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(Promotion) Win This Godzilla Figure From Comet TV

Godzilla is taking over COMET TV in September!

Godzilla Doing Work Comet TV Promotion

Saturdays in Sept, Comet TV has Godzilla Millennium Series double features starting at 2P/1C.  Check out the times below:

SATURDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Double Feature starting at 2P/1C

Godzilla VS. Destroyah (1995)

Saturday, September 16 at 4:30P/3:30P
Thursday, September 28 at 3:30/2:30P

Godzilla VS. Spacegodzilla (1994)

Saturday, September 16 at 2P/1C
Friday, September 29 at 3:30P/2:30P

Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-out Attack (2001)
Saturday, September 23 at 2P/1C
Thursday, September 28 at 6P/5C

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Saturday, September 23 at 10P/9C
Saturday, September 30 at 2P/1C


SEPTEMBER 25 – 29
Starting at various afternoon times

GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2005)

Sunday, September 24 at 1A/MIDNIGHT
Saturday, September 30 at 5P/4C

Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Saturday, September 23 at 4P/3C
and Friday, September 30 at 5P/4C

Many of you know that I have a partnership with Comet TV and they send me free stuff from time to time to share with you guys.  Since I don’t have enough to give to everyone, I have to come up with creative ways to have you earn it! This month, Comet TV sent me this “Godzilla Doing Work”vinyl figure:

Godzilla Doing Work Comet TV Promotion

Now the fine folks at Comet TV are giving me the opportunity yo give one of my readers their own “Godzilla Doing Work” vinyl figure too:

THE COMET TV PRIZE PACK INCLUDES:

Comet TV Godzilla Giveaway

1 – Limited Edition Godzilla Action Figure: Who doesn’t want to sport some Comet TV swag! Godzilla sure does! He loves Comet TV so much, he’s ripping through his shirt. Clearly Godzilla 2014 has been hitting the gym! Check out those thighs!

1 – Godzilla Comet TV Card: Perfect for catching up with Godzilla’s comings and goings on Comet TV!

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Vintage Dinosaur Toys @ the Minnesota Zoo

Dinosaur Roadside Attractions

We’re fortunate to live close to the Minnesota Zoo and we’ve taken full advantage of that proximity through the years by spending a great deal of quality family time there.  This summer, the zoo is hosting a special, can’t miss exhibit featuring almost life-size animatronic dinosaurs, including a special exhibit of vintage dinosaur toys!

As a 70s Monster Kid, it’s not too surprising that I grew up loving  dinosaurs.  In fact, as I’ve explained previously, I consider dinosaurs my gateway to classic monsters.

This cool exhibit is titled “DiNostalgia: A Stroll Down the History of Prehistory” and curated by the Zoo’s Director or Guest Experience, Jessica Madole, who is a collector herself.  In fact, many of the pieces featured in this exhibit were from her personal collection.

I had the opportunity to spend some time with Jessica and discuss the exhibit, and her personal love of collecting, at the zoo earlier this summer.

Jessica Madole Guest Experience Director Minnesota Zoo

Why Vintage Dinosaur Toys?

While the Minnesota Zoo has featured life-size dinosaur exhibit several times in recent years, the decision to enhance this year’s exhibit with pop culture collectibles came about for practical reasons.

Last year, the zoo’s exhibited giant bugs! And while many of Monster Kids love our radioactive giant bug Sci-Fi movies, the zoo exhibit was a bit more educational in focus and the building was used to display the real-lifel bugs whose giant animatronic counterparts were featured in the display.  That left the zoo with a nice covered walkway with small glass-faced displays and a question of what, if anything, they could do with this space for this year’s dinosaur exhibit.

DiNostalgia Exhibit Minnesota Zoo

DiNostalgia at Minnesota Zoo

As a collector of vintage dinosaur memorabilia, Jessica had the easy answer: feature examples of dinosaurs in popular culture through the years.

