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    Product Line for Latest Ultraman Show Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultrax/cybercard01 (Japan) Bandai has released a third wave of plastic Cyber Cards for Tsuburaya Productions` new ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu) series. The Cyber Cards contain chips with character audio and data files that can be scanned by Bandai`s DX Xdevizers (sold separately). Bandai`s ULTRAMAN X products are recommended for ages 3 and up. Ultraman X Cyber Card Set Vol. 3/ ?????????? ?????????? Vol.3 Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: September 5, 2015 Material: PVC Price: ¥1,296 (Approximately $10.61 US, Tax Included) ? Set Contents BH-010 Zoffy Card BH-011 Ultraman Ace Card BH-012 Ultraman Cosmos Card BH-013 Ultraman Max Card BK-015 Cyber ??King Joe Card BK-016 Cyber Zetton Card BK-017 Cyber Valky Card BK-014 Cyber Dada Card

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultrax (Japan) September 2015 sees the third wave of Bandai "Ultraman X Ultra Hero X" PVC (soft vinyl) figures based on Tsuburaya Productions` new series, ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu, 2015). Ultra Hero X 06: Ultraman X (Zetton Armor)/ ????????X 06 ??????????(????????) Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: September 5, 2015 Price: ¥702 (Approximately $5.69 US, Tax Included) Ultra Hero X 07: Ultraman Exceed X/ ????????X 07 ???????????X Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: September 26, 2015 Price: ¥702 (Approximately $5.69 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster X 05: Houlinga/ ??????X 05 ????? Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: September 19, 2015 Price: ¥702 (Approximately $5.69 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster X 06: Cyber Gomora/ ??????X 06

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Unwind after a long day Ultraman-style with the new Ultra Hero Chara-You 2 bath bombs from Bandai. The apple-scented bath salts and moisturizers -- molded in the likeness of Ultraman, Ultraman Ginga or Ultraman X -- effervesce for 1-2 minutes, transforming up to 33 gallons of water to a warm red color. The Ultra Hero bath bombs are sold individually in packs or in boxes of twelve (containing four each of the three different designs). The first wave of Ultra Hero bath bombs, featuring blue soda-scented Ultraman, Ultraman Ginga Strium and Ultraman Victory, was released on December 17, 2014. They were pulled from store shelves this past March as part of a recall of several Chara-You products over concerns of metallic contamination. Ultra Hero Chara-You 2/ ????? ????????? Manufacturer: Bandai JAN Code: 4549660-01142-2 Release Date: August 11, 2015 Bath

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late September 2015. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus pieces not available from other retailers. The standard versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including amazon.com, amazon.co.jp and SFJ`s sponsor Anime Jungle. Large Monsters Series: Nurse -- Shounen Ric Exclusive /??????? ????? ????????? Product Size: Length Approximately 68cm Material: PVC (Soft Vinyl), ABS Specifications: Painted Package: Window Box Shipping: Late September 2015 - Early October 2015 Price: ¥15,984 (Approximately $128.69 US, Tax Included) The Space Dragon Nurse (aka

    Author: Edward L. Holland Auction Site: ebay.com Special Thanks to Hiromi Kadowaki and Erik Jansen Monster Attack Team (MAT), the fan favorite magazine devoted to Kaiju, Super Heroes, Toys and Japanese Rock n’ Roll Culture, continues support of the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit group raising awareness and aid for injured service members. MAT, in association with VIZ Media and SciFi Japan, is excited to offer this one-of-a-kind autographed auction including: (1) Ultraman manga art on shikishi board autographed, (2) Hero’s Meister 12” Ultraman figure flyers, (1) manga promo card, and a special bonus. The art was created and autographed by writer EIICHI SHIMIZU and artist TOMOHIRO SHIMOGUCHI, the team behind Ultraman, solely for this auction at San Diego Comic-Con 2015. The additional items listed were just received direct from manga publisher Hero`s Inc. in Japan. The manga has sold 1.5 million copies in Japan alone

