01/30/18- The original Star
Wars trilogy led to an explosion of "Expanded Universe" material that
went beyond the bounds of the universe defined in the movies. It introduced
new worlds, new characters, new stories, new history... Some of it
was adopted as canon, and some of it wasn't. No matter: For fans who
wanted more, it was an entertaining exercise of imagination
built on a familiar and beloved framework.
Goad/Godo never appeared in an Ultraseven episode. Per Ultopia,
Goad/Godo was part of a clever bargaining chip: The scriptwriters
proposed making a ridiculously expensive episode with loads of revived
monsters from Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultraseven (15 aliens and 35
monsters - read about it at ultra.wikia.com)
led by Goad/Godo, the God Beast. Plus it would feature the revival
of Ultraman and the Science Patrol/SSSP... What an extravaganza!
What a gift to the fans! What a mega-monster battle! Naturally,
because of the cost, they were turned down and given free rein to
make the episodes that they'd wanted to make in the first place.
I'm relieved that it didn't happen; it reminds me of what the
Ultraseries morphed into, minus Ultraman Dad, Ultraman Uncle, Ultraman
Pooch, etc. I like the original shows as independent standalone
shows without the unified, "expanded universe" concept
and guest appearances from the different shows. I like stories built
off of the show's original framework with only a few new concepts,
like they did in the '90s Heisei Ultraseven revival shows, "Solar
Energy Strategy", "Lost Memory", etc.
The canon/not canon thing raises an interesting question
in the world of imaginary things, not unlike the saying about a
tree falling in the woods not making a sound. Is the Superu/Spell
Seijin episode part of the Ultraseven canon if it's been banned
from broadcast in Japan? Without the filmed episode, is Goad/Godo
is sort of like unused furniture, free to be shuffled around in
a world of your own imagining? (Like the audio... it's our first
cat's (R.I.P.) annoying meow ringtone, digitally altered.)
Goad/Godo has some tangibility: I don't know if a full script
of the episode exists, or if it was mainly an idea to pitch, or
exploratory sketches. The fact that the concept made it to the cover
of the Japanese Figure King #118 magazine (and articles in
it that I can't read) gives the episode some degree of tangibility;
furthermore, Billiken's 2007 limited edition garage kit for the
magazine cements Goad/Godo as a tangible entity from the history
Ultimately, what does it matter? The design is cool, and Billiken
did a great job on the kit. There are very few pics and there's
very little English-language information about this kit on the Internet,
so maybe this will show up in search results for the two or three
folks who might be interested! (Note to self: In next incarnation, learn Japanese!)
It's a typical garage kit, with just a few vinyl cast parts (head/top,
waist/feet, 2 arms, tail, and 2 wings) that need to be trimmed for
assembly. Assembly is as simple as inserting the trimmed arms and
tail into openings cut into the body. The wings have to be glued
to the top section (2-part epoxy works well), but you don't absolutely have
to glue the two torso halves together (if you might later want to
The parts have a basic paint job: Silver-gray with blue eyes,
so there's room to customize it. The area between the teeth aren't
cut out and could be painted or cut out. Beyond that, if you want
to paint it to match the original suit, good luck... There is no
original suit, so your guess is as good as anyone's!
At 12 inches, the assembled kit is taller than most of Billiken's
Ultra kaiju kits. This jives with the "stats" (70 meters) at ultra.wikia.com.
The design of the creature is interesting and artistic. It's a mixture
of vacuum cleaner hose and armor plates, with a long-maned feral
animal head. The facial expression goes well with the "body english"
of the craned neck and tilted head. It captures the imperious vibe
of a bad-tempered "God Beast", perhaps more than Geronimon of Ultraman
(another boss Ultra-kaiju who revived vanquished monsters). Credit
for that probably goes to Billiken's interpretation and sculpting.
Electronics? 02/04/18- I'd put off gluing the top and
bottom halves together, thinking that I might be able to light the
eyes or install sound. The main obstacle is that the top half starts
mid-figure, so access to the area inside the head for positioning
LEDs is problematic (my fingers aren't that long and tiny). The mane
sculpting covers so many parts, so it would be difficult to cut a
section to give access to that area that wouldn't draw attention to
itself. The same is true for an openable access panel for the battery.
I resigned myself to that and glued the two halves together and puttied
over the seam where it was most visible.
Painting It: I liked the basic gray color that Billiken
had painted it, but it's a garage kit: You're supposed to paint
'em! There are very few pics of Goad/Godo on the 'net, and I found
only one that could be considered a painting reference at ultra.wikia.com
(I ruled out the Bullmark-esque one painted red, white and blue).
I wanted to follow Billiken's lead (silver-gray with blue eyes)
but thought that the belly bellows should be a different color.
Why not yellow-tan like the painted reference photo? This would
support that artist's interpretation, and jived with my observation
that the bellows were reminiscent of Red King's, who's primarily
yellow. I even added a hint of blue in the creases between the bellows.
Gaaaa! I hated the way it looked! I don't think that yellow (tan)
and silver-gray go well together. The painting reference photo looks
good, but is somewhat desaturated, so the yellow doesn't contrast
as much with the gray. I'd hoped that painting the face gold-tan
to match the body would help it, but it didn't: It looked like he
was wearing a jacket! I felt like I was digging myself deeper into
It may be a guy-thing, but instead of turning back and removing
the yellow, I tried to fix the problem by changing the gray to gold.
I used gold powder, which adhered to the gray vinyl very aggressively.
I tried to rub it off with a microfiber cloth, but it only thinned
it. The gold powder coating was also surprisingly hard to airbrush
onto. I tried to do some dark shading, but it barely showed up;
it took many passes in the same area to show any darkening.
I haven't decided whether it's an improvement or not...