File this one under "things I was supposed to post a week ago." We have more images of the Bandai toy leaks, including the SD figures that show a winged Muto! The Desctruction packs are basically the same as the Destruction City playset, though it looks like the buildings are no longer green (crazy, I know!) and now we can get a winged version of the minimally-detailed Muto.
There's also som super-cute SD figures with a wide-wyed Godzilla and a still sinister Muto... sinister and fat Muto.
The big news, of course, has been the 40" Jakks figure that has been hitting the shelves, early. Of all the figures we've seen so far, this looks to be the best in terms of accuracy. Until NECA's super-detailed attempt arrives... however faulty or weak its joints might be.
Jakks, unlike Bandai, has tried to expand on their figure with a little backstory, instead of stupid tags in every language of every market their in. Does it really save you much to only print one set of packaging? You already cut so many costs in the figures, themselves!
Possibly the last of an ancient species of giant amphibious creatures that evolved at a time when the surface of the earth was over ten times more radioactive than it is today, GODZILLA can convert his radiation stores into a violent, focused exhalation of atomic ray. Rarely seen, but spoken of in ancient Pacific Island myths, 'Gojira' was last spotted in 1954, when the US Navy encountered and attempted to kill him with an atomic blast in the Pacific Ocean. Since then, the giant creature has been living in the deep ocean - until a threat to his survival from an ancient foe forces him to reappear.
Who else is excited? I'm totally behind this history!
Of course, video reviews have already hit YouTube. Just try to contain your excitement and ignore the eBay scalpers. The Jakks Pacific Godzilla and all these Bandai figures will be widely available on the 17th.
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.
A trip to the local Toys R Us turned up a few surprises. We'll have a full write-up, soon, but for now, enjoy some close-up shots of Muto!
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Bandai USA may be in damage-control mode, saying that the leaked product descriptions were not finalized and never meant to be released, but what's done is done.
TFAW listed a few interesting items decribing an "exclusive winged Muto" as well as another pack where you have Godzilla "battle against the Mutos." We've got another hive kaiju, folks!
Here are the listings:
Bring the excitement of the all-new Godzilla movie home and fight for humanity as Godzilla, or be the Winged Muto and try to destroy the world! Your epic kaiju battles are sure to crumble cities and bring in the Air Force! Each pack features one (1) figure, one (1) destructible building, and one (1) military aircraft. Exclusive Winged 3.5" Muto Is only available in this assortment. Blister card packaging.
Bring the fight home as you control Godzilla in his fight against the Mutos! Choose from 'Tail-Strike' Godzilla with swinging tail manipulated via a chest control, or 'Bite & Thrash' Godzilla, whose devastating upper body attacks are activated through an upper-tail control lever! Open box packaging.
Bring the excitement of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla home with this deluxe 'Destruction Pack' featuring figures of Godzilla and the exclusive 8-legged Muto measuring 3.5". Set includes two kaiju, plus three (3) destructible buildings & bridge, and five (5) military vehicles. Widnow box packaging.
So, yeah! I'm betting on a multi-staged Muto, like Legion or Megaguirus. By the way, all of these have a release date on March 19 and one on the 26th. So start saving up, folks! The movie lands on May 16, 2014, but the collecting starts months ahead of time!