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      Logo for the new series, ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN TRIGGER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO 25 Years After ULTRAMAN TIGA, the Legend of the Giant of Light is Revived in the World of Reiwa! Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ani.tv/ultraman_trigger, m-78.jp/trigger (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series ULTRAMAN TRIGGER key art, courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © ULTRAMAN TRIGGER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO   Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and large high-res images from ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA (ウルトラマントリガー NEW GENERATION TIGA, Urutoraman Torigā Nyū Jenerēshon Tiga), their upcoming television series featuring a new Ultra Hero set in the ULTRAMAN TIGA (ウルトラマンティガ, Urutoramant Tiga, 1996-97) timeline. Introduction Tsuburaya Productions will begin broadcasting their latest TV series ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA on the TV Tokyo Network,

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions has released English and Japanese press release regarding their decision to postpone the Japanese theatrical release of SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman)... Regarding the Release Date of SHIN ULTRAMAN First, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to everyone who has suffered from the ongoing effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We would also like to express our gratitude and respect for all of the healthcare and essential workers who even now are responding to the situation.  Due to delays in the production schedule caused by COVID-19, we will not be releasing SHIN ULTRAMAN in theaters in the early summer of 2021 as planned and will instead formulate a new release schedule. Our staff members are earnestly working on the production. We hope

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans Every year, Media Play News, the trade publication for the home entertainment industry, holds their Home Entertainment Awards where titles of excellence released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital are nominated for an array of categories. This year Mill Creek has received 14 product nominations across 13 categories, including NEO ULTRA Q for the Best International Release category! Now it’s up to the public to vote for their favorite titles to see who will ultimately will the best in category! The voting is open now and runs through April 9. The online ballot is available at https://www.mediaplaynews.com/awards/ballot/. We ask that fans of Mill Creek’s Ultraman Blu-ray releases to please VOTE for NEO ULTRA Q for the Best International Release category (and the rest of the Mill Creek Entertainment releases, should they

    Author: Benjamin Chaffins Yasushi Torisawa was born October 14, 1962 in Aomori Prefecture. He worked at the Tohoku Institute of Technology (Department of Industrial Design: Major Visual Design) when he moved to Tokyo after graduation. After working for a printing company, he joined Japan Telenet, a game company, where he worked on character design for PC games and illustrations for packages. After that, he joined Daiei Studios where he made the artwork for the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo tie-in game for GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE.The movie production announcement venue held at Daiei Studio with the game production announcement immediately following at the same venue, and Torisawa made the onstage presentation for the game. After leaving Daiei in 1996, he became a freelancer and was active in various fields such as game planning, design and illustration, commercial direction and video

    Author: Edward L. Holland Special Thanks to X-Plus, John Ruffin, Sam Torres, Andrew Wong, and Vince Elliott For kaiju collectors, X-Plus’ DefoReal and PLEX Corporation’s Ultra 5000 Mega Monster series figures cannot be beat for their price, size, and amazing detail, making them sought after by tokusatsu aficionados across the globe. DefoReals are compact and have distorted proportions compared to their standard and gigantic counterparts. However, there is no compromise on their craftsmanship which include superbly detailed heads. Whether it is Toho Studios’ kaiju, Tsuburaya and Toei heroes, or Ray Harryhausen beasts, most DefoReals come in two versions. You can usually pick one up during its general release or as limited Shonen RIC edition directly from X-Plus. Shonen Ric editions are quite popular with a host of light-up features, variant paint schemes, and bonus items. From casual

    Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) Tamashii Nations Ultraman Official Site: ultra.tamashii.jp (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Chuan Lu, Justin Cavender, Daiki Fukaura, Adam Newman and Kenji Washida Bluefin, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Collectibles, has provided SciFi Japan with product specs and GIANT high-res photos of their S.H.Figuarts Ultraman figure from the upcoming movie SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman). The S.H.Figuarts Shin Ultraman figure can now be preordered from Bandai`s Tamashii Nations Store on Amazon and other retailers. S.H.Figuarts Shin Ultraman/ S.H.Figuarts シン・ウルトラマン Shin Ultraman, as envisioned by producer Hideaki Anno (EVANGELION, SHIN GODZILLA), joins S.H.Figuarts! The hero is based on the original design by Toru Narita, who served as the art director of art for "ULTRA Q (ウルトラQ, Urutora Q,

