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Pachimon (パチモン,   Pachimon?) is a series of vintage bromide trading cards made by Japanese company Yokopro (ヨコプロ,   Yokopuro?).


Information

Pachimon was created by Yokopro in the 1970's, around the time kaiju were very popular in Japan. The card game features several 'Pachimon,' monsters often based on popular kaiju series such as Godzilla, Gamera and Ultraman, usually attacking famous cities or places.

The playing cards 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), and fan-made video games and short films.

Gallery

Playing Cards

Artwork

Merchandise/Miscellaneous

Trivia

  • Several of the kaiju depicted on the Pachimon cards are modified pictures of kaiju from the Godzilla, Gamera, and Ultra franchises.
  • 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, Triceratops, and an unnamed 'mountain hugging' Komodo Dragon are some such examples.
  • There's a minority of Pachimon card creatures who appear to be fully original creations and connected designs. But these too *might* have also been taken / stolen from more obscure sources, like artwork from Kaiju picture books and science fiction magazines.
  • The ghastly character with the claws of the iconic "Ultraman" foe Baltan, the body of Antler (also from "Ultraman"), and donning 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 / producer Exohead, whom released such a figure in 2007.

Games
Godzilla video games
1980s Godzilla (Commodore 64)Godzilla and the MartiansGodzilla vs. 3 Giant MonstersFierce Dragon Godzilla: Metropolis Destruction!!Gojira-kunMonster's FairThe Movie Monster GameGodzilla: Monster of MonstersGodzilla (Commodore Plus/4)
1990s Godzilla (Gameboy)Godzilla 2: War of the MonstersBattle Soccer: Champion of the FieldGodzilla, King of the Monsters (Gameboy)Godzilla (PC-9801)Godzilla (Arcade)Super GodzillaGodzilla Wars Jr.Godzilla: Battle LegendsGodzilla: Great Monster BattleGodzilla: The Atomar NightmareGodzilla: Giant Monster MarchGodzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!!Godzilla: Archipelago ShockGodzilla Movie Studio TourG-Patrol VR: Combat SimulatorGodzilla (Pinball)Godzilla: OnlineGodzilla: Trading BattleGodzilla GenerationsGodzilla Generations: Maximum ImpactGodzilla: The Series
2000s Godzilla: The Series - Monster WarsGodzilla: Destroy All Monsters MeleeGodzilla: Domination!Godzilla: Save the EarthCR Godzilla 3S-T BattleGodzilla: UnleashedGodzilla Unleashed: Double SmashGodzilla: Pachislot WarsGodzilla: Monster Mayhem (3D)Godzilla: Monster Mayhem (2D)
2010s CR Godzilla: Descent of the Destruction GodGodzilla On Monster IslandGodzilla 60thGodzilla: Smash3Godzilla: Strike ZoneGodzilla: Crisis DefenseMonster StrikeGodzilla (2014 video game)Godzilla: Kaiju CollectionCity Shrouded in ShadowShin Godzilla (PlayStation 4 VR Demo)
Gamera video games
1990s Gamera: Guardian of the UniverseGamera: Gyaos Destruction StrategyGamera: 2000
2000s CR GameraGamera: BattleMonster Gear
King Kong video games
1980s King Kong 2: Furious Megaton Punch
Miscellaneous titles
1990s Kaijuland BattlesThe Fall of Nemesis: Clash of the Kaijujin
Unreleased titles
1990s Rodan (NES)Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters
Board and card games
1970s PachimonGodzilla Game
1990s Godzilla (1998 board game)
2000s Godzilla: Kaiju World WarsGodzilla: Stomp!Battle Spirits

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