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Last Known Photo

September 13th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Bandai B-Club Bullmark Tsuburaya Pandon reissue Japanese vinyl sofubi Ultraseven kaiju toy monster figure

Chogokin Gimmickry

December 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chogokin Gimmickry
I rediscovered many of my toys while making the Chogokin Gimmickry video. I encourage you to occasionally play with your toys – especially your r@@@re and expensive, super-fragile, antique Japanese diecast toys from companies like Popy, Takatoku, Bullmark, Arklon, Eidi, and Marushin.

Encounter

June 28th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Ultraman Jamaica

Bandai’s 66mm Mini Action Figure Ultraman on the beach at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Guiro Seijin

January 30th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

guiroSeijinB-Club Bullmark reissue Guiro Seijin vinyl kaiju figure.

Up to something unsavory down in the low places.

… a few more toy images …

Strange Toys I Have Known –
Marx Toy Soldier Casualties

November 5th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

marx06b

I think most of us who grew up between the 50’s and the 80’s would consider the little, green plastic soldier to be one of the most ubiquitous toys of that world. I know I saw hundreds (if not thousands) of them littering the floors, toy boxes, and playgrounds of my and my peers’ youth. Among them would have to have been some Marx toy soldiers.

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POINK! Spring-Loaded, Japanese Robot Fists!

April 18th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Poink! Spring-Loaded, Japanese Robot Fists!

Goofing around with the detail collage for my post on the “Instrucciones” poster inspired me to create a few fun (and totally stupid) products utilizing an iconic graphic from one of the instruction sheets: a spring-loaded, Japanese robot fist flying through the air!

I dunno about you but I’m definitely getting one of the shirts

Poink! Spring-Loaded, Japanese Robot Fists!

http://www.cafepress.com/coreyshead – Enjoy!

Slasher Astronaut

April 11th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Slasher Astronaut

We received a big tub of cast-off toys for the boys from their grandparents and, going through it to see what to keep for them and what to send off to either Goodwill or the big toybox in the sky, I ran across what I am now referring to as “Slasher Astronaut.”

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Instrucciones – Installment of Robot

March 28th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Instrucciones - Detail collage

My interest in Japanese toys has very little to do with actually playing with them.

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Strange Toys I Have Known:
Sole of Godzilla’s Gang

March 4th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Godzilla's Gang

A while back I brought Nokogirin and Godzilla’s Gang to your collective attention. What I didn’t mention is that Nokogirin was not the only of the series I’d managed to round up. Minus the eponymous member, I have managed to “collect them all!”™

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Kaleidosgokin

February 20th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

My Gif To You

February 11th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Nightmare Before Christmas Hatchet-Head

‘Round about 2005/2006 I discovered the fine art of shaking the hand of the devi … making animated gifs with Photoshop.

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Strange Toys I Have Known:
Yes, we have Nokogirin – we have Nokogirin today!

February 1st, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Nokogirin

The Japanese have some fascinating bugs on their islands, thus it is no wonder these startling and wonderful animals would figure to a noticeable degree in their sci-fi and fantasy.

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Strange Toys I Have Known –
The Mysterious Atomic “B” Boy

December 2nd, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

The Mysterious Atomic B Boy

Okay, this toy isn’t all that strange but it is ~ ooo-eee-ooo! ~ mysterious.

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Strange Toys I Have Known –
For Relaxing Times, Make It … Cretaceous Times

October 8th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

Cretaceous Times

It has been a long, long time since I’ve been all that interested in dinosaurs. Like zombies and bacon, dinosaurs are, by now, more than a little played out (although, show me a zombie dinosaur made of bacon and you might have something – just don’t let it dance “Gangnam Style”).

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Bear With Me

September 23rd, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

Bear With Me

I received this Sankyo Bear from my friend, Jim, late last week and was immediately creeped out by it.

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Redking (giant size)

September 20th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

 

Redking

(click through for variations)

Ah, Redking, foe of Ultraman and your brother and sister monsters alike. Oh, Redking: you of the wobbly head and snarky disposition. Yes, Redking – so called because of your utter lack of red coloring (at least in all the initial incarnations). Hey Redking, where you goin’ with that tower in your hand?