    Source: Marvel Entertainment, Matt Frank Commentary: Matt Frank Special Thanks to Anthony Blackwood and Tom Brevoort A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Last December, Marvel Comics announced The Trials of Ultraman, their second mini-series based on Tsuburaya Productions` famous alien hero. Issue #1 will be released on March 17 and features two cover options; the first by Arthur Adams (X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Godzilla) and the second a variant by Matt Frank. Matt is no stranger to kaiju fans, having illustrated several issues of the Godzilla comics from IDW Publishing, Tsuburaya`s Redman: The Kaiju Hunter, packaging for the recent Gamera Blu-ray sets, and official Ultraman monster shirts available only in the ultramangalaxy.com store. Matt is also an old friend of the SciFi Japan team, and kindly offered -- with the support of

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: toy.bandai.co.jp/series/ultraman (Japan) Official Movie Site: shin-ultraman.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Benjamin Chaffins The Japanese toy company Bandai has revealed their soft vinyl and Ultra Action figures from the upcoming movie SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman). The film is a modern take on the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Shirīzu, 1966-67) television series from writer/producer Hideaki Anno (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION) and director Shinji Higuchi (Gamera Trilogy, ATTACK ON TITAN), the co-directors of the award-winning box office smash SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016). Movie Monster Series: Ultraman (Shin Ultraman)/ ムービーモンスターシリーズ ウルトラマン(シン・ウルトラマン) The soft vinyl figure that reproduces Ultraman appearance in the movie, which was inspired by the concept artwork by ULTRA Q (ウルトラQ, Urutora Q, 1966), ULTRAMAN and ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutora Sebun, 1967-68) character designer

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions, PGA Co., Ltd. press release Yokohama-based PGA (Perfect Gear Agency) Co., Ltd., manufacturer of cellphone and digital audio accessories, has released new acrylic iPhone cases featuring designs from Tsuburaya Productions` Ultraman franchise. The Ultraman Series Design iPhone Case (ウルトラマンシリーズデザインiPhoneケース, Urutoraman Shirīzu Dezain iPhone Kēsu) feature popular characters such as Dada, Eleking, Pigmon, Booska, Sevenger and Windom on cases for a variety of iPhone formats, including SE, XS/X, 11 Pro, 11/X, 11/XR, 12 Mini and 12 Pro. The Ultraman iPhone cases are now available from Japanese electronics retailers like the Yodobashi Camera and Village Vanguard store chains, Rakuten Ichiba, Yahoo! Shopping and Amazon. About Tsuburaya Productions Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963

    Source: Bandai America Incorporated Official Preorder Site: p-bandai.com/us Bandai America has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos of their new ULTIMATE LUMINOUS PREMIUM ULTRAMAN 6 Ultraman Ribut and Ultraman Z Alpha Edge figure set. Both figures include light up gimmicks for the Ultramen`s eyes and color timers. Ultraman Z debuted in last year`s television series ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)』. Z has the ability to take on different forms utilizing the powers and abilities of past Ultra Heroes. His Alpha Edge form specializes in the martial arts techniques of his mentors Ultraseven, Ultraman Leo, and Ultraman Zero. Ultraman Ribut was introduced by Tsuburaya Productions in 2014 to promote the Ultraman brand in Malaysia. He made his first live-action appearance in the 2019 streaming series ULTRA GALAXY

