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    Win Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE and ULTRAMAN ZERO COLLECTION Blu-ray sets from Mill Creek! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray + Digital set of Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE and ULTRAMAN ZERO COLLECTION. The ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE set includes the complete television series ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE (ウルトラギャラクシー大怪獣バトル, Urutora Gyarakushī Daikaijū Batoru, 2007) and ULTRA GALAXY: MEGA MONSTER BATTLE NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY (ウルトラギャラクシー大怪獣バトル NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY, Urutora Gyarakushī Daikaijū Batoru Nebā Endingu Odessei, 2008) and the 2009 theatrical feature MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY THE MOVIE (大怪獣バトル ウルトラ銀河伝説 THE MOVIE, Daikaijū Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu Za Mūbī) on 5 Blu-ray discs with an MSRP of $45.99. The ULTRAMAN

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray + Digital set of Tsuburaya Productions’ ULTRAMAN LEO (ウルトラマンレオ Urutoraman Reo, 1974-75). The set contains stunning high definition video for all 51 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. ULTRAMAN LEO is the seventh and final entry in the first wave of the Ultraman Series, premiering in Japan in April 1974. The mighty hero Ultraseven is crippled while defending the Earth from an invasion by the tyrannical Alien Magma. He is rescued by Gen Otori, a young Ultra warrior who had fled to Earth following the destruction of his homeworld, Planet L77 in the Leo constellation. Unable to return to his giant form, the injured Ultraseven resumes

    Photo courtesy of Marvel. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Marvel. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS  Source: Marvel Entertainment Special Thanks to Anthony Blackwood Marvel has provided a preview of the next issue of their second Ultraman mini series. The Trials of Ultraman #3 will be available from comic shops and other retailers next Wednesday, May 19th. The Trials of Ultraman #3 Writers: Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom Artist: Francesco Manna Cover Artist: Art Adams It turns out that the forces aligned against the USP and Ultraman are far more widespread-and more organized!-than our heroes had ever suspected. If they're going to survive, they'll need a new ally of their own...and the man they're looking at just so happens to be one of the most powerful and influential people in the world. But what's his history with the USP,

    Teaser art courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Netflix. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Netflix press releases Netflix is developing a CG-animated ULTRAMAN feature film in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions. The movie will be co-directed by Shannon Tindle (THE CROODS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS) and John Aoshima (GRAVITY FALLS, DUCKTALES). This project continues Netflix's relationship with Tsuburaya Productions following the release of the ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman, 2019) anime series which is currently in production on its second season. Quote from  Shannon Tindle: “Making this film is a dream come true. What began as an original story inspired by my love for Eiji Tsuburaya’s Ultraman somehow became an actual Ultraman film thanks to the incredible trust of the team at Tsuburaya Productions, and the support of the folks at Netflix Animation. We’ve assembled an all-star team and I can’t wait to share

    Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN Z PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN Z PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) Tamashii Nations  Official Site: ultra.tamashii.jp (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Chuan Lu Bluefin, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Collectibles, has provided SciFi Japan with product information and photos of their S.H.Figuarts Ultraman Z in his original form. The figure is now available for preorder from online retailers. Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN Z PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN Z PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO S.H.Figuarts ULTRAMAN Z ORIGINAL /S.H.フィギュアーツ ウルトラマンゼット オリジナル Ultraman Z, from the series ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto), 2020』and ULTRAMAN CHRONICLE Z: HEROES' ODYSSEY (ウルトラマン クロニクルZ ヒーローズオデッセイ,

    Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) Tamashii Nations  Official Site: ultra.tamashii.jp (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Chuan Lu Bluefin, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Collectibles, has provided SciFi Japan with product information and photos of their DYNACTION Ultraman figure from the upcoming movie SHIN ULTRAMAN ( シン・ウルトラマン) ... Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Bluefin. ©2021 SHIN ULTRAMAN PRODUCTION COMMITTEE ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS DYNACTION Shin Ultraman /DYNACTION シン・ウルトラマン ウルトラマン Illuminating eyes. A lustrous finish. Diecast and POM plastic joints for enhanced posability. And best of all, a titanic 40cm size. The DYNACTION Ultraman (Shin Ultraman) is the ultimate Ultra-figure! Painted to evoke the fierce glow of the character onscreen, it is

      Logo for the new series, ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN TRIGGER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO 25 Years After ULTRAMAN TIGA, the Legend of the Giant of Light is Revived in the World of Reiwa! Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ani.tv/ultraman_trigger, m-78.jp/trigger (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series ULTRAMAN TRIGGER key art, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © ULTRAMAN TRIGGER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO   Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and large high-res images from ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA (ウルトラマントリガー NEW GENERATION TIGA, Urutoraman Torigā Nyū Jenerēshon Tiga), their upcoming television series featuring a new Ultra Hero set in the ULTRAMAN TIGA (ウルトラマンティガ, Urutoramant Tiga, 1996-97) timeline. Introduction Tsuburaya Productions will begin broadcasting their latest TV series ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA on the TV Tokyo Network,

