You just can’t beat no-name, unlicensed ninja toy lines from the 80’s. Sometimes, low-end toy companies got a little adventurous, a little strange in their action figure design. But no one got more downright demented than ‘Select Merchandise’ did with … Continued
If only this were MY stuff… A collection of Kagemaru of Iga merch from a Yokoyama art book.
Here’s the all-time heavy-weight champeen of politically incorrect – hell outright racist and offensive – 80’s ninja toys: “None Chuck” from CrayArt / Mel Appel’s Weird Ball line. These 5″ vinyl statuettes were a throwback to Marx’s Nutty-Mads from the … Continued
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 … Continued
I absolutely love this particular ‘trading figure’ from the FiguAx‘s 2006 AZUMI line. On the heels of the successful live action film, these faithfully represented the design evolution of Yu Koyama’s tragic sword girl over the course of the successful manga series. … Continued
Couple folk have asked about my icon on Twitter or Facebook. It’s an image of where my worlds of ninja fandom, pro wrestling mark and obseesive toy collector meet – a Japanese capsule figure of ninja-themed 80’s pro-wrestler The Great … Continued
For the most part, 80’s ninja figures released in the U.S. resembled the cheesy straight-to-video movie costuming or equally lame ninja suits sold in the back of Soldier of Fortune magazine. Re-mold a He-Man in black pajamas, paint the head … Continued
Going back ot the early 60’s, Mitsuteru Yokoyama‘s Iga no Kagemaru property spanned manga, a great live action movie, toys, trading cards and board games, and anything else that could bear a licensed image. You’ll see this shinobi superhero in just … Continued