Sega to Release Ultraman Home Planetarium
Homestar Classic Ultraman
Sega Toys will be releasing a special edition of their Homestar home planetarium based on iconic superhero Ultraman.
The planetarium, known as the Homestar Classic Ultraman, is produced by planetarium creator Takayuki Ohira. It features three display modes that incorporate characters and mecha from Ultraman and Ultraseven, and the body sports a metallic red and silver design scheme modeled after Ultraman himself.
The planetarium’s first display mode, titled “Ultraman and Ultraseven Monsters”, spotlights the numerous kaiju that serve as Ultraman’s rivals throughout the series. Alien Metron and other monsters and aliens are superimposed over the Homestar Classic’s true-to-life star maps and projected on the ceiling of any room.
The second mode, “S.O.S. from Space”, features a view from the real-life M78 nebula created by Ohira. The star map includes an image of planetary protector Ultraman alongside Ultra Signs, a series of coded messages from the series.
The third display mode, “Ultraman and Ultraseven”, replaces the standard Homestar Classic star map of the sky over modern-day Tokyo with a star map from Tokyo in 1966, the year of Ultraman’s debut. Color images of mecha belonging to the SSSP and Ultra Garrison are superimposed over the retro star map and brought to life on the ceiling.
The planetarium can display approximately 60 thousand stars, and features a range of additional functions. Highlights include motorized rotation that can simulate a night cycle, randomized shooting stars, and an auto-off timer that can be set to 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
The limited-edition version, available exclusively from Bandai’s official online store, Premium Bandai, comes with an additional star map of Gavadon, a kaiju appearing in Ultraman’s 15th episode, “Terrifying Cosmic Rays”.
The planetarium retails for 15,000 yen, plus tax. It will be released on May 25th.
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Homestar Classic Ultraman (Premium Bandai Limited Edition)