In 1984, I bought my first Japanese Godzilla figures, model kits and books from Rocketships & Accessories in Philadelphia. And it was then I was inspired by the work of Yuji Kaida. His art had been printed on the iconic Bandai model kit boxes under The 特撮 Collection. His paintings were signature representations of Godzilla, MechaGodzilla, King Ghidorah, Ultraman, and others. His Godzilla 1962, MechaGodzilla 1974, and King Ghidorah were the first representations of his work in my collection and the lasting image of those kaiju. The model kits didn’t mesmerized me, but rather his box art inspired me. His MosuGodzilla looked like it stomped out of the television onto the box and into my hands. His MechaGodzilla captures the bionic monster’s unforgettable reveal and appearance at the oil refinery in Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (1974). His renderings, color choices, poses, and detail were itched into my memories in such a way that they are what I see first when I think of those great Showa films.