Sunday, November 17, 2013

Frankenstein Is Big In Japan.....Really Big!

     I love giant monsters.  Love em!  By extension I love Toho Studios and their legendary special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya.  No studio EVER had such a good handle on the daikaiju (giant monster) genre than Toho Studios.  One favorite Toho films is the 1965 masterpiece Frankenstein vs Baragon.  In this story Frankenstein (in this case a clone regenerated from the original monster's disembodied heart) must battle the subterranean monster Baragon.  Easier for Frankestein than you might think since radiation has turned him into a giant monster as well.  The special effects in this movie are fantastic.  Eiji Tsuburaya and his effects team really outdid themselves.  The diorama I'm posting is a trading kit I picked up at San Diego Comic Con a few years ago.  It depicts the film's amazing climactic showdown.  The details in the diorama are beautiful.  It captures the final battle perfectly.  Enjoy!

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