09/29/16- I think I've nearly
exhausted my acquisition lust for 30 cm old-timey Ultra series critters.
Sure, there are more out there, but this was one of the last ones
that I'd been waiting to stumble across on the American market (eBay).
Japanese auction services are much more fertile hunting grounds, so
it may not be over yet...
So... what's so desirable about this ugly and funky-looking critter?
It's mainly a personal nostalgia thing: I had a vinyl version as
a kid. I don't remember much about it except for general impressions.
It had that vinyl-ish smell, and was toy-like with soft detailing...
like most toys intended for kids were back in the day. (Personally,
I think it's an interesting design although I have no clue about
the meaning of the horns' coloration, or the ideograms on the body.)
Miclas (I prefer "Mikuras") was one of Ultraseven's
three "capsule monsters" (like Wyndam)
that were supposed to help him out, but rarely did. He got in some
good blows against Eleking in the third episode, but took a beating.
The Capsule Monster was a cool but barely fleshed-out
concept at the time, but as a kid, that didn't matter to me. As
an adult, the Internet informed me about their other appearances
in the many subsequent reiterations of the Ultraman franchise. Too
Much Information? Thankfully, I didn't actually witness the downwards
slide towards cheesy that would tarnish some of my fond memories.
From my initial estimation, CCP's Mikuras seems slightly undersized
relative to Billiken's Eleking. Maybe it's just the height (he's
considerably shorter, but stockier)? Nevertheless, it's hard to
imagine the smaller model Mikuras doing as well against Eleking
as he did in the TV episode (even though he did get whupped).