Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kamen Rider's lovin' it!

When was the last time your Happy Meal was this cool? Photo by Brett Homenick.

Kamen Rider's 40th anniversary (1971-2011) is being celebrated in a big way in Japan. At McDonald's restaurants across the country, hungry tokusatsu fans can purchase a bit of Kamen Rider history to go with their burgers and fries.

What's in the package, you ask? Let's find out, shall we?!


Unless you're a member of SHOCKER, this meal would make anyone happy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy birthday, Rhodes Reason!

Rhodes Reason at his home in March 2011. His poster of King Kong Escapes would no doubt be coveted by all sorts of collectors, big and small. Photo by Brett Homenick.

April 19 marks the 81st birthday of Rhodes Reason, the actor most kaiju eiga fans associate with his starring role in King Kong Escapes (1967). As Commander Carl Nelson, Rhodes provided an anchor of credibility to the picture, which was an otherwise colorful, over-the-top adventure.

In 2007, Rhodes headlined G-FEST XIV, which highlighted the King Kong movies made by Toho Studios. Shelley Sweeney (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1993) was also on hand for the festivities.

Happy birthday, Rhodes! (Oh, and by the way, I did enjoy The King's Speech. Thank you for the recommendation!)