Showing posts with label Godzilla. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Godzilla. Show all posts

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Review: Shin-Cookiezilla from Bottleneck Gallery x Gabriel Marquez


    I can unequivocally, without question, assure you that this is the most ridiculously awesome thing I own.  Equal parts bad ass and absurd, Gabriel Marquez and Bottleneck Gallery have created the weirdest figure I have in my collection.  I love Shin Godzilla, and while my big takeaway from the movie was that a lot of bureaucracy is involved when responding to a giant murder lizard, I never would have connected him to everyone's favorite diabetic Muppet.  Luckily, I didn't have to do the hard work and just get to enjoy the end results.  

    This thing is a behemoth in every sense of the word.  I don't know why I am surprised literally every time by a toy's size even though all of them clearly state their measurements beforehand, especially when I work with rulers every day.  He stands nearly a foot tall and is made out of resin, which make this big boy a good sized piece of plastic.  It's been a long time since I've gotten a toy that could double as a weapon, and one well placed smack would be deadlier than any can of Twisted Tea.  

    Despite being a figure that doesn't take itself too seriously, the amount of detail packed into this thing is astounding.  We're talking a full on, high end, movie quality sculpt that would rival any official Shin Godzilla release.  I love the pose of his little arms, like he's beyond frustrated that his local store already sold out of the Lady Gaga Oreo's before he could get there.  There's so much pain, so much longing, so much hell that's about to be unleashed on whoever bought all the limited edition cookies.  

    By far though my favorite detail, which borders hilarity and night terror-inducing, is the face of Grover on his tail.  I don't know whether to laugh or to cover it with a blanket while I sleep, though I suppose neither is the wrong answer.  

    If you were unlucky enough to miss out on these fear not, because Bottleneck Gallery held some back for a second wave. Follow them on Instagram here for more info. And they have an entirely new sculpt they're working on with Gabriel Marquez featuring everyone's favorite flying insect which will be available soon.   

    As an aside, my cats usually love photobombing my toy photos whenever I do reviews, but they all kept a healthy distance from this one.  These are the same cats that tried to punch a snake to death when it slithered in through a previously unknown hole in the wall, so I assumed nothing scared them.  My money is on Grover looking a little too untrustworthy.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Steiff's Godzilla Has Made It To American Shores




    Out of everything I collect, people are always the most surprised about my small cache of vintage Steiff.  Nestled in between designer toys, World's Fair momentos, and whatever other weird stuff that I find, are these amazing German stuffed animals that for some reason I am obsessed with.  The craftsmanship is impeccable and with the vintage ones I enjoy the fact that I can preserve an object that someone many years before me had loved.  See, it's not all sarcasm.  It is most of the time, but I have my moments of sentiment as well.

  I've been coveting this Godzilla since it was released exclusively in Japan some time ago and now it has finally made its way to America.  The King of the Monsters is available right now for $699.00 from http://www.steiffusa.com.  Oh, and you can save $100 right now by using the coupon code "Godzilla".



Monday, August 4, 2014

I Kinda Need This Godzilla Plush from Steiff



    Between my wife and I, we have a crazy amount of stuff that we collect.  One of my favorite things to hoarde is antique Steiff stuffed animals, which always shocks people.  It's not the mummified fetal pig, or the at home shock therapy device, it's the little German critters covered in mohair that leave everyone surprised.  I like things that have a story behind the object.  A few that I have were once owned by a young girl whose father bought them for her when she was in the hospital and she kept them next to her in bed until she recovered.  She would be in her 80's or 90's now if she is still alive and I feel like I am the caretaker of these objects that aided in her recovery.  It's rare that you get insight like that into the journey that something has had before you came upon it, and it's the stories that really make them worth beyond any monetary sum.  

    I don't own any of the newer Steiff toys, but I could be easily persuaded to change my collecting scope to add this Godzilla to my display case.  Does it get any more amazing than this?  They made 1,954 of these to coincide with the year the first movie was released and they will only be available in Japan to the tune of $500 each.  I don't know that I've ever spent $500 on anything other than something I could drive or live in and just the thought of doing so is starting to clog my arteries.  Let's pass the hat around and take up a collection.