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Kaiju Beach Party!

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju Music with tags , , on August 12, 2009 by REdYOdA

Saw this over at Boing Boing…really killer Japanese Eleki surf music with a classic giant monster video!

Now get groovy with Goji and friends…

The song called ‘Black Sand Beach‘ and video is by The Royal Fingers from their sole album ‘Wild Eleki Deluxe‘…released by the legendary Del-Fi Records!

(Eleki = Electric as in Electric Guitars…and in this case maybe some Eleking 😉 )

The Royal Fingers

Album cover links to Amazon for purchase plus you can hear some bits from the other songs.

One more video from The Royal Fingers…

A little more on Japanese Eleki can be found HERE!


Gojira like you’ve never seen before!

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by REdYOdA

…just a reminder that Gojira is coming out very soon on BLU RAY!…plus some other random Gojira stuff below!

Gojira Blu Ray US Version

I knew that a few select tokusatsu films would be coming out on BLU… but since it’s now just over a month away…I thought I’d share my research on the upcoming Goji releases and Pre-Order info for you kaiju eiga lovers like me!

Pictured above is Classic Media’s version which will apparently contain both versions of the film…the original and the Raymond Burr heavily edited version. English subs and dubbed versions will be available.  The films will feature commentaries, trailers, and some making of featurettes…Making the Goji suit and story development, hopefully more as well . This will be Classic Media’s FIRST ever Blu Ray release!

CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDERreleases on September 22nd!

Gojira Japanese Only Blu Ray

…and now your decision gets complicated…

Official Japanese TOHO Blu Ray site…HERE.

Pictured above is the Japanese only release of Gojira. Japan’s release will NOT feature the Raymond Burr version (no surprise there!) This version will also have some awesome exclusive extras:

Theatrical Trailer (HD quality), Akira Ifukube Interview (SD quality), View Storyboards with Picture-In-Picture [NEW FEATURE!], New Version of Godzilla’s Theme (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], See Original Filming Locations With Snapshots (tentative) (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], Oxygen Destroyer (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], Audio Commentary (Akira Takarada)

Sounds amazing right!!??…here’s the hitch though…no subs except Japanese. 😦

...unless you speak Japanese

For me this is still a no-brainer…buy both!

But seriously… I would much rather have the Japanese release…for one I understand a bit of Japanese (plus it helps you learn!)  and we all know the story anyways, and two, the extras here are great! Plus this Blu will fit in nicely with the other Japanese only Godzilla releases.

Gojira will be released just 4 days prior (Sept. 18th) to the US version.

Pre-order from Amazon.jp HERE! These discs are going to run you about $50 each with shipping. Just click up in the upper right of the page for English and log in with your usual Amazon ID…simple!

Click on the covers below to Pre-Order the other titles…

Godzilla vs Biollante

VS Biollante

Godzilla: Final Wars

cover_godzilla_final_wars_jp

Both of these are also Japanese language only… but both feature great extras as well. I do not know how long it will be before (if ever) Classic Media will be able to release these other titles in the USA.

…and might as well grab all FIVE kaiju releases and save on shipping!

Click HERE for MOTHRA!  Click HERE for RODAN!

…And now more Goji!…

Making the Godzilla Suit…a great doc from Ed Godziszewski!

Mr. Godziszewski is one of very few Goji experts in the US and performed commentary for Classic Media’s previous Godzilla releases. He co-wrote the great documentary film’Bringing Godzilla Down to Size’, wrote ‘The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Godzilla’, he is also the editor & publisher of Japanese Giants Magazine, and much more!

…now for some vinyl Gojis!

Here is a great vintage 1966 Marusan Godzilla that I acquired a few months ago…(click any pic to enlarge)

1966 Marusan GodzillaMarusan 1966 Godzilla

If I had to leave in a hurry, not to come back, and could only take one toy from my collection…this would be it. This original Marusan Goji sculpt, which really bears little resemblance to t he screen Godzilla, is considered by many collectors to be the foundation of their Japanese sofubi collection.

1966 Marusan Godzilla

Other than Bandai toys…the first real kaiju fig ure I paid more ‘serious’ money for was the 1991 Bandai/Bullmark reissue of the same Godzilla sculpt as pictured above.  After that I was hooked. I eventually expanded my horizon into other TOHO monsters and in the last couple of years have brought more of the neo-kaiju into my collection.

This great sculpt is still produced today, 40+ years later, in sooo many colors and slight variations by toy companies like Toygraph & M1-Go.

