Pachimon (パチモン is a vintage series of budget bromide trading cards made by the Pachimon)Japanese companies Yokopro (ヨコプロ and Yamapro Yokopuro) (ヤマプロ) featuring unauthorized alterations of pre-existing kaiju collaged with other photographic elements. The term Pachimon itself is a fan-created moniker roughly reading as 'stolen monsters'.
Information[edit | edit source]
Pachimon was created by Yokopro in the 1970's, around the time kaiju and Tokusatsu were very popular in Japan. The cards consists of several "Pachimon," monsters often based on those from popular kaiju series such as Godzilla, Gamera and the Ultra Series, usually shown attacking famous cities or places.
The playing card variations feature information on each monster, including its height, weight, and subtitle.
Although quite obscure, the Pachimon kaiju have garnered something of a cult following among Japanese collectors and otaku, which has resulted in vinyl figures (both official products and custom built independents), fan-made video games, and short films.
Cards[edit | edit source]
"Monster Collage" and "Dinosaur" Editions[edit | edit source]
The first series published by Yokopro featuring lone monsters appearing among the city, often Japanese locations. A secondary "Dinosaur" version was also issued alongside the "Monster Collage" cards.
|"Monster Collage" (怪獣コラージュ)|
|Giant Monster Akaskeroni
|Giant Monster Battari
|Alien Godola, Ultraseven|
|Giant Monster Daigoras
|Giant Monster Eyegan
|Giant Monster Kanjiras
|Giant Monster Kodon
|Giant Monster Kumon
Giant Monster Scolosaurus
|Giant Monster Leccacatholis
|Alien Mefilas, Alien Icarus|
|Giant Monster Lygon
|Giant Monster Majelis
|Giant Monster Nash
|Giant Monster Prachi
|Giant Monster Saihatari
|Giant Monster Tonga
|Star Bem Gyeron|
|Giant Monster Whatos
|Giant Monster Jacob
|Giant Sea Beast Chockak|
|Giant Dinosaur Corythosaurus|
|Giant Monster Bird Diatryma|
|Giant Monster Hebirus|
|Giant Ichthyosaur Jiptess|
|Giant Sea Beast Mucasis|
|Giant Monster Nessie|
|Giant Monster Protocera|
|Giant Monster Triceratops|
Monster World Tour[edit | edit source]
Perhaps the most recognizable of the Yokopro releases, this second series features giant monsters menacing famous cities, landmarks, and natural wonders outside of Japan. All these monsters were originally nameless but were given such titles in later playing card editions.
Yamapro Edition[edit | edit source]
Third series featuring both named and unnamed characters, the latter coming from a Monster Confrontation set.
Espro Edition[edit | edit source]
Fourth series supposedly sold only at Japanese candy stores.
Latter-era Editions[edit | edit source]
Bromide cards produced towards the end of the decade under various miscellaneous series like New Monsters and Iwata Pro Large Monster Edition. Although Pachimon is infamous for culling from other monster characters and related image sources, the dip in quality is most apparent with these later entries.
Playing Cards[edit | edit source]
Playing cards that reuses older images and characters alongside some new additions, mainly taken from Japanese picture books related to dinosaurs, fantasy monsters, and science fiction.
Kewpie Corporation Playing Cards[edit | edit source]
The following set of promotional playing cards were produced by the Kewpie Corporation and featured original creature artwork along with related names and stats. However, these cards are still often lumped together with other Pachimon due to some of the designs still being derivative of existing characters.
Other Cards[edit | edit source]
Various cards that don't fit in any of the above collections.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
Merchandise, toys, and fan-created figures inspired by Yokopro's Pachimon bromide cards.
Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
Comparison between Goryu and the Lake Ktimba monster
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Several of the kaiju depicted on the Pachimon cards are modified pictures of kaiju from the Godzilla, Gamera, and Ultra franchises.
- Some of the Ultra Series-inspired inspired kaiju are Africa, based on Sadola, Himular has Red King's body, Kokura and Lygon are based on Bemular, Purachi is Windom, Tonga is Star Bem Gyeron, an unnamed monster with Peguila's body and Gomora's head, and another unnamed monster with Red King's body and Gamera's head.
- Some Pachimon cards took their visual sources from outside the kaiju and tokusatsu genres, including science books based on prehistoric animals and photographs of modern day ones. Jiatorima, Skorosaurus, Triceratops, a gigantic Dunkleosteus, and an unnamed mountain hugging Komodo dragon are some such examples.
- There is a minority of Pachimon card creatures who appear to be fully original creations and connected designs. But these too could have also been taken from more obscure sources, like artwork from kaiju picture books and science fiction magazines.
- The ghastly character with the claws of the iconic Ultraman villain Alien Baltan, the body of Antler (also from Ultraman), and an over-sized human skull for a head, was originally left nameless in its card debut, but would later be named "Galtan" (or "Gaikotsubaltan") by the vinyl sculptor Exohead, who released a figure of the monster in 2007.
- An unofficial Pachimon fighting game similar to MUGEN titled Pachimon Kaiju Dainessen exists.
- Through this unofficial video game, one unnamed Dunkleosteus-based monster was given the fan-created name of "Whow."
- The clawed sea monster Goryu is taken from Gold Key Comics' Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea series, particularly the issue entitled "The Overland Trial".
- An unnamed fish-like humanoid is repurposed magazine artwork of The Giant Manfish, a monster from episode 56 of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, "The Menfish" (March 6, 1966).
- Several of the Pachimon, including Heater, Etch, and others, appear in the tokusatsu hero series, Den Ace.
- The silhouette of Tobozu, along with other monsters, appears in the opening title sequence of the 2019 film Zillafoot, mimicking the opening theme sequences of the original Ultraman show.
Reference[edit | edit source]
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