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Godzilla battles the Tricephalon Monster

March of Godzilla 2012
Godzilla vs the Tricephalon Monster
From HB Toys comes one of the awesomer older Godzilla toys, 1978’s Godzilla battles the Tricephalon Monster playset. Featuring Godzilla and a brand new monster, The Tricephalon Monster, who looks like some sort of illegitimate child of Mecha-King Ghidorah! This set came with a whole slew of toys and vehicles to make your giant monster battle in a city come alive! Just look at this list:

Godzilla
The Tricephalon Monster
18 Soldiers
18 Civilians
2 Jeeps
2 Tanks
3 Civilian Vehicles
2 Jet Fighters
1 Ambulance
1 Automobile
1 Police Car
1 Shell Firing Battleship
1 22″ x 28″ Diorama
1 30′ x 30″ vinyl playsheet
1 Bridge
Godzilla vs the Tricephalon Monster
Yes, this is a set that has fleeing civilians! In fact, this is the only monster related bunch of toys that I know of that features civilians and victims besides the B-Movie Victims toys set from a few years ago. Godzilla is free to stomp on everything and beat up that Tricephalon guy, because, he just should! Take that, Tricephalon! As far as I know, Tricephalon Monster hasn’t been used again in anything, probably because he belongs to HB Toys, who probably didn’t get the rights for King Ghidorah as Toho likes to charge buckets of money for each monster. Other one-shot monsters show up in both the Marvel comics for Godzilla and the Godzilla cartoon where Godzooky was allowed to run free. Damn you, Godzooky!
Godzilla vs the Tricephalon Monster
Godzilla vs the Tricephalon Monster
Godzilla vs the Tricephalon Monster
Godzilla vs the Tricephalon Monster

HG Toys also made a set of Godzilla puzzles featuring the same artwork as on the Godzilla vs the Tricephalon Monster box.
Godzilla HB Toys Puzzles
Godzilla HB Toys Puzzles

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - March 31, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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Rise of the Beasts

Rise of the Beasts
UPDATE: THE PROJECT HAS BEEN CANCELLED! And that’s not all. The Kickstarter was far beyond the goal prize, but the fund raiser was still canceled within the last few hours. At first we were given some junk about a “fantastic opportunity” that made it sound like they killed the fundraiser because someone came in and bought them out, but later it has been revealed that they just had factory troubles and decided to kill the project instead of telling people they might be a month delayed. I am not mad about a delay, I am mad because they lied to us at first about why the line was canceled. I’m mad I wasted time and effort promoting the project and getting excited about it, when the first move they make is to cut out the community around it and not play straight with us. Although the toy line is still going forward, I am glad the Kickstarter was canceled because now I won’t be giving my money to people whose first instinct is to lie to me. Good riddance.

Rise of the Beasts is a new toyline produced by fans of toylines like Battle Beasts and M.U.S.C.L.E.s, in the same vein as the Muscle-like fan set from October Toys, O.M.F.G. (so ticked off I missed this project!) Similarly, Rise of the Beasts features four figures that look vaguely-Battle Beastian in their design. In any event, they’re cool enough that I pledged to the Kickstarter raising funds for the project (at the $45 level) The company behind this is Plastic !magination and the initial project promoter is JKaris from the LittleRubberGuys forum, though I am not certain who Plastic Imagination is.

Figures:
1 – Lion figure
2 – Gorilla figure
3 – Horny Toad figure
4 – Squat Komodo Dragon figure
Rise of the Beasts Komodo

Here are photos and a fan video of the proposed figures:

The Kickstarter site is here if you want to pledge or get more information

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - February 24, 2012 at 2:40 am

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Hamilton's Invaders

Hamilton's Invaders
Hamilton’s Invaders were a toy series in the 1960s where blue army men fought giant bugs with movable parts. They were inspired by the 1950s giant insect movies, which by that point had begun their long foray into reruns on tv. In addition to the giant bugs, you could also get a Hamilton’s Invaders helmet and grenade gun to wear while you play, for total immersion or something.

The main giant bug was Horrible Hamilton – a large green bug with legs that moved when it rolled. There were additional bugs – Spooky Spider and Gruesome/Brutal Beetle – along with smaller nameless bugs. The blue army men (called Blue Defenders) were meant to represent the United Nations, because only the combined might of the world’s armies could defeat Horrible Hamilton and his bug crew!

Check out these pics!
Hamilton's Invaders
Hamilton's Invaders
Hamilton's Invaders
Hamilton's Invaders

Why are we talking about Hamilton’s Invaders? Because the helmet wore by the Golden Skeleton gang in Golden Skeleton is the Hamilton’s Invaders helmet with a gold skull glued on top of it! B-movie inspired, B-movie used.

Hamilton's Invaders

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - January 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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