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions has released English and Japanese press release regarding their decision to postpone the Japanese theatrical release of SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman)... Regarding the Release Date of SHIN ULTRAMAN First, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to everyone who has suffered from the ongoing effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We would also like to express our gratitude and respect for all of the healthcare and essential workers who even now are responding to the situation.  Due to delays in the production schedule caused by COVID-19, we will not be releasing SHIN ULTRAMAN in theaters in the early summer of 2021 as planned and will instead formulate a new release schedule. Our staff members are earnestly working on the production. We hope

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans Every year, Media Play News, the trade publication for the home entertainment industry, holds their Home Entertainment Awards where titles of excellence released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital are nominated for an array of categories. This year Mill Creek has received 14 product nominations across 13 categories, including NEO ULTRA Q for the Best International Release category! Now it’s up to the public to vote for their favorite titles to see who will ultimately will the best in category! The voting is open now and runs through April 9. The online ballot is available at https://www.mediaplaynews.com/awards/ballot/. We ask that fans of Mill Creek’s Ultraman Blu-ray releases to please VOTE for NEO ULTRA Q for the Best International Release category (and the rest of the Mill Creek Entertainment releases, should they feel so inclined).

    Author: Benjamin Chaffins Yasushi Torisawa was born October 14, 1962 in Aomori Prefecture. He worked at the Tohoku Institute of Technology (Department of Industrial Design: Major Visual Design) when he moved to Tokyo after graduation. After working for a printing company, he joined Japan Telenet, a game company, where he worked on character design for PC games and illustrations for packages. After that, he joined Daiei Studios where he made the artwork for the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo tie-in game for GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE.The movie production announcement venue held at Daiei Studio with the game production announcement immediately following at the same venue, and Torisawa made the onstage presentation for the game. After leaving Daiei in 1996, he became a freelancer and was active in various fields such as game planning, design and illustration, commercial direction and video

    Author: Edward L. Holland Special Thanks to X-Plus, John Ruffin, Sam Torres, Andrew Wong, and Vince Elliott For kaiju collectors, X-Plus’ DefoReal and PLEX Corporation’s Ultra 5000 Mega Monster series figures cannot be beat for their price, size, and amazing detail, making them sought after by tokusatsu aficionados across the globe. DefoReals are compact and have distorted proportions compared to their standard and gigantic counterparts. However, there is no compromise on their craftsmanship which include superbly detailed heads. Whether it is Toho Studios’ kaiju, Tsuburaya and Toei heroes, or Ray Harryhausen beasts, most DefoReals come in two versions. You can usually pick one up during its general release or as limited Shonen RIC edition directly from X-Plus. Shonen Ric editions are quite popular with a host of light-up features, variant paint schemes, and bonus items. From casual

    Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) Tamashii Nations Ultraman Official Site: ultra.tamashii.jp (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Chuan Lu, Justin Cavender, Daiki Fukaura, Adam Newman and Kenji Washida Bluefin, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Collectibles, has provided SciFi Japan with product specs and GIANT high-res photos of their S.H.Figuarts Ultraman figure from the upcoming movie SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman). The S.H.Figuarts Shin Ultraman figure can now be preordered from Bandai’s Tamashii Nations Store on Amazon and other retailers. S.H.Figuarts Shin Ultraman/ S.H.Figuarts シン・ウルトラマン Shin Ultraman, as envisioned by producer Hideaki Anno (EVANGELION, SHIN GODZILLA), joins S.H.Figuarts! The hero is based on the original design by Toru Narita, who served as the art director of art for “ULTRA Q (ウルトラQ, Urutora Q, 1966), ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 1966-67) and ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutora

    Source: Marvel Entertainment, Matt Frank Commentary: Matt Frank Special Thanks to Anthony Blackwood and Tom Brevoort A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Last December, Marvel Comics announced The Trials of Ultraman, their second mini-series based on Tsuburaya Productions’ famous alien hero. Issue #1 will be released on March 17 and features two cover options; the first by Arthur Adams (X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Godzilla) and the second a variant by Matt Frank. Matt is no stranger to kaiju fans, having illustrated several issues of the Godzilla comics from IDW Publishing, Tsuburaya’s Redman: The Kaiju Hunter, packaging for the recent Gamera Blu-ray sets, and official Ultraman monster shirts available only in the ultramangalaxy.com store. Matt is also an old friend of the SciFi Japan team, and kindly offered — with the support of Marvel Entertainment — to share an exclusive first look at his cover

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: toy.bandai.co.jp/series/ultraman (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Benjamin Chaffins The Japanese toy company Bandai has revealed their soft vinyl and Ultra Action figures from the upcoming movie SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman). The film is a modern take on the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Shirīzu, 1966-67) television series from writer/producer Hideaki Anno (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION) and director Shinji Higuchi (Gamera Trilogy, ATTACK ON TITAN), the co-directors of the award-winning box office smash SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016). Movie Monster Series: Ultraman (Shin Ultraman)/ ムービーモンスターシリーズ ウルトラマン(シン・ウルトラマン) The soft vinyl figure that reproduces Ultraman appearance in the movie, which was inspired by the concept artwork by ULTRA Q (ウルトラQ, Urutora Q, 1966), ULTRAMAN and ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutora Sebun, 1967-68) character designer Toru ‘Tohl’ Narita. This design does