The DiNostalgia Exhibit

The exhibit takes a chronological stroll through the many ways dinosaurs have appeared in mainstream American culture, beginning with roadside kitsch and gas station mascots during the mid 20th Century:

Dinosaur Roadside Attractions

Dinosaur Roadside Attractions

The tour continues with this great display of vintage dinosaur books, many from Jessica’s personal collection:

Vintage Dinosaur Books

Each exhibit included a simple but informative plaque to like this one accompanying the multiple Marx toys displays:

About Plastic Dinosaur Toys

Marx Dinosaur Toys

And the classic Marx Flintstones toy set:

Marx Flintstones Set

Jessica explained that the next bit was somewhat controversial, since the King of the Monsters isn’t technically a dinosaur (though the 2014 Legendary reboot says otherwise). Nonetheless, us Monster Kids are always happy to see our favorite atomic-breathed kaiju and the zoo took the opportunity to differentiate the imaginary Godzilla from the historical Tyrannosaurus Rex:

About Gojira

Godzilla Model Kit

I was quite impressed with the craftsmanship of the model paint job and also curious where the model was curated from.  Jessica explained that the zoo bought a later model Polar Lights re-issue and had a zoo volunteers assemble and paint the kit.  Readers will be glad to hear that I was quick to volunteer for any such future model kit assembly work that the zoo has need for!

Next up, we find a nice exhibit of comics featuring dinosaurs including this terrific copy of Savage Tales from Jessica’s collection along with some Turok and Jurassic Park comics:

Dinosaurs in Graphic Print

As a child of the 1970s, I was thrilled to see the focus on the essential Saturday morning classic Land of the Lost:

Land of the Lost

Love the vintage Viewmaster cover:

Land of the Lost products

The exhibit continued with a feature on the 1990s ABC series Dinosaurs as well as Jurassic Park which are outside the scope of this blog, but essential to the historical collection the zoo assembled. 

As Monster Kids, we are used to living outside the mainstream of popular culture and it’s always a thrill to see the things we love and celebrate get the spotlight.  My thanks to Jessica and love of vintage dinosaur stuff for taking the time to give me a tour and for championing this informative and fun exhibit.

Hurry! The Exhibit Ends Soon.

If you live in the area, I highly recommend you pack the family into he car and get to the Minnesota Zoo for this wonderful exhibit — but hurry! It’s only onen through Labor Day.

Ticket information is available on the Minnesota Zoo website.

And lest we forget, the main point of the exhibit is to excite and stimulate the young minds with a love of science and dinosaurs!

It sure worked for my kids! Plus, while they’re exploring and playing, you get more time to reminisce over your favorite dinosaur toys in the DiNostalgia exhibit!

dinosaur exhibit Minnesota Zoo

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Godzilla Vinyl Figure Collectibles

Collecting Vinyl Godzilla Figures

Godzilla-Vinyl-Wars-Sofubi

The first Godzilla figure was issued in 1966 by the Marusan Company and many vintage collectors consider Bullmark to be the finest and most varied line of Godzilla toys ever created, even making a cameo in Godzilla v Hedorah.  The Marusan and Bulwark lines, along with the original Bandai 8 inch line, are the most important of any Godzilla toys historically with .  All of these vintage vinyl figures share the following two characteristics; a highly stylized design and a usually unrealistic, brightly colored paint scheme.

After a 10 year hiatus, Toho announced a new Godzilla movie in 1983, kicking Godzilla merchandising into high gear.  Yakmakatsu and Bandai both entered the vinyl figure market that same year and their realistic approach to figure production changed everything. These figures were the first truly realistic renditions produced, both in sculpture and painting. The U.S. didnt get in on the act until the early ’90s when Trendmaster released it’s “King of the Monsters” line, followed in late 2003 by Bandai‘s U.S. effort.  Both companies continue to release figures associated with the classic Toho films as well as the new Legendary universe.

Godzilla: Vinyl Wars Collection

That brings us to the  Godzilla: Vinyl Wars collaboration between Japan’s classic sofubi manufacturers and cutting-edge Japanese toy maker Medicom Toy.  Each release in Godzilla Vinyl Wars is a reproduction of a classic Toho sofubi from the 1960s through today.  Sofubi means “soft vinyl” and this collection reproduces many of those original Marusan and Bullmark toys, released legitimately for Western collectors for the first time ever.  Each Godzilla Vinyl Wars Sofubi is hand-crafted, hand-painted and inspired the designer toy movement

The following sofubi are available now:

First Godzilla” Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Vinyl Wars 1954 Sofubi

Bear Model originally released this classic, 1954-inspired sofubi to adoring collectors in Japan in 2003. Now wearing a more true green paint deco and measuring approximately 9-inches tall, this re-issue is a limited edition of only 200 pieces!

