Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Gumous by Dream Rocket ドリームロケット 宇虫怪獣グモーズ

This is the Max Toy limited edition of the Gumous by Dream Rocket (Japan) and Shono Kikaku. In fact, it was the first figure offered for sale by Max Toy and was limited to only 20 numbered pieces. It came in a bag with a header card. (The Gumous figure in a different colorway was also the first figure produced by Dream Rocket.)

Beautiful GID (glow-in-the-dark) vinyl. It is about 10 inches tall.

I believe that this is my favorite colorway of this very cool figure.

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Information about this figure from the Dream Rocket site indicates (I think!) that the Gumous chrysalis was discovered on Mars in what seemed to be fossilized form. It was brought back to Earth, and, when subjected to radiation at the space science center, it came alive, grew to a giant monster of about 130 feet tall, and started going on the rampage.

It also appears that the idea for the Gumous monster was developed by its creator over a period of 30 years, starting with preliminary sketches in elementary school, later refined in middle school, and ultimately being realized in kaiju toy form at last, something the creator never really dreamed would happen.

Please don't hesitate to correct me if my interpretation is incorrect!

[Original Text from Dream Rocket web site]

・モンスターファイル・第3話 グモーズのさなぎ 火星の地下で発見された化石が地球に運び込まれてきた。 しかしその中には、 仮死状態になっていた宇宙昆虫グモーズのさなぎも含まれてい た。 宇宙科学センターで放射線を浴びたさなぎは永い眠りからさめ宇虫怪獣に変貌。 40mに成長したグモーズは街を破壊し始める。 宇虫怪獣 グモーズ ・身長40m  体重1万t ・6本の腕で獲物を捕獲し、頭からバリバリ食べる。 ・腕の爪は鋼鉄でも簡単に引き裂く。 ・口から緑色の毒液を吐く。 ドリームロケットの初商品! デビュー作!!感無量であります。 ともかく目立とうと思い可動する腕を6本付けました。 おかげで製作費が 予定よりもUPしてしまいました。 ですが、この時の情熱や勢いは 忘れずにいたいものです。 グモーズの原案は、小学1,2年の時の お絵書きノートで生まれました。この時はまだ  腕も2本で羽もなく虫の怪獣ではありませんでした。 その後も、中学の時のノートや、バイト先の店の伝票や、社会人になってからも 書類 の端に幾度となく姿を変えながら現れたものです。 考えてみたら、コイツとは30年以上のつきあいになります。 コイツも 自分がソフビ人形になるとは、夢にも思っていなかったでしょう。

[Original Text Auto Translation (not accurate, but gives you some sense)]

The fossil discovered underground on Mars in chrysalis of the monster file and the third story Gmorz was carried to the earth. However, the chrysalis of space insect Gmorz that was in the state of apparent death was included in that. The chrysalis was bathed in the radiation at the space science center and is transfigured to waking up insect monster from long sleep. Gmorz that grows up to 40m begins to destroy the town. The space/large house insect monstrous beast Gmorz and height 40m weight 10,000tons ・ captures the catch by the 6 arms, and eats from the head. - The fingernail of the arm tears easily up steel. - A green venom is vomited from the mouth.

The first commodity of Dream Rocket. It is a debut work fullness of the heart. It was thought that it stood out at any rate and put up six movable arms. The output cost has done UP from the schedule by the favor. Zeal and the power at this time do not forget and however, are painful. The original bill of Gmorz arose in picture writing note of elementary school 1 or 2 years. The arm had not had two wings yet and either no monster of the insect at this time. Afterwards, it is the one that appeared while transmogrifying it to the edge of the document on countless occasions after it becomes the note of the junior high school, the slip of the shop the byte ahead, and a member of society. It becomes association for 30 years or more with [Koitsu] when thinking. [Koitsu] might not have thought even in dream that it would ever become [sohubi] doll.

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