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/ucz Streaming Site: ULTRAMAN OFFICIAL Official Twitter: twitter.com/tsuburayaprod Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has has announced that their new television series, ULTRAMAN CHRONICLE Z: HEROES’ ODYSSEY (ウルトラマン クロニクルZ ヒーローズオデッセイ, Urutoraman Kuronikuru Z Hīrōzu Odessei), will be streamed worldwide on the ULTRAMAN OFFICIAL YouTube channel starting this Saturday at 9:30am (JST). Much like the recently ended YouTube run of ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto), 2020』, ULTRAMAN CHRONICLE Z will be shown with optional English subtitles. The show will use footage from previous shows and movies, mixed with new content, to recap the adventures of both Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Z. Connecting the different world views of these heroes is Ultraman Zero (voiced by Mamoru Miyano), the son of Ultraseven, disciple of Ultraman Leo, and recently the master of Z. For more on ULTRAMAN CHRONICLE Z:

    New enemies and new thrills await the mysterious warrior beyond the stars Source: Marvel Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Anthony Blackwood Earlier this year, Marvel Comics collaborated with Tsuburaya Productions to bring readers The Rise of Ultraman, a thrilling comic series that introduced the pop culture icon to new fans and delighted longtime Ultraman enthusiasts. Following this soaring debut, the Ultraman saga will continue this March in The Trials of Ultraman. The all-star team behind The Rise of Ultraman, writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom and artist Francesco Manna, return to continue to explore the fascinating Ultraman mythos. The new installment will pick up after the epic conclusion of The Rise of Ultraman. Here’s what Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom had to say about Ultraman’s next chapter: “In The Rise of Ultraman, we had to create a whole new universe (built

    Source: Ultraman Galaxy Special Thanks to Steele Filipek SciFi Japan's Keith Aiken interviews Arthur Adams -- the popular artist known for his work on X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Godzilla. -- about his spectacular cover for the second issue of the Marvel comic book miniseries The Rise of Ultraman. Check out the interview at Ultraman Galaxy, the official official website for the Ultraman franchise for North America... ● RISE OF ULTRAMAN #2 PREVIEW: THE MAKING OF ART ADAMS’ KAIJU COVER

    Source: Elevated Games, Inc. press release Official Site: ultraman.watch Special Thanks to Jaron Hinds and Carey Simon Elevated Games is now taking orders for their limited edition Ultraman Watch. Created in partnership with Zinvo Watches -- who previously released their own Kamen Rider Watch with Bandai -- this sophisticated, self-winding timepiece comes with exclusive Ultraman color scheme and components including Ultraman's Color Timer and chest pattern on the base and Ultraseven's Eyeslugger on the face. There is also a glow in the dark feature based on Ultraman's iconic Spacium Beam attack. A patented tech layer pairs to a digital art asset by Matt Frank (Godzilla: Rulers of Earth, The Gamera Collection) for Elevated's upcoming KAIJU COMBAT game. Only 1000 watches will be manufactured, with the production run divided between white, black, red and blue thick leather bands. Each Ultraman Watch is uniquely serialized, with the first

    Source: Marvel Entertainment, Ultraman Galaxy press releases Special Thanks to Anthony Blackwood, Carey Simon and Steele Filipek Marvel Comics' new mini-series The Rise of Ultraman premieres today, Following are the first issue details and press release, courtesy of Marvel Entertainment and Ultraman Galaxy... The Rise of Ultraman #1 Published: September 9, 2020 Writers: Kyle Higgins, Mathew Groom Artists: Francesco Manna, Michael Cho, G Gurihiru, Ed McGuinness Price: $5.99 In darkness there lurks Kaiju – terrifying and unfathomable monsters. Between Kaiju and the rest of us stands the United Science Patrol! But who are these enigmatic defenders, and how do they perform their miracles? Shin Hayata and Kiki Fuji have spent half a lifetime trying to find out – and their quest is about to drive them toward a decades-old dark secret and put them on a collision course with a mysterious warrior from beyond the stars!

