Jean's Update Page
November 28, 2014
Updated the "Vinylmaddness Shop" with more items for sale
July 19, 2014
Updated the "Vinylmaddness Shop" with more items for sale
July 12, 2014
Updated the "Vinylmaddness Shop" with more items for sale
June 29, 2014
Updated the "Vinylmaddness Shop" with more items for sale
September 10, 2013
Updated the "Vinylmaddness Shop" with more items for sale
December 28, 2012
Article up on the main page for the "Top Godzilla Toys of 2012".
December 12, 2012
In celebration of 12/12/12, I have a article found on the top main page on the myth of the Marusan Mechcanikong
November 27, 2012
I updated the main page with a article of the Marusan Godzilla
November 9, 2012
I updated the main page with my first article in over a year. A Look at the S.H. MonsterArts King Ghidorah 91.
October 26, 2012
Unbelievable that it has been a year since I updated Vinylmaddness. I have done some artilces, but they just never seem to make it on the site. I'll have to work on that. The main thing I'm doing is cleaning up the "Vinylmaddness Shop". There are some items that are unavailable that I'll be clearing up. But I did put some new stuff up and organized the menu a bit. The shop will look much better and everything will show pictures.
October 22, 2011
Updated the "Vinylmaddness Shop" with more items for sale.
April 3, 2011
Updated "Lost Treasures" with another new article and my first fan submission article. I also updated the "Bandai Complete 6 Inch Series" with pictures of the Green Translucent Godzilla 2000 and the Red Translucent Gigan 2005.
March 27, 2011
Updated "Lost Treasures" with another new article.
March 26, 2011
Updated "Lost Treasures" with a new article.
March 20, 2011
I have a new page up called "Lost Treasures" that focuses on stories on how I came across certain toys during my years of collecting. I plan to have more articles up and hopefully fan participation.
Feb 20, 2011
Spotlight on the Kaiyodo SCI-FI REVOLTECH Gigan can be found on the top of the menu on the main page.
May 30, 2010
Spotlight on the Pao Burning Godzilla model kit can be found on the top of the menu on the main page.
May 16, 2010
Better late than never. Not only did I do a review of the Bandai Creation 12" Gigan, but I updated the "Complete Bandai Creation" page with pictures of the newest figures for the Wave 5 Series. Check for link on top of menu.
December 01, 2009
I added pictures of the Bandai Creation 12" Gigan in the Gallery section on the main page. Including comparision shots with the Standard Bandai Gigan 05. I'll do a review soon.
November 22, 2009
I added pictures of the Marmit Battra I recently picked up. Link is on the top of the menu.
November 7, 2009
I added pictures of new toys I recently picked up. Link is on the top of the menu.
August 30, 2009
Episode 6 pt.7 of the "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up.
August 29, 2009
Episode 6 pt.6 of the "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up.
August 23, 2009
Episode 6 pt.5 of the "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up.
August 22, 2009
Episode 6 pt.4 of the "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up.
August 16, 2009
Episode 6 pt.3 of the "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up.
August 11, 2009
Episode 6 pt.2 of the "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up.
August 9, 2009
Episode 6 pt.1 of the "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up. I also added some items to the "Shop Vinylmaddness" section.
July 27, 2009
Pictures of my recent purchases are on the main page titled "Newest Toys 7/27/09"
July 16, 2009
Pictures of my recent purchases are on the main page titled "Newest Toys 7/16/09"
July 11, 2009
G-Fest 16 pictures are now up on the main page.
June 13, 2009
The Gallery section has been updated with pictures from my Godzilla Room.
May 10, 2009
Episode 5 Part 8 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
May 9, 2009
Episode 5 Part 7 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
May 1, 2009
Episode 5 Part 6 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 30, 2009
Episode 5 Part 5 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 26, 2009
Episode 5 Part 4 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 21, 2009
Episode 5 Part 3 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 19, 2009
I've had requests to post a picture of the Gamera Vs. Viras diorama I'm making for G-Fest. I'm customizing a Bandai 6in" Gamera and Bandai standard Viras, which is not finished yet. See the finished product at G-Fest XVI. Picture is on the bottom of the main page.
April 19, 2009
Episode 5 Part 2 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 18, 2009
Episode 5 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 11, 2009
Episode 4 Part 5 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 9, 2009
Episode 4 Part 4 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 8, 2009
Episode 4 Part 3 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 6, 2009
Episode 4 Part 2 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
April 5, 2009
Episode 4 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
March 29, 2009
Episode 3 Part 2 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
March 28, 2009
Episode 3 of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
March 26, 2009
Episode 2 part Three of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
March 23, 2009
Episode 2 part Two of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
March 22, 2009
Episode 2 part one of "Godzilla Island Television Series" is now up and can be found on the main page.
March 14, 2009
New article up. Fans have been asking for a article of the "Godzilla Island Television Series" and it's now up on the main page. I only have one episode up at the moment. If the response is favorable, I'll do more. I moved the annoucement of the six inch Bandai DVD Exclusives to the "Complete Bandai Six Inch Figures" and removed the Marmit Maddness section completely for it just did not generate any interest. I may move or remove other sections for I plan to do more with the website in the near future.
February 7, 2009
Picked up a Marmit Blue Translucent Megalon, Bullmark small yellow/green King Ghidrah, & Nitto Viras. Pictures are in the "Newest" section.
July 31, 2008
G-Fest 15 pictures are now up.
June 22, 2008
My good friend Rick Creevey was able to obtain the recently released Bandai 6inch Godzilla Figures exclusive to the Toho released DVD Box Set Collection. Rick was kind to provide information and great pictures. Thanks Rick.
June 21, 2008
I added a new article on "A Special Look at..." page focusing on the GMK Godzilla 2002 vinyl figures that have been produced.
May 18, 2008
Mike has completed his second article focusing on Marmit's Monster Heaven MechaGodzilla figures. You'll find the article in the "Marmit Maddness" section.
May 11, 2008
I'm happy to announce fellow collector Mike Russo will be sharing his extensive knowledge and collection of Marmit figures here on Vinylmaddness. Mike has his first article up now and expect to see more articles in the near future. The Marmit line hasn't had too much exposure on Vinylmaddness, but that will change now that Mike is onboard.
April 20, 2008
For the 10th Aniversary of the Tristar Godzilla film, I wrote up a "Special Look at" the Trendmaster Living Godzilla 98'. Hard to believe it's been 10 years now.
March 30, 2008
Finally added a page with pictures of the recent Bandai Creation 12" figures. Look under "The Complete Bandai Creation Godzilla Series".
March 29, 2008
New article is up. Special look at the Bandai DX Transforming Mogera including step by step transforming Mogera to the Star Falcon and Land Mogera.
March 23, 2008
I updated the "Newest" section with pictures of the CCP Godzilla 94 and Burning Godzilla, along with a unpainted mini Red Hedorah that was included with the Burning Godzilla. The pictures don't do these figures justice. Very nice sculpt and the Burning Godzilla lights up nicely.
March 15, 2008
I updated the "Complete Bandai Creation Godzilla Series" with a recently found paint variant of Bandai Creation's Destroyah and a recent find of the 12' sized figures at a major retail store.
February 23, 2008
I updated the "Gallery" section and the "Newest" section with pictures of some new vintage toys. The Gallery section has several comparisions pictures of figures I already have. The small MechaGodzilla is part of a rare Bullmark UFO pack that's rarely seen mint on card. Figures include a small Brown vinyl Godzilla & Blue/Gold small King Ghidrah (that's also pictured), yellow vinyl Mothra Larva and a UFO saucer that I believe can fire missiles, along with MechaGodzilla. Just need the Mothra Larva, but the UFO is belived to be impossible to find.
February 3, 2008
A "product Review" is now up on the main page of the Bandai Godzilla Ultimate Collection that was released back in December. Lots of pictures and detailed descriptions of each figure in the set.
January 5, 2008
I updated the "Newest" section with pictures of the MegaHouse Giga ArtWorks Godzilla 62. I also updated the "Gallery" section with new pictures.
January 1, 2008
I updated the "Newest" section with pictures of the Pocket Figure Series Godzilla Super Deformed set.
