Godzilla comes to life: Luke's childhood obsession creates a monster

MONSTER MODEL: Luke and his mum Jennifer Rout with the eight foot Godzilla monster Luke built. Photo: STEVE GOSCH  0428sggodzilla1

MONSTER MODEL: Luke and his mum Jennifer Rout with the eight foot Godzilla monster Luke built. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0428sggodzilla1

FOR Luke Rout, Godzilla is more than a movie franchise, it’s an obsession.

Mr Rout crafted an eight-foot model of Godzilla to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the release of the first movie this year.

Mr Rout used recycled materials that he had at home and had collected from the Resource Recovery Centre, and said it took him three months to complete.

“I used papier-mache, newspapers, cardboard and recycled house paint,” he said.

“The only thing I had to buy was the glue to hold it together.”

Mr Rout has been fascinated by Godzilla since childhood.

He has collected the films, figurines and memorabilia since he first saw the movie.

“I’ve been fascinated with creatures since childhood, and when I was about seven I saw Godzilla and that’s where it all started.” he said.

The finished model will live in his backyard, and Mr Rout says he has no plans to get rid of it anytime soon. 

“Friends have said I should sell it for a couple of hundred dollars, but money, it’s like water, you know, money doesn’t last very long, but Godzilla staring at you, that lasts for a while,” he said.

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