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S.H.MonsterArts Biollante Info

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Nov/Dec 2013

The largest Godzilla figure from Tamashii Nations to date, the massive Biollante joins the incredibly detailed S.H. MonsterArts line! Highly requested through consumer feedback, Biollante has finally been approved for release after extensive testing to maintain the quality fans have come to expect in the line. To further insure authenticity, the original creator, Fuyuki Shinada, of the Biollante model used in the “Godzilla vs. Biollante” movie was brought on board to personally plan, sculpt, and approve this piece to create the most accurate articulated Biollante figure ever. Replicating her pulsating core just like the film, the chest area features a special light-up gimmick and light color band that be changed via control switch. S.H.MonsterArts Biollante’s meticulous sculpt detail, massive proportion and thorough articulation at every neck joint allow for realistic portrayal of scenes from the movie. At an astounding 12″, Biollante dwarfs even the mighty King Ghidorah, making her the largest foe Godzilla will ever tangle with.

Every so often, you get a toy you never, ever thought would get made. “Super-articulated Biollante” are three words I never thought would go together. Godzilla vs. Biollante is one of the three Heisei films I really enjoy (my favorite is The Return of Godzilla, followed by Biollante and then Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II), so, despite the $230(!!) price tag, I’m planning to get this figure. This, hopefully, will represent the high-water mark for S.H.MonsterArts in terms of price…I can’t think of any other Toho monsters, at least, that would be this large.

The Godzilla in the image above is the same statue/maquette of the “BioGoji” figure we saw when the Biollante prototype was revealed. The BioGoji suit is my favorite Heisei suit, and I sincerely hope we get a BioGoji SHMA figure to go with Biollante. I’m sure most of you think all Godzilla suits look alike (you kaijuists!), but the BioGoji suit is leaner and more ferocious than the ’94 Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla suit, which is the current “regular” Godzilla available in the S.H.MonsterArts line.

Odds ‘n Ends > The Four Horsemen get a new site, Mordles arrive, Biollante to spring up in November

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  • The Four Horsemen have opened a new website, SourceHorsemen.com. This is the third 4H website (after FantasticExclusive.com and Fourhoursemen.biz – and I can remember at least two iterations of the latter). Hopefully this one provides them with a long-term home.
  • On a related note, you may have noticed in the pic on SourceHorsemen that the Four Horsemen aren’t so “Four” anymore. That’s because Chris Dahlberg evidently left. I don’t know anything about it, but there’s no evidence it was anything but friendly. (And he already has a website – tip ‘o the hat to Poester Dayraven for the tip.)
  • If you’ve joined Club Mordle, then the Mordles are on sale now. You should have received an email with a link to order. The toys will open up to the general public next Friday, June 28 at the ToyFinity store.
  • Gird your wallet, fans of S.H.MonsterArts: Biollante (shown in prototype last October) is coming in late fall. No word on price yet, but $200-$250 wouldn’t surprise me (I’d bet it will end up in the $175-$225 range, though). This is something of a big deal because there really aren’t a whole lot of Biollante toys, and those that exist go for a ton of money these days.

Amazing Hi-Res Pics of S.H.MonsterArts Kiryu

Here are some fantastic hi-res photos of Bluefin Tamashii’s upcoming S.H.MonsterArts Kiryu (a.k.a. Mechagodzilla III) from Godzilla X Mechagodzilla.

Pic of the Day > King Kong vs Godzilla!!! by Jova Cheung

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King Kong vs Godzilla!!! by Jova Cheung

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Ultraseven returns to Ultra-Act, Kiryu joins S.H.MonsterArts

Recent days have brought two new announcements to light that I’m pretty excited about.

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The first is the announcement of a new “renewal” version of the Ultra-Act Ultraseven. While Ultraman is fairly well known to even the most casual pop culture observer, Ultraseven’s eponymous series is actually more fondly remembered in Japan. Bandai has been revisiting the Ultra-Act line to produce newer, better versions of figures they’ve done before, and having done Ultraman, Ultraseven is next on the list. I’ve been watching the series (Amazon) and so far, I have to admit I think Ultraman (Amazon) was a more entertaining show, but I’m only about a third of the way through Ultraseven.

