Toy links tagged "Interviews"

Ogawa Iwakichi interviewedOgawa Iwakichi interviewed.
“… when we manufactured Jaguar, we used 3mm joints of ABS plastic for attachments. … Since the 3mm pegs seemed to break easily, I figured, okay, let’s go with 5mm. From that point onward, Takara has used the 5mm gauge for all their product’s molds ever since.”

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Marty Abrams interviewedMarty Abrams interviewed.
“We were making action figures, we were making playsets, and making toys of multiple figures within brands. Micronauts had all of the above, plus one additional piece of the pie, which was construction and building. … You could take characters apart and put them back together again.”

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Fred Ladd on Tetsuwan AtomFred Ladd on Tetsuwan Atom.
“The show … put Japan on the map as an animation production country. And as soon as that hit, all of sudden, all over Tokyo, a hundred studios sprang up overnight.”

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Nagai Go interviewedNagai Go interviewed.
“Even if they start out by imitating Japanese manga, they are still fundamentally children of their own cultures. … Eventually, they will produce something completely original … After all, Japanese manga was originally greatly influenced by American comics and Disney, so these things go around in cycle.”

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Kawamori Shoji interviewedKawamori Shoji interviewed.
“I was really into (British sci-fi puppet series) ‘Thunderbirds,’ but I didn’t want to build the plastic model kits from the store. If I did that, I would be the same as everyone else.” (See also.)

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Miyatake Kazutaka interviewedMiyatake Kazutaka interviewed.
“I came across a poster by Robert McCall for 2001: A Space Odyssey, it really shook me looking at it. … I went to see the film … when I was 18. It really changed the direction of my life.”

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Aramaki Shinji interviewedAramaki Shinji interviewed.
“When I worked on Pole Position or Mask, I was still young (around 23-24). It was such a big advantage for me to have had an opportunity to work in America at that age.”

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Okawara Kunio interviewedOkawara Kunio interviewed.
“… my generation looked towards the designs done in the West and then get inspired and made into their own projects. Now those things we made are inspiring people in places like Hollywood and elsewhere. That’s really exciting.”

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Mecha Zone's David White interviewedMecha Zone’s David White interviewed.
“My first robot toy was C3P0 from Star Wars. … I saw the Shogun Warriors cartoons not long after that: the Force Five series with Dragun, Grendizer, and Danguard Ace. That’s when my real passion for giant robots was ignited.” (See also.)

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George Lucas interviewedGeorge Lucas interviewed.
“I like Japan. I was going to shoot THX there and I spent some time over there. My wife says I am a reincarnated shogun, or at least a warlord. I’ll be fascinated to see what happens over there; Star Wars is slightly designed for Japan.” (See also.)

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