this features my favorite, but deceased Kaiju BB member:
Pablo Plantano (or... is it Pedro?) of the Los Plantanos Hermanos
When I was in college I had heard of "this really cool show where these guys dress up in monster costumes and fight and knock down fake little buildings" - I was fascinated!! Sadly, I didn't get to ever attend a show, since my college money was spent on art supplies, sugary-dessert coffees and flu medication. Who would have thought just a few years later our paths would cross again?
Not only did our paths cross as peers, but we also saw Kaiju Big Battel toys in Japan! Yes! It was so cool! We went to Mandrake in Shibuya (and 4 other of their locations) and couldn't believe our friend's vinyl toys were valuable collectibles overseas.
To get to Mandarake Shibuya you had to descend 5 - FIVE- flights of stairs down in to, quite literally, an otaku cave. But I found some vintage Sailor Moon toys so it wasn't just an Andy-trip ;)
Andy was so excited, I'd never seen him like that before! He would point to a vintage Godzilla toy and say "Do you SEE that? Do you KNOW what this is worth back in the US?!" And needless to say, we had many monster tails poking out of our suitcases on the ride back to Nagoya.