The original 1954 Godzilla is one of the mothers of horror movies, a tale of a mythical creature set in post-WWII nuclear Japan. What was a cult film has now become the longest running franchise in cinema history — 33 movies. Peekaboo Gallery and Gallery Nucleus co-present this tribute to the fire-breathing, building-crushing and tail-swerving monster at Vinyl Conflict: The World of Godzilla Toys. One of the world’s largest displays of Godzilla merchandise will include sofubi (soft vinyl) toys and memorabilia by makers Bullmark, M1-Go!, Marmit, Bandai and Marusan, as well as the collection of late film editor Mark Livolsi (The Jungle Book, Wedding Crashers, The Blind Side and The Devil Wears Prada). The organizers will project clips of various Godzilla versions, in addition to vintage Japanese commercials from the 1960-80s, while Yo Gabba Gabba!’s DJ Lance Rock spins retro Japanese pop. If that’s not enough, you can snap Insta-worthy photos with a roaming, costumed character and sip kaiju (monster)–themed drinks at the bar.
Gallery Nucleus, 210 E. Main St., Alhambra; Sat., June 22, 7-11 p.m.; $10; Sun., June 23, noon-8 p.m.; $5. (626) 458-7477, gallerynucleus.com.