My long term affection and obsession for kaiju (Japanese for "strange beast" or "monster") started with Spectreman (1971 - 72), the brown and gold saviour of earth from Nebula Star, taking shape as a human and trying to thwart the supposedly evil Dr. Gori from dispatching giant pollution-based monsters from killing the citizens of Earth. I say supposedly because Dr. Gori's intentions, although extreme, are somewhat honorable. He was banished from Planet E after a foiled attempted to take it over. Gori comes across Earth and is captivated by it's beauty but disgusted with the human inhabitants, who've created tons of pollution and are destroying the earth. Gori's intent is to save the earth from human destruction so he may rule it, and ironically, uses the same pollution all over the earth against the humans by creating giant monsters to destroy them so he can enslave and rule the earth.
As a kid, all these different monster (men in rubber suits) had a profound effect on defining what a monster was, because they were all each so different and bizarre.
To this day i still love Kaiju and Spectreman lead the way to Godzilla, Ultraman, Super sentai (although I never liked Power Rangers), and other monsters of this ilk.
Below is a made up krazy kaiju in what I hope will lead to more in the near future.