Sunday, October 25, 2009
EVERYDAY IS HALLOWEEN IN MONSTERLAND
When I was a kid watching Ultraman on WSNS-TV 44, I remember a two part story where our silver and red hero battled the subterranean monster Gomora. These two episodes stood out, because there was a monster obsessed boy in the story just like myself and many other kid’s in my neighborhood. The boy had Bullmark vinyl figures of various Ultra Q and Ultraman monsters on his desk at home. That alone made you drool. The real cool thing was, that he and his friends had Ultraman and Kaiju Halloween masks that they play battled in. My friends and I always pretended we were Ultraman, Goldar, or Giant Robot fighting monsters, but just how much cooler would it had been if we had Halloween masks of our favorite heroes.
Here’s a few of the Japanese kid’s masks I’ve collected over the years. In Japan you can get a mask of basically any anime or tokusatsu character you can think of like Kamen Rider, Ultraman, Doraemon, Hello Kitty. I remember finding my first one in a Spencer’s Gifts of all the places, a Kamen Rider mask. You can find them pretty easily in Japanese gift and grocery stores, especially during festivals. They are great for display with your toy collection, check them out.