Godzilla 1961 Version Sofubi

Godzilla 1961 Sofubi

Godzilla Paradise 1962 Version Sofubi

Godzilla-Vinyl-Wars-Paradise-1962-Sofubi

Godzilla 1964 Version Sofubi – Entertainment Earth Variant

Godzilla 1974 Sofubi

Godzilla 1973 Version Sofubi

Godzilla 1973 Sofubi

Godzilla 1974 Version Sofubi

Godzilla-Vinyl-Wars-1974-Sofubi

Godzilla 1989 Version Sofubi

Godzilla 1989 Sofubi

Godzilla 1989 Swimming Version Sofubi Figure

Godzilla 1989 Swimming Sofubi

Godzilla 2000 Sofubi

Godzilla 2000 Sofubi

Godzilla Classic Image Sofubi

Godzilla Classic Sofubi

Godzilla No Gyakushu Version Sofubi

Godzilla No Gyakushu Sofubi

Godzilla Bullmark J Tail Version Sofubi

Godzilla Bullmark Type J Tall Sofubii

Godzilla Pretty Version Sofubi

Godzilla Pretty Sofubi

Bullmark Version Mothra Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Mothra Sofubi

Destoroyah Sofubi Figure – Entertainment Earth exclusive

Destoroyah Sofubi

Biollante Sofubi Figure – Entertainment Earth exclusive

Godzilla Biollante Sofubi

Medicom has also released a number of retailer variants, including a Rodan sofubi, which I haven’t included in this post.  Most of these variants are unique colors on the same figures above and a completist collector can get more information at Medicom’s website


The Following Sofubi are Available for Pre-Order

These figures are expected to ship in November 2015:

Godzilla Mini Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Mini Sofubi

Godzilla 1967 Sofubi Figure

Godzilla 1967 Sofubi

Godzilla 1968 Sofubi Figure

Godzilla 1968 Sofubi

Godzilla 1984 Sofubi Figure

Godzilla 1984 Sofubi

All Out Attack Godzilla Sofubi Figure

GML All Out Giant Monsters Attack Sofubi

GMK All Out Giant Monsters Attack Sofubi – Previews Exclusive
Godzilla GMK All Out Attack Previews Exclusive

Godzilla Meltdown Version Sofubi

Godzilla Meltdown Sofubi

Godzilla vs Hedorah Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Vs Hedorah Sofubi

Hedorah Landed Version Sofubi Figure

Hedorah Landed Version Sofubi

Hedorah 1971Version Sofubi  – Previews Exclusive

Hedorah 1971 Sofubi

Giant Hedorah Sofubi Figure

Giant Hedorah Sofubi

Giant Godzilla vs Detoroyah Giant Sofubi Figure

Giant Godzilla Vs Destoroyah-Sofubi

Giant Pretty Godzilla 2 Version Sofubi

Godzilla Pretty 2 Sofubi

Sleeping Godzilla Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Sleeping Sofubi

Napping Godzilla Sofubi FigureGodzilla Napping SofubiMinilla Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Vinyl Wars Minilla-Sofubi

The  Godzilla Vinyl Wars EX series Arrives February 2016

They are available for pre-order now:

Hedorah Megaton Version Sofubi

Hedorah Megaton Sofubi

this news series opens with this Previews Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Hedorah Megaton Version Sofubi Vinyl Figure of the smog monster from the Godzilla films. Figure stands nearly 20-inches tall.

 

As we wrote earlier in this post, there are many retailer-exclusive versions. These typically involving a unique paint scheme not available elsewhere.  We’ve included some of these here but have not attempted to track down every variant.

The intent here is to present the classic monster collector with a brand overview of the Godzilla Vinyl Wars sofubi collection I highly recommend Club Tokyo which is an extensive resource for kaiju collectibles and vinyl figures.

While we love to collect vintage, we think the Godzilla Vinyl Wars collection is a great place to start for anyone interested in collecting Godzilla.  Because these are limited edition and based on vintage figures from the 1960s onward, I like the idea of beginning here and then tracking down the original figure counterparts.  Sofubi collecting is a passionate community and there are a lot of great online communities dedicated to sofubi collecting of every stripe .

