08/28/05- I recently got the Ultraman
Tiga DVDs that were released in the last few years by FUNimation-- 8 DVD's
worth of 30-minute episodes. Uhhhhnnn... My brain's not bleeding, but
it is numb ... and I've still got another 2 DVDs to go.
Anyway, in one of the episodes, I was impressed by the head design
of the alien "Kiliel". I sketched it, made a few modifications, then
set about trying to make something of it in doll form. So, like the
Fearmu doll, this is an "inspired-by" thing.
It's a little "Predator"-ish and "Guyver"-ish, but
my intent was simply to make a tough, armoured nemesis for Ultrawoman
Since I'm more interested in making female whatevers than male whatevers,
the concept of a hypothetical "Ultrawoman Lulu" series just naturally
developed. No, I'm not doing stories-- but the concept is useful for
directing the creation of these monster/alien women. Naturally,
if I were actually doing such a series, it wouldn't be for kids, but
for the fringe demographic that appreciates catfights-- it would be
sort of like the infamous "Tastes Great/Less Filling" commercial meets
Cutey Honey, maybe with a touch of "Kill Bill". No more fight-ending
Ultra beams and exploding aliens (Didn't Indiana Jones show us the futility
of the Ju-Jitsu stuff when you can just whip out the artillery?).
Come to think of it, maybe the concept would be much better
if you ditched the funky monster suits altogether...