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Godzilla Origins Valentines American Greetings, 2004 or 2005

Godzilla Origins Valentines Review Capsule
High kitsch value-- we found this in a Kmart in 2005, and it's based largely on the Godzilla films from the 1970s. It was too amusing to pass up. There's 8 unique valentines, one sheet of stickers, and no envelope. It was $1.39 and also on a buy-one-get-one-half-price sale. You probably already know if this is something you need.

Overview

Godzilla Valentines. Pure genius. American Greetings somehow got the license for "Godzilla Origins," something used for most American Godzilla swag in the mid-2000s. So far it's been applied to second-rate bobbleheads and some iffy plush toys, most of whch sucked due to an American design aesthetic that did not represent the characters particularly well.

These are oddly photoshopped monster valentines. Surely you see the appeal. We're not precisely sure when these were released, as the copyright says 2004-- a lot of items released early in 2005 will read 2004, so it's possible these were leftovers, or it's possible that's just when they were printed. As such, we will not assign a firm date to this product at this time.

Valentines

The set has four sheets of eight valentines. You can cut them up or leave them on a sheet or give them to your sweetie, or perhaps eat them like Godzilla might very well do.

You know the deal-- click them to see the full image. We were largely impressed by the fact that such a thing existed, as such we had to drop the couple of bucks.

What you see is pretty much what you get. Notable is the same screaming Japanese woman in each and every single valentine.

Stickers

The set also comes with a small sheet of stickers. It's pretty robust-- you get several monsters, UFOs, and words as well as things that could be loosely termed as words. Like "SKEEEOUNG!!"

It's something like 30-odd stickers. We didn't feel like counting, so go nuts and do it if you want to. The neon borders here, like on the valentines, is a little odd-- but these are meant to be disposable pieces of paper meant to embarass and/or annoy children, and as such it really works.

Packaging

The box design is a good one-- we spotted this while walking into a Kmart out of the corner of our eye, not even looking at it. That's good packaging.

Say what you will about the colors but it's damned striking-- we wouldn't have even noticed it existed were it not for these crazy go-nuts colors. We hate to say it, but it really worked well for this set.

Fin

It's hard to evaluate a product like this. Do you judge on aesthetics? Graphic design? Or effectiveness? The person I bought these for is sleeping with me, so I'd say score one for effectiveness.


Text and photos by Adam Pawlus
Review posted on February 13 2005
Sample purchased from a K-Mart for like a buck and change, February 2005.

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