Godzilla Collector Resources:

We’ll add these links to our Collector’s Resource page of course and if you know of any great online resources for Godzilla or kaiju collecting, we’d appreciate you letting us know in the comments section below:

 

 

Classic Movie Posters – Godzilla King of the Monsters

Classic Movie Poster Gallery

Godzilla King of the Monsters (1956) U.S. One SheetGodzilla, King of the Monsters (Toho, 1956)
U.S. One-sheet (27″ x 41″)

Godzilla King of the Monsters is the heavily re-edited American 1956 adaptation of the Japanese film Gojira, originally produced by Toho  Studios in 1954, which had previously been shown subtitled in the United States in Japanese community theaters only, and was not released in Europe.  For the American version, some of the political, social, and anti-nuclear themes and overtones were removed, resulting in 16 minutes of footage cut from the original Japanese version and replaced with new footage shot exclusively for the film’s North American release, featuring Canadian actor Raymond Burr playing the lead role of American journalist Steve Martin, from whose perspective the film is told, mainly through flashbacks and narration.

Of note, Godzilla King of the Monsters  was the first post-World War II film to present Japanese people in heroic roles or as sympathetic victims of the destruction of Tokyo to the American public in a commercial release given A-picture status and bookings.

This poster is the U.S. One-sheet style for the 1956 release and I simply love ti for it’s comic book sensibilities and over-top melodrama:

Incredible, Unstoppable Titan of Terror

It’s Alive

Civilization Crumbles as its death rays blast a city of 6 million from the face of the earth

Mightiest Monster!

Mightiest Melodrama of them all!

Who could have known that 61 years after the release of the original  Toho film in Japan that Godzilla would still be the King of the Monsters and as viable commercially at the box office as in the mid-1950s.

All Hail, Godzilla! King of the Monsters!

Enjoy this 1956 theatrical trailer for Godzilla, King of the Monsters:

Much thanks to the Kaiju Poster Database for being such an incredible resource.  They’re listed in our Collectors Resources page and I highly recommend spending some time browsing their site.

Poster Value

This poster is always in high demand and the only current auction I found while writing this article was on Heritage Auctions. They are offering a folded, Fine/Very Fine copy and estimate it will sell for $2,000 to $4,000.  Since the current bid is $1,000 with 17 days yet to go in the auction, their estimate is probably low.

Want More Godzilla?

(Video) Monsterama Episode 16 – Godzilla Collectibles

The King of the Monster Collectibles

Godzilla-Kaiju-Collectibles

Toho Studios gave us the King of the Monsters in 1954 and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  While the monster’s character has evolved and morphed as many times as the monster suit, Godzilla remains an incredibly popular as evidenced by the commercial success of the Legendary Pictures 2014 release Godzilla.  Toho purists might have been distressed by the American reboot but they are counting on the 2016 release of the next Toho installment in the Godzilla franchise.

The breadth of Godzilla, and related kaiju, collectibles is pretty overwhelming.  With the ever growing popularity of Japanese vinyl and sofubi. kaiju figure collectibles of every size, shape and color are available.  In this week’s series, we’ll focus primarily on Monster Kid related collectibles from the 1960s and 70s during the Showa period   of Godzilla’s film catalog.  In future posts, we’ll explore the modern collectible market and the impact of Godzilla and his pals in this increasingly popular urban vinyl category.


Collecting Godzilla

I highly recommend both of these books for anyone interested  in Godzilla and other kaiju collectibles.


Collecting Japanese Movie Monsters


The Art of Japanese Monsters

CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS – Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

Classic Movie Poster Gallery

Beast from 20000 Fathoms One Sheet Movie PosterBeast from 20,000 Fathoms (Warner Brothers, 1953) 27″ x 41″ Style A One-Sheet

With Jurrasic World stomping through the box office,  I thought it would be fun to look back at classic movie posters of a film genre that is so near-and-dear to my heart, dinosaur movies.  Also, “lost worlds” and “giant atomic beasts.”  I love them all!

While not the first dinosaur/lost world film by a long shot, Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is the first in a long-line of movies in the “Giant Atomic Beast” genre, pre-dating even the venerable Godzilla by one year.  The importance of the film isn’t limited to simply being first.  This movie was also the first solo project for our beloved Ray Harryhausen and the only time in cinematic history that Harryhausen and his lifelong friend, Ray Bradbury, appeared in the film credits together.  The movie was loosely based on a short story Bradbury published in the Saturday Evening Post.

The one-sheet poster for this movie is simply great, including  no less than 5 tag lines:

The Seas’ Master Beast of the Ages – Raging Up From the Bottom of Time!

They Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes! They Couldn’t Escape the Terror! And Neither Will YOU! 

You’ll See It Tear a City Apart!

CASTS OF THOUSANDS! Over a Year in the Making!

