Original Kit Issued: 1964 - 1968

Re-Issued: 1969-75, 1978, 2000

Molded in approx. 1/200 scale, the "King of Monsters" wades confidently through a field of skyscrapers. This kit has always been a favorite of mine. In fact, it is one of only two original kits to survive, a bit worse for wear, from my childhood.
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As a kid I loved the big green guy. I'd rush home to see his flicks no
matter what I was doing. I guess every 9-year-old's dream was to
vacation on Monster Island!
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"In laboratories around the world, seismographs recorded a disturbance in the polar region. Japanese scientists sent a submarine to the area of the disturbance. Radio contact to the mainland reported that the scientists found high radioactivity. A subterranean explosion was recorded on the seismograph. The submarine was never heard from again. Photographers even went to the site of the shipwreck. They discovered the monster, Godzilla, which had escaped from its icy exile and was making its way to the coast of Japan."

Original Promotional Copy from Instruction Sheet
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ORIGINAL SPECS:
KIT # 469
SCALE: 1/200 (Approx)
PLASTIC: Bright Fuschia
BOX SIZE: 13"X7"X2"

GLOW KIT SPECS:
KIT # 466
PLASTIC: Metallic Green & Luminous
BOX SIZE: 8.25"X8.25X3.25"
 
WORK IN PROGRESS:

I've just picked up the Polar Lights reissue of this kit. It's molded in a strangely interesting freaky
green. I plan to integrate some of the new parts with the original 1969 Glow Kit from my childhood days.

That kit's pretty beat up, so this will be a kitbash of considerable proportions.

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My original kit was painted with Testor's gloss enamels in a thoroughly bizarre paint scheme, looking like something between the Glow Kit box art and a Kabuki actor. As I recall, a neighbor kid painted it for me. I thought it was cool - then.
 
   

POLAR LIGHTS NEW 16" GODZILLA

This excellent kit seems to attempt to resolve some of the accuracy issues with the original Aurora kit, while maintaining its own individuality. It does so quite handsomely, and impressively, as it is much larger than the Aurora original. It faithfully reproduces the "train destruction" scene of the original 1954 film.

I've got to get my hands on one of these....soon!

 


Click Here for a
GODZILLA FILMOGRAPHY
 
CLICK HERE for lots of
CLASSIC GODZILLA CLIPS
from Barry's Temple of Godzilla

"GODZILLA"
- 1954
(aka "Gojira","Godzilla,
King of the Monsters
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Studio: Toho
Starring: Akira Takarada / Takashi Shimura / (Raymond Burr)
Director : Ishiro Honda
Special Effects : Eiji Tsuburaya

The original Japanese version is, without a doubt, the best movie ever made. Filmed in glorious black and white, this first Godzilla film has a somber feel
which heightens a very real sense of suspense and terror. The terror is palpable throughout, as one attack follows another and the death toll begins
to rise almost exponentially. The anguish of the survivors is realistically portrayed and very believable, and the entire film stands as a credible
allegory for the horror of nuclear war. (Mr. Burr and the extraneous
plot elements were added in the U.S. release. - P.P.)

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Read a review of the Original Film from Science Fiction Weekly

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CLICK HERE to read about one of GODZILLA's most unlikely co-stars!!
 
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