Dammit, Ultramonsters are like crack. Once you buy a few you can't stop. Venkron, King Joe, Twin Tail, Jeronimon, Mefilas, Gomora and Antlar all joined my collection today. I like how the Mefilas sculpt (dated 1983) is strong enough to still be used while everyone else are updated versions of older figures. I like how Bandai is committed to improving sculpts in this line over time. Venkron kicks way too much ass to possibly be legal.
Here's the newer Antlar with the older sculpt. I'm aware the more recent figure doesn't specifically represent the character as seen in the older Ultraman series but I really appreciate how close in design the two monster suits are that it really doesn't matter.
Gomora. Holy crap what a difference 17 years makes.
Some of my favorite Ultramonster designs. Anyone who rags on Toho monsters for being strange has never seen these guys.
Back that thang up!!
EDIT...Surprised by another package just a few minutes ago...
A 1983 Bandai vinyl Gyango. I love this character and I love this little toy. It's actually a UK release with an English language tag. I know several figures were released this way in the early '90s. There's no date on the card but the stock number seems to place it around 1991.
Unfortunately the figure and tag came reeking of cigarette smoke and caked in dust. It didn't want to have to do it but I ended up snipping the tag and scrubbing the toy under the bathroom faucet. The smell is still there (and like several of my vintage toys will probably go away in time) but at least now it's clean. I had offered the seller (from Greece) a lower price than what he had this listed on ebay for, so I'm confident that I did okay.