A glossary of Sofubi terms.
Tokusatsu (特撮, "special filming") is a Japanese term for live action film or television drama that makes heavy use of special effects.
Portmanteau of the words "soft vinyl." Sofubi toys depict monsters, animals, mascots and original characters.
Diminutive term for Sofubi.
Kaiju (怪獣 "strange beast") is a Japanese genre of films featuring giant monsters.
A process involving a metal mold and liquid vinyl that produces a hollow soft vinyl toy.
A folded piece of card (usually A5) that typically contains original art and illustrations related to the character.
Otaku (おたく) is a Japanese term for people with consuming interests, particularly in anime and manga. Its contemporary use originated with a 1983 essay by Akio Nakamori in Manga Burikko.
A garage kit (ガレージキット) or resin kit is a DIY model kit most commonly cast in polyurethane resin, usually depicting anime characters and movie monsters.
A mold is a hollowed-out block that is filled with a liquid material. The liquid hardens or sets inside the mold, adopting its shape.
Keshi (Japanese: 消し or ケシ) aka keshigomu (消しゴム, literally "erase rubber") is the Japanese word for eraser. In modern "keshi" refers to a collectible miniature figure, often of a manga or anime character, made of coloured hard rubber.