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Jun 09, 2019

Kaiju-Con at the Japanese American National Museum (6.15)

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Kaiju-Con is almost here.  Featuring a vendor hall, panels and demos, the event is this Saturday (6.15, 11 AM -5 PM) at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Presented in conjunction with the ongoing Kaiju vs. Heroes exhibition—featuring Mark Nagata's extensive kaiju collection—Kaiju-Con will feature booths from Anime Jungle, Cat Magic Toys, Lulubell Toy Bodega, Marusan Toys, Max Toy Company, Mecha Virus, Toy Art Gallery and many more.  See the full list on the official event page

In addition to the vendors, Kaiju-Con will feature screenings of King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) as well as  a free outdoor screening of Mothra vs Godzilla (1964), a talk by Marusan president Eiji Kaminaga, a sofubi painting demo from Mark Nagata, and a Toy Collectors Roundtable.

Tickets are available now ($30/adult, $20/6-17 yrs old) and include admission to the museum.  Purchase by 5 PM PDT on Friday (6.14) and receive one-hour early admission as well as two free raffle tickets.

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Fools Paradise — Dokkan Awaken ||Furupawa

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Fools Paradise revels in over-the-top designs with head-turning, smile-inducing results.  How best to top their recent run of DBZ-inspired Dokkan Awaken figures? Going big, of course.  Goku has more than met his match with the new Broly-inspired Furupawa.

While the regular Dokkan Awaken figures stand an impressive 13.75", the new Dokkan Awaken Furupawa dwarfs the earlier releases at 18.9", a full five inches taller. My previous comments about the large format amplifying the craziness of the Fools Paradise designs apply even more so with Furupawa, especially when you consider the volume.  This is a massive homage or perhaps takedown of hypebeast culture cranked to eleven, with recognizable brands featured head to toe from tats to the gear and kicks.  And to top it off, we have the Lowfool bling hanging around Broly Fools' very large neck. 

The Dokkan Awaken Furupawa vinyl (18.9") will be available direct from Fools Paradise for pre-order on Tuesday (6.11) with pricing to be announced shortly.

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