BILLIKEN'S GODORA SEIJIN GARAGE KIT

Godora Seijin is another one of those outlandish-looking and boldly-colored evil aliens from Ultraseven. I like the distinctive lobster-like design, with its stark colors and the vein-like pattern on the head. Elsewhere however, instead of going with a lemony-butter glaze, the designers gave it a drizzled sugar frosting/criss-cross pie crust motif. And what's up with that red vest thing? Hey garçon, where's my stinkin' parsley?

The TV episode is pretty uninspired-- more aliens wanting to blow up the TDF headquarters (yawn). The Godora Seijin agent in female form is a high point, being a real looker in her authentic sixties Go-Go outfit. The outer space sequences are pretty dodgy, and show the ridiculous way the TDF uniform's oxygen supply is connected. It's so bad that you feel embarrassed for poor Furuhashi having to wear the thing.

This is my second built-from-the-box 12" Ultra kaiju garage kit, footstamped 1995; apparently, Billiken's still (re)releasing them, but few online retailers stock them. This garage kit is more typical of the genre than the Garamon kit-- it comes as six black vinyl parts (legs, torso & head, 2 arms and 2 claws), and took only a few minutes to trim and assemble. The only modification I made was to seat the torso leaning forward in the legs section, since the model has a backwards-leaning, upward-looking pose if assembled as designed. This is one you'd definitely want to heat-pose the feet and pack with putty.

The real work is in the painting, specifically the tedious brush painting that's required to make clean lines at all the color boundaries. This is a very different kind of paint job than the more expressive painting that you do with an airbrush. Consequently, it can take much longer to cover the whole thing with basic colors than it would to try out half a dozen different airbrush paint schemes on a saurian monster. I used the airbrush to do the black midsection and the back of his head since it was quicker and put down a smooth, stroke-free coating.

One strategy for painting is to use the predominant color as the base since that means less of the other colors to paint. This model is cast in black and the paint scheme is about a 50/50 mix of black to white. Despite the direction pointed to by the black castings, I sprayed Krylon flat white as the base color. I did this because the white areas are the most exposed to wear (and prone to rub off) and Krylon spray is a much more durable coating than a brush-applied acrylic white. I also thought that it might be easier to paint black in the depressions than white on the raised web pattern, plus I believe that black acrylic would have better coverage (more opaque) over white than vice-versa.

This is a very straight-forward paint job if done by the book, with little room for interpretation. It's primary colors and tints, straight from the palette; the actual costuming doesn't have anything resembling weathering. The red jacket-like thing was the only place where it seemed natural to add color shade variation and washes, but this strays from the costuming which looks uniformly red. The only other subtlety: The head is a slightly different shade than the other white areas. I painted a thin mix of silver/white over a thinned coating of violet interference paint. Tamiya's clear signal paint was used for the yellow eyes and the green mouth lens.

billiken ultraseven godora seijin

billiken ultraseven godora seijin

Unfortunately, Billiken's sculpt isn't quite right with the proportions: The lobster head is a bit wider than the TV costume's. Maybe I'm being too fussy, but I seem to have hit a string of pudgy models lately...? I suppose that one could attribute this to natural variation in the Godora species, but I'm pretty sure that the TV show had the budget for only one Godora costume, and that guy got killed over and over and over again.

 

--11/26/05

 

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