S.H. MonsterArts Kou Kyou Kyoko Godzilla 1989

Since the S.H. MonsterArts line was first announced back in 2011, Bandai has been rolling out some of the best fully-poseable Godzilla figures ever. Later this year, S.H MonsterArts is expanding with it’s first Godzilla figure that features LED lights as well as sound effects and music. This particular figure is based on the design used in the 1989 film Godzilla vs. Biollante. The trailer above goes through all of the important details but if you’re interested in picking one up, and aren’t scared off by the near $200 price tag, head over to the Big Bad Toy Store to pre-order this beast.

S.H. MonsterArts will also be releasing a new figure based on Godzilla’s form in the 2001 film Giant Monsters All-Out Attack as well as his newest incarnation from this summer’s Godzilla Resurgence.

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Bandai’s New S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla

Bandai has begun its full-scale campaign leading up to the release of the highly anticipated new S.H. MonsterArts action figure line. The new series will focus upong highly-detailed and articulated figures based on Toho’s Godzilla film series. The first wave of figures is focusing upon the 1990’s Hesei Godzilla films and is launched by a figure of Godzilla’s design from 1994’s Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla.

To lead up to the line’s launch in November, Bandai has begun a new series of short films that will premiere on the 1st of each month that uses stop-motion to showcase all of the new figures. The first one is available to view on Bandai TV’s official site here.

This new Godzilla figure looks completely amazing and I am especially enchanted by the add-on pieces that allow for the effect of Godzilla and his various opponents using their various special abilities. I’m excited to see how the rest of this line turns out!

From the original article on Crunchyroll News.

Tamashii Festival 2011 Godzilla Figure Images

At Bandai’s recent Tamashii Festival in Japan this year we got a new look at the upcoming line of highly articulated Godzilla action figures.

As seemed apparent in the earlier images of the series, this line of figures will be primarily focusing on the Hesei series of Godzilla films from 1984 to 1995.

You can see more pictures from the upcoming Godzilla sets as well as upcoming models and figures from other franchises such as Mobile Suit Gundam in the original Tamashii Festival article over at Gundam Guy.

At the moment the S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla figure will be released in November 2011. The Mecha-Godzilla figure pictured above will be released in December.

This series of figures also includes some very cool bonus pieces including beam ‘attacks’ and a special Tamashii Web Shop exclusive item that includes extra attack effects and a whole squadron of tanks and planes; even including the Super-X I from The Return of Godzilla! The web exclusive set is also scheduled for December.

Figures of Space Godzilla as well as Moguera and the Garuda were also shown but have as of yet no scheduled release dates.

Based on the November/December schedule for the first few figures I would expect for the others in the series to arrive throughout 2012.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Anime Project Announced

This month’s issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Gundam Ace magazine announced that Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga adaptation of the original Mobile Suit Gundam television series entitled Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin would itself be adapted into animation.

Yasuhiko was a character designer and animation director on director Yoshiyuki Tomino’s 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam television series and has also worked on many other Gundam projects; his most recent contribution being character design work on the ongoing Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn OVA series.

The announcement does not mention whether this adaptation of The Origin manga will be a film, OVA, or television series, stating only that a ‘anime project’ has begun (much like how the new Berserk and Rurouni Kenshin ‘anime projects’ have recently been announced). This month’s issue of Gundam Ace also celebrated the 10th anniversary and final chapter of Yasuhiko’s The Origin manga.

This announcement comes just a few weeks after Bandai announced Mobile Suit Gundam AGE television series for children. This new project clearly seems geared towards older fans of the franchise and will hopefully be more warmly recieved than Gundam AGE’s announcement.

Personally, I feel as though The Origin will take form as a film series as Gundam AGE will be airing in October on television and Gundam Unicorn has a firm hold on the direct-to-video market.

Only time will tell though and I for one am looking forward to this new interpretation of Yoshiyuki Tomino’s masterpiece. Also, I would love to know if Tomino has anything to do with this new project, and if he doesn’t, how he feels about this new project.

Gundam AGE Promotional Video & Announcement

Bandai announced the newest television series entry in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise two weeks ago. If I was ten I probably would think that this is totally badass. Otherwise this seems like a sensible marketing decision as Sunrise is still in the middle of releasing Gundam Unicorn which is clearly aimed at the older fans. Gundam AGE is scheduled to air in October, hopefully arriving around the same time as the 4th episode of the Gundam Unicorn OVA series.

Here is the official synopsis for the series:

Is been several hundred years since mankind had migrated into space, living inside space colonies. Wars on earth had long ended, and the world seems to be in a peaceful era.  But this peace is about to crumble.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 101

An UE (Unknown Enemy) suddently appears, they attack and destroyed the space colonly [Angel].  This disaster is known as the ‘Sunset of the Angel’, and the peace on earth was replaced with war & despairs.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 108

As the war with UE rages on, the once peaceful space colony [Ovan] was invaded by these unknown enemies.  Frit Asuno (7 yrs old boy) lives on this colony with his mother.  When the aliens invaded, his mother was killed.  Before she die, she uploaded her memory onto the AGE Device and gave it to her son.  And with this device, Frit will be able to pilot the ancient mobile suit Gundam.

A.G. (Advanced Generation) Year 115

Frit is now 14 years old, living in the space colony [Nora], stationed in the Earth Federal Military Base [Arinsuton].  Seven years had passed since he inherited the Gundam, and through years of research, he was able to engineer & completes the revolutionary AGE system for the Gundam (Gundam AGE-1), which is able to self evolved thru combat experience.

The time had finally came when the UE attacks [Nora], and now the 14 yrs old Frit will fight them with the Gundam.. can he overcome such a formidable adversary?

From Gundam Model Kits & Figures.

New Godzilla Figure Series Announced

More evidence has just been uncovered helping prove that 2011 is indeed the greatest year ever witnessed by humankind.

This most recent piece of evidence comes again from Japan at Tamashii Features 2011. Tamashii Features is the personal toy show for Japan’s largest toy company, Bandai.

It was announced at this year’s Tamashii Features that a new line of Godzilla action figures would be released this fall. This would be the first major line of figures for Godzilla since the series of toys released for the 2004 film Godzilla Final Wars. The first wave of figures all focus upon the 1990’s Hesei series of films including Godzilla and Mecha Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), Moguera from Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994), and Burning Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995). The new figures all seem to be about seven inches tall, are highly detailed, and are all super-articulated.

If the initial wave of figures this fall sell well Bandai will be releasing more characters from the older films as well. At the moment, there is also no word on how much each figure will cost.

From It’s All True.