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions, PGA Co., Ltd. press release Yokohama-based PGA (Perfect Gear Agency) Co., Ltd., manufacturer of cellphone and digital audio accessories, has released new acrylic iPhone cases featuring designs from Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultraman franchise. The Ultraman Series Design iPhone Case (ウルトラマンシリーズデザインiPhoneケース, Urutoraman Shirīzu Dezain iPhone Kēsu) feature popular characters such as Dada, Eleking, Pigmon, Booska, Sevenger and Windom on cases for a variety of iPhone formats, including SE, XS/X, 11 Pro, 11/X, 11/XR, 12 Mini and 12 Pro. The Ultraman iPhone cases are now available from Japanese electronics retailers like the Yodobashi Camera and Village Vanguard store chains, Rakuten Ichiba, Yahoo! Shopping and Amazon. About Tsuburaya Productions Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special

    Source: Bandai America Incorporated Official Preorder Site: p-bandai.com/us Bandai America has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their new ULTIMATE LUMINOUS PREMIUM ULTRAMAN 6 Ultraman Ribut and Ultraman Z Alpha Edge figure set. Both figures include light up gimmicks for the Ultramen’s eyes and color timers. Ultraman Z debuted in last year’s television series ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)』. Z has the ability to take on different forms utilizing the powers and abilities of past Ultra Heroes. His Alpha Edge form specializes in the martial arts techniques of his mentors Ultraseven, Ultraman Leo, and Ultraman Zero. Ultraman Ribut was introduced by Tsuburaya Productions in 2014 to promote the Ultraman brand in Malaysia. He made his first live-action appearance in the 2019 streaming series ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT: NEW GENERATION HEROES (ウルトラギャラクシーファイト ニュージェネレーションヒーローズ, Urutora Gyarakushī

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/ucz Streaming Site: ULTRAMAN OFFICIAL Official Twitter: twitter.com/tsuburayaprod Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has has announced that their new television series, ULTRAMAN CHRONICLE Z: HEROES’ ODYSSEY (ウルトラマン クロニクルZ ヒーローズオデッセイ, Urutoraman Kuronikuru Z Hīrōzu Odessei), will be streamed worldwide on the ULTRAMAN OFFICIAL YouTube channel starting this Saturday at 9:30am (JST). Much like the recently ended YouTube run of ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto), 2020』, ULTRAMAN CHRONICLE Z will be shown with optional English subtitles. The show will use footage from previous shows and movies, mixed with new content, to recap the adventures of both Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Z. Connecting the different world views of these heroes is Ultraman Zero (voiced by Mamoru Miyano), the son of Ultraseven, disciple of Ultraman Leo, and recently the master of Z. For more on ULTRAMAN CHRONICLE Z:

    New enemies and new thrills await the mysterious warrior beyond the stars Source: Marvel Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Anthony Blackwood Earlier this year, Marvel Comics collaborated with Tsuburaya Productions to bring readers The Rise of Ultraman, a thrilling comic series that introduced the pop culture icon to new fans and delighted longtime Ultraman enthusiasts. Following this soaring debut, the Ultraman saga will continue this March in The Trials of Ultraman. The all-star team behind The Rise of Ultraman, writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom and artist Francesco Manna, return to continue to explore the fascinating Ultraman mythos. The new installment will pick up after the epic conclusion of The Rise of Ultraman. Here’s what Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom had to say about Ultraman’s next chapter: “In The Rise of Ultraman, we had to create a whole new universe (built

    Source: Ultraman Galaxy Special Thanks to Steele Filipek SciFi Japan's Keith Aiken interviews Arthur Adams -- the popular artist known for his work on X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Godzilla. -- about his spectacular cover for the second issue of the Marvel comic book miniseries The Rise of Ultraman. Check out the interview at Ultraman Galaxy, the official official website for the Ultraman franchise for North America... ● RISE OF ULTRAMAN #2 PREVIEW: THE MAKING OF ART ADAMS’ KAIJU COVER

    Source: Elevated Games, Inc. press release Official Site: ultraman.watch Special Thanks to Jaron Hinds and Carey Simon Elevated Games is now taking orders for their limited edition Ultraman Watch. Created in partnership with Zinvo Watches -- who previously released their own Kamen Rider Watch with Bandai -- this sophisticated, self-winding timepiece comes with exclusive Ultraman color scheme and components including Ultraman's Color Timer and chest pattern on the base and Ultraseven's Eyeslugger on the face. There is also a glow in the dark feature based on Ultraman's iconic Spacium Beam attack. A patented tech layer pairs to a digital art asset by Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, The Gamera Collection) for Elevated's upcoming KAIJU COMBAT game. Only 1000 watches will be manufactured, with the production run divided between white, black, red and blue thick leather bands. Each Ultraman Watch is uniquely serialized, with the first

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