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.
So, let's get this out of the way from the get go! ToysRUs.com finally has King Caesar and the chibis in... that's a great band name! I need to learn an instrument!
The single Chibi SD figures still aren't listed on the site, but you might find them at your local store for $3.99, each.
But what about that 6.5-inch Little Godzilla or their awesome Tokyo Vinyl Ghidorah? Well, Chris Mirjahangir has a writeup at Toho Kingdom about his great interview with someone at Bandai Creation. When asked about Ghidorah, for example...
The Tokyo Vinyl did not perform as we had hoped so at this point the 2004 Godzilla and Mechagodzilla are all that have been ordered by retailers. Unfortunately that has put King Ghidorah and Minilla on hold indefinitely. Hopefully that will change in the future and we are looking at other ways to distribute this execution, but we do not have any solutions yet.
So disappointing! As to where Little Godzilla is, it's just a matter of what is marketable to the general shopper. They care about the fans, but they do need to be pretty certain about their investments. Maybe we'll get that old Anguirus or Mecha King Ghidorah, one day, yet.
But we can expect things to ramp up sometime next year in anticipation of the new film. They will even have Godzilla on their website! Wow! Don't get crazy, now!
Really, how has this line survived with so little love from its manufacturer?
But it's an interesting interview, and I'd highly recommend reading through it over at TK.
Photo by Eric Gibson
Source: Toho Kingdom
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.
More SHMA goodness from Toho Seesaa. This time, it's photos and a video of the upcoming Godzilla 2000 in the S.H. MonsterArts line from Bandai-Tamashii Nations. G2k got a holographic display, showing him being hit with missiles in front of a flaming city. Expect Godzilla 2000, in January of 2014.
Hit the jump for the full gallery. You can also download the video in 720p, here.
Tamashii Nations has revealed their latest MonsterArts figures at the Summer Wonder Fest which includes Yuji Sakai's Godzilla 2000 maquette version and Mothra 1992 adult imago form. They look amazing along side with Battra! Does anyone see that huge & amazing Tokyo SOS diorama in the background? More photos after the jump!
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.
Whoo! Go, Import Monsters! They posted three more photos of Tamashii's upcoming SH MonsterArts Biollante from their Akiba showroom. We get a great look at the base of the figure, and she is looking every bit as glorious as the X-Plus rendition.
It looks like they're also displaying that 12" Perfect Model Godzilla we've heard very little about. Maybe we'll finally get a price and release date, soon since they keep showing him with Biollante.
Source: Import Monsters
With Biollante shipping in Japan, it's time for 2chan users to post some first impressions. Check out the full gallery after the jump for some informative and obscure photos of Tamashii's recently released S.H. MonsterArts Biollante.
It's about time! While Bandai Japan likes to pair their upcoming SH MonsterArts Biollante with the Perfect Model Godzilla, Bluefin did right by all of us and threw the SHMA Godzilla in the ring with our beautiful rose at their booth.
Tamashii Nations has shown off their next piece in the SH MonsterArts collection, and it's Kiryu! So, we're skipping a Showa Imago Mothra, and going for a Millennium Mechagodzilla III... or do we just call him Kiryu?
But about that price: yup! He's got an MSRP of 10,290 Yen! I'm happy the exchange rate has dropped that to $100.94 as of this writing. Still, these prices have been climbing all this time, to the chargrin of fans, everywhere. At the very least, if you've been on the fence about picking up an old Chogokin Kiryu, skip it and nab this guy, instead.
The full figure, backpack included, will be available in Japan in September. Looks like it will come with an alternate head, at least for a while. Berserker mode!
Ten Internet points to whoever can get the actual figure into that poster pose shown, above.
Well that took a while! Since its announcement, last October, we've heard nothing about the SHMA Biollante. Finally, we have word from Tamashii Nations that Biollante will make landfall by the end of 2013!
They posted these, yesterday.
Yes we consider Biollante female MrI'mGonnaSendYou50EmailsWithinTheSpanOfAnhour.
Oh good! You've been getting my messages! Follow that up with...
With that said, MonsterArts fans won't have anymore money at the end of this year
So there you have it, folks! We're getting a Biollante from Bandai Tamashii's SH MonsterArts line by the end of the year! Whoo!
Source: Import Monsters
Bandai Tamashii has answered made my dreams come true and skipped the moth to go with a much badder bug! Scans have surfaced showing an SH Monster Arts Imago Battra will be out in Japan in January, 2014. And with a 5,775 yen MSRP, we can expect it to reach the states at around $60. After Biollante and Destroyah, that's a very welcome number.
Battra will only be released online in Japan like Godzilla Jt., but just like Junior, Bluefin will import Battra and distribute him, stateside.
So, the SH MonsterArts Destroyah Evolution set is now shipping. Haven't found any reviews, yet, but the good folks over at 2chan have been posting their impressions and pictures.
Comments are varied. Some are surprised by the small size for what is a relatively high price, but reviews of the figures themselves seem positive. Hey Sach! You going to pick up these guys for review as well?
I've re-hosted some of their images after the jump.
More images! Biollante pre-orders just went live on Bandai Japan's online shop, so she's shown up at other retailers, like ToyFreakz. $240 is a pretty steep price.
