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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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