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31 Monster Toys #29: King Kong

October 29th, 2013 No comments

After making a splash with its highly-detailed action figures based on artist Todd McFarlane’s comic book Spawn, McFarlane Toys branched out into other areas: sports collectibles, slutty fairy tale heroines, and eventually a long-running line of licensed horror characters collectively known as Movie Maniacs.

While most of the latter were based on relatively recent “slasher” characters such as Freddy Krueger, one notable outlier was this spectacular, oversized King Kong figure based on the 1933 original. It depicts Kong breaking free from the platform on which he was displayed to a Broadway audience. And somehow he’s already managed to snatch up a blonde in his paw!

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31 (Japanese) Monsters #7: Mechani-Kong

October 7th, 2010 No comments

King Kong Escapes is a curious film.

  • It’s a co-production between Toho Studios and Rankin/Bass Productions. Yes, the folks behind all those animated holiday specials.
  • It’s based on an American cartoon series.
  • It features a villain named Dr. Who*.

This was actually the second attempt at a Toho and Rankin/Bass King Kong feature. The first one fell apart and the script was rewritten into¬†Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. (This explains Godzilla’s unnatural interest for the native girl in that film.)

They tried again the following year. This time they borrowed a few elements from Rankin/Bass’ King Kong cartoon show, including arch-foe Dr. Who and his creation…

Mechani-Kong!

Monster Island Nickname Gnik Gnok
Hails From The Arctic Lair of Dr. Who
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
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Hobbies Pretending to be King Kong
Quote (metallic clanging noise)

Dr. Who built Mechani-Kong with the specific purpose of digging out a deposit of the highly radioactive Element X from the North Pole. Why a giant gorilla and not, for example, a remote-controlled steam shovel is not made entirely clear.

Unfortunately, the radiation proves too much for the robot’s circuits. Fortunately for Who and his financier, the sultry Madame Piranha, the real King Kong is rediscovered on Mondo Island. Clearly, there’s only one possible way of extracting Element X: kidnapping Kong and hypnotizing him to dig for it! This goes as poorly as you might expect.

Pretty soon Kong escapes to Japan (well, of course he does) and both he and his mechanical double wind up climbing the Tokyo Tower. The big monkey is deterred neither by Mechani-Kong’s hypno-skullcap nor his belt of grenades, but it takes a last-minute change of alliance by Madame Piranha to send the machine crashing to his doom.

*No relation, but you can bet that some Whovian somewhere has written fanfic explaining how the Doctor’s fourth-and-a-half incarnation turned Japanese and built a King Kong robot.