The Original Ultraman – Ultraman Kaiju Toys
The Ultraman shows have been sold to over 50 countries, and translated into 10 different languages. Likewise, Ultraman toys are sold to dozens of countries, and variations of these toys are in the hundreds. So who is Ultraman and where on earth (or elsewhere) does he come from? A somewhat complex question, and the answer originates from way back – all the way back to the 1960´s.
The original Ultraman was created by Eiji Tsuburaya, who worked for the Toho studio that created Godzilla. He was an alien that lived on a distant planet, called Nebula M78. This planet exploded, and Ultraman travelled around the universe in what was called TravelSphere. He crashed into a human spaceship known as there Space Patrol, killing the pilot. However, Ultraman used his powers and own life force to revive the pilot (Shin Hiyata), which in turn implanted the spirit of Ultraman into Shin Hiyata. The result was that Shin Hiyata was able to turn into Ultraman by pushing a button on a special device.
From then on, Hayata would battle the various space monsters that came to earth, along with the rest of the crew from Space Patrol. Naturally, when things became difficult, he would turn into the mighty Ultraman, and defeat the space monsters, which are known as kaiju. Thus was created the mighty and famous Ultraman, who many compare to the American Superman.
Have you ever heard of Ultraman? If you’re Japense, it is pretty difficult not to know who Ultraman is, because he is a big part of pop culture, from movies to books to toys. However, people from most other countries have often never heard of Ultraman. If that is the case, now’s the time to go find an Ultraman movie, and find out about the “Japanese Superman.”