    Tokyo Hobby Festival Features Godzilla, Ultraman, Gamera, Anime, Cosplayers and More Author: Ed Godziszewski Official Site: wf.kaiyodo.net Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015. Conditions: Another day of 95/95 Japanese summer weather (i.e. sunny and 95?F/95% humidity). Location: Makuhari Messe convention center, 40 minutes outside of Tokyo Event: Summer Wonder Festival (typically lower attended than its winter counterpart) Admission fee: ¥2000 (up from the usual ¥1000) When you think about the inconvenient location, blistering heat, and doubling of the entrance fee, what do you think would happen to the level of attendance for the bi-annual festival of garage kits and cosplay that is known as Wonderfest? Well of course, attendance would far surpass all previous Wonder Festivals. Indeed, this year’s Summer Wonderfest taught me to never underestimate the power of garage kit greed and cosplay interaction as crowds reached record levels and navigating the aisles

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions In October, LEXACT will release a 3D premium crystal of Zetton, based on the Ultra Monster Anthropomorphic Project stories that depict monsters from Tsuburaya Productions` Ultraman franchise as young women and schoolgirls. This product will be manufactured based on advance orders. Each crystal comes with a display stand with LEDs and its own unique serial number. Ultra Monster Anthropomorphic Project Zetton Premium Crystal/ ??????????????????????????? Manufacturer: LEXACT INC. JAN: 4571462791172 Product Size: 50 × 50 × 80mm (Approximately 2 x 2 x 3.15 Inches) Material: Crystal Glass (China) Accessories: LED Stand (Batteries Not Included) Release Date: October 2015 Price: ¥7,148 (Approximately $57.47 US, Tax Excluded) 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

    8 New Manga Series Join the Extensive Digital Catalog; 3-Day “Flash Sales” Kick Off Throughout the Month Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen VIZ Media opens August with a substantial new digital manga update. Fresh content that is sure to capture the attention of fans and readers includes the launch of 8 new series as well as updates to many other continuing VIZ Media digital manga titles. August’s new series debuts include launch of the superhero inspired My Hero Academia, the comedic hijinks of Maid-Sama, middle school shojo manga drama in Tokyo Boys and Girls, the sci-fi action of Ultraman, the apocalyptic adventure of Kamiyadori, the bloody horror of Goth, and more action-packed paranormal adventure from the bestselling Hands Off! universe with Hands Off! Don`t Call Us AngelsS along with the intense romantic drama of Crazy For You. Beginning

    Source: Kaiyodo Co., Ltd. Kaiyodo Co., Ltd. will release a new resin statue of the original Ultraman in late October. Sculpted by Takashi Kinoshita and based on the original design by Toru "Tohl" Norita, the figure captures the C-type design of the hero`s mask and suit as seen in the final episodes of the ULTRAMAN (?????? Urutoraman, 1966-67) television series. Ultraman`s eyes and Color Timer are molded with translucent material that reflects light. The Ultraman state is recommended for collectors age 15 years and up. Ultraman Type C 1/5 Scale Cold Cast Painted Figure /?????? [C???] 1/5???? ????????? ??????? Product Size: Figure Height Approximately 360mm (Approximately 14 Inches), with Stand 380 x 245 x 178mm (Approximately 15 x 9.6 x 7 Inches) Material: Polystone Specifications: Painted Accessories: Display Stand Shipping: October 25, 2015 Price: ¥19,440 (Approximately $156.57 US, Tax Included)

    Product Line for Latest Ultraman Show Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultrax/cybercard01 (Japan) Bandai will release a second wave of plastic Cyber Cards for Tsuburaya Productions` new ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu) series in early August. The Cyber Cards contain chips with character audio and data files that can be scanned by Bandai`s DX Xdevizers (sold separately). Bandai`s ULTRAMAN X products are recommended for ages 3 and up. Ultraman X Cyber Card Set Vol. 2/ ?????????? ?????????? Vol.2 Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: August 8, 2015 Material: PVC Price: ¥1,296 (Approximately $10.61 US, Tax Included) ? Set Contents BH-006 Ultraman Tiga Card BH-007 Ultraman Ginga Card BH-008 Ultraman Mebius Card BH-009 Ultimate Zero Card BK-011 Cyber ??Gazort Card BK-012 Cyber ??Thunder Darambia Card BK-013 Cyber ??Inpelaizer Card BK-014 Cyber ??Bemstar Card