December 31, 2007
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
John Rocco Roberto passed away in 2007. I had never met the man, but I know the legend. The informative indepth Godzilla articles he contributed during the beginning of G-Fan's Golden Age. The driving force behind the first ever Godzilla convention "G-Con" in Chicago and New York. One would have to wonder how our hobby would've turned out here in America without the influence of John Rocco Roberto. Though Mr. Roberto is no longer with us, a Legend never dies. Thank you John Rocco Roberto, for everything you've done for us.
2007 was to be "The year without Godzilla" Well, it was hardly that. Despite no new Godzilla film, DVD's of the Classic Godzilla series were released by Classic Media including other Toho titles such as "Frankenstien vs. Baragon" and "Latitude Zero". A book on Special Effects Master Eiji Tsuburaya was produced, as well as Super 7's highly anticipated book, and the new video game "Godzilla Unleashed" was released for the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 2.
It was expected that Godzilla toys would take a downhill slide, but it was anything but that. Newer companies like Pilot Ace and Gigabrain continued to produce Godzilla toys along with several variants. Marmit continued to impress thier fans with the Mega Giant Hedorah and the now legendary Battra Larva. CCP gained more attention with thier version of the GMK Godzilla and the just recently released Burning Godzilla and Godzilla 94. X-Plus/ RIC produced Gargantua Kits. Y-MSF produced thier popular Godzilla 65 and Godzilla 67 with tadpole Minya. Unauthorized releases of the Raymundo King Kong 62 and 67 gained attention as these figures fit nicely with the Bandai six inch series.
While Bandai Japan slowed down on its production of Godzilla figures, some memorable items were produced. The Complete Works Final Set covered the last representaions of Godzilla films that hadn't been produced for the Directory Series. Bandai also reissued several pieces from the Directory Series focusing on the Showa Era. Bandai surpised collectors with a newly scuplt Jet Jaguar figure for the "Movie Monster Series". Bandai's Jet Jaguar was also reissued not once, but twice as part of the Hyper Hobby Exclusive set along with MechaGodzilla 75 as they appeared in the Japanese Television show "Godzilla Island". Bandai ended the year with its much anticipated Final Wars Ultimate Collection Set.
Some of the more unexpectant releases in 2007 was the Pocket Figure Series focusing on Super Deformed versions on a majority of Showa Godzilla figures including King Seesar, Titanosaurus, Varan, and Secret Chase figure of Manda grappling Artagon. A large Limited Godzilla 54 Diorama was produced which has Godzilla's spines light up and able to roar facing cannons and tank. While limited to 100 pieces, priced up to $1,000 didn't encourage collectors to add this to thier collections.
While Megahouse countined its popular ArtWorks Diorama Series in 2007, the big hit of the year would have to be the ArtWorks Giga Monsters Godzilla 54 and newly released Godzilla 62. Detailed giant sized Godzilla figures sporting unique poses that can be compared to the popular Paradise Godzilla model kits, yet these are already painted and only the tail needs to be attached. While no word yet if this series will continue in 2008, one can only anticipate a Godzilla 64 would be next.
2007 saw two American companies produce Godzilla figures. Far East Monsters released the first entry in thier "Destroy All Monsters Diorama" set, Godzilla 68, which is able to roar and light up its fins. Far East Monsters has alot of pressure on them as many collectors have doubts the diorama series will ever be completed as only one figure was produced in 2007 and only King Ghidrah has been announced for 2008. Lets hope Far East Monsters can pull it off.
What should no longer be a surpised for Godzilla Collectors, 2007 once again, saw Bandai Creation make a big impact in our hobby, producing Wave Four of thier controversial Godzilla series resulting in two of the figures, Godzilla 2000 and Destroyah, being the most popular and highest demand items since Bandai Creations Crumble Zone. End of 2007 finally saw one online store offer the highly anticipated Bandai Creation 12' inch versions of Godzilla 2005 and MechaGodzilla 2003. Collectors hope these two figures will be more available in retail stores for 2008.
G-Fest XIV headlined the show with American actors that had major roles in Toho fims. Rhodes Reason and Shelley Sweeney proved to be excellent guests. Ms. Sweeney preforming her most memorable line from "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 93" durning her panel discussion was a highlight. While fans were excited about the Godzilla/King Kong theme and seeing "King Kong vs. Godzilla" at the Pickwick Theater, the turnout was lower than expectant as a result of no new Godzilla film.
Vinylmaddness.com had a great year. Hits on the main page increased to triple the amount during the second half of 2007 and have stayed consistant. Surpising for me as I expected lower numbers in 2007, yet several articles where produced that may have gained interest in Godzilla Collectors. Articles focusing on the Bandai Creation, Bandai Museum, Kaiyodo Xebec, and Megahouse Art Works Series proved informative. The "Top 20 Bandai Toho Monster Figures" article was most requested in 2007. The "Special Look" articles of Bandai's Godzilla 91 and MechaGodzilla 74 were very popular and was surpised to see the MechaGodzilla 74 page surpass the Godzilla 91 page on hits, despite the Godzilla 91 article appeared before the MechaGodzilla article. While I always put up pictures of the G-Fest event, I shared pictures of a Film Festival back in 1996 and received several e-mails from those that happen to be at the event and enjoyed seeing those pictures. I also put a special focus on the MegaHouse Art Works Giga Godzilla 54, which I don't happen to do on a single product, but was that impressed with that item. Appears many collectors are impressed with it too. The website and my collection also appeared in an article for the spring issue of G-Fan #79.
Always like to give a shout out to friends, collectors, dealers, and family. Brandon, Andrew, Dutch, Kevin, Jordan, Greg, Mr. Bond, Danny, Joey, Mike, Tim, Rick "Thanks again for the DVD", Kenny, John G, Dan M, Don H, and all those that I met at G-Fest XIV. Dealers: Scott, Greg Lyman "hope I got the last name right" Tony P, Lea Chapin, John Wells, To the guys out here in California that I never seem to see as often as I like: Marlo, Steve, Sam, Wayne, Richard P, Armand "Thanks again for the G-Fan article", a Special shout out to the Club Tokyo guys, Richard Cox "who took time out in his busy life to bust my balls in 2007" and Mike Johnson "see you next summer". J.D.Lees and family for keeping G-Fan and G-Fest going. The G-Fest Committee for all the hard work they do every year "Thanks again Jeff, for the SlideShow disc". Mom, my Bonnie, my Kids, and all those on my message board and who supported Vinylmaddness.com
What can we expect for 2008? A new Godzilla film? Doubtful. There was talk of Banno's project in full swing now, but I'll believe it when I see it. I doubt "Cloverfield" will fullfill our kaiju needs. We can hope for more DVD's. As far as toys, Bandai Japan is suppose release a new Sakai set, but that's all that I know of. Marmit has a few new items scheduled. CCP is expected to release Baragon to go with its Godzilla 2002. Y-MSF expects to release Kumonga. I'm hoping Megahouse will continue its Art Works Series. But at the moment, very little is scheduled for 2008. G-Fest XV Special Guest is scheduled to be Don Frye.
As for Vinylmaddness.com? Well, articles under consideration is a X-Plus page and a Gamera page focusing on toys made by companies other than Bandai. Someday, I'll do that Threndmasters page. I still have to update the website with the Pocket Figure Series. I expect to get the MegaHouse Godzilla 62 and hopefully the Bandai Ultimate Collection set this week. I'm still waiting on alot of toys from my dealer, so when I get that, I'll have lots of new pictures to put up. I do plan to have my own session at G-Fest XV so I need to have that worked out. My job did an interview with me on my collection for its newsletter. I'm hoping I can get that material and make a page for it on the website.
Goodbye 2007! Bring on 2008! Happy New Year to everyone and your families!
November 11, 2007
I had recently found photo negatives of an event I attended back in 1996. It was a Godzilla Film Festival that featured three Godzilla films and a special appearnce by Godzilla himself. I had the negatives printed and thought it would be fun to share the photos and background information of this unique event.
November 10, 2007
Normally, I add new pictures of toys in the "Newest" section, But I was so impressed with the new MegaHouse Art Works Monsters Godzilla 54, I decided to create a "Product Review" page to better describe and add opinions of new figures. I'm not sure if this is a one time article or a continued updated page, but I'll see what feedback I get. I do have alot of older stuff coming my way, but those will more likely be added to the "Newest" section. I may create a "Gamera Product" page focusing on Gamera figure made other than Bandai. Well see.
