Little Packages but Big Treasuries


When I saw it, I had to have it. I say this a lot. But I could walk away from the chance to have another Popy Kingsaurus Godzilla but this time complete with original header card, bag, bloke and even the staple. The price was great and I got what I really wanted most, that is, the booklet and header card.

Last year, I scored the original Mattel 1979 Toy Catalog and later in the year, I found kaiju Bemustar with a header card. And with that my favorite childhood Godzilla toy felt complete. The art and photography on the header card are wonderful. Around that same time, I picked up another Popy Godzilla figure. And since that time, I was on the lookout for the corresponding booklet, which I knew would prove to be allusive and hard to come by. But miracles do happen and today I got the big treasure in the little package.

FRONT: キングザウルス Kingsaurus | 持許出願中 (Pending license) | ポビー Popi | コンピューター Computer NO.4400 | © 東宝 • 東宝映像 © Toho • Toho Video | 380 yen. BACK: H-1 水爆大怪獣 Hydrogen Bomb Giant Monster ゴジラ Godzilla | ポピー サービスセンター Poppy Service Center

At the time of release, the Popy Godzilla was 380 yen and the Mattel Godzilla roughly $4 USD. Today they sell anywhere from $80 to $150 USD. I’ve been slowly finding the additional Godzilla figures in this line: King Ghidorah and MechaGodzilla. I would love to have the Gigan and Rodan.

Booklet front: こんなにいっぱいそろってるよ。きみはいくつもってる?これがキングサウルスだ! There are so many. How many do you have? This is Kingsaurus! | H-1 ゴジラ Godzilla, H-2 ラドン Rodan, H-3 メカゴジラ MechaGodzilla, H-4 キングギドラ King Ghidorah, H-5 バラゴン Baragon, H-6 ガイガン Gigan

Booklet back: 足型シール20枚で全員にプレゼント Present to everyone with 20 foot-shaped stickers | ウルトラマン怪獣大図鑑 Ultraman Monster Encyclopedia | 応募のきまり いま、ウルトラマン怪獣(キングザウルス)を買うと、足型シールが1枚づつついています。この足形シールを20枚集めて右の1〜20の数字の上に貼り、送料として140円分の切手同封の上、必ず封書で送って下さい。全員に、ウルトラ兄弟や、怪獣のことがなんでもわかる『ウルトラマン怪獣大図鑑』をさしあげます。Rules for Applying Now, when you buy an Ultraman Kaiju (Kingsaurus), you will receive one foot-shaped sticker. Collect 20 of these footprint stickers and stick them on the numbers 1 to 20 on the right. We will give everyone the Ultra Brothers and the “Ultraman Kaiju Encyclopedia,” where you can find out everything about the monsters. | 第一回しめ切りは昭和54年3月末日の消印有効です。どんどん応募して下さい。(注)足形シールは、はがれないようにしっかりと貼りつけて下さい。又、右の3つのアンケートの答え、じゅうしょ、なまえ、おとしはお父さま、お母さまの手ではっきりとお書き下さい。尚、この応募券以外での応募は無効となることがありますのでご注意下さい。The first deadline is valid if it is postmarked by the end of March 1979. Please keep applying. (Note) Attach the footprint sticker firmly so that it does not come off. Also, please write the answers to the three questionnaires on the right, name, and date clearly with your father’s and mother’s hands. Please note that any application other than this application ticket may be invalid. | あて先 〒 111 東京部台東区駒形 Address 1–4–14 〒111 1–4–14 Komagata, Taito Ward, Tokyo | 株式会社 ポピー Poppy Co., Ltd. | ウルトラマン怪獣大図鑑プレゼント係 Ultraman Kaiju Encyclopedia Presenter | 怪獣アンケート Monster questionnaire | ① きみのいちばん好きな怪獣のなまえは?What is the name of your favorite monster? ② いま、いくつ怪獣を持っていますか? (ア)5体 (イ)10体 (ウ)20体 (エ)30体以上 How many monsters do you have now? (a) 5 (b) 10 (c) 20 (d) 30 or more ③ これから欲しい怪獣は何ですか?What kind of monster do you want from now on? | じゅうしょ Address, なまえ Name, フリガナ Furigana, おとし Age 才 | ウルトラマン怪獣大図鑑 Ultraman Monster Encyclopedia 応募券 Application ticket 必ずこの券で応募しょう Be sure to apply with this ticket | 足型シールをはろう。Peel off the foot sticker.

I am so happy to have both this original Japanese Godzilla figure and the Mattel’s version complete with header cards, bags, booklets and staples. I feel like I’m ten years old again filled up with warming nostalgia.