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Being undead seems to be a big boon in the toy world.
Even though the seventies were a far cry from the Monster merchandising boom of the mid sixties (which really was a golden age except for the lack of action figures), it wasn't exactly a drought either.
Classic monsters such as Frankenstein and Godzilla were still flourishing on late night TV and on Saturday morning with shows like "The Monster Squad", "Hilarious House of Frightenstein (http://www.amazon.com/Hilarious-House-Frightenstein-Vol-1/dp/B000AC7OV6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1225202379&sr=1-1)" and "The Groovie Ghoulies (http://www.amazon.com/Groovie-Goolies-Saturday-Mourning-Collection/dp/B000ILYYD0/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1225202339&sr=8-1)", it was still a great time to be a monster kid. Here are ten of the best reasons to be a monster kid in the 1970's:
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Did I miss your favorite? Rest assured that one was #11. [/lie]
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Oct 29, '08, 11:58 PM
Those are Just Fantastic. I Love the AHI Monsters and the Action Aerating Monster, Aurora Model Kits and The Bigfoot :beaming1: Great List
Oct 30, '08, 12:31 AM
no Kenner Alien 1979 im shocked!!
Oct 30, '08, 5:14 AM
I don't want to be one of those "hey, stretch monster should have be number one" guys, but "hey, stretch monster should have been number one":wink:. Also, as creepy as Hugo is, I don't consider him a true monster. And I would pick Krusher over Greg-ory.
Earth 2 Chris
Oct 30, '08, 7:00 AM
Great list! I'm by no means a huge Godzilla fan, but when I held one in my hands at an antique store a few years back, I was just compelled to get it for my friend Mitch. He almost cried when I gave it to him, as it was a childhood want he never got. Now that's the acid test of the power of a great toy!
Hugo is disturbing enough to be on the list. He's actually the scariest thing on it, so I get why you included him!
Oct 30, '08, 8:32 AM
I had the glow Aurora kits. Loved them to death. My grandmother came to visit us once and she stayed in my room. I had to remove the models because they gave her the creeps glowing at night. :smiley1:
Oct 30, '08, 9:04 AM
I don't want to be one of those "hey, stretch monster should have be number one" guys, but "hey, stretch monster should have been number one".
Heh, spoken like a stretch collector. ;)
I admit he is super, duper cool but the big G's overall celebrity trumps all.
Oct 30, '08, 9:22 AM
i agree with godzilla being the best. but, how could you leave out tomland's famous monsters of legends?
Oct 30, '08, 9:47 AM
Godzilla has always been my fave monster....
Oct 30, '08, 11:55 AM
Surrounded by Godzilla lovers. Cool!
I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.....
On the other hand, I feel terrible for never getting hold of the Mattel Godzy. They're so rare over here....
Oct 30, '08, 12:57 PM
Holy Crap I had totally forgotten about Gre-Gory the Bat. I SO must get him back. He probably goes for 120,000 dollars these days with my luck....off to eaby. Great List thanks.
Oct 30, '08, 1:04 PM
I am not a Godzilla fan. But heck if that Mattel version didn't WOW me when I was a kid. Its the projectile fist that does it for me! I still think its one of the coolest toys ever produced.
Oct 30, '08, 1:38 PM
sweet! they all look awesome :grin:
Oct 30, '08, 7:47 PM
Oh yeah, I love the Mattel Godzilla. I got him for Christmas back in '78 and he became one of my favourite toys, I still have him today. I was a Godzilla nut, and us kids outside of Japan were absolutely starved for Godzilla toys, so this toy was a godsend, even if it wasn't very accurate (Popy's similar Jumbosaurus Godzilla was a bit more accurate, plus he roared). And the bonus was that I finally had someone for my 24" Mazinga to fight. :)
Oct 30, '08, 9:45 PM
Yep, still have mine too. A little on the dusty side for this shot, but he's all there!
Oct 31, '08, 8:46 PM
Cool, and they do seem to collect dust easily and the rough skin makes it fun to clean. :smiley1:
I can't believe I've owned this guy (Mazinga too) for about 30 years. God I feel old!
I didn't find out until years later that there were two different versions. Yours looks like mine, darker green plastic with unweighted feet. There is another version that's a little bit brighter green and has weighted feet (presumably to keep him from falling over? I never had a problem with mine in this regard)
>they do seem to collect dust easily and the rough skin makes it fun to clean.
Use an old toothbrush on 'em.
>There is another version that's a little bit brighter green and has weighted feet
That's the one I had. The weights looked like toothpaste tubes filled with sand and fit into a little bracket on the inside of the sole of the feet.
I've heard the Japanese version looked more like Godzilla; but I've never seen a pic of it.
Nov 4, '08, 10:30 AM
The Japanese Godzilla is featured in this video, I can't remember where but it's during an interview with Bob Monko.
YouTube - In Love With Toys, Part 1 (1995) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpTIydrcP48)
Nov 4, '08, 10:35 AM
YouTube - In Love With Toys, Part 4 (1995) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew20feC6SVA&feature=related)
3 and a half minutes in
Nov 4, '08, 8:49 PM
Also, here's some info and pics (including the box) of the Popy version here:
The coolest things about him are his back fins, and the fact that he roars (although I wouldn't be surprised to find out that most don't work too well these days)
>here's some info and pics (including the box) of the Popy version
Wow. It doesn't look ANYTHING like the Shogun one.... AND the Japanese one shoots off it's hand.
What's the deal with that?
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