| 12/13/17- Peroringa Seijin's
design isn't quite to my tastes... It's not just the bright red color,
but also the body suit's random curls of yellow and streams of dark
green, the avian head with odd glittery crest. I like art from the
Age of Psychedelia (Peter Max's artwork and the Filmore's art nouveau
posters are very cool): It appears to be inspired by those times (and
maybe some 4-way windowpane), but something about the design just
doesn't do it for me. It's entirely possible that my future toy collection wasn't on
their minds when they designed it(?!!)
Nevertheless, it's an excellent episode, written by Akio Jissoji.
The fanciful and colorful creature design is a startling contrast
to the drab life of a factory worker in industrial Japan of the
'60s. The story is solid and well-told with lots of personality
and texture, and a perfectly-fitted classical (Schumann?) piano
score. I believe that the guys who made the show had artistic sensibilities
and we're fortunate that Tsuburaya gave them the freedom to express
The obligatory fight scene at the end is odd and impressionistic.
Those who expect traditional Judo matches and sliced-off critter
parts would likely be left scratching their heads and wondering
what happened. In my opinion, the ambiguous ending works well for
the episode (even though I do prefer formulaic Judo matches and
sliced-off critter parts.).
On to the figure: Regardless of what I feel about the design,
this is the funkiest of the four older Marmit figures I've bought
(I saved the worst for last!). Granted, Borg Seijin was painted
a simple single color, but it wasn't something that I could easily
do better. Peroringa's paint ops are sloppy, with smeared paint
on the face, and crevice details that look like they were painted
with a Q-Tip or a dull Sharpie. There's missing orange on the face,
and the red isn't painted-- it's the shiny color of the base plastic.
It's as if the guy who painted it didn't like the design either!
You don't buy vinyl "sofubi" figures for their great articulation, and this one goes full-on minimalist with only two swivel joints in the shoulders.
I believe that this completes my mining
of old (2009, foot-stamped 2006) Marmit 30cm Ultraseries releases.
To be honest, this was a borderline purchase; like I said, the design
doesn't appeal to me and even though it's reasonably faithful to
the actual suit's design, the actual suit looks like a stylistic
and colorful Bullmark-style figure! That's not what I collect.
The fact that this was a rare opportunity to get a discontinued
30cm alien from Ultraseven weighed heavily in its favor, as well
as the quality of the episode.
I do like the alien as a character.
In human form, its appearance is a child who bonds with the downtrodden
main character, Saburo. When it reveals its alien form, it doesn't
become an over-the-top maniacal creature; Hell, it even sounds kind
of cute. I prefer to believe that it wasn't blown to smithereens
by Ultraseven which is why I like the ending that's open to interpretation.
If the design does appeal to you, you can pick one up by setting
your time machine controls to 2009, Japan. (If you want to pick
up bell bottoms and mescaline, set the controls to 1967, USA.)