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultrax (Japan) August 2015 sees another wave of Bandai "Ultraman X Ultra Hero X" soft figures based on Tsuburaya Productions` new series, ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu). Ultra Hero X 04: Ultraman X (Bemstar Armor)/ ??????X ????????X 04 ????????????????????? Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: August 22, 2015 Price: ¥702 (Approximately $5.69 US, Tax Included) Ultra Hero X 05: Ultraman X (Zero Armor)/ ??????X ????????X 05 ?????????????????? Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: August 22, 2015 Price: ¥702 (Approximately $5.69 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster X 04: Rudian/ ??????X 04 ????? Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: August 8, 2015 Price: ¥702 (Approximately $5.69 US, Tax Included)

    Authors: Edward L. Holland and Gary Teetzel Translator: Mari Morimoto Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab Official Site: heros-ultraman.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen, Hiromi Kadowaki and Jane Lui Attendees of the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con had an opportunity to meet Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, creators of the new Ultraman (?????? Urutoraman) manga series, during their first international appearance at the Mecca of comic book culture. Appearing at the massive VIZ Media booth, the brains behind the latest Ultraman comic book series were enthusiastic to be part of the festivities, meet with fans and sign autographs throughout the July 8-12 weekend. Currently serialized in Hero’s magazine in Japan, Ultraman has sold more than 1.5 million copies. The English language edition will be released in North America by VIZ Media starting August 18th. Shimizu developed the manga`s story, script and mechanical design while Shimoguchi

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. In August, Bandai debuts their new "Soft T Plan" (???T???, Sofubi T Keikaku) line of T-shirts featuring Tsuburaya Productions` Ultra Monsters. Using images of Bandai`s soft vinyl figures, the initial wave of cotton shirts includes the ULTRAMAN characters Alien Baltan (????, Barutan), Red King (??????, Reddokingu) and Zetton (????, Zetton). Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: August 2015 Material: 100% Cotton Country of Origin: Made in China Price: ¥3,240 (Approximately $26.17 US, Tax Included) Each ? Sizes Small: Length 65, Width 47, Sleeve 19 Medium: Length 68, Width 50, Sleeve 20 Large: Length 71, Width 53, Sleeve 21 Extra Large: Length 74, Width 56, Sleeve 22

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Mr. Satoshi "Bin" Furuya is well known to tokusatsu fans as the suit actor who played the title character in ULTRAMAN (???????????????, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu, 1966-1967) and the actor who played Ultra Guard member Amagi in ULTRA SEVEN (???????, Urutorasebun, 1967-1968).?He was born on July 5th, 1943, recently turning 72 years old. In recent years Mr. Furuya has celebrated his birthdays with close friends and fans. In 2014, his birthday party was held at a restaurant in Ebisu, Tokyo. This year, his birthday celebration was upgraded and held as a show. Mr. Satoshi Furuya’s ULTRA Birthday Show was held on July 12th in Ginza, Tokyo. Approximately 100 tokusatsu fans gathered to see and celebrate him. The event began with an autograph session as Mr. Furuya signed items for fans. Afterwards, the stage show started as Mr. Furuya sang popular

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Bandai`s product tie-ins for Tsuburaya Productions` ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu) series includes new Ultra Gummy snack foods. The grape-flavored chewy candies come in seventeen different Ultra Hero and Monster designs. ULTRAMAN X Ultra Gummy/ ??????X ?????? Manufacturer: Bandai Release Date: July 15, 2015 Sell-By Date: March 2016 Ages: 3 and Up Pack Price: ¥108 (Approximately 87¢ US, Tax Included) Box (14 Packs) Price: ¥1,296 (Approximately $12.18 US, Tax Included) ? Character Lineup Ultraman/ ?????? Ultraman Taro/ ????????? Ultra Seven/ ??????? Ultraman Zero/ ???????? Ultraman Ginga/ ????????? Ultraman Victory/ ??????????? Ultraman X/ ?????????? Ultraman X (Beam Pose)/ ??????????(?????) Ultraman X (Gomora Armor)/ ??????????(???????) Zetton/ ???? Eleking/ ????? King Joe/ ?????? Alien Baltan/ ?????? Gomora/ ??? Gan-Q/ ??? EX Red King/ ???????? Sadora/ ??? For more information on ULTRAMAN X, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi

