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My Godzilla & Destoroyah collectible figurines
Here are some of the Godzilla toys I own. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of Destoroyahs and Godzillas (Godzillae?) among the characters I chose to collect. Most of the packages came in Japanese writing, so it's hard to give the exact titles. All the pictures are my own and while I don't have a digital camera, I couldn't ask for better photos. Especially considering many of the figures are less than 3" tall.
This is by no means my complete set of Godzilla figures. However, in keeping with the page's focus, I primarily showed sets which had both Destoroyah and the Heisei Godzilla. Some sets may have just Godzilla, but these will feature the Burning Godzilla from GvD.
Unless otherwise noted, all figures are made by Bandai (the largest Japanese toy company) and are available only in Japan
Unless otherwise noted, all figures are made by Bandai (the largest Japanese toy company) and are available only in Japan*
Y Special Godzilla Y
Yes, I know it's not a Bandai Godzilla toy, but it's still the most special. This "Godzilla" was Dulce's first gift to me after our first date back on January 23, 1993. We ate Korean BBQ and had ice cream at Bubbie's (a famous ice cream parlor in Honolulu) and later did some finger-painting. On that Sunday, I got a thank-you note (with the toy) telling me I had a "Godzilla-sized heart" (Awww...). The wind-up toy emits sparks as it walks. Yes, I still have it, and the "Mikey!" she wrote on the foot has not worn off.
My thoughts on collectibles:I think if I didn't see Japanese Godzilla toys, my interest in Godzilla would not have been that big a deal. True, the Heisei movies are spectacular (esp in relation to older Godzilla movies), but other than watching and reviewing movies, there's not a whole lot to do.
If there's one thing I've discovered, it's that the Japanese are excellent toy-makers. Consider the Super SD Collection figures, they are priced at ¥100 (about 90¢), but look at the detail compared to American toys. Or contrast the 6" Vinyl Godzilla Island (around $13) to some of the similarly-priced Trendmasters toys. I really, really love the candy toys, though. Relatively inexpensive, but with excellent detail, plus you get a lot of figures and accessories with each set. I even think the boxes are work displaying, too.
However, I don't go overboard with displaying my figures. In fact, you can take the "dis" out of that word: they get "played" with. The boxes get opened, the candy toys get super-glued, books get read and scanned, and (gasp!) the tags come off my figures. I won't spend a lot on rare items, nor do I buy ten of everything eyeing future trades or Ebay fortunes to be had. When my monsters fight, they don't say "Wah, you scratched my paint!"
Now aren't these much cooler than collecting baseball cards, comic books, stamps, Pokemon cards, or Beanie Babies (well, at least until GMK)?
Many thanks to Dennis Hubbard (aka: Dad) for taking the photographs. I've since rescanned the pictures to show what a great job he did (which, in my opinion, look better than other pages' digital shots). I even re-scanned the figures themselves for the close-up details, but with varying results (the now-glued tails presented an obstacle). You'll find excellent close-up pictures of nearly all my toys at Club Tokyo, which has been a tremendous help with my collection page.
*See my Collectible Links for information on obtaining Japanese Godzilla items.
I better say it now before you ask: none of my collectibles are available for sale or trade. They're mine, all mine!!
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