The Godzilla Store is releasing the Limited Edition Godzilla 2020 Desk Calendar, the calendar features Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah from different films. It features a design that allows to flip the calendar and image parts separately, overall size is 13cm tall and 18cm wide, the calendar itself is 11.5cm wide and the image 6.5cm wide, and it retails for 1,200 yen. It can currently be ordered on the Godzilla Store site.
DeAgostini is releasing the Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla Diorama Set - Battle of Adonoa Island, a resin diorama depicting the scene which Godzilla and Rodan fight over the egg. The prototype was by Kenichi Matsumoto, with supervision by Dream Planet Japan/Keiichi Sakura, Godzilla is approx 14cm tall, Rodan can be placed in two locations, and Godzilla, Rodan and the egg can be removed from the diorama. The diorama is approx 30cm wide, 15.5cm deep, and 19.5cm tall, and will retail for 40,000 yen (approx $366 US). It can be pre-ordered now from DeAgostini now with release scheduled for May 2020.
Marusan has announced their December 2019 releases including Classic Godzilla 350, Mechagodzilla 450, Hedorah Crawling version, and Pegila 450 from Ultraman. The Godzilla is green with gold spray and silver glitter, stand approx 22cm tall, and will retail for 11,000 yen. Mechagodzilla is is a blank black figure with removable head and brain head, stands 30cm tall, and will retail for 13,200 yen. Hedorah is a "test" blank version, is 30cm in size, and retails for 13,200 yen. Pegila is pink with blue highlights stands 30cm tall, and retails for 17,600 yen. Mechagodzilla, Pegila, and Godzilla will have an initial run of ten (but there may be more available), all but Pegila set are available in Japan only (but one can use a buying service), all will be released December 2019.
The Godzilla Store is releasing the Classic Godzilla 350 Showa Revival Figure, this figure was the first vinyl Godzilla figure originally made in 1966, and original made by hand by Marusan. This version is being released to celebrate the Godzilla Store's 3rd anniversary, it stands 22cm tall and will retail for 7,700 yen. It can be pre-ordered now with release late Dec 2019.
The Godzilla Store is has released the Limited Edition Movie Monster Series Godzilla 1954 Retro Blue Version, the third version of the 1954 Movie Monster figure made by Bandai. The other versions are the standard version, and the limited edition Poster Version (both below), the main difference with all is the paint schemes. This figure is 15.5cm tall, it retails for 2,700 yen (the standard is 2,200 yen), and they all are available now from The Godzilla Store and may be available from international retailers like BBTS.
Bandai is releasing the High Grade D+ 2 (HG D+) Godzilla Gashapon Figures, the four figures that are being released in series 2 are, Godzilla 1989, Biollante, Hedorah 1971, and Mechagodzilla (Kiryu). Each figure comes with a base, and they stand approx 3.5 inches tall. The set of 4 should retail for approx $20 US (500 yen each), and should be available later this month, November.
We at Kaiju Battle like a range of figures for our personal collection, like many other fans, below we have our review of the Diamond Select Toys Godzilla Vinimates and a bonus review of the Godzilla 1974 Bank, special thanks to Diamond for these items.
Recently Diamond Select Toys released their first wave of Godzilla Vinimates figures, Godzilla 1954, Godzilla 1999, and Mechagodzilla 1974. These figures are similar to other Vinimates toys, and to a lesser extent Minimates toys, basic small figures with a slightly boxy look, and they stand four inches tall. The two Godzillas are very similar but are actually different sculpts except for the legs and arms, the only articulation on each is the head and the tail which I was surprised since there are seems on both the arms and legs. Mechagodzilla has only articulation for its head the reason for this is with both Godzillas you have to attach the tail (do to package size), which was not easy even with trying to heat it, Mechagodzilla comes fully assembled, note these are solid hard vinyl figures and despite their size are fairly heavy. The sculpts are pretty good for basic figures and the paint apps were good as well with almost no bleed. These figures are aimed at the younger crowd that collect POP! figures and such but adult collectors will like these too if you're into these type of figures.
