1.1.2021 (revised 11.11.2021)
The Halloween weekend has passed. Rather than a trick I got a treat Saturday from the the House of Fun in New Jersey. The most important and influential Godzilla figure in my life has been the Godzilla soft vinyl from the Mattel Godzilla’s Gang released in 1978. This Godzilla was the favorite in my collection for many years. It conjures my deepest feelings of nostalgia. Godzilla’s Gang was the first Godzilla line in the U.S. Before its release, I grew up in the age of action figures such as Major Matt Mason, Micronauts, MEGO super hero figures, G.I.Joe and Evel Kenieval, to name just a few. Many years ago, when my eyes fell on that Godzilla, it had no competition. Although this figure was based on MosuGoji, it was my ultimate superhero and action figure like the 70s Justice Godzilla who defended the earth from all earth and alien forces. Mattel’s 5-inch Godzilla was the perfect representation of my hero. Its big fist ready for the fight with its strong tail for whipping approaching enemies. Its dorsal fins were more accurate than the Mattel Shogun Godzilla and the Bendy Godzilla figure on my shelf. This Godzilla beat them all.