Tomoki Kobayashi

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Tomoki Kobayashi
Tomoki Kobayashi in November 1994
Born August 19, 1948
Niigata, Japan
Died 2009
Occupation Sculptor, modeler
First work Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Notable work Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

Tomoki Kobayashi (小林知己,   Kobayashi Tomoki) was a Japanese sculptor and modeler. He served as Toho's third and final chief modeler, after Nobuyuki Yasumaru.

Kobayashi was hired to Toho in 1973 at the referral of background painter Fuchimu Shimakura. Believing he too would serve as a painter, Kobayashi was instead appointed to the company's modeling department and took up an apprenticeship with Nobuyuki Yasumaru. He served as a modeling and plastering assistant through the 70s and 80s, starting with Godzilla vs. Megalon. In 1989, he was recognized for his work on Godzilla vs. Biollante and was promoted to chief modeler by 1991. Over the years, he also created several sculptures of Godzilla for various sites in Japan, including Nemu Plaza outside Hibiya Chanter, at the main gate of Toho Studios in Tokyo, and at an exhibition room in the National Museum of Japanese History. Kobayashi passed away sometime in 2009 due to unknown causes.

Selected filmography

Modeling assistant

Plastering assistant

Chief modeler

Modeled monsters



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