in the story so people could easily identify with them. This became more evident after the Kaiju were seen saving civilians from impending evil and demonstrating complex personality traits rather than appearing one-dimensional only.
And since their popularity has spread overseas these Kaiju toys are now a much sought after collector's piece.
Those who wisely invest in them now are likely to see the value of them rise in the near future.