In November of 2007, renaissance man Matt Alt took a Marusan Garamon out on the town.

Our hapless meteorite monster first had his (already shaky) equilibrium challenged by being waved aloft amidst the lanterns; then he was induced to drink way too much sake for a toy his size, which of course resulted in his feeling like he was being pummeled by Bruce Lee.


Guy Davis Pygmon! (and Booska too!!)

My pal Maurice hepped me to this super-sweet illo by the great Guy Davis... 'sgreat!

This was a commissioned piece (Maurice actually asked if I was the one who had commissioned it); I asked Guy if he wouldn't mind putting the buyer in touch with me, but he no longer has the person's contact info.  Sooooooo, if you're out there, O Pygmonic Booskonic Illo-Commissioner, please get in touch... I'd love to share your thoughts on the piece here at Garamania!

Also, on a Booska note: have you seen Kaiyodo's Revoltech SF series?  CRAZY mixed bag of characters in the line: Giger's Alien, Daimajin, Baragon... Woody and Buzz from Toy Story (huh???)... and Booska! They're very cool-looking figures, packed with great gimmicks and Revoltech joints; YES, naturally, I have already contacted the division of Kaiyodo that oversees this line to ask them to do a Pygmon or Garamon. 


Seablob… the larval stage of Garamon?

Marmit’s (relatively) new Seablob (シーブロブ) toy (an original design, not based on any existent TV or movie kaiju) provides great grist for the mill of this reporter’s Gara-imagination.

It would seem obvious that the sculptor behind this piece was Garamonically inspired.  Look at those spines, that mouth, even the eyes; that it’s called Seablob prompts me to once again call attention to Tohl Narita’s marine inspiration for the original Garamon design.

It’s always fun to speculate on the biomechanical nature of Garamon, and what role the Chirusonians played in the creation and control of the beast.  I like to think that each Garamon is lab-grown (perhaps using DNA material harvested from a species discovered on another planet), with an artificially sped-up life cycle; the mechanical components would be implanted at specific, appropriate stages.*

Seablob looks like a larval-stage Garamon; picture it about 4’ high and 5’ across, sliding around slug-like in the viscous goo of a giant petri dish-type container... a bunch of Semi-Ningen Gara-engineers clustered around it, comparing notes, conferring on the creature’s vitals.

I really dig this piece and think it would make an intriguing addition to any Gara-collection.

*We could even take it a bit further and imagine that the machine implants are actually quasi-biologically transformative, able to be inserted at any stage and “grow” inside the organism as it reaches full maturity.

Pygmonchild is creepadelic...