By Edward Gambichler
As I near the ripe old age of 42 ( and being the proud uncle of two adorable nephews ), I’ve come to realize that I have a bigger role to play in this holiday season. Instead of mailing out my nephew’s 5 page gift list to Santa Claus up in the North Pole, I must help the big man lessen his load and try to acquire these items myself. This must also mean that retire I from the “5 page gift list” club and take my place amongst those whose solemn duty it is to preserve the innocence that is Christmas for the young. That also means having to downgrade my own gift expectations from the entire line of Star Wars figures ( plus Death Star ) to socks, underwear, and a $10 bottle of Old Spice.
I was content with my current status as selfless Uncle Eddie, willing to go the extra mile ( or Toys R US aisle ) to ensure that this year would be a magical one. That is until I walked into Midtown Comics on Fulton Street and ran smack into that emotional brick wall that was my own childhood….
Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. Monster Arts Godzilla figure…..1964 Version.
I’m sure you’re all saying, “Calm down, Eddie. Being a fan of sci-fi, comic books, and all things geek oriented…this isn’t the first time you’ve come across a Godzilla figure”. True enough. However, this is the first time I’ve seen a Gojira figure that perfectly embodies the Godzilla I grew up on. In an instant, a flood of memories enveloped me. Memories of the WOR Channel 9 Thanksgiving Day Monster Movie Marathon. Thanksgiving Day was set aside for King Kong, but the day after ( usually a Friday ) was for everybody’s favorite atomic fire-breathing kaiju. The marathon consisted of the mid 60’s to early 70’s entries including Mothra vs. Godzilla ( on which the figure is based on ), Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla’s Revenge, Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, and Godzilla vs. Megalon ( which included a super powered team up with the robotic flying Jet Jaguar ).
Of course there were many other Godzilla movies to follow, but these movies were among the many cultural building blocks that led to my development as the well adjusted ( well, maybe not to my friends ) geek I am today. To say that the creators at Bandai outdid themselves this time, would be an understatement.
The figure is a detailed and gorgeous representation. With multiple points of articulation, it can be displayed in a collection utilizing a variety of poses. Despite a personal decision I made to scale back on my own collection ( which includes two Sideshow Collectible Captain America figures, the complete Kotobukiya New 52 DC statues, a handful of Bowen Design Marvel busts, and a Gamera figure I bought earlier this year ), when I saw this figure….I knew….I HAD to have it.
The only thing I did was break the universally held Law of Collectibles: DO NOT TAKE IT OUT OF THE BOX!!!! However, there is nothing more innocent ( with the exception of my two nephews ) than my zeal in admiring the craftsmanship of the Bandai artists. Definitely a must have for the true Gojira connoisseur.
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