Cinema Blend has an article detailing the important status of Pacific Rim's over $400 million worldide box office earnings. Of the top ten highest-grossing movies of 2013, while Pacific Rim sits at number ten, it was the higehsest grossing live-action, original film of the year. Woo-hoo?
So, of the other nine films, eight were sequels, re-hashes, or based on an existing IP. The only other original film in the lot was The Croods, and that was animated.
So, at least this is another honor that we can bestow on Pacific Rim, alongside its "not-a-flop" worldwide gross. Make sure you get your copy of the film legally on October 15. Physical and digital sales will play a big role in whether or not we have a chance at a sequel, here!
X-Plus posted some slightly larger images of their upcoming Spacegodzilla on their blog. It looks like the exclusive variant will have shoulders that light up along with Spacegodzilla's crest. It's still slated for the end of October or early November, so get your pre-orders in!
It has been many years since Bandai stopped producing Godzilla vinyl figures in Japan. In the US, however, Godzilla vinyls continue to thrive through various toy lines released by Bandai USA (formerly Bandai Creation), including 6.5-inch scale figures with clear glitter variants (Fusion series); play sets; deluxe, twelve-inch figures; and more artistic series like the new Tokyo Vinyl and Chibi lines.
The Godzilla series, which is still not listed on Bandai's website, is only carried at certain stores such as ToysRus and KMart. Various comic shops and many online retailers sometimes carry this line as well, but often at rates higher than the MSRP. Earlier releases in the line were frowned upon by collectors who preferred the more detailed figures from Bandai Japan. However,for the price and the fact that Godzilla figures are being released domestically, Bandai USA's line of toys is actually quite a treat. Typically, Bandai would play it safe by releasing popular charcters, but this year, Wave 7 has a special treat: a brand new King Caesar sculpt, marking the line's eleventh anniversary, since 2002.
Godzilla & Hiroshima: The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga is a new 90-minute documentary by Spanish director, Jonathan Bellés. The budget is limited, but the scope looks to be great. Bellés will travel around the world for interviews and location for his doctoral project. He'll cover not just Godzilla, but other kaiju eiga including Gamera and Ultraman.
You can expect this sometime next summer, hopefully before the new film! In the meantime, feast your eyes on this fantastic trailer!
That didn't take long, did it? X-Plus has updated their Spacegodzilla listing with images of the final or near-final paint scheme. Certainly much sooner than the "few feeks" I mentioned, the other day.
At just under 14 inches tall and over 16 inches long, this is one of the largest Spacegodzillas to come out in nearly a decade. He's set to arrive at the end of October as part of the 30cm line, so expect a big, beautiful box like so many others.
According to Google's machine-tanslation, the web-exclusive variant will include an "emission gimmick." I guess that's just an LED? He'll run a few thousand yen higher than the standard version, at 21,000 JPY.
Comic-con may have been in July, but some new video interviews have surfaced. Really, why hold onto these for so long?
Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston were interviewed by Brazillian entertainment site, Omelete. They focussed on the characters and their roles in the film. Olsen and our new hero, Gareth Edwards, also spoke with Empire Australia about the big guy, himself.
Olsen's character is named Elle Brody, a nurse and mother trying to understand what is happening while working to keep her child safe. She is also the wife of Aaron Taylor Johnson's character. IMDb has him listed as "Ford."
Cranston plays a scientist, as we already knew. He begins investigating some sonar abnormalities while in Japan "when all hell breaks loose."
Gareth Edwards explains Godzilla's role in the film at first as "the punishment," which he feels is necessary. He clarifies by calling him the anti-hero. And while we have been aware of other kaiju appearing alongside the king, Edwards did say that he will have company on big screen.
Speaking of screens, Olsen reiterated what we've often heard before: they did very little with green screen. Most of the shooting was on set in real environments. That really helped the process.
You can see both videos below, the first is with Edwards and Olsen...
and the second is Cranston and Olsen. You can find rough translations of the question cards below.
Talk a little bit about your character and the film.
Will this movie will [erase the] trauma of the last Godzilla?
Not many updates, but I did finally implement a workaround on external images in the board.
Previously, images embedded with the [img] code were displayed as you'd expect, only, if they were larger than the post, they were constrained. I had a script to detect when that happened and would create a link for you to open the image in a lightbox at full size... or the maximum resolution your screen will support.
The problem was that it only worked after loading the images, so you had to refresh the page. That doesn't fly, does it?
So all [img] tags on the board will open up in our lightbox for you, now. There are other issues I need to address, but at least I'm back in the game! Woohoo!
As usual, post a reply if you run into any problems.
Every time I see an accurate Spacegodzilla, I remember not only how terrible that movie was, but just how unappealing the suit was. I guess Trendmasters really did improve upon the design, at least for me!
So, yeah. X-Plus will be releasing a 35cm Spacgeodzilla around the end of October or early November.
Been a while since I posted about anything from X-Plus, huh? There's still been plenty of news, but let's start with the next release: Kiryu 2003!
The 32cm figure lands at the end of the month with the pack as a web-exclusive or without for standard retail. The pack isn't the only difference, though. The exclusive variant has the arm attachments. At least the standard version includes the grapple as an optional attachment.
You'll have to jump through some hoops to get the web-only variant, but the basic one can be picked up from just about any of the usual sources (AmiAmi, Hobby Search, or HLJ) for around $200.
Zilla doesn't get a whole lot of love from Godzilla fans. His attempt to usurp the big G's throne in 1998 left a bad taste in many a loud and angry mouth.
However, Toho adopted the big iguana and saw fit to bring him back to the screen for Final Wars. And while his appearance there was less than glamorous, he shared the screen with the king for a few moments.
So when I saw that one of our forum members posted a link to a petition for an SHMA Zilla, I was right behind him! I don't know how well this will work, but click over and show some love for this underappreciated daikaiju.
NECA's second wave of Pacific Rim figures will start hitting shelves, soon. This wave includes the battle-damaged Gipsy Danger with blade attachments, this time; Striker Eureka; and Leatherback.
The Kaiju Planet recently posted some decent shots of the retail packaging for the new figures, so be sure to click over and show your appreciation.
What are the odds that this version of Gipsy will be able to stand on his own? I hold no hopes for Striker, and to be honest, all bets are off with Leatherback... Okay! Maybe I'm bitter after the last round. Can you blame me?