After the first wave of Godzilla Vinimates Diamond announced the Halloween Comicfest Vinimates and NYCC exclusive Vinimate, the Comicfest ones are GID Godzilla 1954 and Shadow Mechagodzilla, the NYCC version is GID Mechagodzilla. The Comicfest figures are the same sculpt as the regular versions the difference on Godzilla is GID paint for the eyes, claws on the hand and feet, and his fins (which glow fairly well but need natural light to reach their full brightness), Mechagodzilla features a dark color scheme that is reversed light to dark from the regular figure. Like the regular figures the sculpts and paint apps are good, these are a little more collectible do to them being exclusive for Comicfest. We don't have the NYCC version but it is the same Mechagodzilla sculpt as the others. As we said above these appeal more to the younger crowd but are cool for adult collectors too.
Bonus review, a while back Diamond released a series of Godzilla based banks, two versions were available full figure and bust versions of Godzilla (multiple versions), Jet Jaguar, Rodan, Mechagodzilla, and King Ghidorah. Here we have the Godzilla 1974 full figure bank, these banks are very similar to other larger vinyl figures being hollow inside, they feature a coin slot on the back (Godzilla's is on the right side of his fins), the figure is fully assembled with only the head being removable to get the coins out. The sculpt and paint apps are good but these are not going to get mistaken for X-Plus vinyls anytime soon, but based on their retail being a lot cheaper they are a great poor man's replacement. They are still great figures nonetheless and since the coin slots are on the back most would not even realize they are banks, these can help built out anyone's collection and proudly.
Bandai is releasing Godzilla x glamb fashion merchandise including t-shirts, iPhone cases, jacket, and waist bag (fanny pack). The t-shirts are 100% cotton and come in multiple styles, sizes (including a kids shirt), and prints including a unique cut & sew design in which they cut apart and piece back together the shirt with different parts. The iPhone cases are for a few different versions and come in different prints. The jacket is a military style jacket, 100% polyester, and comes in multiple sizes. The waist bag is leather featuring a interesting Godzilla face design (his mouth is the zipper), with an adjustable strap. These items range from 3,850 yen (kids t-shirt) up to 38,500 yen (jacket and bag). Check out Bandai's fashion page for all these items. These are also available from The Godzilla Store.
X-Plus has announced the 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1984 Shinjuku Subcenter Battle Version figure based on the climatic battle with Super X. This figure is 29cm tall and 48cm in length, the Ric verson features a light up gimmick for his fins. The Ric will retail for 29,150 yen, the standard for 27,500 yen, it can be pre-ordered now from X-Plus, Bandai, The Godzilla Store for the Ric and other retailers for the standard, it is scheduled for release in Feb 2020.
Also check out an interview with Yuji Sakai from the X-Plus site below with production images.
The “Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection” series is based on Yuji Sakai ’s garage kit brand “Godzilla Dream”, who is famous as a male of Godzilla modeling. Based on his strict supervision, love and commitment is stronger than anyone else, and commercializes his high-quality prototype and paint reproduction.
Q. Yuji Sakai's latest collection “Godzilla (1984) Shinjuku Subcenter Decisive Battle” has finally started to be booked. Please tell us when this prototype was made with the motif of the scene.
Mr. Yuji Sakai (hereinafter, Mr. Sakai): This work was unveiled as a new garage kit at the Wonder Festival in the summer of 2017.
In this movie's climax, the scene where Godzilla confronting Super X isn't moving but closes its mouth and makes it look cool, and I've always wanted to make it three-dimensional.
No.1 suit and No.2 suit exist in 84 Godzilla, there is a difference in the arrangement of the dorsal fin and the head, the No.2 suit is used for Godzilla in this scene.
The 84 Godzilla, the origin of the Heisei VS Series, was reproduced based on precious materials based on treasured valuable materials, including the posterior arrangement and shape of the No. 2 suit as well as posing.
The biggest dorsal fin in the center is actually only 84 Godzilla, and it is not used at all in the later Biogoji suits. I would like you to pay attention to that area.
