Fandom often comes at a price. For Robert De Niro in The Fan, it cost him the chance to freely watch baseball. For fans of entertainment memorabilia, it’s usually a monetary thing. And that’s exactly what’s at stake with the two items we’ll be looking at today: a solid gold Godzilla and a can of Hi-C Ecto Cooler that’s presumably almost 30 years old. Pull out your wallets, and then slowly, but wisely, put them back into your pockets and purses.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of 1954’s seminal creature feature Godzilla, not to mention Japan’s July 25 release of Gareth Edwards’ recent update, Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka has created a monstrously beautiful replica of the King of the Monsters, made out of solid gold, and zero nuclear radiation. It stands 10-inches tall and weighs 33 pounds. Some quick math says that if someone would make a solid gold 450-foot Godzilla, it would weigh more than 17,800 pounds. But maybe that’s wrong. I can’t afford a new calculator.
So I definitely can’t foot the $1.47 million price tag accompanying this King of the Bling Monsters. If you’ve got that kind of dough, feel free to buy it for me, or for yourself. I prefer me. Whatever. It goes on sale on Sunday, July 20, but it will be displayed in public over the next month in Tokyo and Osaka.
From one green and frightening creature to another we go, with one of the weirder Ebay auctions in recent memory. Seller “petergriffen404” is close to the end of an auction for an unopened 46 oz. can of Hi-C Ecto Cooler, the discontinued Ghostbusters tie-in drink, which currently has an abnormally high bid of $2,433. The can is bent up and the label is noticeably aged, and it’s all pretty awesome, because ECTO COOLER! The seller says while he can’t be sure how old it is, the label has a 1986 copyright date. This thing can rent a car now.
I’m pretty sure half of the memorable things I did from 1987-1992 were done while riding the sweet sugar high of this delectable green ambrosia. Pretty sure I never owned a can of it, though, as I always went for the single serving boxes, of which I’d down four before my parents had all the groceries in the car. Fans/addicts of Ecto Cooler can probably recall the taste as I’m talking about it, and it may surprise some to know that the drink was on the market longer than it seemed.
Though Slimer’s likeness was taken off the packaging in the late 1990s, Ecto Cooler existed by that name until 2001, when Hi-C stopped shooting for Ghostbusters fans and started calling the drink Shoutin’ Orange Tangergreen, and then Crazy Citrus Cooler. But nobody wants to stand around drinking Crazy Citrus Cooler, unless it has booze in it. Is Venkman Vodka a thing yet? I know Dan Aykroyd has his own crystal skull vodka.
Which of these two would you rather own, if money wasn’t an issue? Would it be the beautiful golden horror movie icon, or the dented can of old liquid?