This is what I’ve been waiting for since S.H.MonsterArts was first announced – a figure not from the 1990s era of Godzilla films, but from the 1960s-1970s – the ones I grew up on. And this is my second-favorite Godzilla design (after the one from King Kong vs. Godzilla). This is Godzilla as he looked in Mothra vs. Godzilla as well as the next film, Ghidrah: The Three-Headed Monster.
This figure was supposed to revealed at Toy Fair in NYC this week, but the sculptor, Yuji Sakai, requested it for Japan’s Wonderfest instead.
Let me give you some perspective on how excited I am for this figure. It was after I started collecting S.H.MonsterArts that I began picking up the occasional Ultra-Act figure as well. I knew they didn’t really work, scale-wise, with the existing S.H.MonsterArts monsters; the 1990s monsters stood 80-100 meters tall, whereas the 1960s Godzilla and Ultraman were only in the 40-50 meter range. But I hoped that, eventually, we would get an S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla from the ’60s, and then I could pit an in-scale, super-articulated Godzilla vs. an in-scale, super-articulated Ultraman. Yes, I collected some (rather expensive) Ultra-Act figures based on nothing but a supposition that I might, eventually, be able to create non-canonical crossover displays.
And yet, with every new S.H.MonsterArts reveal, I became more and more doubtful we would ever see a Showa-era monster. And then came this figure, like a big bolt of blue radioactive energy from the sky.
I haven’t been this excited for a reveal since Mezco’s comic-based Hellboy figures. In some ways I feel like all my collecting, throughout my entire life, has been leading up to this. Does that seem crazy? It seems crazy. But I think it might be true, too.
I’m guessing G ’64 will be available in August, based on the current SHMA schedule (unless it’s pre-empted by Biollante, but I’m not even sure Tamashii is going to produce that figure). I’ve been ordering most of my S.H.MonsterArts figures via American retailers like Amazon, but I will not be capable of waiting for this guy, so I’ll be getting him from a Japanese site in order to have him as soon as possible.
Big tip of the hat to Import Monsters for first breaking this reveal.
Also came across this pic to show the size – it’s more or less the same height as the other SHMA figures.