04.17.2019: Rectifying Reptilicus with Jim Cirronella

Gretchen, Rachel, Martin and Kyle get schooled by Reptilicus enthusiast Jim Cirronella!

If you’re looking at this episode title and thinking to yourself “wait a minute… didn’t they already talk about this flick??” the answer is YES! But as it stands, I was coerced into asking So yeah… we didn’t like REPTILICUS the first time around and a friend of mine needed to school us on the film’s background, which is honestly what we want to put forth in our discussions. So we said yes.

This episode’s special guest is a friend of the Kaijucast and the manager of Celebrity Icons, Jim Cirronella, who has a profound amount of respect for Reptilicus’ producer Sid Pink, and has even entered into business with him by acquiring the license to release his own Reptilicus figure.

1. Tivoli Nights by Birthe Wilke from Reptilicus (1961)

Kyle found the Danish Reptilicus song by Dirch Passer
Who was Dirk Passer? via Euro Channel
The original Reptilicus poster from AIP’s release
The original Danish Poster artwork
The super-slick Italian poster
Club Daikaiju/M1 Toys’ Reptilicus figure

You too can rep the Kaijcuast out in the real world. Get your hands on the screen-printed Kaijucast tenth anniversary poster by Mondo Poster artist Tom Whalen – available and shipping now! Get yer pre-orders in for the first entry in our T-SHIRT OF THE MONTH CLUB, people – it’s our sick Death Metal Kaijucast logo design by Gruesome Graphx on a black t-shirt (pre-orders close in April and ship in May)!

Kaijucast X Anniversary by Tom Whalen  

03.31.2019: Ultra Q vs the Kaijucast vs Monster Kid Radio

The vast forces of Nature, apparently, exist in harmony and balance. Then, one day, this order of things suddenly becomes turmoil! Strange, gigantic creatures rise thru the Earth’s crust in an earth-quaking uproar…sea monsters attack the shores on the crest of steaming tidal waves…weird beings from outer space savage the Earth in a rage of inspired vandalism.

As long time listeners know, I’ve been dying to dive back into this amazing series for some time now. Ultra Q (1966) is one of the genre’s most important building blocks and it just does not get covered enough!

If you have not listened to episode 16 of the podcast, I would HIGHLY suggest you doing so. In that episode, I spoke with August Ragone, the author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters about Ultra Q at length – here’s the link to that episode.

I asked August if he would give me a hand in covering one aspect of Ultra Q that we didn’t chat about eight years ago, so I am thrilled to have him be a part of this episode as well in our special historian segment!

To discuss Ultra Q in a limited format is daunting, because honestly each episode really deserves to be inspected and dissected to understand the impact. But we don’t have that kind of time so what my co-hosts and I have done is choose two episodes each on which to shine the spotlight: DEFEAT GOMESS (episode 1), PEGUILA IS HERE (episode 5), BARON SPIDER (episode 9), KANEGON’S COCOON (episode 15), THE RAINBOW’S EGG (episode 18) and THE DEVIL CHILD (episode 25).

Make sure to follow those links down below!

(*most of these are heard behind narration)
1. Main Title by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
2. Martian Jewelby Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
3. Hoshikawa Aviation by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
4. Ultra Q Main Theme (with English dubbed narration) by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
5. The Sun and Strange Thing by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
6. Big City Morning by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
7. Door to a Different World by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
8, In the Shadow of the Skyscraper by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
9. Midsummer Mysteriousness by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
10, Grasslands of Flowers and Rainbows by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
11, Lily’s Secret by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
12. Ultra Q Theme as performed by The Garamones (2016)

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters (August’s book)
The Good, The Bad and Godzilla (August’s Blog)
August Ragone on Twitter
Ultra Q DVD from Shout! Factory
Kenji Sahara Interview by Vantage Point Interviews
Yasuhiko Saijo Interview by Vantage Point Interviews
Ultopia (the website is currently down but hopefully will be back soon!)
Monster Kid Radio
Monster Kid Writer
The Marc Temple Case Files (Derek’s Book on Amazon)
The Marc Temple Case Files on FB
Plan 9 by 9 Podcast
Monster Kid Radio on Youtube
Comicstalgia on Youtube

Sill Available – get yours here!

03.08.2019: Mondo Artist Tom Whalen

Mega kaiju fan & Mondo Artist Tom Whalen joins Kyle for a special interview and announcement!

It’s with much fanfare that we bring you a very special chat with fellow kaiju fan and Mondo artist, Tom Whalen. Tom is an artist the Kyle has been following for many years and one of the main reasons for the chat, and corresponding episode is to announce a super rad poster that Tom designed for the Kaijucast’s tenth anniversary, so check the notes below for the order page, but after you listen to our conversation, of course — or during if you’re a multi-tasker!