Next up is the next S.H.MonsterArts figure: Kiryu, a.k.a. Mechagodzilla III.

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This one’s a bit of a surprise. Kiryu already had a pretty good Soul of Chogokin figure about ten years ago. I’d been wondering if Bandai would be reluctant to revisit these characters for S.H.MonsterArts for that reason – I guess this answers that question.

The SHMA version will likely be slightly shorter, better articulated, and feature a bit less diecast material than the SOC figure. I never got the SOC one and it goes for big bucks on eBay these days, so I’m more than happy to spend my money (looks like it’ll be about $100) on this version. Kiryu is my second-favorite Mechagodzilla design, so I’m psyched about this reveal. Now all we need is a Kiryugoji (the Godzilla suit from this movie, soon to star in IDW’s Godzilla: Rulers of Earth) to go with him.

I had hoped the next SHMA reveal would be a 1964 Mothra, but with this character, Bandai has shown they’re going to produce figures from all eras.

Pic of the Day > 2012[01]Jan21_[10b]_DSCF0260 [PhotoShop_AutoLevels] [FAVE] by Monster In My Pocket

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Godzilla: Rulers of Earth!

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I try to keep any and all non-toy-related content to a medium around here, but this was just too important.* IDW is rebooting its ongoing Godzilla comicbook for the third time, and this time, they’re taking the fans’ advice to heart by assembling a fan-favorite team of creators.

San Diego, CA (March 13, 2013) – Following Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane‘s run on Godzilla, the fan-favorite creative team of writer Chris Mowry and artist Matt Frank have returned with a new ongoing series kicking off this June, GODZILLA®: RULERS OF EARTH! In the wake of humanity’s war on Godzilla, a host of new monsters will rise up, determined to stake claim on mankind’s greatest asset… the Earth itself!

“While we had a lot of fun with the Godzilla®: Legends series, they were just single issues,” said series writer Chris Mowry. “What we’re doing with this series is giving readers that same focus on monsters that Legends had, while telling stories set in IDW’s established Godzilla universe. Readers can look forward to the return of some of our human cast and the introduction of a number of new ones, but the monster roster is larger than it has ever been, using nearly all of Toho’s film creations to give readers battles never before seen. Many of these monsters having never appeared in the comic book/manga medium, so who better to change that but monster artist extraordinaire, Matt Frank?”

“Whether it be Moguera, Biollante, or Gorosaurus, every Toho fanatic has their own favorite monster,” said series Editor Bobby Curnow. “Now it’s time to see these kaiju in action, and RULERS OF EARTH won’t fail to deliver the goods. It’s been a blast to watch Chris and Matt bring their passion to the page.”

In RULERS OF EARTH, the entire world is opened up to the flying, stomping, smashing terror that can only come from the gnashing fangs, slashing claws, and otherworldly powers of destruction that these giant monsters wield. What will Godzilla do when he’s suddenly not the only giant lizard in our small pond?

The only way to find out is to pick up the gargantuan thrills of GODZILLA®: RULERS OF EARTH when issue #1 crushes comic shops everywhere this June! Not only will RULERS OF EARTH be sporting covers by series artist Matt Frank, but Godzilla fanatics will also be able to find smashing covers byBob Eggleton and comics legend Arthur Adams!

GODZILLA®: RULERS OF EARTH #1 (FC, 32 pages, $3.99). In stores 6/19/13

S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla 1964

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YES.

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.

What I’m Watching for at Toy Fair 2013

So Toy Fair starts today – well, officially it starts tomorrow, but there are two major events today: the Hasbro event, which is going on as I write this, and the Four Horsemen’s Toypocalypse party tonight, which will unveil their Glyos-based Power Lords toys.