October 13, 2007
I updated the "Gallery" page with pictures of my "Subway" poster of "Godzilla vs. Destroyah". The poster is a massive 71x48 and covers the window in my Godzilla Room. Just an incredible poster.
September 29, 2007
I now have the page up of the latest Wave Four figures for the "Bandai Creation Godzilla List". I tried to call it like it is during my article and hope many will feel the same about this controversial series the way I do. I also updated the "Newest" section with pictures of some new toys, paricularly Bullmarks off my want list. So it's nice to finally get those.
September 25, 2007
I updated the "Gallery" section focusing on the Bandai Creation figures, including the newest ones recently released. I'll be working on a new page for the "Bandai Creation" page soon. I may be doing an update in the "Newest" section tomorrow with some new toys.
September 08, 2007
This is no Joke, Bandai Creation has just released Wave four in stores. I have yet to see them in California, But a member on the Vinylmaddness Group Message Board provided an update and pictures of the Godzilla figures from the new series. I posted more info on the "Bandai Creation" page and when I do pick up these new figures, I'll do a complete article with pictures and comparisions.
August 19, 2007
I updated the Large Scale section of "The Complete Godzilla Bandai List" with information and pictures of the actual box used for the 30th Anniversary Bronze Godzilla 64. Thanks to Rick Creevey for info and pics from his own collection.
August 11, 2007
I wrote an article taking a special look at the Bandai MechaGodzilla 74. The link is on the top of the menu.
August 08, 2007
I added some items to the "Shop Vinylmaddness" list.
August 05, 2007
I wrote an article taking a special look at the Bandai Godzilla 91. The link is on the top of the menu.
August 04, 2007
I updated the "Bandai Gamera List" with the HMV Exclusive Gamera Box Set and I updated the "Bandai Godzilla Six Inch List" with the latest Hyper Hobby Exclusive Jet Jaguar's and MechaGodzilla 75. There's also information on what we can possibly see from Bandai in the future for its Godzilla Movie Monster Series.
July 14, 2007
G-Fest 14 Pictures are now up. You'll find a link on the top of the menu.
July 11, 2007
I've been back from G-Fest for a few days now and I can't believe how fast it came and went. I plan to have a G-Fest 14 page up, but for now you can go to the "Newest" section and check out what toys I brought home.
There wasn't too much at the show that interest me. I actually bought some Trendmaster stuff. I had never seen the Trendmasters JC Penny Exclusive MechaGodzilla w/ Garuda and thought it was a perfect item for special guest actress Shelley Sweeney, who help pilot MechaGodzilla in the Toho film "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 93" to sign. I got the Hatching Rodan cause I don't see too many figures of Rodan in flight.
Another thing I don't get too much anymore are trading cards. But it's rare to see the foil cards from the Amada Widescreen Collection 96 series. I got Godzilla 54 & 55. I actually have the 54 card, but I couldn't remember if I did have it since it's been so long since I looked at my cards. It's rare to find Signature cards and it was cool to get one of the actress who played Belvera. This card is from the Mothra 2 trading card series. Thanks to Greg from Extreme toys for the cards and Trendmasters figures.
The GMK Godzilla is one of my favorite suits, so I was hoping to see the new CCP Godzilla 2002. I love it. Yeah, the position Godzilla is in looks funny, but when CCP puts Baragon out, I bet the two will look great together. Thanks to Mike from Club Tokyo. Oh yeah, Mike had alot of cool Marmits too ;')
I did get some vintage. Two small Bullmark Godzilla's. While the obvious difference between the two is the vinyl color, the bodies are two different molds. One figure has three fingers, the other has four. I thought it was cool. Thanks to Scott Horton for my vintage addiction.
What didn't get pictured are some G-Fan's, Gamera, The Brave DVD, and a red variant Y-MSF Tadpole Minya from Tony of Tempting Toys. But the best thing I got was something I didn't buy. I was informed that there was a special on Monsters HD, which I guess is a show on the east coast, that showed more footage of what didn't appear on Animal Planet's "Animal Icon's, It Came From Japan" documentary. A fellow collector made me a copy and gave it to me at the show. I was blown away watching it. I'm hoping to have a panel discussion next year and be able to show the footage. So my Thanks out to Rick, that was really cool.
June 22, 2007
I updated the Standard Bandai Figures page with pictures and information of the Bootleg version of the Bandai Godzilla 62.
June 10, 2007
I just opened the pages for "The Top 20 Greatest Bandai Toho Monster Figures" on the main page of the website.
May 30, 2007
I updated the "Gallery" section with new pictures. I also added pictures of a Nitto Jiger in the "Newest" section. I also updated the Kaiyodo Xebec Gamera III Checklist" with a picture of the Gyaos Variety Bag.
May 13, 2007
I updated the "Gallery" section with some pictures the Gamera DVD Box set. The Dome Gamera with Sega's Gamera 99 next to it. The Gamera Scale with a SD Gamera that was not included with the Box Set. And the Silver case that fits well on the Final Box Display.
April 29, 2007
I finished a new article titled "Kaiyodo Xebec Gamera III Checklist". You can find the link on the top of the main page.
April 28, 2007
I updated the Directory Series with more pictures of the latest Bandai Godzilla Complete Works Final set.
April 21, 2007
I updated the Directory Series with the new Complete Works Final set.
April 20, 2007
I picked up some new stuff recently. The Kaiyodo Xebec Exclusive Gold Gamera & Gyaos, and a Godzilla vs. Mothra Staff Room Plaque. I have pictures in the "Newest" section and a picture of me holding the plaque, as well as new pictures in the "Gallery" section on the main page. I also picked up the latest Bandai Godzilla Directory set and I plan to update the "Directory Series" this weekend.
March 17, 2007
I updated the "Model" page with pictures of the X-Plus Gargantuas.
March 11, 2007
I picked up the latest Megahouse Godzilla Artworks Collection set, but instead of adding pictures to the "Newest" section, I made pages focusing on the entire series of Godzilla and Gamera dioramas. As I hope the series continues, I'll update the pages. You can find the link on the top of the main page.
February 24, 2007
I updated new pictures in the "Gallery" section and the "Model Page" with pictures of the Yamakawa Godzilla vs. Baragon 2002 kit.
February 17, 2007
I picked up what is called the Raymundo Toys King Kong 62 & 67. These are unlicensed figures made in China and are limited to 500 pieces. Pictures are in the "Newest" section.
February 16, 2007
I updated the "Godzilla Room" page witha new page focusing on the Bandai Showa Godzilla shelve. Lots of closeup pictures. The link is on the Godzilla Room first page in the table of contents.
February 10, 2007
The long waited "Godzilla Room" pages are now up including pictures of the filming done for Animal Planet's "It Came from Japan".
February 3, 2007
I updated the "Newest" section with pictures of the latest Y-MSF Godzilla 65 & 67 including comparision shots with thier Bandai counterparts. I also updated the "Complete Bandai 6 inch Series" with the new Bandai Jet Jaguar. Still working on the Godzilla Room page. I hope to have it up by tomorrow, but with the Super Bowl this weekend, you never know.
January 31, 2007
I went and picked up the new Bandai Jet Jaguar and the latest Y-MSF Godzilla 65 and 67. I put up pictures in the "Gallery" section and I'll do more pictures this weekend. I'll say I'm very pleased with the Jet Jaguar and the new Godzilla figures are Y-MSF's best work yet.
January 27, 2007
The Complete Bandai Museum Godzilla Series is now up on the main page. I also updated the "Gallery" section with new pictures. The new Bandai Jet Jaguar has made it to the United States. Expect pictures soon.
January 20, 2007
The Complete Bandai Creations Godzilla Series is now up on the main page. Work is also under way on the Complete Bandai Museum Godzilla Series which should be completed before the end of the month. Enjoy!
January 1, 2007
I wanted to take a look back at 2006, at least from my perspective. I'd have to say the top news of 2006 had to be the deaths of some well known people in our hobby. Akira Ifukube and Sadamasa Arikawa composed and supervised SPFX for some of our favorite Toho Godzilla films. Alot of me, loving Godzilla so much has to do with Master Ifukube's outstanding scores. Godzilla's theme is amazing and still holds up to this day. I was fornunate enough to be in the same elevator with Master Arikawa at G-Fest 2000. I didn't know how much english he knew, but I asked him "Tristar Godzilla" and I showed him a thumbs up and a thumbs down and he gave the American Godzilla a thumbs up. It kinda changed my perspective on the Tristar Godzilla since this great man showed his approval. These legends will be missed.
