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!