Anyway, I thought I’d run through a breakdown of the toy lines I’m keeping an eye on this year:

  • S.H.MonsterArts – Obviously. I suspect there won’t be any new reveals, with the possible exception of Mothra and/or Battra from 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra. Biollante may be there, hopefully with a release date. I’d love to see a SHMA BioGoji (Godzilla as he appeared in Godzilla vs. Biollante), but I think that’s a long shot. Of course, my dream would be to see anything from the 1960s-1970s-era Godzilla films, but Tamashii doesn’t seem to be there yet.
  • Masters of the Universe Classics – I’m not sure if there will be anything left to reveal, but I’ll post my thoughts on anything new.
  • Star Wars Black 6″ – I’m hoping for pics of the other figures – R2D2, the Sandtrooper and Darth Maul. Evidently there will be a Boba Fett SDCC exclusive. If this is the only way to get a Boba Fett for this line and he turns out to be difficult or prohibitively expensive to obtain, I will not collect this line. I just don’t need to deal with that shit in my life.
  • Pacific Rim – My most anticipated movie of 2013 is apparently getting 6″ action figures from NECA. If you could only see how hard I’m crossing my fingers hoping these will look like they’re in scale with S.H.MonsterArts. They’re bleeding. My hunch, though, is that the figures will be a little too tall, since some of them will be as tall as 8″. Still, I am definitely on board for this line.
  • Aliens/Predator – I’m guessing we’ll see some new stuff from NECA. Hoping for more Predator soldiers (Jesse Ventura pleasepleaseplease) and Aliens Marines, and maybe a Ripley, or the Alien Queen.
  • Batman 1966 – The Mattel 6″ figures look quite nice, actually. Entertainment Earth revealed the Riddler and the Penguin, while TNI revealed Batman himself and what the article says is an in-scale 1966 Batmobile that will supposedly retail for $50. I at first thought it was just a re-issue of the Hot Wheels Batmobile, but maybe not…? $50 just seems low for that big a vehicle, but I suppose the Wind Raider was only $45. Anyway, the figures look great and appear to be almost entirely new sculpts, which is a refreshing change of pace for a superhero line from Mattel. I’m not sure whether I’ll be buying these figures or not, but I’m definitely tempted to at least get Batman. The figures will evidently be $16 apiece, which seems surprisingly cheap for a Mattel licensed line with new tooling. It almost makes me wonder if Warner Bros. is subsidizing this for some reason.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – I’ve only been cherrypicking this line, but I will no doubt continue to do so, especially if they start bringing more of the 1980s cartoon and Archie comics characters into the mix. (I still think Bebop and Rocksteady are better designs than Dogpound or Fishface.) A new Ray Fillet, might I suggest…?
  • Power LordsI’m curious to see what the figures look like. I understand entirely why going the Glyos route makes financial sense, but the small size and lack of articulation on the Outer Space Men kept me from really getting into that line, and if Power Lords are presented the same way, I suspect I’ll pass on most of them as well. Truth be told, while I was very fond of the few Power Lords figures I had as a kid, they were never a full-on obsession like Transformers, and my toy budget is going to be tight this year…I’ve got to draw the line somewhere. Okay, forget all that – based on this preview pic at IAT, even if the Power Lords are Glyos-compatible, they don’t look it.

I think that’s it…actually, I feel like I’m forgetting something, but anyway: what are you looking forward to seeing most at Toy Fair this year?

New Pics of S.H.MonsterArts King Kong

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Bluefin Distribution has sent along some photos of S.H.MonsterArts King Kong. He’s due out around April, and will cost 5,775 yen ($67.44).

I have mixed feelings about this figure. I wasn’t a big fan of the Peter Jackson version this figure is based on, but my reasons for not liking it had nothing to do with the creature designs – those were great. The film was just way too long, overwrought, and in scenes like the disgusting ravine attack by the giant insects and worms, overindulgent.

Nonetheless, the Kong design was great and this figure is a must-buy for me. You can read more about the figure here. Pics after the jump!

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