The ABC's of Trendmasters: Manda & Kamacuras

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Hello, again!  Wow!  It has been a while since I posted.  It has also been a while since I cleaned out the boards.  Man, that is a lot of spam!

Anyway, on to the main event!  As many of you know, I'm something of a Trendmasters fetishist fanboy.  I've always wanted to share my love of this brand and these figures with everyone by posting all I have available.  This stems from the utter lack of Trendmasters information and photos available while I was hunting down the rare 10" Biollante and beyond.

Sadly, I am also increadibly lazy.  So I have been hoping to release some design sheets from Trendmasters when a system to view them was implemented on the site, but have yet to begin the reader system, here.

I was informed that someone was selling copies of these design sheets on eBay, copies that may have been printed from my own scans.  That doesn't sit well with me, but I have no one to blame but myself for delaying the wide release of these for years, now.

With this series of articles, I hope to give you all some insight into the inner workings of the Trendmaster design process.  For instance, why the hell did the TM guys call these design packets "ABC's"?  The answer comes from a different time: "Design packets sound too gay!"  And thus, ABC's stuck from 1993 on through the rest of Trendmaster's life.

For this first round of releases, I'd like to present Manda and Kamacuras: two figures that never saw release.  Although, Kamacuras seems to have made it to resin form for the 1996 Toy Fair as part of the ill-fated Doom Island lineup.

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So, here they are, ready for you do download and share for absolutely free.  Please spread the good word and keep this information in the open for everyone.  I will post more packets, soon.  Sorry for the long delay.

Bandai USA 6.5" Godzilla 2014, SHMA Mecha-King Ghidorah, 24K Gold Godzilla, Toynami Shogun Godzilla'64, NECA Otachi and Godzilla'84 reveal plus Diamond Minimates update

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10540418 264281107103215 7013607775855937784 nBeen a little behind on the toy news but this year is quite the year to add to your collection. First up (possible leak), Bandai USA has a new Godzilla 2014 vinyl in the 6.5 series. My source mentions a mystery monster is in the works if approval goes through. *Cough Muto? cough * Release date is said to be September 2014. 

Not from my childhood but those from the 70s / 80s will re-live their childhood with Toynami's MosuGoji update on the classic Shogun Warriors Godzilla. It contains the shooting fists and I assume the tongue/fire effect. 

Mecha-King Ghidorah joins the S.H. MonsterArts line in February 2015 and he is looking spectacular! MKG is one of the last Heisei kaijus left in the Heisei universe. Will Rose Biollante, regular Rodan, Godzillasaurus, Baby Godzilla, and the Dorats see the day of light? Only time can tell but I'm ready for a SHMA Orga and Megaguirus.

Got 1.5 million to spare? Celebrating 60 years of Godzilla comes this 24K gold Godzilla. What an amazing piece. It appears to be the X-Plus 25cm Godzilla 1989 figure however this has not been confirmed.

NECA reveals their Godzilla 1984, Scaler figure, and the packaging for Godzilla 1994. The packaging appears to be using the 1954 Bandai USA figure which is rather odd than using a photo of the original Godzilla. Now on to the 1984 Godzilla... what the heck happened!? Whoever at NECA and Toho who approved this sculpt should be fired.... It looks nothing like Godzilla... Such a disappointment on an highly anticipated release from fans. 

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However it looks like NECA redeems themselves with their new Otachi figure coming in November 2014. This figure nails all the details of the highly sought after Kaiju which for some reason did not get any figure or statue representation til now. NECA also an 18" Cherno Alpha, a new 18" Gypsy Danger with plasma cannon, non Battle Damage Knifehead, plus Jaegars and Kaijus from the opening sequence from the movie at SDCC.

Diamond also has added Jet Jaguar, Mecha Godzilla, and Hedorah to their Minimates box set. Looks like Godzilla gets a blue flame and is black instead of green. 

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Sources: Importing Monsters
TKMU Page
Matt Frank's Page
SHMA Thailand Page
Normand England's Page
Todd Cheezyspam Strickland on Godzilla 2014 Merchandise Group

 

Sideshow Godzilla shown at SDCC

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We're finally getting a look at the Sideshow Godzilla 2014.  Finally!   We're getting a large representation of Gareth's baby, and it looks great!

Sideshow should be releasing this beast, later this year.

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This is the same piece that was teased a few months ago with a video and a contest I didn't win... ugh.

First look at Bandai vinyls in the wild

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Bandai Japan is largely taking the easy way out by releasing Bandai America's cheap crap, but they are at least releasing some 6" vinyls.  We got a look at those in this photo, courtesy of Mr. Middlebrook, over on Facebook.  This is also our first look at the egg figures, which don't seem as crappy as the rest of the line.

These will be available at the end of July.

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Bandai Japan Saves Us All!

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Bandai Japan has come to our aid!  NECA failed us by saying they had no interest in doing a MUTO figure... WHAT?!  We have no idea whether or not we'll get an SHMA MUTO, but we finally have confirmation that Bandai Japan that we will be getting some classic Movie Monster vinyl figures from Bandai Japan!

They're only in the six-inch scale, but at least it's a classic vinyl.  How I've missed those!  They're going to be about $15 each, so... hell yeah!  No word on a female MUTO, which means it's doubtful.  But if these sell well, then we can expect more of... something.

Look forward to these in August.  Woohoo!

SHMA G2014 reveal

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Bluefin has released the first image of the 2014 Godzilla in the SHMA line after several days of teasing.  Still not sure when it will land, but I think July, around the time of the Japanese release, is a safe bet.

I think this will certainly top NECA's attempt.  Love seeing some color in there!  Hit the jump for a gallery of the blurry teaser shots.

Source: Bluefin

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G2014 High Grades

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Well,  I must say that I'm surprised we get word of this before a standard vinyl.  Will we even get one at this point?

So we'll be seeing a few new High Grade pieces from Bandai Japan , this August.  Only real info I've found on this is that he'll be 100mm from toe to tail tip and the price: 300 yen.  So just under four inches and $3.

No word on whether or not these will be manufactured to the quality of old, or if this will be like the 50th Anniversary crap-storm.

Source: Timeless Dimension 0 Blog

NECA 12" figure and Hallmark Ornament Update plus Fandango giveaway!

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The title says it all and the Hallmark Prototype as well as the final packaging of Neca's 12" figure looks amazing! Fandango also has a little give away going on with their website. With every ticket purchased for the movie, you'll get a free download to the first track of the OST. 

Source: NECAHallmarkFandango

New ornament and first Japanese Muto toy!

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Source: Godzilla 3D and TKMU Facebook Groups

Neca's 12" Godzilla'14 figure (Hi-Res photos)

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Here's our first look at the finished product of NECA's beautifully crafted and the most accurate figure representation of Legendary's new Godzilla 2014. Such a neat display, do the pictures remind anyone of Godzilla 1984?

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More photos after the jump.

Source: Neca

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Amazon taking up the ToysRUs slack

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Godzilla 2014 merch is on Amazon and ready for Prime shipping!  Amazon has listed six items from Bandai, some of which have been hard to track down.

These are the only figures they have at the MSRP.  No word on the Jakks figure.  It's got a high asking price on Amazon, and despite my bitching, I've not seen anymore at ToyRUs.

Source: Amazon

SHMA Larvae on display

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The good folks at toho.seesaa went out to the Akiba showroom to see what's on display, today.  I present two new larval stage photos.

These should be available by the end of June.

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Source: toho.seesaa.net