Synopsis

A group of scientists and military men are in the remote far reaches of the Arctic Circle, testing a nuclear device. The detonation sets free a prehistoric “Rhedosaurus”, a giant carnivorous dinosaur that walks on four legs.  The Beast makes its way south toward old nesting grounds, sinking a ship along the way.  The Beast destroys a lighthouse along his route and eventually comes ashore in New York City, wreaking havoc. As if his ferocity and size were not enough of a menace, it is discovered that when wounded, the Beast drips blood that contains deadly amounts of radioactive bacteria. The military decides that the Beast will have to be taken out by a grenade rifle armed with a radioactive isotope leading to a final showdown in an unlikely setting – a closed amusement park.

Enjoy the movie trailer:

Poster Value:

This poster simply doesn’t show up at auction very often.  Heritage Auctions sold one way back in 2008 for $1,553.  There is one current eBay listing for a nice copy of the poster for $1,450.

Summary

This movie is simply great and it’s importance can’t be understated to fans of genre movies.  Not only did this film give Harryhausen is break-out opportunity, the film’s director, Eugene Lourie went on to become specialize in the genre of giant atomic beast invasion films.  In 1959 he directed The Giant Behemoth, which featured stop-motion effects by Willis O’Brien and his assistant Pete Peterson, using many of the same low-budget methods that Harryhausen had pioneered. This was followed in short order by Gorgo (1961), which Lourie directed in England, this time featuring a man-in-a-suit monster.

The commercial success of Beast from 20,000 Fathoms led other Hollywood studios to jump on the bandwagon.  The following is from Turner Classic Movies tribute to Ray Harryhausen:

Meanwhile, the influence of Harryhausen’s first solo creation was being felt around the world. In Japan, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka of Toho Studios read a synopsis of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms in a trade magazine, and it inspired him to create a homegrown monster-on-the-loose. The first script for what would become Gojira (1954) even included an attack on a lighthouse. Gojira was a fearsome scaly-spined dinosaur brought to life as a man-in-a-suit by effects expert and longtime Kong fan Eiji Tsuburaya. (The edited film received added footage featuring Raymond Burr and a new title for its American release as Godzilla, King of the Monsters in 1956).

Warner Bros. also took note of the success of Beast and immediately put into production Them! (1954), which would feature an invasion of giant ants and a copycat release pattern of saturation bookings and a massive advertising campaign. Other studios would launch their own giant insect films as a result. So two entire movie sub-genres, the Japanese daikaiju (giant monster) film, and the American “Big Bug” movie, can be traced back to the twin successes of the 1952 reissue of King Kong and its Atomic-Age imitator, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.

And on top of all that, the movie poster is simply awesome,

Raising Modern Monster Kids

Can Today’s Kids Still Be Monster Kids?

The term ‘Monster Kid’ is widely applied to generations who grew up during the great monster craze that swept popular culture in America during the 1950s and 1960s.  I came of age in the 1970s and there are plenty of my generation who relate, and adopt, the moniker of Monster Kid as well.

Many of us Monster Kids are far from childhood in our age but have had the privilege of raising kids of our own.  Is it possible to raise modern Monster kids in the digital age?  This Monster Kid Dad is giving it the old college try, with some mixed results.

Through my series, Raising Modern Monster Kids. I’ll keep readers updated on this journey and share my successes – and failures – for all to enjoy.

This is what my 8 year old son wrote in school on Friday:

Raising Modern Monster Kids - 8 year old tells Godzilla's orignRaising Modern Monster Kids 8 year old draws Godzilla

 

As you can tell, my son loves Godzilla.  We saw Godzilla 2014 in the theater last summer and he loved it.  But that wasn’t the first Godzilla movie he saw.  No, Terror of Mechagodilla, King Kong vs Godzilla, Godzilla vs Mothra, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla: Final Wars and Son of Godzilla all preceded the Legendary reboot in my son’s Godzilla movie viewing.  He’s 8 and he calls out the monsters as guys in suits, but once the giant monster brawls begin, he doesn’t care.

I really liked Legendary’s Godzilla  and I’m okay if this new version becomes my son’s preferred Godzilla.  He’ll have to make his own choices. All I can do is make sure he is exposed to the classic movies that inspired the reboot and hope that he falls for them like I did.

I’m optimistic that I can raise modern monster kids who love the new but treasure the classic.

This one is clearly in the ‘Win’ column!  Enjoy and Happy Memorial Day to all you Monster Kids — young and old!