Last Saturday The Trocadero theater in center city hosted Kaiju Big Battel, which was an official after party event for the Wizard World Philly 2010 convention. Truthfully, the awesomeness of Kaiju Big Battel is a bit difficult to describe with mere words, but I’m going to give it a try.
Remember all those incredibly bad Japanese monster movies from eons ago? You know, the ones where it is clearly a guy in a rubber monster suit stepping on little cardboard miniature cities? Okay, so take that and make it a live event, add a wrestling cage, throw in some music and clever scripted dialogue, and you have an inkling as to what witnessing Kaiju Big Battel is like.
As one of my good friends put it: “It makes no sense. I love it.”
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The premise for this Kaiju Big Battel event was a series of awards being given out by the host, Louden Noxious, for various superlatives. However, the ceremonies kept being interrupted by the evil Dr. Cube and his many minions. After each epic battle, the “city” was swept clean of debris and new buildings were put in place. There was even a large bridge spanning the stage (which was also totaled by monster mayhem before the event was over).
By the end of the night, there was not a single building standing, and Dr. Cube had been defeated! Not surprisingly, Philly ultimately won the award for best audience, and little silver chalices (cardboard ones anyway) were tossed into the adoring crowd. There was much celebration.
The Trocadero was a great location for this event. The downstairs area was large enough to erect a pretty good sized wrestling cage and yet still have plenty of room for spectators. A large screen on the stage gave the crowd a way to watch the fight even if they were back at the bar (or stuck behind someone really tall). The balcony provided additional seating, and allowed for an overhead view of the fight.
Overall, Kaiju Big Battel was an incredibly fun and entertaining way to end Saturday’s Wizard World Philly festivities. There’s just nothing quite like a bunch of guys in foam rubber monster suits beating each other up on top of cardboard cities.
Kaiju Big Battel was open to all ages, with tickets running $18.50 for adults and $11 for kids 14 and under. This was the second year for this incredibly entertaining event, and given the crowd’s positive reaction, I am betting it will be back next for 2011 as well.
For more information on other Kaiju events and videos of battles, visit www.kaiju.com.
For more information about The Trocadero, visit www.thetroc.com.