Some well known names from our states also passed away. Collector James Chapin and Monster Zero founder Aaron Smith left us in 2006. If you collect toys, you had to had bought something from Bushnell on eBay. I'm fortunate to have some nice Bullmarks out of Jim's collection that I'll always treasure. I never met Aaron Smith, but we shared e-mails and even done favors for each other. Monster Zero hasn't been the same since he left. God bless them and thier families.
With no Godzilla films, the toys were not as plentiful, but saw alot of new companies like CCP, Charactic, and Sofvi Life showered us with thier brand of toys. Marmit stayed busy as ever producing thier Monster Heaven Series and large size toys like MechaGodzilla 74, Godzilla 62 and Biollante, as well as Modern Day Marusan staying busy as well. Iwakura continued producing thier ornament style collectables, as well as American Greetings Godzilla ornament collection. Megahouse introduced what just may be a popular line of thier Art Collection Series. Konami turned out to be the only company to produce a Zedus figure from the film "Gamera, Little Braves". The biggest surpise was Bandai Creation unleashing Wave 3 figures featuring the kaiju from "Final Wars" to the unexpecting public. We have to wonder if they have anything else up thier sleeve.
Bandai Japan didn't produce as much Godzilla toys in 2006, but what they did produce was pretty memorable. Bandai started the year with its Hyper Battle Set featuring, of all things, the Tristar Godzilla and the very nice Rose Biollante. Bandai also continued its Die Cast Series with an incredible MechaGodzilla 75, as well with the High Grade Series producing Chonicle Set 3 featuring Hedorah. Bandai produced the new Gamera 2006 and reissued the original, the 99 version, and Hyper Gyaos. The Yuji Sakia Directory Series countinued to be the most popular line of collectables. Toy's Dream Project produced two box sets of figures, the popular Godzilla 75 and Titanosaurus & the not so popular Godzilla 55 and Angilas. Bandai ended the year with the Movie Monster Series Godzilla 68 and a newly sculpt Hedorah. Proof that if Bandai put thier heads into it, they can give us some fantastic figures. 2007 promises a new Bandai Jet Jaguar. No pictures yet, so lets see if Bandai surprises us.
A couple of events focused on Godzilla in 2006. The Plaque Dedication at the former site of the studio that filmed the American scenes for "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" was a true pleasure. Meeting up with Armand, J.D. Lees, Richard, and fellow collector Steve was fun. A big hand to Armand, J.D. and those involved in making such a wonderful tribute. But the best moment for me was when Steve Ryfle came up to me say "Hi" and shook my hand. See, I'm the type of guy that, just cause you wrote a book, can paint a picture, hold conventions and film festivals, doesn't change that you're a human being just like everyone else and I encountered too many of these "celebrities" that think they are above everyone else. I'm glad to say Steve Ryfle is not one of those guys. Mr. Ryfle remembered me for being on Animal Planet's "It came from Japan" which he appeared on as well and we kinda joked about how fun that was. So, as much as I remember about 2006, I'll always remember those that go out of thier way just to be nice.
G-Fest X3 turned out, once again to be a great event. Big thanks to J.D. Lees, Armand, Jeff Horne, and the rest of the G-Fest committee for thier hard work and keeping this great event going. The highlight of the show had to be the screening of "Gamera, Little Braves" which turned out to be an enjoyable film. But there were two other highlights for me at G-Fest X3, for the first time, I worked behind a dealers table were not only was I appreciated, but rewarded as well. So Thanks to John Wells at Cool Stuff and due to working that table, I encountered many that had visit Vinylmaddness.com and told me how much they enjoy the website. That was a real treat and very unexpectant. I met so many people I couldn't keep track of everyone. I even signed an autograph, which may have been a bit much, but I'm glad there are so many that enjoyed the site and I Thank those that took time to share that with me, even though I was stuck behind a dealers table and couldn't give my full attention with all the rabid G-Fans around me. It meant alot to me.
While San Diego Comic Con is not a true kaiju event, Godzilla did make his presence known appearing on dealers tables and promotional giveaways for the now released "Gojira" DVD. But something happened at Comic Con that I thought would never happen. Me, gazing upon the original Japanese Theater Poster for Godzilla 54. Truely an amazing sight of something I consider the "Holy Grail" in our hobby. The first sight of Godzilla as movie goers were entering the theater back in 1954. Truely Amazing.
I want to give a shout out to those I know in the hobby that I don't see enough of. Out here on the West Coast, Armand, Ricard P, Damon Foster, buddies Steve and Sam, Marlo, Wayne, Mike Johnson, Tony Preto and outside California, Scott and Gary, John Wells, John Groff, Greg Lyman, Dan and Joey, Jordan (there wouldn't be a Vinylmaddness.com if it wasn't for Jordan's expertise) James Bond, Tim Crane, Jeff Horne, J.D.Lees, and all the fans that I met at G-Fest X3 that enjoy the website. 2007 will be an interesting year.
December 28, 2006
I picked up what should be my last purchase of the year and it's a Bullmark. Nothing too special, just a small Bullmark King Ghidrah to go with the rest of the collection. I put pictures in the "Newest" section and a spotlight picture of all the Bullmarks on the main page. I have the Y-MSF Godzilla 65 and 67 figures on hold, so I should be getting those around the time the Bandai Jet Jaguar comes out. I should mention that I sold a few items on my "Shop Vinylmaddness" page, so if there was something you were considering, take another look.
December 8, 2006
I recently picked up the CCP Jiras and this is just a great looking figure. A vinyl rock is included for Jiras to hold. I have pictures on the main page and the "newest" section. I also have pictures up of my early Christmas present, Kaiyodo Maquette Gamera 99 Replica. I first saw this in Hobby Japan 99 Winter Ex, but I never knew how big and heavy this thing is, especially the base. Pictures don't do this justice.
December 2, 2006
I picked up the latest Konami Gamera 2006 set. These figures have alot of detail and the Gyaos and Zedus look amazing. You can find pictures in the "Newest" section and I updated the "Gallery" section on the main page.
November 4, 2006
I had heard that CVS drug stores were carrying Bandai Creation Final Wars Godzilla figures, so I went to check it out and found Gigan and Angilas. I also heard more collectors are finding these toys at Kaybees now. I also found the Bandai Creation Crumble Zone at K-Mart. If you're interested in any of these then check out the stores nearest you. I put up a picture of the Final Wars Gigan and Angilas, both American and Japanese versions, on the main page. If I can get around to getting the rest of the set, I'll do an article on the series.
October 28, 2006
I updated the "Complete Godzilla Bandai Large Scale Series" with updated information with comparing the Original and the reisuue of the Large Scale Godzilla 91. Hopefully this information will help those in looking to tell the differences between the two figures.
October 28, 2006
The new Movie Monster Series Godzilla 68 and Hedorah have been added to the "Complete Bandai Godzilla Six Inch Series". Click on the link on the main page to view.
October 25, 2006
I just picked up the new Bandai Godzilla 68 and Hedorah figures. I put some sample pics on the main page and I'll do an update for the "Complete Bandai Godzilla Six Inch Series" this weekend. I also picked up the first issue Bandai Large Scale Godzilla 91 with box and I'll also update the Large Scale section as well. I also came home with a box Bandai used to ship the new Hedorah. figures.
October 15, 2006
The "Complete Godzilla Bandai Six Inch figures" page has been updated with the new Toy's Dream Project Godzilla 55 and Angilas. Bandai's new Godzilla 68 and Hedorah should be making its way to the states soon, so expect to see those new figures listed on the page as well.
September 23, 2006
I picked up the new Megahouse Art Works Collection featuring figures of Toho monsters used for Yuji Kaida's artwork. The Toho monsters featured are Godzilla 2000, King Ghidrah's first appearance, Frankenstien vs. Baragon, and Gaira vs. the Maser Tank. Each figure is sold individually in a box that doesn't tell you what figure you're getting. There is also a second set of alternate color versions. You can find pictures in the "Newest" section and the "Gallery" section.
