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FullyVisual/Gargamel diecast Zagoran


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I dunno man, I appreciate

I dunno man, I appreciate the thought, and the homage to the "classics", but it seems so misguided. These, more than anything, reek of overpriced art pieces more than anything else. They aren't articulated, the quality isn't great, the box, while a nice tribute, really doesn't reflect whats inside. I think if popy / bullmark / takatoku tried to put something out like this that did absolutely nothing, it would have been a flop.

In vinyl, this thing is great, but even so much as making the arms move makes all the difference. Its just not for me.

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Posted by JoshB on 3 January, 2009 - 21:38
Sure, it's absolutely not

Sure, it's absolutely not for everyone, but I look at this this way: it's all about appreciating the effort and that thoughtfulness in paying homage to the Zinclon toys. I mean, there's not a whole lot else to this thing!

FullyVisual is a one-man operation. To create something actually on par with the Bullpets is just not within the scope of pretty much any independent toy-maker. I mean, look how damn difficult it is for a company as prolific as Super7 to put out a blow-molded polyethylene Jumbo Machinder.

Gargamel and FullyVisual did the best they could with the resources available to them...and they still managed to capture some of the soul Bullmark diecasts have. If you own a Bullpet Godzilla, pick it up in one hand...then pick up one of these in the other. The size, the weight, the paint and the finish--it's all the same.

And that's for better or for worse! If you look closely at the pics above, the finish is far from the perfect, mirrored gloss of a car's factory showroom, but it's exactly like the rough, unrefined finish on any Bullpet.

Sure, you can argue that without any articulation, this is just a colorful paperweight with an "art toy" pricetag. Tough to say anything to contradict that. But again, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that if they could do more (add articulation or any of the wacky gimmicks/accessories that the Bullpets had), they assuredly would have. To my knowledge, this is the first independently-made designer kaiju toy done in diecast.

So, given the market and the effort involved in making this, I'd say the price is perfectly understandable. Remember: some of the vinyl mini Zags go for more, and all they offer is a turning head: no arm articulation there, either. And, besides, if any casual 'net surfer happened upon our website and saw the prices we regularly pay for "just toys", I'd say the price argument is somewhat moot!

But you're right: if Popy, Bullmark, or Takatoku had made something like this in the past, it would have flopped. But the thing is, they made toys the likes of which had never been seen, to be played with by young children. This is a collectible made for those young children all grown up! ;)


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Posted by Sanjeev on 4 January, 2009 - 00:36
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I'm not even too enamored of this in vinyl. A $160 diecast, especially one that essentially looks like it has a big crack running down the side, doesn't speak to me at all. Besides, monsters shouldn't smile.
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Posted by NekroDave on 4 January, 2009 - 19:33
For this to be a good homage

For this to be a good homage it needed at least one missle launcher.God I miss toys that shoot stuff.

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Posted by spaceman on 5 January, 2009 - 12:27
I know...if only!

I know...if only! ;)


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Posted by Sanjeev on 5 January, 2009 - 14:53