Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ultraman Taro by Medicom, 2008

Ultraman Taro (ウルトラマンタロウ Urutoraman Tarō) is the 6th show in the Ultra Series produced by Tsuburaya Productions which aired from 1973–1974. In the series, he receives aid from his Ultra brothers - Ultraman, Ultraman Zoffy, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack and Ultraman Ace - whenever he encounters monsters stronger than him. Ultraman Taro is the second Ultra being who is pre-dominantly red with silver stripes, after Ultra Seven whilst the rest are pre-dominantly silver with red stripes. When in human form, Ultraman Taro is Kotaroh Higashi who is part of ZAT (Zariba of All Territory). ZAT's weapons and vehicles are the most garish, including the helmets and uniforms they wear, which is why I can't wait for the human form to be released by Medicom.

This is Medicom's recently released 1/6 scale 12" Real Action Hero (RAH) Ultraman Taro which follows in the footsteps of Ultraman Ace.

Medicom's RAH Ultraman Taro only comes with five extra hands with different gestures for his signature poses. On his left hand, he wears the Taro Bracelet which converts into a lance. It also fires blue rings of light (Set Beam).

All Medicom's Ultra brothers have a strange looking neck, probably because of the mask/head

Close-up of his head and horns, only Ultraman Taro have horns like Father of Ultra

The Ultra beings' main weakness is that they can only stay on Earth in giant form for a limited span of time, usually not longer than three minutes, owing to a limited supply of energy (Earth's atmosphere filters out solar energy). This is marked by a light on their chest, usually called the Color Timer, or "warning light," which eventually begins to blink with increasing frequency as his energy supply dwindles (turning from blue to red).

Medicom's Ultraman Taro has ribs on his back like the other Ultra beings

On the whole, I like the Ultra brothers of the Showa Era, along with the Kamen Riders and I'm quite happy with this release.

Up Next: Henshin Cyborg Ultraman Taro


Anonymous said...

I think this piece is much more better and definitely well quality control than Ultraman Type C..

alex teo said...

So far so good :) it seems only Medicom Ultraman Type C quality failed. That shouldn't happen to collectibles that we fork out so much moolah for :(