September 17, 2006
I was put in a position where I had to remove some pages from the website. I apologize to those that enjoyed viewing those pages but it couldn't be helped. In the future, I'll try to revise those pages and bring them back, but for now they have to be removed.
August 20, 2006
The "Directory Series" is now added to the Complete Godzilla Bandai List. You can find the link under the title mentioned. I also updated the Gallery section with new pictures.
July 30, 2006
Pages are now up on the main page with pictures of the Toy Display that was set up at G-Fest X3. This was not an official part of the show, but fans wanting to get together and set up the ultimate display. While a few attendees that were aware of the display got to see it, it would've been nice for everyone to see it. For G-Fest 2007, J.D. has already committed to offering a session room and possibly display cases that will allow G-Fest attendees to view some of the rarest toys ever made.
July 26, 2006
The "Newest" section is finally updated with new toys that I've had since back at G-Fest X3.
July 14, 2006
G-Fest X3 pictures are now up on the main page. The show was, once again, alot of fun. "Gamera, the Brave" was a very entertaining movie and I'm hoping to see it again soon. I plan to update the "Vintage Toy Museum" with lost of pictures from the show and well as an update to the "Newest" section of some of the cool stuff I got at the show. I got Comic Con coming up, so that don't give me much time, but for now, enjoy the G-Fest pictures.
June 10, 2006
I picked up the Megahouse Gamera Art Collection today. I had hoped the figures would be a little bigger, but they are still nice. The "Guardian of the Universe" set are the best, but the Gamera vs. Legion is real nice. I have pictures in the "Newest" section and one in the "Gallery" section all together. In the "Gallery" section, I also have a diorama set that I picked up recently from "Godzilla, Tokyo S.O.S. Small figures with not much detail and comes in a seperate blue case that requires the figures to be assembled. I think these were to promote the film before its release. G-Fest is coming fast, so you can expect pictures of the show afterwards.
May 05, 2006
I had recently picked up the new Bandai Gamera figures and the Toy's Dream Project Godzilla 75 & Titanosaurus. Instead of putting pictures in the "Newest" section, I updated the Complete Godzilla Bandai Six Inch section and the Complete Gamera Bandai list with new pages. I also added figures from the Gamera DX/Battery Operated Series to the Gamera list.
April 09, 2006
the DX/Battery Operated Series is now up for the Complete Godzilla Bandai list.
April 01, 2006
Happy April Fools Days. I updated the main page with new pictures and I added new toys for the Newest Section. I picked up the Bandai High Grade Chronicle 3 Set, but instead of pictures of the same old reissues, I did comparision shots of Space Godzilla and Destroyah with High Grade 10 versions and of course, the new Hedorah. I also got a SD kit of King Ghidrah. It's smaller than I thought it would be. I doubt I will assemble it. My big surprise was seeing the Bandai Movie Monster Series Gamera 2006. The Original Gamera and Gamera 99 reissues weren't there, but I'll pick them up when I come across them.
March 26, 2006
I'm proud to announce that the "Complete Mothra Trilogy Bandai list" is now up. You can find the link on the main page.
March 25, 2006
I was honored to be able to attend the "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" 50th Anniversary Plaque Dedication. It was a nice ceremony with an unfortunate low turnout. I have pictures up and you can find the link on the main page. I'll do a write up soon.
March 19, 2006
I'm very disappointed to announce that at the moment, I won't be able to have the page up for the "DX-Battery Operated Series" for the Complete Bandai Godzilla list any time soon. I had the article, for the most part, complete when I developed some computer problems. I had to reinstall my software and as a result, I lost all my text files, including the one for the article. It would take me some time to rewrite the article. I do have over 30 pictures ready and I could to a photo gallery page. But at the moment, I don't know what I'll do. My apologies to those looking forward to the article.
There is some good news, I'll be contributing my Paradise Godzilla 54 as a background display for the Plaque Dedication being held this Saturday in LA. Those that don't know about it, a Plaque is being place on the site where the American version of Godzilla 54 was filmed. It sounds like a cool event and I hope those that live out here in Los Angeles come out and support the event.
March 10, 2006
I updated the main page with new pictures in the "Gallery" section. I'm currently writing an article for the "Complete Bandai Godzilla list" focusing on the DX/Battery Operated Series. Though I have a link up, the page is not setup, so wait till the "coming soon" is removed before you start clicking on it.
The "Newest" section has also been updated. I recently picked up the Iwakura Astro Zombies Exclusive Godzilla vs. Ebriah, a pair of Kaiyodo Xebec Special Limited Edition Purple Crystal Gamera 99, and the Bandai Die Cast MechaGodzilla 75. You can find more info and descriptions of these on my message boards.
February 23, 2006
I updated the standard page of the Complete Bandai Godzilla list with a picture of the Mothra Larva 92 variants. Probably not one of the greatest discoveries, but it is news if you are a Bandai completist.
February 18, 2006
I updated the "Gallery" section with new pictures. I picked up the Bandai Die Cast Gotengo today. I like it much better than I expected. I also picked up the Takara Microman Original Gamera, but my biggest surprise was finding a Bandai Mothra Larva 92 with a different paint scheme than the one I had already. I'll update the "Newest" section and the Complete Godzilla Bandai List with new pictures soon.
February 11, 2006
I went out and bought some new toys today. I brought home the X-Plus King Kong 1933 version, the new Bandai Godzilla Battle Set, and the Takara Microman Gamera 95. I really love the Kong and my dealer also had the 2005 version as well, but as cool as it looked I decided not to get it since I'm more partial to the original movie version than Peter Jackson's version. I did really liked the V-Rex, it looked great.
The Bandai Battle Set has highs and lows. The Rose Biollante is truely the stand out figure of the set. Other standouts are King Ghidrah, Godzilla 89, Godzilla 2002, and Zilla. The big disappointment is Battra Adult. Very sloppy work with no detail and poor paint scheme. Baragon is a bit of a letdown with no articulation for the back legs and head. Even though I liked King Ghidrah, I can see some collectors not liking the positions of the necks/heads and the short wingspan. This is still a set that shouldn't be passed up.
I was anxious to see the new Takara Microman Gamera figures. I decided to bring home Gamera 95 over the original Gamera. Many collectors complained that it was difficult to insert the Microman into Godzilla from the previous sets, so I was curious to see if there would be a similar problem with the Gamera figure. For the most part, it was easy to get the Microman figure inside the Gamera suit, but I found that I have to apply velcro, included with the figure, to keep the shell attached to the suit. The biggest problem I had was the right hand coming unattached. Every time I tried to pose the figure, the right hand would come loose from the Microman. This may be just my figure, but it appears that the arms for the suit are too long for the Microman's arms. I found this a bit of a hassle cause when the hand pops loose, I have to unattach the shell to position the Microman's arm to reinsert the hand. Other than that, The figure looks great. You can find pictures in the "Newest" section of all the figures mention above. If you're part of the Godzilla Vinylmaddness message board, you can find pictures in the "File" section of the Takara Microman Gamera 95 assembled and a group shot of the Bandai Battle Set.
February 7, 2006
I updated the "Gallery" section with new pictures including a comparision shot of the Bandai creation Space Godzilla variants. Go to Godzilla Vinylmaddness message group for a closer picture and discussion. I also updated the Complete Bandai Godzilla list for the standard by including a picture of the Orange variant King Ghidrah and new pictures of the various Godzilla 2004.
January 29, 2006
Well, if you've seen the "Shop Vinylmaddness" page found on the main page, you're probably wondering what's going on. First, I'm not selling my collection, I have alot of extras in my collection and I've been toying for sometime now to put up a selling page. Today I put up a few items just to see how it goes. Heck, I don't even like selling my extras and I still have alot more I can list. But I am getting short on storage space. I will be adding more toys from time to time and I'll just do a update on the main page if I add anymore figures to the list.
January 28, 2006
I updated the main page with pictures of Bandai figures. This weekend, everyone is in New Jersey for the Chiller Convention (everyone but me) Heard there were some super rare vintage figures there. I was promised pictures so I hope to post them when I get them.
January 21, 2006
I added a picture in the "Newest" section of the new X-Plus T-Rex from King Kong 1933. Not Godzilla related but I don't see how you can like Godzilla and not Kong. My dealer promised to let me know when he gets the X-Plus original King Kong in. I don't know if I'll take it out of the packaging yet.