Biollante is the largest figure in the MonsterArts lineup, so far. Add on the LED, not to mention the articulation, and it's no wonder she's also the most expensive. She will definitely ship in November, by the way. I'm hoping the is the highest price we will seefor an SHMA figure, but they always find a way to surprise me.
But I think what most people will be happy to see is Biollante's sculpt and pose. Images so far have people up in arms about the length and bulk, or lackthereof, of Biollante's neck. Well, have another look!
That puts me at ease! More images after the jump.
Source: Bandai Japan
Here are some more pics of Tamashii's $100 Mechagodzilla III.
Sorry, but there's no new information to report. Still, it's great to see these shots a little more clearly.
I thought I had enough of Kiryu toys, but wow! Does this one blow the others away! Looks like they got Kiryu spot on this time, with almost no visible gaps from the looks these preview photos. Let's hope the production model will be just as good!
From the looks of it, Tamashii appears to have abandoned the ray/beam accessories, but this 2003 Kiryu does come with some nice extras, including an optional head with red eyes, his pack with back-mounted missile launcher, and arm guns with blade extensions. Oh! And jet boosters on his legs!
Rehosted gallery after the jump!
Biollante just got a magazine spread, and images have surfaced over on the Toy-world forums. And it looks like this guy will run with an MSRP of 2,3100 yen, or about $236 at current rates. We knew she was going to be expensive, but... sheesh!
The SH Monster Arts Biollante is 30cm high, and I want to say she arrives this November. Not sure on that one, but it looks like she will have an LED in her belly, as well. This is the first electronic SHMA figure, right? I've only paid attention to the Godzilla stuff, though.
Looks like Battra will actually have an MSRP of 6,300 yen, not the 5,775 I had previously stated. It still comes in at about $63, so maybe a $65 US price tag when Bluefin brings it here.
Gallery after the jump.
Title says it all! While I'm tired of another Mothra Larva release, this one is by far one of the most detailed ones to date! The thread spray accessory is very neat as well. Too bad it looks like this may be the only accessory with this set. The new Battra larva is just fantastic! We don't get too many Battra Larvas so this is a great treat to the fans! Both Mothra and Battra Larvas look absolutely amazing and fresh from the screen! Really look forward to seeing them in person!
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.
Next in our Sunday SHMA image dump, Mothra and Battra! Mothra will be a web-only figure in Japan, but Bluefin will be releasing her stateside soon after her initial launch in March. Battra will make its way over, early next year, in February.
Battra gallery after the jump.
Variety reports that hot on the heels of Pacific Rim's retail blitz, Legendary has lined up many partners for their upcoming Godzilla reboot! I guess that settles the many, many discussions on the matter of Godzilla back at retail.
We believe that our new theatrical film brings a bold new take on Godzilla that will energize and mobilize fans on a worldwide basis and like never before.
This licensing program is an augmentation of the filmed entertainment experience, and while it will rally the powerful base, Godzilla the movie will introduce a whole new generation of fans to this franchise.
-Joel Chiodi, executive VP, theatrical marketing, Legendary Entertainment
Bandai America will be the primary toy partner, handling small figures and playsets, much like they have been for the past few years. NECA will do gifts and novelties, Bioworld and Trevco are taking on apparel, Rubie's will handle costumes, and Sideshow will be doing statues. To top it off, Jakks Pacific will take on large-scale figures.
That name sound familiar? It should! Jakks aquired Trendmasters, Godzilla's former primary NA toy partner. I must say, I'm quite happy to hear this. Trendmasters, I miss you!
This whole thing comes as something of a surprise. I was sort of expecting a modest toy showing after so many retailers were burned in 1998. While the 98 line was profitable for manufacturers like Trendmasters, retailers were left with many, many products on clearance shelves.
It seems like not only has it been long enough for retailers to get their courage back, but Pacific Rim has helped to energize them. With Comic-con just around the corner, let's cross our fingers for more news on potential collectibles and apparel. It looks like it won't just be X-Plus taking all our money, next year. Start saving!
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
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.
The odds that we'll get a full reveal at today's Legendary panel at 10:45 PST in Hall H are pretty high. Want more evidence? Bandai is teading their Legendary Godzilla sculpt at Comic-Con with some fabric covering the figure.
So maybe we won't only hear about the movie, today, but the collectibles as well! We'll update you as news breaks.
Cross your fingers for a trailer, folks!
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 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!
BBTS has some scans of Bandai Japan's latest Godzilla toy like, the Godzilla Egg Series. Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Gigan, Ghidorah, and Mothra will fold up into egg shapes and transform back into full figures.
The figures arrive in March, and at $14 each, seem rather reasonable. Otherwise, you can try to find them through the usual sources for 800 to 1,000 yen, each.
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!
A magazine page of the new MonsterArts Mothra has surfaced showing the different articulation points of our favorite lepidoptera (science term for moth). You can see the abdomen has articulation points that appear more realistic to the character than what was shown in the film. The legs move and I assume there are articulation with her mandibles, antennae, and mouth. This page doesn't display much of the wing articulation but we've seen those from previous posts.
UPDATE: Tamashii's web page provides official shots of their new Mothra. More after the jump.
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.
Toho.SeeSaa.net recently posted some new SHMA images, and we thought it best to share some! Full gallery after the jump.
Biollante will ship in December and includes an LED to light up her stomach. Don't miss out on the biggest piece, yet, in the SHMA Godzilla line!