    New Wave of Jet Black Monster Figures from ULTRAMAN Source: Marusan Toys, Inc. In September, Marusan Toys will reissue three of their classic vinyl figures from Tsuburaya Productions` ULTRAMAN (???????????????, Urutoraman: Kuso Tokusatsu Shirizu, 1966-1967) with new jet black colors. The figures will be sold separately, each packaged in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard header. Century of Ultra Monsters: Onyx Sculpture Collection Ultraman 350/ ????????? ???????????? ??????350 (Seiki no Urutora Kaijuu Shikkoku Obujekorekushon Urutoraman 350) Manufacturer: Marusan Product Size: Height Approximately 230mm (9 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: September 30, 2015 Price (Excluding Tax): ¥5,400 (Japan), Approximately $43.53 (United States) Century of Ultra Monsters: Onyx Sculpture Collection Zetton/ ????????? ???????????? ???? (Seiki no Urutora Kaijuu Shikkoku Obujekorekushon Zetton) Manufacturer: Marusan Product Size: Height Approximately 260mm (10.2 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: September 30, 2015 Price (Excluding Tax): ¥5,400 (Japan), Approximately $43.53 (United States)

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Tom Chen and Shannon Meehan Shout! Factory TV is partnering with the original monster fanzine Famous Monsters of Filmland to present a Kaiju movie marathon of catastrophic proportions! Join us for a twenty-four hour livestream hosted by Kaiju expert August Ragone as nine classic Godzilla films and fan favorite episodes of ULTRA SEVEN and ULTRA Q blast through the screen on Saturday, July 18. With programming ranging from GODZILLA: The Uncut Japanese Original to TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA, this event will be a visceral thrill ride, with promises of the utmost destruction along the way. The Kaiju marathon comes complete with original introductions by renowned Kaiju authority August Ragone, commenting on the impact of these classic films. A two-time Rondo Award-winning author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Ragone has commented on Japanese film and popular culture on radio, television,

    Product Line for Latest Ultraman Show Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: b-boys.jp/ultrax/cybercard01 (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions` new ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu) series continues the recent trend of tying the Ultraman shows directly to products and merchandising from Bandai. In the program, protagonist Daichi Ozora (Kensuke Takahashi) becomes Ultraman X through a transformation device called the Xdevizers. Ozora also uses Cyber Cards -- data cards created by the Earth defense team “Xio” (Xeno Invasion Outcutters) -- to create "Monsarmor", armor and weapons based on monsters and heroes from the Ultra Series. Bandai is including plastic Cyber Cards with most of the characters in their “Ultraman X Ultra Hero X” line of soft vinyl figures. They are also releasing sets of Cyber Cards plus a binder with pages for storing up to 40 cards. The Cyber Cards and figures contain chips with audio and data files that can

    Source: X-Plus Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Sachiko Ikenouchi A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese toy company X-Plus Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and high-res photos of their giant monster figures scheduled for release in late August 2015. X-Plus` monster figures can be purchased directly from the company`s official Shounen Ric website. Shounen Ric offers Limited Editions of the figures with exclusive features or bonus pieces not available from other retailers. The standard versions of the figures are sold by stores and online retailers including amazon.com, amazon.co.jp and SFJ`s sponsor Anime Jungle. Large Monsters Series: Ultra Seven Appearance Pose /??????? ????????? ????? ?? Product Size: Height Approximately 25cm Material: PVC (Soft Vinyl) Specifications: Painted Package: Window Box Shipping: Late August 2015 - Early September 2015 Price: ¥10,044 (Approximately $81.74 US, Tax Included) Shounen Ric Limited

    Source: Fields Corporation In November, Fields Corporation -- co-owners of Tsuburaya Productions -- will release an ULTRAMAN X (???????, Urutoraman Ekkusu) liquid soap dispenser as part of their "Oshaberi Pump" product line. The dispenser features battery-powered audio of Ultraman`s voice which is activated whenever the pump is pushed. Three LR44 alkaline batteries are included. Liquid soap is sold separately. Oshaberi Pump Ultraman X/ ???????? ??????X Manufacturer: Fields Product Size: Height Approximately 185mm (7.3 Inches), Width 87mm (3.4 Inches), Depth 66mm (2.6 Inches) Release Date: November 7, 2015 Price: ¥1,490 (Approximately $12.05 US, Tax Included) ? Contents Dispenser 3 LR44 Batteries For more information on ULTRAMAN X, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: ULTRAMAN X Press Notes Bandai Launches ULTRAMAN X Figure Line

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