Movies featuring Godzilla — or Gojira as he is known in Japan — were the introduction to Japanese cinema for many people of my generation.
Godzilla was a slow-moving but terrifying dinosaur-like monster whose name was an amalgamation of “god” and “gorilla.” Created in 1954, he went on to star in 28 Toho Co., Ltd. films, in addition to playing a leading role in comic books, video games, and so on. Depending on who you ask, Godzilla was metaphor for either nuclear power or the United States; his body had keloid scars and he had “atomic breath.” Godzilla was awkward and violent, but some people found they could sympathize. Like many monsters Godzilla had the power to destroy, but also the power to protect.
According to the vendor who listed these hashioki on eBay, this pair was unearthed in the warehouse inventory of a closed factory in 2015. They are stamped “Toho Eiga,” which means Toho Pictures, on the bottom, so they are a genuine piece of Godzilla memorabilia. But while Godzilla towered over Tokyo skyscrapers in his movies, these monsters only measure one and half inches tall.