I have added one of the Holy Grails to my collection, the GODZILLA BOARD GAME made by Ideal in 1963. Not only does is this game rare as hen's teeth, and not only does this game boast gorgeously beautiful artwork, BUT I read on one website that it was the second Godzilla item ever produced, barring one tin toy in Japan.
Now, common sense tells us that this might be a bit of an exaggeration...you mean by the third Godzilla movie, Japan, toy geniuses of planet Earth, had only made one Godzilla toy between the years of 1954 and 1963? Yeah, I didn't think so either. More likely, maybe the site meant to say that it's the second Godzilla item made IN AMERICA. But I digress, let's talk about the game!
I have to be careful not to drool on it. It's just that lovely to behold. It's wonderfully complete--I have seen some on Ebay that came with an instruction sheet, but mine has the instructions printed on the inside of the box lid. The game was made during the excitement surrounding KING KONG vs. GODZILLA, which, as I've said below, was a big hit on both sides of the ocean.
I'd be remiss if I didn't plug the great Vintage Board Game Guru I bought it from--if you are looking for a vintage board game, you absolutely must check out GAMES GONE BY and talk with Desi. Not only does he have a huge and amazing collection, and literally wrote the book (two, in fact) on the subject, but he also has an entire page of classics for sale. You'll be glad you did!