Review by NekroDave
This little Godzilla vinyl was released in 1985 by Imperial and for my money is one of the worst looking Godzilla toys out there. Yet I know some people love it since it was readily available, cheap and most everyone had one at some time or another.
But not me. Nope, I never saw this thing until I was an adult collector and already familiar with the much better toys by M1, Marmit and even Bandai.
So, why did I buy it now then? Well, the same reason I buy a lot of crap. It was cheap. It was from the same seller I was buying something else from (the Imperial Kong to be specific) so I could combine shipping. And it had the tag.
Yes, the tag. The tag is probably the best thing about this toy. It's got a nice picture of Godzilla...that actually looks like Godzilla. And it says "King of the Monsters", like the old US posters.
This Godzilla is just 6" tall and is articulated at the hips and shoulders. The vinyl is very soft and squishy. Just like the King Kong, Imperial made two sizes of this toy, the other being larger, at about 12.5" tall. Interestingly, both Godzilla and King Kong were sold separately, but also together in a box, along with Dracula and Frankenstein, in a set called "Clash of the Movie Monsters". All of these classic monsters (plus The Wolf Man and The Mummy) were also sold individually blister carded, with King Kong and Godzilla being much harder to find than the others. Lastly, this toy has also been bootlegged, with alternate color schemes showing up in dollar stores recently.
|Posted 28 October, 2008 - 14:47 by NekroDave|