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Strange Toys I Have Known – No Means Mr. No

September 17th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

Mr. No

A long time ago, when I was just getting into Japanese toys (and still had things like Spawn figures in my collection – *shame!*) I ran across a doll from Xebec toys (a branch of Kaiyodo)  called “Mr. No”.

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Bat Otoko

September 16th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

Bat Otoko

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A recent, birthday-related-cum-ill-advised shopping trip on YahooJapan provided me with four new additions to my Japanese toy collection and an exchange-rate hangover.

Here’s #2: Bat Otoko from the Kamen Rider series. This is the reissue, not the original – hey, what am I? Made of money?

Bat man. In Kamen Rider he’s a bad guy, in case you couldn’t tell. I like this toy because it is so incredibly ugly.

Skull Star

September 15th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

Skull Star

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A recent, birthday-related-cum-ill-advised shopping trip on YahooJapan provided me with four new additions to my Japanese toy collection and an exchange-rate hangover.

Here’s #1: Skull Star from the Tiger Mask series. He’s a wrassler, folks. Stand back.

Nice to have something that adds to two collections at once: vintage Japanese vinyl and skulls.

Do I need an intervention or what?

Piping the Dwarf

March 20th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)
Piping the Dwarf

Don’t worry, kids. I’m not going to kill you!

Piping der Zwerg – I can only assume it’s not pronounced “Piping,” as in “who’d like a plate of piping hot dwarf?” but “Pipping.”

Further, though “zwerg” translates roughly to “dwarf” in English, I really think the little bugger is more gnome-like – but who am I to nitpick? Dwarf, Gnome, Brownie, Creepy Little Dude – it’s all the same in the long run.

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Hopps the Frog

March 18th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Hopps the Frog

Hopps the Frog and his hypnotic, acid-eyed stare.

Hopps der Frosch – the frog – is another in a series of often naked-but-for-their-shoes advertising characters from the German shoe-maker, Salamander AG.

Part of a group of six vinyl toys, Hopps is described as leader Lurchi’s best friend, curious, cheeky, and adventurous. Given what I’ve seen from the rest of the group’s sculpts, Hopps is actually *less* cheeky than most of the others … but maybe they weren’t referring to his rump.

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Self Portrait in Studio

November 23rd, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Self Portrait in Studio - Takara King Walder Jr. Plantman - 9" doll

Takara King Walder Jr. Plantman – 9" doll

You may have already figured this out but I’ve spent a good (embarrassing?) chunk of the last decade collecting, photographing, and obsessing over (primarily Japanese) toys.

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READ!

November 6th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

READ! - Marmit Baruzas vinyl

Marmit Baruzas vinyl

Oh! Sorry …

October 15th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Oh! Sorry ... - Medicom RAH220 Kamen Rider villain Yamogerasu doll

Medicom RAH220 Kamen Rider villain Yamogerasu doll

The Corey’s Head 2012 Calendar of Robots & Monsters

October 8th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

 

The Coreyshead 2012 Calendar of Robots & Monsters

 

That’s right, get your shoes and socks on, people: it’s time once again for me to approach on bended knee (you try that – it’ll ruin your pants, I tell you … ) and beg, with great, big, brown puppy-dog eyes, for you to consider, with an appreciation approaching worshipfulness, my 6th and final, kinda-sorta annual, calendar offering.

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Tell Me Your Troubles

October 4th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Popy Gan Gara Ganchan diecast

Popy Gan Gara Ganchan diecast

I’ve heard ’em all, sir. Every one.
The cheating wife, the stubborn son,
the stupid boss; the kitchen sink.
You take a seat, order a drink
and, soon enough, you lend my ear
to troubles soaked in scotch and beer
One mug, two mug, three mugs tossed
straight down the hatch: hell with the boss!
You’ll learn that boy. You’ll kick his ass;
replace your wife with some young lass.
You pound the bar and slap my arm.
Bleary and weak, you’d bet the farm
your new friend (me) can cure all ills.
In sooth reverse: you pay my bills.