Of course, we spend some time talking about giant radioactive monsters and get a little nerdy about art too! We hope you enjoy the interview, everyone!

1. Godzilla Arrives by Akira Ifukube from Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
2. Main Title by Richiiro Manabe from Godzilla vs Megalon (1973)

**The Kaijucast Tenth Anniversary Poster by Tom Whalen
Tom’s STRONGSTUFF website
Tom on Deviant Art
The four prints Kyle bought back in 2010:
King Kong vs Godzilla
Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster
Godzilla vs Hedorah
Pixies Poster
Mondo Godzilla Poster (normal version)
Mondo Godzilla Posters (variant version)
Judge Dredd poster
Also look at this amazing Jet Jaguar poster!!
Tom’s appearance on SYFY’s Artist Alley series


Mothra 1961 by Tom Whalen (strongstuff.net)King Kong vs Godzilla 1962 by Tom Whalen (strongstuff.net)Ghidrah The Three Headed Monster 1964 by Tom Whalen (strongstuff.net)Godzilla vs Hedorah 1971 by Tom Whalen (strongstuff.net)

Yes, the poster page is posted above but I’ll also give this beautiful piece of awesomeness it’s own special placement here in the show notes… and since I literally opened the box today, feast your eyes on this juicy 18″x24″ awesomeness! You too can own this impressive limited edition, screen-printed poster – just go here.
Kaijucast X Anniversary by Tom Whalen

02.28.2019: Godzilla The Planet Eater Daikaiju Discussion

Gretchen & Kyle tackle the final entry in the Godzilla anime trilogy: Godzilla The Planet Eater (2018)

Congratulations, everyone – we did it! We made it through the anime trilogy. And man, was that tough. Gretchen came over to chat with me about this new film, Godzilla The Planet Eater (2018).

I don’t really have much to add here, but feel free to check out the article below in which the directors say, “we welcome getting bashed by the traditionalists.” Insert shrug emoji…

Also, make sure you click on that image for some potentially laughable poster art

1. Bilasaludo Rebellion by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla The Planet Eater (2018)
2. Godzilla The Planet Eater English language Trailer audio (2018)
3. Live and Die by XIA from Godzilla The Planet Eater (2018)

Godzilla Planet of Monsters on Netflix
Godzilla City On The Edge Of Battle on Netflix
Godzilla The Planet Eater on Netflix
Anime trilogy director talks some smack

02.26.2018: Japan Wrap up with David Dopko

David and Kyle recap the rest of their trip to the land of the Rising Sun earlier this month.

Another episode to wrap up our adventures in Japan. In our last episode, we talked about our Hokkaido and the first half of our time in Kyoto. For this episode, we flesh out the remainder of our trip, now that we’ve returned to the US. Part one of our adventure can be found here.

As we mentioned in the last episode, we were in Japan for a two week vacation, and while most of what we did has no connection to Godzilla or his rubber suited foes, listeners traveling to Japan for their own excursions might be interested to hear about some of the shopping we did in Tokyo or especially our trip to Sukagawa in the Fukushima prefecture in order to visit the Tsuburaya Museum – complete with the full Shodai-Goji suit sculpted by Yuji Sakai and used for a short that you can only watch in the museum, which was awesome and we cover it pretty exhaustively in this episode.

In fact, this is much less like a “Mini-sode” since this chat clocks in at about two hours – but look at all of the stuff we talk about!

Make sure to check out David’s album on FB here!

Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Kyoto: Togetsu-ky? Bridge via woodblock and on Google Maps
Tokyo Kaiju Shopping? Here are some helpful locations:
Nakano Broadway in Nakano and on Google Maps
Godzilla Ya in Koenji and on Google Maps
Godzilla Store in Shinjuku and on Google Maps
Mandarake in Shibuya on Google Maps
Day Trip from Tokyo: Sukagawa Ultraman Road
Day Trip from Tokyo: Sukagawa Citizens Exchange Center’s Tete Building and on Google Maps
Day Trip from Tokyo: Tsuburaya Museum Website
Stars & Stripes Coverage of the Tsuburaya Museum
Where Kyle gets his Rail Pass online
Tokyo: Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa and on Google Maps
Tokyo: Asakusa
Tokyo: Kappabashi Street
Tokyo: Kappa Shrine in Asakusa
Tokyo: Harajuku’s Takeshita Street
Tokyo: Mame Shiba & Owl Forest Cafe (there’s one in Kyoto too)

1. Lizard King by the Groovie Ghoulies from Monster Club (2003)