Q. Sakai-san's 84-year-old Godzilla is only 30cm in length. I heard that the resin kit was very popular, but I was really looking forward to making this Godzilla soft vinyl.
Mr. Sakai: 84 Godzilla has been shaped with 20 cm, bust and Godzilla complete works so far, but I always wanted to make it with a powerful 30 cm size, so I was happy when I was able to announce it at the summer festival in summer 2017 is.
Whenever we present a new work at Wonfes, we always devise the height, angle, lighting, and background of the exhibition so that those who come to see it can understand the concept of the work.
In this 84 Godzilla, I wanted to get a lot of cool pictures from customers, so I placed a photo of Shinjuku at night in the background, but many people took pictures and tweeted coolly. It was popular.
I am very happy to announce that this work can be delivered as a soft vinyl finished product this year, which is the 35th anniversary of the release of the "Godzilla" movie in 1984.
Q. Mr. Sakai selects items for our products that are released each time, recreates the shape, supervises coloring, etc. Please tell us the points that you were particularly particular about this Godzilla.
Mr. Sakai: In producing the coloring sample this time, we reviewed and verified various 84 Godzilla documents at that time and colored them with a focus on newly discovered items.
Speaking of the dorsal fin, the color was a pearl paint that was bluish in the material at the time, so that color was reproduced.
Q. The limited edition is illuminated and the dorsal fin emits light.
Mr. Sakai: Yes, the limited edition shines with the dorsal fin of the same light-emitting part as the other Heisei Godzilla and other suits.
Since the scene in the play that became the motif this time is a night scene, I hope that the light emission specification will convey the atmosphere.
Q. Please tell us about our special effects image cuts and shooting.
Mr. Sakai: Every time I witness the shooting. Taking care of all angles, I photographed with the staff and photographers to convey the charm of this 84 Godzilla to customers.
Q. We are working hard to reproduce Sakai's prototype and coloring as much as possible when commercializing this finished soft vinyl product.
Lastly, please give a message to the customer from Mr. Sakai.
Mr. Sakai: In this scene, 84 godzillas in this pose are my favorite Godzilla that I really wanted to build. And above all, I've always wanted to have a finished soft vinyl product, so I am very happy to deliver it to you.
I would be happy if you could select the regular version or the limited version of the dorsal light emission and add it to the collection.
Profile of Yuji Sakai
Born in 1958 Born in Fukushima Prefecture. A monster prototype teacher centered on Godzilla.
Itself has been shaping the garage kit more than 170 installment in the "Yuji Sakai molding workshop" to be presided over
worked many also prototype of figure-model of the leading manufacturer, has a reputation in the reproducibility and biological sense of dynamism and abroad Have many fans.
In 1994, Yamato Takeru worked as a model for Orochi. In 1995, Godzilla VS Destroyer worked as a modeling staff member for Godzilla Junior. In 1999, Godzilla 2000 Millennium modeled as a design work. The work is not limited to modeling, such as modeling.
In recent years, he has been supervising monster modeling at the Eiji Tsuburaya Museum in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture.
His books include “GODZILLA DREAM” and “GODZILLA DREAM evolution” (published by Hobby Japan Co., Ltd.).
CCP is releasing new Godzilla and Hedorah figures as part of there Artistic Monsters Collection. First are two figures, Godzilla and Hedorah, in a Godzilla blue color. Godzilla is standing looking at an angle and Hedorah is the crawling version, Godzilla is 32cm in size Hedorah 30cm in size, they are available as a set or individually. The set is 14,000 yen and the individual figures are 7,000 yen (both before tax) but there is an early order discount from CCP. The other figures are Homage Version Hedorah, featuring a multi colored paint scheme, come in three styles Adult, Landing and Smoke Stack versions, and they are 26cm, 21cm, and 19.5cm tall respectively. They retail for 13,637 yen for the Adult, 9,000 yen for the Landing, and 12,000 yen for the Smoke Stack version. The Homage versions will be released Jan 2020 and the Godzilla Blue versions Feb 2020, all can be pre-ordered from CCP now.