Fossil Fool

September 22nd, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Fossil Fool - B-Club/Bullmark Aboras vinyl recast

B-Club/Bullmark Aboras vinyl

Electric Lunch

August 8th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Electric Lunch: downtown Loveland, CO, circa 1910 - Bullmark Blazer diecast

Bullmark Blazer diecast

They said he was from Japan and that accounted for his funny accent but it was clear to me he weren’t no Japaner. They said his metal body was the result of wounds he’d received in a war or some such but I never believed that, not for one minute. Who ever heard of such a thing; a metal body?

He wasn’t a this earth, I tell you, not even this time, maybe. Sell my mother if it aint true.

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Miraclon 34th St.

July 29th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Miraclon 34th St.

Bandai Miraclon vinyl

Fruit

July 21st, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Fruit - Bullmark Rockbat diecast

Bullmark Rockbat diecast

I thought he was just a kid goofing around. Just another bozo-button at large and awash in adolescence. You’ve seen ’em; teens, sans supervision in the supermarket, making public fresh for their friends.

But this was different.

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The Neighbor

July 15th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

The Neighbor - Takatoku Bibyun diecast

Takatoku Bibyun diecast

Weird noises come out of his place at all hours and the windows are almost always dark. Some nights you can see little, flickering lights moving around in there like he’s maneuvering about the place with tea lights in his hands and plenty of shochu in his veins.

Oh, yeah he drinks alright. Sometimes alone, sometimes with what sounds like a million angry ghosts but always the next morning: the clatter of glass and aluminum out the back door, down the steps, and into the recycle container, often to overflowing.

He bangs that porch door a lot and, if you look over, he sometimes waves his little, plastic swords menacingly in your direction.

We turn our heads when this happens, politely sucking on our cigarettes, pretending we aren’t amused, interested, or even aware of his bizarre, red costume with the bumpy blue eyes.

You don’t fuck around with a guy like that. Not in San Francisco. Not when he’s … the neighbor.

Dodongo!

July 9th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

dodongo

Bullmark (B-Club) Dodongo

WiShY wAsHy

June 30th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Escape

Butanohana Chibull Ningen

Garamon Green

June 28th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

Garamon Green

Yamanaya Garamon at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, WA

Mäusepiep the … Mouse

June 8th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Mäusepiep the Mouse.

Being unfamiliar with German beyond movies and a few chance meetings, I can only assume “Mäusepiep” is pronounced similar to “Mousie peep” which has some disturbing implications if one is, like myself, immature enough to move past the more obvious and palatable thought that the “piep” stands for the sound the little critter might make as opposed to the stain and stench he leaves behind.

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Igelmann the Hedgehog

June 3rd, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Igelmann the Hedgehog.

Igelmann the Hedgehog is the third in a series of vinyl toys I’ve been profiling from German shoe company, Salamander AG.

Igelmann – is there any more inauspicious of a name? It even seems short a letter: for weeks I’ve misread it as “Ingelmann.” Having now realized it lacks the letter “n” that my eyes first imagined, my onomatopoeic mind now envisions Igelmann as a rather squirmy, wiggly character … but no matter.

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Lurchi the Salamander

May 29th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Lurchi the Fire Salamander.

Allow me to introduce (at least to my blog) Lurchi, the fire salamander and main advertising character for the German shoe company Salamander AG (get it? get it?).

Introduced in 1937 as a way to distract children during their parent’s potentially protracted perusal of the proprieters products (cough), Lurchi is the alpha dog of a motley crew of animal characters whose tales are told in small booklets entitled “Lurchi’s Abenteuer” (Lurchi’s Adventure); humorous, sometimes moralistic tales written in simple rhyming couplets for a target audience of primary-school children.

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Unkerich the Toad

May 24th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Unkerich shows off his maker’s mark

Meet Unkerich, the yellow-bellied toad and shoe shiller for German shoe company Salamander AG.

