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Bandai's Human Size Godzilla Figure

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by Armand Vaquer Above, yours truly with the Godzilla statue at Toho Studios in 2010. The closest I've ever gotten to a human-sized Godzilla was when I saw several filming & event suits. and the Godzilla statue at Toho Studios over the years. Now, "true" Godzilla fans can own a human-sized Godzilla figure of their very own. The only problem is coming up with the money to buy one and where to put it. Otaku USA has an article on the Godzilla figure. They begin with: Are you a Godzilla fan?  Okay, cool. But are you a big enough Godzilla fan to buy an incredibly expensive, human-size Godzilla figure?  Yeah, me neither.  First of all, I’m not sure where exactly I would put it, but more importantly, check out that price tag: ¥4,482,000. Four-point-four million yen. In U.S. dollars, that’s about $43,000 smackeroos. The figures are from Bandai and they are part of a new toy line called the Human Size Project. If some G-fan wants one, they'd pro

Cover Ideas: "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan" 2nd Edition

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the cover to the current edition. Now that I've seen Shin Godzilla ( Godzilla Resurgence ) twice, I can now finish work on the updated edition of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan . I'll do that after my upcoming cross-country trip to Metropolis, Illinois. Hopefully, I can finish it in time and get it to the publisher with enough time to promote it in the U.S. and in Japan by around April. The real standouts as far as locations are concerned from Shin Godzilla are Tokyo Bay (near Yokohama), the Tama River and the historic Tokyo Station. I'll be adding those places into the travel guide. If anyone has any suggestions for additions, feel free to let me know in the comments section for this blog post. For the new edition's cover, I am considering these photographs (feel free to post your preference in the comments section):    1. Shinjuku Godzilla 2. Hibiya Godzilla Statue 3. Godzilla Sl

We Waited 12 Years For This?

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Review of Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence) by Armand Vaquer. Above, this shot of Pete Brothers may reflect our feelings of Shin Godzilla . Photo by Armand Vaquer. UPDATE (10/18/16): I viewed the movie again last Saturday and have posted a 2nd review. To view it, go here . October 12 on my calendar was originally going to be the day that my Small Claims Court case against my ex-fiancee would have been heard, had we not gone on  Hot Bench last month instead. After seeing Shin Godzilla ( Godzilla Resurgence ) last night, something tells me that an appearance in Small Claims Court would have been much more entertaining. Above, the Shin Godzilla poster at the theater. Photo by Armand Vaquer. Above, the entrance to the auditorium. Photo by Armand Vaquer. Peter H. Brothers and I met up at the Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 theaters to see the movie. Before going inside the auditorium, I perused a collection of Star Wars figures by Sideshow Collectibles in the theate

October Is Here - Welcome To The Month Of Monsters!

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October is the "Month of Monsters" at Monster Island News. All month long our website will be featuring stories, profiles and collectible items about some of Hollywood's greatest icons of horror. Check out what has crawled out of the grave so far - Monster Island News The Mummy In 1932 a new horror movie was put into production to capitalize on the success of Frankenstein, and its star Boris Karloff. The initial idea was to produce a film based on the real life exploits of the French mystic Cagliostro, who claimed that he had lived for several generations. This idea was soon dropped for a screenplay that was penned by Nina Wilcox Putman that featured the resurrected corpse of an ancient Egyptian prince. One has to remember that Tutankhamen’s tomb had just recently been discovered and there was a national obsession with Egyptology. Universal felt that the combination of Karloff and this topical theme would guarantee a hit, and they were right. King Kong Carl D