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Ultraman Galaxy Special Thanks to Steele Filipek Writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom and artist Francesco Manna -- the creative team behind Marvel's upcoming comic book miniseries The Rise of Ultraman -- answer fan questions in an exclusive for Ultraman Galaxy, the official official website for the Ultraman franchise for North America. Check out the 2-part article at the following links... ● RISE OF ULTRAMAN PREVIEW: THE CREATIVE TEAM ANSWERS FAN QUESTIONS ● RISE OF ULTRAMAN PREVIEW, PART 2: THE CREATIVE TEAM ANSWERS FAN QUESTIONS

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: toy.bandai.co.jp/series/ultraman (Japan) The Japanese toy company Bandai has released more figures based on Tsuburaya Productions` new series, ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)』. The ULTRAMAN Z characters are the latest additions to Bandai`s Ultra Hero and Ultraman Monster Series of 5 inch scale soft vinyl figures. Ultra Monster Series 132: M1/ ウルトラ怪獣シリーズ 132 M1号 Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660511755000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: November 14, 2020 Price: ¥660 (Approximately $6.26 US, Tax Included) Ultra Monster Series 133: Ultroid Zero/ ウルトラ怪獣シリーズ 133 ウルトロイドゼロ Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660511434000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: December 5, 2020 Price: ¥660 (Approximately $6.26 US, Tax Included) For more information

    Project Logo Unveiled Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Ultraman Galaxy press release ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Shirīzu) is the gold standard of Japanese special effects television series. At the time of its original broadcast in 1966, it recorded an audience rating high of 42.8%. Even now, 55 years after the hero`s debut, new generations of Ultraman are born, and the franchise has expanded with fans across all generations and around the world. 2021 will mark the 55th anniversary of ULTRAMAN. To celebrate, Tsuburaya Productions is planning a whole host of new films, series, events, and merchandise for fans to enjoy. In preparation for these exciting developments, Tsuburaya has kicked off the Ultraman 55th Anniversary Project (『ウルトラマン』55周年プロジェクト, “Urutoraman” 55-Shūnen Purojekuto) by unveiling the project logo! The Project begins this month in Japan with the release of the ULTRAMAN 55TH ANNIVERSARY ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES: ULTRAMAN MovieNEX Release (ウルトラマン55周年記念ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES『ウルトラマン』MovieNEX発売, Urutoraman

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: tsukuba-aeonmall.com/news/event (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. will present a series of Ultra Hero live stage events in Japan this month in collaboration with Aeon Mall Co., Ltd. The DRIVE-IN ULTRAMAN Z SHOW IN AEON MALL (ドライブイン ウルトラマンZショー in イオンモール, Doraibuin Urutoraman Z Shō in Ion Mōru) will be held at three Aeon shopping mall locations. The shows are based on the TV series ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)』 which is currently broadcast every Saturday from 9:00 am on the TV Tokyo network. In dealing with the "new normal" of this Covid-19 world, the DRIVE-IN ULTRAMAN Z SHOW IN AEON MALL shows have been designed to protect fans from any risk of infection. Attendees will be able to watch the live event from the safety of their own cars, with the music and sound effects pumped through the FM receiver

    Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Official Site: m-78.jp/galaxy-fight/tac Official Twitter: twitter.com/tsuburayaprod The Japanese toy company Bandai has announced figures based on Tsuburaya Productions` new online series, ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT: THE ABSOLUTE CONSPIRACY (ウルトラギャラクシーファイト 大いなる陰謀, Urutora Gyarakushī Faito Ōinaru Inbō). The show will begin on Sunday, November 22, 2020, with new installments planned to release on YouTube each week at 10:00am (Japan Standard Time) worldwide. Ultra Hero Series EX: Ultraman Great/ ウルトラヒーローシリーズEX ウルトラマングレート Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660570394000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: December 26, 2020 Price: ¥660 (Approximately $6.26 US, Tax Included) Ultra Hero Series EX: Ultraman Powered/ ウルトラヒーローシリーズEX ウルトラマンパワード Manufacturer: Bandai Item No.: 4549660570400000 Product Size: Height Approximately 140mm (5.5 Inches) Material: Soft Vinyl Release Date: December 26, 2020 Price: ¥660 (Approximately $6.26 US, Tax

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