“Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World.”
In 1933, the movie, King Kong, was released on the world by RKO Pictures. It was widely heralded for its cutting-edge stop motion effects. The American Film Institute recently named the original film #43 on its list of top 100 movies of all time. I’m not sure where the 2005 remake with Jack Black and Adrien Brody falls on the list, probably somewhere around 42,587, but the 70’s Dino De Laurentiis version holds a special place in my memory.
I remember watching that version of the movie as a kid with our babysitter, while my parents were out. Of course, we weren’t supposed to be watching scary monkey movies, and we also weren’t supposed to see how many marshmallows we could fit in our mouth before gagging, but I wasn’t going to tell. My parents might hire a different sitter next time! (Note to parents: don’t ever hire a teenage boy to babysit your kids.)
I’ve managed to put together a small collection of King Kong items. The nice thing about King Kong is that he’s a big ape, so there are plenty of non-Kong items you can use to enhance your collection. I think that big guy in the middle of the picture is a Tarzan toy, but to me, he is the King.
I have collected so many different things that I thought it would be fun to try and photograph a collection a day and see how far I can get.