I was hoping to find the new Bandai Hyper Battle Set today, but only one dealer I know had some pieces but not the whole set, so I picked up the pair that had Godzilla 05 vs. Zilla. I have pictures, but they are going to be exclusive to the Godzilla Vinylmaddness message boards. So check out the file section if you're a member, if you're not, don't ask me why?
January 15, 2006
I did a small update in the Large Scale page for the Complete Godzilla Bandai figures section concerning the Large Scale Godzilla 91. Take a look if interested.
January 14, 2006
Hard to believe we are half way thru January already. Usually this time every year it's so busy with all the new toys that comes out, but it's really slowed down now. I did update the main page with various toys from Bullmark, M1, Bare Model, and Bandai. Still working on the Yamakawa GMK Godzilla vs.Baragon kit. I have updates and pictures in the my Vinylmaddness group message board, so check there if you're interested.
December 31, 2005
I wanted to take a look back at 2005, at least from my perspective. I considered 2005 one of the toughest years, personally and for the hobby. The film "Godzilla, Final Wars" for the most part, was a failure. Bandai elected not to produce more figures from the film. While companies like Marmit made efforts to please the collectors with their own brand of figures from "Final Wars", the lost of not having a Bandai Final Wars Ebirah, Manda, King Seesar, Kamakiras, Kumonga, & Zilla were felt.
While the new Bandai figures were ready available, 2005 started out with the X-Plus PVC Godzilla figures. Unfortunately, collectors were too critical of these figures. The second wave of X-Plus Godzilla figures have been long delayed with the possibility of never being released. Some other early memorable releases were the Takara Microman Godzilla figures and the Bandpresto Godzilla 2005.
March of 2005 saw the next installment of Yuji Sakia's Bandai Directory series. These series of Godzilla dioramas continue to be popular among the collectors. Towards the end of 2005, a book was released focusing on Yuji Sakia's incredible work, along with a exclusive Godzilla 2000 Marquette that is part of the Directory Series. The book also gave a sneek peek of the next upcoming Directory set due in 2006.
The biggest news in the hobby happened in May with the unexpected release of the second wave of Bandai Creations Godzilla figures. Collectors scrambled to local KayBee store to find these figures. No advance word was given that these toys were to be released. While some figures received criticism, most collectors were happy to add these figures to thier collection. Bandai Creation's Crumble Zome was more available during 2005, but only in certain specialty stores.
Tony Preto represented Y-MSF, not only as thier U.S. dealer, but during a Panel Discussion at G-Fest XII. Tony provided Y-MSF prototype samples and a video showing how vinyl toys are made, making this presentation one of the most informative and enjoyable sessions for collectors. Y-MSF also released Rodan, Manda, Varan, and Minya in 2005. Y-MSF ended the year with the release of thier first Godzilla figures.
"Godzilla, Final Wars" was shown on theater screens in various parts of the United States during 2005. The most notable site had the be G-Fest XII screening in Chicago. The old style Pickwick Theater was jam pack with the largest crowd of Godzilla fans that I've ever seen with many giving the film their approval. Despite the many "Godzilla Festivals" and screenings during 2005, the most watched screening had to be Animals Planets "Animal Icons, It came from Japan" documentary featuring Godzilla's 50 year history.
During 2004, I started writing up "The Complete Godzilla Bandai List" for Vinylmaddness.com. The articles grew from the standards, large scales, 6in, and even the complete Bandai Gamera list. The 6inch list has proven to be the most popular of the lists receiving the most daily hits. I wrote two more articles focusing on my opinion of the Top 20 Greatest Bandai Godzilla's and my Top 20 Favorite Godzilla Collectables. I created the "Godzilla VinylMaddness" message boards to help bridge the gap to collectors and fans of the website. With the hobby looking to slow down in 2006, I hope to use this message board to keep the hobby informative, enjoyable, and be able to have a personal connection with the Godzilla collectors out there.
There were few toys this year that really caught my attention as "Must Have". Of course, I had to get all the Bandai figures. I really liked the Bandai Museum Gigan and Baragon. I continued to stay away from Marmit and M1 figures, yet I couldn't resist getting a M1 Givaway promo of Godzilla 2002. B-Club released a Glow version of thier Bullmark Giant Godzilla that I had to add to the three other versions B-Club had released. Modern Toys Marusan produced a Giant version of the vintage Marusan Godzilla that I had to have. I usually focus on buying Bullmarks when I attend G-Fest, but this year I was hoping to buy a model kit. I was unable to find one at the show to my liking, but I found one model kit I had been desiring for some time on eBay and I was fornunate to win the auction. the Yamakawa GMK Godzilla vs. Baragon Resin Kit. I'm in the process of assembling the kit now. No doubt the biggest and my most favorite purchase of 2005 was the "Godzilla, Final Box". If you are a serious Godzilla collector, you have to have this DVD set in your collection, even if you already have the previous R2 DVD's, this set is incredible and the Godzilla 54 head is amazing. I have no doubt the "Godzilla, Final Box" will someday rank as one of the top Godzilla collectables.
One of my favorite highlights of any year is seeing the friends I have made that share the love of Godzilla. I would like to make a year end shout out to my Bro Brandon, Andrew, Dutch, Kevin, Jordan, Greg Cordero, Don Hillsman, Scott Horton, Tony Preto, Armand Vaquer, Greg Lynn, John Groff, John Wells, Mike Johnson, Damon Foster, James Bond, & Mike Russo. Some of the local friends I've met that I don't seem to get to see too often like Marlo, Richard P, Steve, Sam, & Wayne. I'd like to give my prayers and best wishes to Jim, Lea and the Chapin Family. I'd like to Thank J.D. Lees and the G-Fest Committee for the hard work of giving us the best Godzilla festival out there and the continued efforts to bring us G-Fest XIII for 2006. I can't leave out the two women in my life, Bonnie and my Mother. My kids, that still don't understand why I love Godzilla so much. And last and not least, the True Godzilla fans out there that truely love and appreciate everything that is Godzilla. Have a Happy New Year,
December 25, 2005
First I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Hope everyone got alot of Godzilla toys. I added a new picture of the Yamakawa GMK Godzilla vs. Baragon kit in the "Newest" section. This picture shows the parts and instructions.
December 24, 2005
I got an early Christmas present in the mail today. My Yamakawa GMK Godzilla vs. Baragon Resin Kit finally arrived. This looks to be a very large kit and I'm looking forward to putting it together. I plan to do a step by step article of the assembly of this kit, but It's going to take sometime before that's done. You can find a picture of the box and pictures of how the kit will look once assembled in the "Newest" section.
December 23, 2005
Sometime back I mentioned that I planned to shut down Vinylmaddness.com at the end of this year. First I want to thank those that e-mailed and phoned me saying they enjoyed the website and not to shut it down. But the one thing that has caught my attention recently is the high volume of daily hits the website has been getting. It helps me to think that despite things slowing down in our hobby, many people are still interested in Godzilla toys. As a result, I decided to keep the website going. To add to that, I created a message group called "GODZILLA VINYLMADDNESS" There's alot of collectors out there that I've met but am just not able to keep in touch with, plus other collectors that I haven't met but enjoy the website. This group will help me communicate with all you collectors out there. I hope it turns out to be a fun and informative board and Thank You all again for taking time out in your lives to look at VINYLMADDNESS! Look for the link on the main page to join.
December 3, 2005
A new article can be found on the main page called "Jean's Top 20 Favorite Godzilla Collectables". It is a review of my favorite Godzilla items in my collection and the stories on how I came upon them. I had the article done for sometime now, but I wasn't pleased with how some of the pictures came out and found several typos. Not my usual quality work. I fixed most of the typos and left the pictures the way they were. When I was doing the pictures, most of the items I haven't handled for some time and were fairly dusty. Plus some of the item were fairly large, heavy, and fragile. So I had to do alot of cleaning and I didn't want to move them around that much. It's an interesting article and not one you're going to find from other well know collectors. Hope you enjoy it.
Someone on the message boards asked about the CCP Varan and I had just recently got some photos of an up and coming Glow set that features the CCP Varan, King Ghidrah, and Godzilla 71 vs Hedorah. Bandai is also going to release "Godzilla Battle Set" The set looks to be Hyper figures and the selections are suprising. Photos can be found on the main page.
