Toku Kei: Fan Made Merchandise
Purchasing tokusatsu merchandise usually requires overseas shipping or import fees, but these fans are bringing the Western scene original toku products.
Toku Kei is all about bringing super hero style into your everyday life. Sometimes you can’t just dress the part, you have to live the part. Lifestyle items and merchandise for tokusatsu can be pretty hard to come by if you don’t want to look overseas. Luckily, there are some fans outside of Japan who are spreading the love. Each makes their wares available to toku enthusiasts big and small. Here’s just a few of the Western stores that have you covered:
Fran’s Color Creations is a Vermont based shop carries handmade jewelry and accessories themed around different tokusatsu series. Each piece is carefully hand beaded by the crafter and shop owner. While Fran’s Color Creations currently carries a wide range of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai themed items, their Etsy shop also takes custom orders for one-of-a-kind pieces! If you ever find yourself in Brattleboro, Vermont, you can pick up select Fran’s Color Creations’ pieces at The Crafty Cauldron.
Pocket Toku is a small Etsy shop based out of Pennsylvania catering to fans’ embroidered tokusatsu needs. They carry a variety of embroidered patches, mostly in 2″ rounds, of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai motifs. If you’re looking to spice up jackets, backpacks or other items with some cool patches, Pocket Toku has you covered!
Right out of Central Ohio come Marvels by Mosser, run independently by toku fan Dave Mosser. His shop was born from an idea to celebrate fandoms subtilely in the workplace while staying professional. In his shop you’ll find polo t-shirts and Converse shoes with custom embroidered emblems and helmets from some of your favorite Super Sentai and Power Ranger series. Also available are large embroidered patches and custom orders. The shop is currently running pre-orders for Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger basketball jerseys on their Facebook page.
Alden Viguilla is an illustrator and tokusatsu fan located in New Jersey who creates original silkscreen prints. His prints are detailed and vibrant, sometimes using up to 6 colors. Featured on the silkscreens are heros and villains from a wide range of tokusatsu series. These prints are hand-pulled in small batches, so be sure to pick them up before they disappear.
The team at Furry Feline Creatives, based in Torrance, CA, creates an original line of cuddly Kawaii Kaiju Friends under their lifestyle brand Purridge & Friends. While not copies of existing kaiju, these cuddly creatures are original costume designs inspired by old classics worn by Purridge and his friends. These plushies are handmade by designer and artist Cheri Ong who co-owns Furry Feline with her husband Alvin Ong, who work together to spread their message of individuality, family, and love. Most of the items from the Kawaii Kaiju Friends set were SDCC exclusives, but can still be ordered through their website until sold out.
Check out these five skillful crafters on their shop pages and social media, and be sure to stick around Toku Net for more featured fan-made merchandise handpicked by Toku Kei.
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