MIRAI NINJA figures

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Superbly sculpted and detailed 6-9″ figures from Toy Crowd (2001) of Shiranui and Shouki from the 1988 effects-romp we know as Cyber Ninja. I dig these toys as much as I do the film, an indie that spends its modest budget it all the right places – costuming and character design. The ambitious effects come off more like Tokusatsu TV than epic cinema, but you can’t fault visionary creator/director Keita Amemiya for flying too close to the sun.

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Amazing 1:6 SHIRANUI

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Anyone wanting to show their appreciation of this site can remember me at Christmas and send about three bills to Art of Toy in Japan…

I’m actually a big fan of the Keita Amemiya’s Mirai Ninja (aka Cyber Ninja and/or Future Ninja), despite it’s drawbacks. It’s goofy, looks cheap at times, is set-bound, goes too long and drawn out – just like the Zieram films and Moon Over Tao. But also like those, the character design is OFF THE F’N HOOK! Plus it’s probably the last Maki Fuyukichi ninja film and all the effects are old school analog…

This is the best figure yet of the amazing cyborg franken-ninja. WANT!