Man, I love these S.O.Bs. I just can't help myself.
The record, such as it is, is pretty clear on one
fact: I'm no particular fan of Gashapon, those
cheap-ass capsule toys sold through vending machines
all over Japan.
But I have seen the future of vinyl collecting, and it
is the Soul of Bullmark Gashapon series. Not that
they're standard Gashapon, mind you. Not that solid,
unposeable PVC stuff. No, sirree. We're talking a
TOTAL PARADIGM SHIFT. A nifty little trick pulled off
by Bandai with the help of Yuji Nishimura, president
of M1, and Ishizuki Saburo, who used to run Bullmark.
Y'see, they're made out of the exact same material,
albeit thinner and softer, as the big guys. They even
feature the infamous running-bull logo on the feet. In
fact, the little buggers look like nothing so much
as...Bullmark larvae. Soft, hollow vinyl. Jolly,
candy-like vinyl. At under two bucks a pop! Pinch me,
Of course, this brings up a question that probably
shouldn't be asked for the sake of our own sanity. If
they can pull off little TWO inch vinyls for two
hundred yen each, why are NINE inch repro-vinyls
retailing for $50 plus? Who knows. Cast doubt aside
and snatch these babies up while you can: they're
going to fly off the shelves. Or machines. Whatever.
In spite of the name of the series, three out of the
five first releases are actually mini-repros of
Marusan vinyls, not Bullmark. But hey, who's counting?
Look for Gomess, Namegon, Pegira, Kanegon, amd Garamon
at finer Japanese convenience stores at the end of