Here’s a few more various Goji’s from my collection…and if I had the room and the money, I would most definitely try to track down all of the original Marusan & Bullmark vintage versions!

Goji and Bullmark Mini

Glow Goji with signed base

Glowies

A gaggle of Goji's

Goji will always be king!!!

Godzilla Commercials

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju misc. with tags , on March 16, 2009 by REdYOdA

Like most movie stars…Gojira likes to make a little extra Yen on the side doing TV spots…

Honey Nut Cheerios…

A really bad roar dub for Jomo Gas Station and G gets excited about light bulbs…

Goji hates Cola & Lemonade in the classic Dr. Pepper spot…

Goji sells out for Nike…and gets owned by Charles Barkley…

Konica Film…looks like Godzilla attacks New York, see the WT Towers. Why is that guy so happy in the end?

There are a few more Goji spots out there…but I can’t post them all. Not to mention the tons of Goji-Like monsters used in commercials that keep the TOHO sue-monster constantly busy.

Like this Thai wannabe…I love this one!

Here’s an impostor Goji for Speed Cash…


Gojira stomps the Castro!

Posted in Fun Stuff, Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , on March 3, 2009 by REdYOdA

From Shock-It-To-Me!

MASS DESTRUCTION!

Just announced by Shock-It-To-Me’s August Ragone:

THREE COLOSSAL DAYS! TEN CLASSIC TOHO FILMS! PLUS! The man who played Godzilla (and score of monsters such as Rodan, Baragon & Gaira) from 1954 to 1972: HARUO NAKAJIMA! LIVE & IN PERSON! Stay tuned for more details in the following months on this GIGANTIC show from the same fiends who bring you SHOCK IT TO ME! every October!!

I really can’t wait for this…thanks to Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters author August Ragone for bringing more Gojira and Giant Japanese Monsters to the Bay Area!!!

Godzilla and Gigan Battle from Zone Fighter!

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by REdYOdA

From 1973’s Zone Fighter Episode #11

Godzilla & Gigan both make cameos and have a throwdown…

In the clip above you will see Godzilla attempting to help Hikaru Sakimori (Zone Fighter) from being killed in an automobile crusher. Gigan appears before Gojira can get to the trapped racer and a ferociously campy battle ensues. Using his best boxing techniques, Nuclear breath, and some amusing tail smashing action, Godzilla is able to put Gigan down…or so he thinks…

Not shown in the clip (maybe I’ll upload the next scene later on)…

After Godzilla destroys the power to the automobile crusher, saving Hikaru, he leaves the area believing Gigan to be dead. Gigan will soon re-awaken and have to be dealt with all over again…this time by Zone Fighter himself. The giant hero Zone Fighter is able to finally defeat Gigan once and for all by using a devastating missile attack.

Thanks Megaro-Goji!

…and here’s Part 2!

Always 2…Godzilla Clip

Posted in Kaiju misc. with tags , , on November 11, 2008 by REdYOdA

2007’s ‘Always 2’…the sequel to the Japanese mega hit ‘Always, Sunset on 3rd Street‘ features a cool CGI Godzilla cameo…


I think they did a great job with Godzilla’s CGI treatment…albeit brief!

I’ve watched both films and really enjoyed them. The first installment ‘Always’ won 12 categories in the Japanese Academy Awards!
Based on the manga: ‘Yuyake No Uta-San Chome No Yuhi‘ by Saigan Ryohei, the sentimental films follow the lives of Tokyo residents circa 1958.

Oh, and if you want to watch the entire film that features Godzilla, you should watch ‘Always 1’ first…part 2 will be confusing if you don’t.

Ebay is the best place to find these films.

Kaiju Riding Tricycles Art

Posted in Kaiju misc. with tags , , , , , on November 9, 2008 by REdYOdA

I really love the artwork on these M1-Go Tricycle Kaiju…so I scanned the three boxes that I have available…

Matango!

Booska!

Godzilla!

First released in 2006…there are quite a few of these M1-Go reproduction tricycle toys featuring other kaiju/heroes as well. With a little searching you can also find a few variant colorways… with different color trikes, Little Tokyo Tower accessories, and the ever popular glow versions!

Finding the vintage tricycle toys is a little more difficult… and they can get pretty spendy if they are in minty condition. You’ll find a lot more characters in the vintage trikes too.

This is what they look like out of the boxes…appx. 5-6″ tall…

Bike Gang

I posted larger scan of the box art at my flickr.

If anyone knows more about the artist…hit me up! It looks like his name is ‘Najita’ but I’m not sure.