Koichi Kawakita Pitches New Godzilla Collectibles
Author: Ed Godziszewski
Official Site: KK DeAgostini Japan
Although retired from filmmaking, Koichi Kawakita (FX director of the Godzilla series from 1989-1995) has managed to find a new way to stay in the public eye these days, promoting a series of products related to Toho special effects films. In January he appeared at Super Festival, introducing two new books concerning the Godzilla films, the DVD of ZERO FIGHTER (Ozora no Samurai, 1976), and some miscellaneous goods. Then in February he was at Wonder Festival promoting a garage kit replica of the Oxygen Destroyer from GODZILLA (Gojira, 1954).
And since late last year, he has been doing interviews in the booklets for each of DeAgostini’s DVD book releases of Toho special effects films. In Volume 18 of this Toho SFX DVD Collection series (DESTROY ALL MONSTERS), issued during May, Kawakita appears promoting even more goods related to Toho films.
Here is a rundown of the former special effects man’s latest product pitches:
Godzilla Wine in Original Design Etched Bottle – ¥4,800
With an image of the original Godzilla etched into the bottle in silver, this 750ml wine bottle, personally endorsed by Koichi Kawakita, can be yours for around $53. Alcohol content of 12.5% and listed as Medium Body.
Godzilla 1955 Original Poster – ¥12,600 framed and signed, ¥1,575 for poster only
This handsome photo montage poster from GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (B2 size) comes in a deluxe version, signed by Koichi Kawakita and individually numbered, limited to 100 copies, in your choice of silver or wood frame. For those on a budget, the poster alone can be ordered for a more modest sum, but is limited to a run of 900.
Godzilla PinBadge Collection of the Movie History – ¥17,235
Mounted in a display frame are cloisonne pin badges representing the poster art for each of Toho’s 28 Godzilla films (although KING KONG VS GODZILLA uses a program book cover image). Limited to 1000 sets, this item comes individually numbered. Each badge is 3cm tall and the frame dimensions are 45cm wide and 32.5cm tall (A3 size). Manufactured by Plex.
Toho Special Effects Movie DVD Collection Soundtrack The Best – ¥3,150
Limited to 1000 pieces and available as of 5/25, this CD is a compilation of 27 of the best original soundtrack themes from Toho’s special effects film catalog. In addition, contains a bonus track of the MONSTER ZERO March recorded live. Comes with a special CD booklet.
01. GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA – Godzilla’s Theme (M40) 3:20
02. KING KONG VS GODZILLA – Godzilla Revives (M10) 1:42
03. INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER – Monster Zero March (M23) 3:06
04. TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA – Godzilla Appears (M19) 1:45
05. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA – Godzilla vs Angilas (M9) 2:28
06. SUBMERSION OF JAPAN – Ending (M28) 1:56
07. GODZILLA VS HEDORAH – Return, The Sun! (PS25+38) [Sung by Keiko Mari] 2:35
08. LATITUDE ZERO – Main Title (M1T2) 3:06
09. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS – Main Title (M1+M2T4) 2:01
10. SON OF GODZILLA – Godzilla vs Kumonga (M32) 2:20
11. GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER – Setting Sail for Letchi Island (M20) 1:44
12. GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER – Earth’s Greatest Decisive Battle (M21) 1:40
13. WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS – L-Strategy March (M12T2) 3:51
14. MOTHRA VS GODZILLA – Mothra’s Departure (M18) 2:37
15. ATRAGON – The Undersea Battleship Test (M15+16+17) 4:11
16. GORATH – South Pole Base Construction (M16) 2:29
17. MOTHRA – Mothra’s Song [Sung by The Peanuts] 2:14
18. MATANGO – Opening/Main Title (M1+2) 1:47
19. THE H-MAN – Main Title (M1T1) 2:36
20. THE SECRET OF TELEGIAN – Lightning Speed Telegraph Man (M12) 1:35
21. THE HUMAN VAPOR – Closing (M28) 2:52
22. VARAN – Varan Comes To Haneda (TV13) 3:00
23. RODAN – Pursue Rodan! (M10+15) 2:30
24. BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE – Battle In Outer Space March (M32) 2:51
25. THE MYSTERIANS – Earth Defense Force March (The First Battle) (M10) 5:32
26. GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN – Main Title (M1 S.E.mix) 1:37
27. GODZILLA – Main Title (M2+M1) 2:09
28. Monster Zero March [LIVE] 2:40
(From the Second Akira Ifukube Music Festival Main Concert)
1:1 Scale Oxygen Destroyer Prop Size Real Model Kit – ¥102,900
This impressive garage kit comes with resin cast parts, which when assembled and painted yield a beautiful and accurate replica of the actual Oxygen Destroyer from the original GODZILLA. Manufactured by A-TOYS is precise detail, this item is a full 62cm in length when fully assembled.
VTOL Replica Garage Kit – ¥26,250
The VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) ship as seen in the movie GORATH and later adapted for use in UlLTRAMAN can now be yours in a highly detailed garage kit manufactured by A-TOYS. Made of FRP resin, the model stands 40cm in length.
Godzilla X G-Shock Watch – ¥15,750
The latest in a series of Godzilla-themed watches from Casio G-Shock, this watch features a custom wrist strap and a closeup of Godzilla’s face when you press the illumination button. With multi-alarm function, 12/24 hour display, and stopwatch functions. Color: black.