Near LA, come to Son of Monsterpalooza!

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Three amazing guys will be in Burbank, Los Angeles, CA this weekend for SON OF MONSTERPALOOZA! 2 Godzillas! Ken Satsuma and Tsutomu Kitagawa! Along with amazing Artist Shinji Nishikawa on his first con appearance here! If you are in the area, come meet these awesome fellas!
For more info, please check out the Monsterpalooza website!

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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.

Godzilla PS3 Game Teaser & Magazine Page

Hmm... reminds me of Godzilla Generations on Sega Dreamcast. Cool but hopefully it's more than just a simulation game. Godzilla'94, Godzilla 2014, and Kiryu Tokyo SOS version are confirmed!

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Hit the jump for some screenshots.

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Godzilla hits PS3! (Screenshots)

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Famitsu has just released screenshots of the new Namco Godzilla game for the PS3, we mentioned.  I must say that these two screenshots above look pretty amazing!  In the other pics, you can defintiely see that the models came from the MonsterArts G'94.

Can't wait to get this.  Guess I will need to finally get myself a PS3.

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Source: Famitsu

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Bandai making Godzilla game with SHMA scans

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According to the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu, Bandai is using 3D scanners on their SHMA figure line as the base for models in an upcoming game.  It seems that the Godzilla game will be a fighter on the PS3 with special effects to make it look like battling models... ?  Maybe?  I'm guessing some sort of tilt-shift look or something.

The game is set to release this winter in Japan, as it's only about 40% complete at the moment.

Wait!  Here's the best news: we don't need to worry about it getting a North American publisher.  The PS3 is region-free!  Kinda... mostly.

This issue of Famitsu hits Japanese shelves on August 10 and might include a screenshot or some artwork.

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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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Godzilla Reborn - G2k's American sequel

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SciFi Japan interviewed Michael Schlesinger about his Godzilla 2000 sequel set in Hawaii... what?

Yup!  Schlesinger wrote the script for the American version of Godzilla 2000, back in the day, but was never credited or paid.  Godzilla Reborn was to be a low-budget, $20 million sequel, produced by Columbia using Toho Studios effects artists with Godzilla fighting a volcanic, bat-like creature named Miba.  They would have used suits, like other Godzilla films, but the added budget was to get Hollywood actors and actresses like Jamie Lee Curtis.

There was a big focus on humor in the film, with a lot of banter between the characters.  This would help the audience take the monster scenes more seriously.  Schlesinger said this about his approach to the human element:

I took many of the Godzilla archetypes and turned them inside out. The lead character was a woman — a novelty right there — an L.A. TV reporter on vacation; she’s tired of doing fluff and wants to do more serious journalism. The male lead is a skirt-chasing smartass who owns the Honolulu hotel where most of the principals stay. The two of them squabble constantly — a sure sign they’re interested in each other. There’s a convention of international pipe-smoking scientists — but most of them drink, wisecrack and flirt with women. (One of them is Japanese; Miyasaka is his sidekick.) The inevitable belligerent Army general is, as noted, a Bronx Jew who peppers his dialogue with Yiddish. And the Honolulu chief of police drinks on duty because there’s never any crime. There were other characters, of course, but those were the main ones.

A Godzilla movie with Yiddish scares me, but if it's heavily influenced by Schlesinger's god, Mel Brooks, I think I can get on board.

Sadly, after a script was ready, a new head at Columbia scoffed at a $20 million movie of any kind and wouldn't even look at the script.  Toho wanted a big payment up front before allowing him to shop the script around.  Why am I not surprised?

Sorry to hear that this never made it past a draft - no art to be had!  The interview is a very interesting read and worth your time, if only to imagine Curtis on screen with the big guy, himself.

Source: SciFi Japan

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Awesome Godzilla Statue at Hakata Station in Fukuoka

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Godzilla in Fukuoka! As part of the promotion for Godzilla's Japanese premiere on June 16th at Toho Studios - why make everyone else wait until the end of July?  The statue is on display at Hakata Station.

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Source: Mainichi

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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!

Political Godzillas

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It's been a good few weeks for Godzilla.  He trounced the box office, helped Warner Bros break a billion, and has had his sequel confimed.  And while the media blitz by Legendary was, well legendary, his influence in pop culture has made its way into political cartoons.  Regardless of your political leanings, take a look and enjoy seeing the big guy stomping through the papers.

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Hit the jump for another four images and the artists.

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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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