YASUTOSHI HASE had traveled far from his native Japan in order to sequester himself in the Builders' Lair.  The first to discover the dank and decrepit workroom, Yasutoshi bravely entered the dimly lit hovel, then quietly busied himself in his kitbuilding duty.  When he emerged, he revealed to us his incredible results, completed kits that have reminded us all of  the true potential of Monster Scenes custom builder kits.  Study his exemplary work, now, featured in this premiere showing from the Builders' Lair. 

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In December 2008, shortly after Monster Scenes kits had returned to hobby shelves, Yasutoshi humbly offered up his rendition of the wretched renegade, Dr. Deadly, for his peers' consideration and approval.  Without question, his impression of the doctor was jaw-dropping in assembly method and painting style.  As many had suspected, the the doctor - over decades of infamy - was not afraid to dig deep into his "work."  The severely bloodied apron confirms that his particular style is not what we might consider "surgical."  His visibly jaundiced skin tone suggests an indifference to his own physical health, likely too absorbed in his devious deeds to maintain an acceptable main-street countenance. 

In rendering The Victim™, Yasutoshi shows us the beauty

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and frailty of this unwary waif.  While she's clad in the recognizable red halter top and snug-fitting shorts, the colors are rendered to indicate the effects of a cold sweat, the fabrics darkened from the involuntary outpouring of the perspiration brought on by unfathomable peril.  Her milky white skin further imbues her with an innocence while her face is so impeccably detailed we forget she's rendered in a 1/13th scale. Perfectly painted fingernails and toenails prove Yasutoshi possesses an impressively steady hand.

When asked to share the details of his achievements, Yasutoshi is rather shy since he relies on translating software to convert his native Japanese into the English language. 
He politely confesses, "because I use translation software, I become the funny sentence. I'm sorry."  Of course, his apology is unnecessary when considering relative few among could likely step forward to demonstrate a solid command of Japanese. To this end, Yasutoshi exhibits a even deeper generosity in the sharing his work with his U.S. peers, giving extra efforts to best communicate with us. 

One language he speaks fluently, though, is "Monster Scenes."  Most striking about his work is his method of delivering professional results while solidly maintaining the true and original essence of the series (which makes Dr. Deadly eternally grateful).  

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With his Giant Insect™, Yasutoshi has used his precise painting skills to showcase the nuances found in the entomological realm.  Carefully painted eyes reveal the many irises of the insect while a faint transparent green shows life in the giant wings.  Although he has stayed largely within the original coloring and design of the creature, he has deftly modified the coloring of the thorax and tail spots while also suggesting a dark and dangerous stinger.


In his Frankenstein monster, you'll find a nod to the classic 1931 icon, appropriately greenish and sporting the non-descript clothing of this 1/13th design.  Look closely at the base of the monster, though, and you'll find Yasutoshi is always seeking details to draw out at every opportunity.

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Next, The Hanging Cage™ features an homage to the Canadian-style art (as found on the reissued box) that introduces a quasi-stainless steel cage rather than the usual black iron design.  Yastoshi has delivered a gleaming cage that's practically begging for its first occupant.  Alongside, the glowing forge of embers with devious tools awaits.

Lastly, The Pendulum™ boasts a similarly clean design, the hammered and honed blade poised for action.  The mocking skull atop the device appears disinterested in what might occur on the slab below, though we know better.

Each kit was built with sharp attention to fit and function, Yasutoshi indicating he had carefully eliminated seams without impeding the movement or operation of each kit.  By his own exacting standards, he confides that he relies on precise painting to deliver sharp details and properly show details in stone, steel, skin, and clothing texture.

All told, Yasutoshi has shown the vast detail that is already present in the beloved kits and demonstrates how even more realism can be eked out through dedication to the series' intent.

Excellent work, Yasutoshi, and thank you for being the first to enter the Builders' Lair.

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Born in 1971 (sharing the same birth year of Monster Scenes themselves), Yasutoshi makes his home in Shizuoka, the capital city of the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan.  Fittingly, Shizuoka is internationally renowned for its scale plastic model kits and is the base of long established hobby companies including Aoshima, Hasegawa, and Tamiya.  The town also hosts the annual Shizuoka Hobby Show, attracting visitors worldwide.

As a young boy, Yasutoshi recalls his fascination with Aurora models, those he saw displayed in the window of a local hobby store.  Unfortunately, by the time he was of age to build them, Aurora's operations had ceased.  When the classic monsters were reissued by Monogram Models (the Bandai division) in 1982, Yasutoshi was ready.  Since then, he has enjoyed plastic modeling thanks to Polar Lights and now, Monster Scenes from Dencomm & Moebius Models. 

We're not certain if Yasutoshi actually glows in the dark but clearly he has a brilliance of modeling skill and passion.

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