November 13, 2005
Added some new pictures on the main page, various Bandai, Blue Marmits VP's, Kaiyodo Glow Models, Volks Gamera, and some M1's. I moved some pictures of the Final Box to the "Newest" section. I updated the "Vintage Toy Museum" with new pictures of some Small and Medium Bullmarks. I've been working on a new article but I keep adding to it which is keeping me from getting it done. I hope to have it done at least before the month is over.
November 07, 2005
Pictures are up on the main page of my new Final Box. Of everything I've ever added to my collection, Bullmarks, Bronze, whatever, nothing compares to the size of this set. The Godzilla head is just so incredible and commands instant attention. Plus having all the DVD's, except for "Final Wars" which will be added sometime soon. Pictures just don't do it justice. I did put a comparision shot of a Bandai Godzilla 54 next to the head, but you really need to have this set in your collection to really enjoy it. I do have a region 2 DVD player and I did watch Godzilla 54. Looking forward to watching the rest of the films.
October 30, 2005
I updated the "Gallery" section with some various toys from several different companies. I forgot to add in the "Newest" section a new Godzilla calander that came out for 2006. It's U.S. released and features several theater posters and small photos from the film the poster represents. My buddy Brandon found it in Ohio and appears to be manufactured in Cleveland. I have yet to see any in California. It's an awesome calander.
October 29, 2005
I finally picked up the latest Bandai super deformed set. I wasn't that thrilled about them at first, but now that I got them, I'm really happy with them. Some pieces are larger when compared to last years set and I put up a comparision pic of the Godzilla 54 versions. Pictures of each piece can be found in the "Newest" section.
I just made a deal to get what will be the greatest Godzilla collectable. I plan to do a full review and lots of pictures. I'm also working on an article I plan to have up soon, so keep on the look out.
October 16, 2005
It's always sad to hear when someones health has taken a turn for the worse and my heart goes out to Jim Chapin, who has been diagnosed with cancer. I set up a Tribute page for Jim on the main page of the website. I wish I had more material on this great man, but I'm glad to offer this little moment Jim had back in 2004. My Best Wishes to the Chapin family.
I updated the "Complete Bandai Godzilla 6in Figures" list with the new toys released this year. Look for the "update" on the links.
October 08, 2005
So much for not seeing anything new coming out, Tony Preto gave me a sneak peek at painted and unpainted samples of the new Y-MSF Godzilla 62 and Godzilla 64. I was quite impressed. Both figures sculpts were top notch and reminded me of the large Kaiyodo 62 and 64 model kits. Issues were mainly focused on the paint. I felt the 62 was done well, but the 64 could've used a darker vinyl or paint and while the eye brows were accurate, the highlight was either too deep or too glossy. I feel these are going to come out wonderful when they're ready. They look to be limited to 400, with 200 coming to the states. There may be a possibility of a "G-Fest 2006 Exclusive" but that's still a time away. No word on what the next wave will be, but Tony hinted he may let the collectors vote on it. I wish the pictures would've turned out more clear, but you can still tell how nice the figures turned out.
October 01, 2005
I wrote up a new article happily titled "The Top 20 Greatest Bandai Godzilla Figures. I thought it was a fun way to take a special look at the fine work Bandai has given us thoughout the years. I don't expect everyone to agree with the list, but it can give collectors some thought on what they feel are the top Bandai Godzilla figures. Enjoy!
Before G-Fest 2005, I was strongly considering shuting down the website. After strong urging from my friends, I held off on that decision. Now I've been thinking about it again. I'm not buying as much toys as I use to and with no new Godzilla films, I just don't see much coming out to report on. I'm not saying I'm losing interest in the hobby and I still love and want to keep my toys very much, I just feel I've done as much as I can with the website. Plus I do have to make monthly payments to keep the site going and while it's not that much, it's still money I can use for something else. I'm considering shuting down the website at the end of the year, but anything can happen. We'll see.
September 23, 2005
I updated the main page with new pictures. I also added a "Table of Contents" in the Complete Bandai Godzilla Standards and Six Inch Lists. I figure if there's something you want to see right away, this will save you from going to page to page.
September 17, 2005
I put up pictures on the Main page of the Bandai Museum Baragon, including closeup and a groupshot with some of the previous Bandai Museum figures. Baragon has received a mixed reaction from collectors. I like the figure. It looks great with the rest of the museum pieces. The dealer I buy from gave me a Bandpresto Poster Ad for their Final Wars Godzilla and Gigan pieces. It looks great with my Bandpresto Godzilla 54 poster.
September 16, 2005
I updated the "Newest Toys" with a bunch of new pictures. I plan on picking up the Bandai Museum Baragon tomorrow, so keep checking in for updates. I may be taking the G-Fest pictures down soon, so take a look at those while they're still up.
September 10, 2005
Finally back on the internet. I'm still learning this new system, but I was able to update the "Gallery" section with some new pictures. The B-Club Giant Bullmark reissues featuring a giant glow Godzilla, Some of the various Bandai Final Wars Gigan, Some of the new Bandai 6in figures, and the Super 7 Exclusive Glow Giant Marusan Godzilla. Expect updates in the "Newest" section, The Complete Godzilla Bandai 6in figures" and some new things I've been planning on.
August 26, 2005
Sorry for the total lack of any updates on the website. Both computers I have are down and I'm forced to work off the laptop. I tried to update the main page with some new pictures, but the laptop is just insufficiant to use for updating the website. I have picked up a few toys like the new Bandai 6in figures and I plan to continue the Complete Bandai 6in Godzilla figures article. As soon as my computer is up and running, I'll have several new updates and pictures.
July 30, 2005
I added pictures to the "Newest" section of some of the toys that were pictured up at G-Fest and Comic Con. I also updated a page in the "Complete Bandai Six Inch Figures" section with a comparision picture of the Toho Kaiju Rainbow Mothra with and without its wings painted underneth.
July 24, 2005
I updated the "Vintage Toy Museum" with new pictures and new pages. New pages features vintage toys available at G-Fest XII and Display pictures from various collectors.
July 23, 2005
Pictures from G-Fest XII are now up. You can find a link on the main page. I didn't know any of the names of those that entered models in the Model Contest, so if you see your model and want your name listed, e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll take care of it
I plan on redoing the Vintage Toy Museum with pictures of what Bullmarks were found at G-Fest XII and from our Bullmark party, so keep an eye out for those
July 17, 2005
I just got back from San Diego Comic Con last night and what a great time it was. G-Fest XII was great and I'll work on getting pictures up soon. I updated the main page with pictures of some of the things I got at G-Fest and Comic Con as well as some items from the collection of Brandon Shields, such as the Bullmark Hawaiian Baragon and Gigan, Strip Belly Gorosaurus, and Bullmark Giant figures.
June 6, 2005
I'm happy to announce The Complete Bandai Godzilla Six Inch Figures page is now up. It took awhile and there's still some updates to do when the new, yet reissue, Bandai six inch figures are released this summer, so I hope everyone enjoys the article and check back when the new six inch figures are released.
Those that checked out the Animal Planet special "It came from Japan" tonight was treated to a great documentary. I was extremely happy to see footage of myself and my collection during the presentation. I knew the same studio that filmed my collection did the Animal Planet presentation as well, but I was still surprised how well the presentation turned out. There will be a replay on Animal Planet on June 11 at 7:00am pacific time, so tune in.
May 29, 2005
There was a request for a picture of how the Bandai Creation King Ghidorah compared to the Bandai Japan King Ghidorah. I also took a picture of how the Bandai Creation King Ghidorah compares to the Bandai Japan Godzilla 2002. Pictures can be found in the "Gallery" section including a group shot of all the Bandai Creation figures.
May 22, 2005
Well, Happy Birthday to me. I treated myself to the Bandai DX Godzilla 2005. I haven't put batteries in it yet so I don't know how it sounds or lights up. It is a large figure. The teeth and claws could've been detailed better. Still an impressive toy. I also got the Iwakura Kamakiras with the baby Minya. My Mother mailed me a cool Godzilla birthday card. I have to ask where she got it. You can find a picture of the card on the main page with the DX Godzilla. The "Newest" section has more pictures.
May 18, 2005
Picked up the Bandai Creation MechaGodzilla 93 today. Kaybee recieved a new shipment, so head out to your Kaybee stores. MechaGodzilla is nicely done. Different than the Bandai Japan version, but still as accurate. Pictures are on the main page and the "newest" section.
