Last week I had a classic box day, literally. The GODZILLA CLASSIC BOX arrived from Mandarake. The overall package is exception. The various items are packaged in smaller boxes that resemble hardcover books. This would make a handsome additional to any collection. The box set comes in a brown cardboard box with Godzilla Classic Box and text that reads, “That Godzilla may not be the last of its kind. As long as H-bomb tests continue, we may expect to see more of the species somewhere in the world.” Inside is a beautiful glossy box (below) that repeats the same text with a movie still from Gojira (1954).
Nestled inside are three smaller boxes labeled Godzilla Color Bromide Set, Godzilla Excellence set (designed like a book), and Godzilla Speed Poster Set.
Bromides are like postcard-sized trading cards. There various Toho kaiju represented, not only Godzilla. There are 200. Many have been colorized.
The Excellence Set looks like a hardcover book with a decorative ribbon serving as a book marker.
Inside there are an assortment of print collateral that captures the Showa era: a King Ghidorah note pad and stickers from 1968.
There is a brown envelope that contains seven Destroy All Monsters lobby cards.
What I treasure most is the Godzilla Raids Again manga. I cherish vintage Showa period collectibles.
I saw the original manga in the Nakano Mandarake store last November. It’s quite pricey at 60000 yen (about $600).
Also inside is a mini Godzilla and MechaGodzilla model kit from Bullmark (1974). The box has a great movie still on the cover.
The Godzilla speed poster set contains beautiful reprints of vertical theatrical posters. There are four posters from Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, Monster Zero, Godzilla’s Revenge, and Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster.
Finally, there is the M-1 soft-vinyl KinGoji (M1号 ソフビ 世紀の大怪獣 ゴジラ (キンゴジ) 紺色成型).
The Godzilla Classic Box was first released in 2002. There are still some available.