Love them or hate them, TOHO Company movies of the 1950’s were popular in Japan and the USA. Films like Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Battle in Outer Space and King Ghidorah generated huge revenues for the Japanese film studios. Every movie had a “special creature” in the plot and the MOGUERA robot was a central character in the movie “The Mysterians”. For an eleven year old kid, it was a cinematic triumph. Consider the plot elements: flying saucers, death rays, melting tanks, sabre jets, and a giant atomic powered robot, all the stuff that 1950’s era kids loved in a movie. Looking back, the movie is a model makers delight but is a bit silly with special effects that don’t hold up well. Still, I remember my family piling into the Ford and watching this sci-fi epic at a drive in movie. The memory of drive -in chili dogs and my Dad snickering at the patton tanks being “melted” by the aliens ray guns stays in my memory after 50 years. Hence I have a certain fondness for cheesy Japanese space extravaganzas.
I was pleased to discover that the Revoltech company released an “action figure” of the Moguera robot. The figure sat on my computer for quite a while before I decided to put it in a scene from the movie. The base measures 10″ by 10″ to keep the diorama small but large enough to depict some action. The tanks, trucks, Saber Jet, and soldiers were ordered from GHQ models. I scratch built the bridge, houses and electrical towers. Woodland Scenics ground cover was used to decorate the “mountain”, base, as well as trees. The robot measures 6″ tall and was re-painted with my air brush. Like all my builds it was “fun”.
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