May 13, 2005
I received an e-mail if I can post pictures of how the latest Bandai Creation figures look in their packaging. The packaging is the same as the first wave of figures, but the back is updated with the latest monsters. A kaiju fan sent me a picture of a customized Large Scale Godzilla 91 done by John Groff from KaijuZoo. Excellent work. Picture can be found on the main page.
May 10, 2005
The biggest news in the hobby today is wave 2 of the Bandai Creation Godzilla figures have been found in various Kay Bee stores. I was fortunate enough to find Godzilla 2001, King Ghidorah 2001, and SpaceGodzilla. I missed out on MechaGodzilla 93, which happens to be the short end figure in a case. If your Kay Bees don't have these, ask if any cases of Godzilla toys arrived recently. They might suspect the cases are Pack of Destructions and not realize they are new toys. I bought the last figures the store had and the employee told me when there's an item that sells out fast, they make it a point to get more and since the toys I bought were put on the shelve monday, the store I went to expects to get more figure in.
I love these new figures. Bandai Creations did a great job on these. Yeah, you can nick pick about anything on these figures, but why be critical when we're getting something we all believed would never be released. You can find pictures on the main page and the "Newest" section. There's still an Angilas and Mecha King Ghidorah waiting to be released, but I have no doubt these toys just release will sell well enough to get Bandai Creation to release those figures.
April 30, 2005
I picked up several Iwakura ornament Godzilla figures today. Iwakura been putting out the most detailed and accurate figures to date. Pictures are in the "Newest" section with a groupshot on the "Main" page. Enjoy.
April 13, 2005
I finally got around to picking up the Bandai Die Cast Gigan 2005 today. It fits nicely with the Bandai 6inch line and it's easy to figure out how to assemble without looking at the instructions. It's a little nerve racking pulling off the parts to transform the figure. It would be nice to have a pair of these so you can have both regular and upgrade version to display at the same time. Some bad points are the mouth barely opens and the body could've had more painted highlights. This figure is more suited for Gigan fans and completists. Pictures can be found in the "Newest" section and the "Gallery" section.
April 09, 2005
I updated the "Gallery" section with pictures of the Bandai Godzilla 50th Anniversary figures. If yoou look closely, you'll see X-Plus latest Godzilla PVC figures and how they compare with Bandai's toys. I also have a picture up of Bandai's Godzilla Directory series.
April 02, 2005
I picked up the Iwakura Super Deformed Gamera set today. I'm a big fan of Super Deformed toys and this Gamera set is a nice addition. Pictures can be found in the "Newest" section. I also picked up an extra Bandai Directory Godzilla 94. I discovered the High Grade Space Godzilla is in scale with the base and goes nicely with Godzilla 94. Pictures can be found in the "Gallery" section.
March 19, 2005
Pictures of the new Bandai Yuji Sakia Directory Set 3 are in the "Newest" section. This it the best set yet with Godzilla 94 being the highlight of the set. I put up some new "Gallery" pictures too. From time to time I'll be making changes to the "Complete Bandai Godzilla Vinyl List". I'll be changing pictures and add more pages. I won't do an update on this so take a look when you can.
March 10, 2005
The Complete Bandai Gamera Vinyl list is now up. This time, everything is covered. I also have new pictures up in the "Gallery" section.
March 05, 2005
I've been working for quite some time to have a complete Bandai list set up on the website and it looks like I'm finally finshed, At least for the standard figures. I plan to do a complete list of the vinyl Gamera and Mothra toys, as well as the 6 inch figures. It'll take a while so enjoy the Standard list for now.
March 04, 2005
I received a few questions as to what the red Godzilla was that was partially showing with the X-Plus figures. It is a model kit from a company called "Pao". It is a soild red resin kit of the Melting Godzilla. Pao is one of the rarest kits you can find and commands high dollars. I doubt they are still in business and all their kits are out of print. I was also asked about the Godzilla busts. They are from a company called IG-1 (at least that's what it says in the Hobby Japan) I had the display case made and I stain the wood bases. I also added the year types on the base, but ran out of letters. I'll finish it someday. You can find these pictures in the "Gallery" section. I also have a groupshot of M1 figures as well. I plan to have the new Bandai page up soon. I just need to finish writing it and take some new pictures that I didn't like, but it'll be worth the wait.
February 20, 2005
Pictures are up in the "Newest" section of the new X-Plus Godzilla figures. These figures are made of super hard vinyl and cannot be posed. As nice as these figures are, they're not quite perfect. Godzilla 64 looks great, especially when compared the Bandai's Memorial Box Godzilla 64, but the inside of the mouth and teeth could be more detailed. The Ghidrah version of Godzilla 64 is less glossy, but I wish X-Plus didn't use yellow for Godzilla's eyes. The mouth could use more detail as well, but the lower jaw doesn't bother me, plus it's something that's really never been done, to have Godzilla's jaw that lowered. Looks like he's going to shoot his ray. The toy looks great with Bandai's Original Knig Ghidrah and I can only hope X-Plus upcoming King Ghidrah is just as nice. Godzilla 2002 looks great, but is made a bit too small in my opinion. The vinyl is a dark green instead of black and while you can see detail on the body, the detail could've been much deeper. Still a great first effort. Godzilla 54, Burning Godzilla, and Godzilla 2005 are the next set coming out. Looking foward to them.
February 16, 2005
I opened up the new X-Plus Godzilla figures. I didn't have much time, but I did want to get a picture up. I'll have a review and more picture up soon.
February 12, 2005
I picked up the latest Bandai Polystone sets today. These are much larger than the previous Polystone sets. I would have perfered different scenes than the ones Bandai used. Minya stepping in front of Godzilla and the Gotengo was one of the worst scenes in the movie and Kaiser Ghidorah is so awful looking, why use it at all? The sets are still nice and if you're a fan of the Polystone series, you need to pick these up.
I also got a set of the new Bandai Battleset figures. These are Hyper sized and this is the only way to get a Bandai Final Wars Hedorah, Manda, & Ebirah. I found it interesting that a case holds 8 boxes, but there's only 7 boxes in a set. This leaves the 8 box to be and extra Godzilla & Gotengo. I wonder why Bandai didn't do an 8 box and have it be Zilla and Upgrade Gigan? You can see pictures of all these in the "Newest" section.
February 11, 2005
I decided to updated the main page with pictures of Bandai toys that don't involve the new 50th Anniversary Memorial Box. With so much coverage on the Memorial box, I thought some pictures up on some other Bandai figures for a change. Some of the Final Wars toys, Some DX toys, and a combination of the showa figures. Also got a nice picture of the latest Bandpresto Godzilla 2005.
February 05, 2005
I'm disappointed that I've been unable to put together the article I was planning for the Bandai Godzilla 50th Anniversary Memorial Box. Computer problems and my busy schedule have made it difficult for me to complete the article. I did put up pictures of the figures in the "Newest" section, as well as how I displayed them on the main page. I also picked up the Bandapresto Godzilla 2005 and Gigan 2005. Comparision pictures with their Bandai counterparts are in the "Gallery" section. The Bandapresto Godzilla has a nice pose and appears more desirable than the Bandai version. The Bandapresto Godzilla even matches up well with the Bandai Monster X. My feelings are opposite of the Gigan. Bandai's version is much nicer when compared to the Bandpresto figure.
January 29, 2005
I updated the main page with pictures of the new Takara MicroMan Godzilla 54. It's a cool little toy and displays well. Unfortunately, despite the MicroMan having several points of articulation, once inside the Godzilla suit, the poses are very limited. The toy comes with extra hands for the MicroMan and assembly instructions. Tomorrow I'll be picking up the new Bandai 50th Anniversary Memorial Box, so expect to see pictures sometime this weekend.
January 15, 2005
The new X-Plus Godzilla vinyls are out. I was surprised to learn that X-Plus released variants as well. Limited two per case, Godzilla 64 is done in Emerald, Ghidrah version Godzilla 64 is done in Bronze, and Godzilla 2002 is done in Silver. These toys are fantastic, as well as the Standard versions. X-Plus plans to do many more Godzilla's, including two MechaGodzilla's and Three King Ghidorah's. I also updated the "Newest" Section with some of the latest bandai releases.