Part of a cast of six characters introduced in 1937, ostensibly to entertain the children of fussy, adult shoe shoppers, Unkerich is said to be the “strong man” of the group as well as a gastronome and, if Wikipedia can be trusted, also a bit of a maladroit.

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It Came From Taiwan (via Bend, OR)

March 8th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards


I recently scored this fantastic walking toy from a good toy buddy during a Japanese Toy Freak-Out Weekend in San Francisco.

Now you, too, can know the fear of its spindly, trundling legs and flashing, evil bug eyes.

Beware!

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

November 30th, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards

B-club Aboras

The Case(s) of Renewed Interest

September 21st, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards

a closeup of the long, glass case

6 years ago, when I was in the thick of toy collecting, I ran across a couple of very surprising deals: two glass display cases, to be exact. Low, old-school, wood and glass display cases. And at the right price: free.

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Kanegon

March 13th, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards


So it turned out that the neighbor severed my cable while planting a tree.

He was nice enough to leave the cable ends protruding from the earth like giant, errant whiskers but otherwise said nothing.

He’s in construction, natch.

Namegon

March 1st, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards

Namegon

A giant snail. What’s cooler than that?

My picture of it, that’s what.

Aboras

February 28th, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards

Aboras

One of the last toys I ever bought, the Bandai, B-Club reissue of the Bullmark Aboras was long sought.

Something about this toy’s whimsical grin (at least on one side, the other side of his face is rather unfriendly, as if the sculptor was of two moods during the process … or just inept) has always pleased me to no end.

The toy has spent the last few months perched on a living room stereo speaker (the only figure toy in evidence in my home proper) in the hope that it would inspire me.

It has. I hope you like the results as much as I do – more of the same is on the way.

Hidden Valet

December 2nd, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards


Nostalgic Heroes “Tetsujin 26”

I wonder – was he riding that bike or does he just maintain it?

If the former, then how does he get around the deck support? Was he assembled down there?

Mebbe there’s another egress …

Peek-A-Boo

November 30th, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards


Bandai “Hanejiro”

This was a very simple set-up, as I’m sure you can imagine: A basic head-on with lots off diffuse light on my subject, then a simple two-part layer of the wall and a slight mask of the window to insert the toy.

So simple I almost felt like I was cheating.

For a final effect, I cut out a large section of the top window, which I applied to Hanejiro via a clipping mask, then brought said layer’s opacity down until the toy looked like it was behind the window.

A little bit of stenciling to include my sig and: voila.

I may like this shot best of the three I did this weekend even thought it was so danged easy: the unexpected, goofy charm of Hanejiro’s face up in the window … it perfectly embodies my attitude and aim when making these ridiculous pics …

Bleach

November 29th, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards


Medicom RAH “Dada”

I’ve had this shot (hell, all this week’s outside shots) for a long time and have “published” a few of them before, sans toys of course.

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End of the Tunnel

November 29th, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards


B-Club “Zarab Seijin”

I’m not quite sure how this happened. Something about a request for me to come up with another calendar of toy pics and then my realizing, for the first time since I put one together, that I didn’t have 12 new pictures.

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Somehow … back at it.

November 24th, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards


B-Club “Daigoro”

The next thing you know I’m paging through old backgrounds and snapping pictures of a toy, my mind awhirl with projects, themes, and other forms of sheer pointlessness.

It’s this kind of stuff that “holds me back” and ensures that I’ll never “make it.”

But you know what? I don’t really care anymore. They’re just too fun to make.

(my daughter says he needs a package)

Whip Out Those Pocketbooks

November 22nd, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards

It’s that time again: the fourth annual Corey’s Head Toy Calendar is now available.

17″x11″ this full-color guide to the seasons features “artwork” by yours truly and is printed on actual paper using some kind of ink! What an amazing world!

Due to a lack of time, this year’s calendar features one new picture and eleven other, gloriously ancient (yet previously unpublished) images of toys I paid waaaay too much for back when I had a different life.

Come one, come all and snatch yerself up a calendar before Cafepress decides I’m breaking some kind of copyright law or another and yanks my product.

All proceeds (1 miserable buck per calendar) go to yours truly.

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