S.H.MonsterArts Destoroyah Hi-Res Pics

In 1995, Godzilla died. As Toho anticipated handing off their Godzilla franchise to America as a brand-new blockbuster franchise (and yeah, we all know how that turned out), they decided to bid farewell to their beloved radioactive dinosaur by giving him a going-away party called Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. The film included many references to the original film, including the origin of its villain, Destoroyah – a demonic creature formed by prehistoric crustaceans mutated by the weapon that killed the original Godzilla, the Oxygen Destroyer.

With Burning Godzilla already on the way, it was only a matter of time before Tamashii unveiled the S.H.MonsterArts Destoroyah. He’s absolutely massive – the largest SHMA figure to date – and will cost around $150 (suddenly I’m collecting something getting up into the Hot Toys range…I basically have no non-MOTUC, non-SHMA toy budget at this point).

It looks like he won’t come with any accessories, no doubt due to the already-high price, but Tamashii recently unveiled the “Crab Aggregate” and “Flying Aggregate” Destoroyah forms at an event for Godzilla’s birthday; they will probably be Web exclusives, but available via U.S. retailers.] You can pre-order Destoroyah at BBTS, and Amazon should have him fairly soon too.

While I’m not a huge fan of the Heisei series of Godzilla films, I do like a few of the monster designs from this era, and Destoroyah is one of them. While ostensibly a giant mutant crustacean, Destoroyah looks more like a demon – an intriguing notion since Toho once had a concept for a movie called Godzilla vs. the Devil. [Apparently not.]

Anyway, enough preamble – on to the pics!

 

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  • so, as an industry, when do you think the US companies will get the understanding of how much they can charge the collector market for toys that meet our perception of value? looking at some of the imports, and some of the 3rd party products getting made these days, they're charging prices that the US bigs think we won't pay… where their understanding is flawed is, we'll pay 150, 200, even 600 bucks for a huge awesome toy, but it has to look like it's worth it. hasbro has never produced a former that looked as good as the TFC hercules, for example, so of course they can't entice TF fans to drop 600 bones on a single toy. mattel is sweating this grayskull project, people drop that kind of scratch and more quite frequently for dollhouses, but they're intricate, and come w/ lots of stuff… and you can see photos of the dollhouse before you friggin buy it.

    • In the Transformer example, is Hercules really that above and beyond existing Transformers – or just finally sized to what people want in a Devastator?

      I think Sideshow has it figured out – they know their market well. It becomes a question of them getting the licenses to something like Transformers and releasing the items in the same manner they (and Hot Toys and Tamashii) have already done.

      • it's not just size, hercules is loaded in articulation, complete w/ clicky joints, and by all accounts, he's a high grade plastic, so he very durable.

        but like you say, tfc is far from the only company selling big scale pieces at high end prices. sideshow and hot toys do feature larger scale pieces than like hasbro or mattel, and they include requisite accessories and sometimes even cool dio pieces, but they're charging way more than 20 dollars a pop… while tg insists "the era of the 6 inch figure is over" because he can't sell motucs for 25 bucks next year… that's because they suck, having a shelf full of 125 guys who essentially look the same is boring as all hell, especially at that price tag. motucs redeeming feature thusfar has been the physical durability of the toys, and the occasional fully packed fig who actually came w/ all the stuff a 20 dollar buck figure should come with (man at arms, fisto, trap jaw).

        on the one hand, it has been 4 year since the start of the line, and the price jump is logical, but the 25 dollar figs don't even appear to offer anything the 20 dollar ones didn't… mattel fails badly at perception of worth.

        • The Hercules example was something that has stuck in my mind, because I don't think I expressed my point properly.
          I've handled the figure at a friend's house, and it is a solid piece of engineering and plastic…BUT, generally, not that much different than many other Transformers one can purchase. Hasbro definitely COULD have made this figure. They are more limited by what the mass-market is telling them it wants – toys that fit into a pricepoint.
          And that's where my question comes in – are we limited in our acceptance of "high-end" when it comes to licenses that we have already had cheaply?

          I can understand this Godzilla as a $50 hyper-articulated figure scenario. It takes a lot for me to not buy one at the local toy shop. But what is a "high-end" Transformer? If you gave Hercules and a Leader-Class figure to someone who had no idea about toys, would they be able to tell the difference? Botcon stuff is like that too – here's a figure with a hundred more paint apps, at 10X the price! What would a high-end 6 inch figure be? If every MOTUC had a unique sculpt, would people want them more?
          It amuses me that when the price goes up super-high, we either get Sideshow statues, Hot Toys stuff that is movie realistic but not as much a toy but poseable statue (based on reviews from Crawford, etc that talk about fragility), 3rd party TF that could be retail releases, and Botcon-style repaints (Gi Joe club is selling their exclusive figures for around $25 each – for Gi Joes!).

          I don't know if this makes much more sense than when I started. The issue is a vague one to me. I balk at a $10 Hasbro figure, but give me a 4HM OSM figure for double the price with half the articulation and I'm in.

  • Poe, I think you and I have the same life-long fondness for Godzilla. I'm resisting this line so far, but just barely. I would have killed to have had these figures as a little poet. I spent numerous hours making dozens of tiny buildings out of paper and tape (complete with drawn-in windows on all four sides), just so my yamkatsu '62 Zilla and '75 MechaG could crush the bujeezus out of them. God help me if SHFA ever announces Jet Jaguar.

  • A Monsterarts Jet Jaguar would be f***ing incredible.

    As for Destroyah… man, I knew Godzilla was going to die in that movie years before I was able to see it (I had the Godzilla Compendium that described the then-unreleased Godzilla films). Still cried when I finally got to see it. Damn that warbly-voiced chick singing in the background…

    I really love Destroyah. He looks incredibly mean, also really fat and spikey.

    I don’t get what happened to Japanese monsters in the 90s- seems like they had to have at least two different forms under penalty of law. Maybe they just wanted to sell more toys of the same character…

    • Huh. Interesting. If Tanaka denied it, I suppose we have to consider it untrue, but that's a pretty weird rumor to form out of nothing…