So Long, Maozilla!

You may not know this, but I’m a big Godzilla fan. I used to own a reproduction of the original Godzilla movie poster at home, and I imported a Godzilla toy from Japan (said toy is resting in a box somewhere in Quebec.)

Anyway, last year, while enjoying a Sunday afternoon stroll in a park in Shanghai, I found a real ugly, cheap knockoff of Godzilla in a nearby store. Naturally, I had to have it. He’s been adorning my desk ever since. Here is the lovingly-nicknamed Maozilla:

Yep, it comes complete with “Made in China” written under his right foot.

Anyway, today, I caved in to the ‘Displaying cool Japanese toys’ peer pressure I get from my desk neighbor Hugues, and I ordered an original Bandai Godzilla toy. I also picked up my favorite Kaiju (aside from Big G himself): Mecha King Ghidorah. Yes, I’m a 31 year-old kid.

Sorry, Maozilla… Your time on my desk is counted!

In case you’re wondering, Maozilla is saying, ‘I really like eating foreigners!!’ Not that I expect his Japanese cousin to be better-behaved.

About Daniel Roy

Daniel is a writer, backpack foodie, slow traveler, and endurance runner. He is the author of the upcoming book, "The Way of Slow Travel: A Hands-On Guide to the Best Travel of Your Life."


  1. I had the same cheap Maozilla when I was younger! And still keep him somewhere in a box of old toys! Wich crazy man will throw a treasure like that away? šŸ™‚

    • You have a Maozilla in Quebec?!?! Wow. I’m amazed… I didn’t think they would bother exporting these knockoffs!

      Don’t worry, though… I’m not throwing away Maozilla! I’m just, ah, retiring him away from the prime spot of my office desk. šŸ™‚

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