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Figures & Figure Sets > Marmit > Vinyl Paradise

Magma

Magma

Released in May of 1997, this is Marmit's 10" vinyl figure of the giant walrus seen briefly in the 1962 Toho film, Yosei Gorath (Gorath, the Mysterious Star). This monster was added to an otherwise straight-ahead, end-of-the-world sci-fi epic at the urging of producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, who felt that every Toho special effects production needed to feature a daikaiju element in order to attract audiences. Magma only appears in about 10 minutes of the original film, while all scenes of the giant walrus were edited from the US release of Gorath in 1964.

Overall, this is one of the best of Marmit's early Toho kaiju figures. The vinyl used is rigid enough so that the figure does not deform easily--a problem evident in most of Marmit's early Vinyl Paradise releases. And while the colors are a bit drab and unimaginative, the green-painted eyes and the figure's pose are an accurate representation of this movie monster. The style of the sculpting leans more towards a realistic interpretation of the character rather than a vintage toy design and the addition of separately-molded white vinyl tusks is clearly the type of detail that one would associate with modern vinyl toy production.

Eiji Tsuburaya, the special effects director of Toho's Gorath, later refurbished the Magma suit for an appearance as the monster Todola in an episode of the 1966 television series, Ultra Q. Marmit modified the Magma figure by adding a resculpted head sporting white-painted whiskers and later released the redressed figure as Todola.


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