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S.H.Monsterarts Releases Official Photos of their Mecha King Ghidorah! It’s a Collector’s Update!

1000091247_7Did we mention it comes with Dorats? Because it does.

Not just one. But all three.

Which, by the way, sums up how I feel about this line in its entirety. Who needs a highly articulated Titanosaurus or GMK Goji when you can have four of the same Godzillas and Dorats? Am’I’riiiiigh’!?

Sorry, I’m done. To their credit, the figure looks absolutely stunning and superbly sculpted – as we’ve come to expect. Unfortunately we’ve also come to expect fragility from these high-priced figures, so we’ll see if they’ve addressed that issue.

Honestly, this figure and its unforgivably stupid little dorat pals hail from one of the very few G-Films I have a genuine distaste for. Its basically just Godzilla vs King Ghidorah…. and FInal Wars, if that tells you anything. Which is should. It should tell you everything.

They did manage to shovel in a pretty neat set of accessories. Besides Dorats, of course. MKG’s super-shocky grappling hooks are included with the boxed product, and as you can see below they look pretty damn cool. Aside from the fact that MKG as a “character” doing absolutely zero for me, you do have to give credit to all of the masterful kaiju designs in this film, and the way that SHMA has delivered them so faithfully. Again, the Dorats killed any hope of the Heisei Era’s KIng Ghidorah rising to the same grandness as his golden showa grandaddy, but I’ll be damned if the suit execution (along with the Big G and MKG here) wasn’t absolutely incredible to behold.

You want to see more, yes? Import Monsters has the full gallery up, which you can view by clicking their name in this sentence, or any of the photos in this article.

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Enjoy those Dorats, fandom!

Jon @ UnCanny

Legendary’s GODZILLA 2 Gets an Official Release Date! SKREEONK Announces The ‘Kaiju Watcher’s Federation’!

Hey everyone! Jon @ UnCanny here with some good news, some awesomeness, and a tad bit o’ bad news.

KWF1Legendary’s GODZILLA 2 will officially hit our eyeballs on June 8, 2018. You read that right… 2018. Although it is great to get confirmation that Edwards will indeed return to direct after he finishes up his solo Star Wars spin-off, its kinda crazy to think that we wont see the sequel for four more years. Better to have it late than not at all, right? The sequels are said to include Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah – so whats not to be excited about? I’m guessing we are going to see a lot more kaiju action the second time around, and a little less teasing.

In commemoration of this announcement, and just in pure excitement for the continuation of the series, SKREEONK.com would like to officially announce the arrival of the Kaiju Watcher’s Federation! The KWF will focus on the Kaiju, events, and people of the Legendary G-Verse. Think of it as a database treating the new incarnations of our favorite giant monsters as the real deal, just like Edward’s film did. Pretty cool, eh? We thought so! Click the screencap below or the link above to check it out:

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There’s huge potential for fan involvement with the Kaiju Watcher’s Federation – and its just getting started. So make sure to stay tuned and check the KWF for constant updates!

Visit the new site and let us know what you think! Until next time, true believers!

Jon @ UnCanny

X-Plus Ghidorah! Bandai! Blu Rays! It’s a Collector’s Update!

Jon @ UnCanny here! Hope everyone’s having a nice relaxing Sunday, or what not.

Both SDCC and Wonderfest just brought us a ton of toy news, not to mention the surplus of HD Blu Ray releases hitting this fall. I’ve been swamped with new merchandise, so I figured it was time for a new Collector’s Update! Lets get down to it, shall we?

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We’ll start off strong. Just look at it. My God(zilla). Get your extra kidney all boxed up and ready to ship to the black market because X-Plus is hitting us with the crown jewel we’ve all been waiting for: X-Plus 25cm Vinyl King Ghidorah!  This gorgeous piece has literally been a decade in the making, and is slated for release “later this year”. Regardless of price I’ll be pre-ordering one of these bad boys. I guarantee you after their initial release these things will become impossible to find and extremely overpriced. Can’t wait!

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Photo courtesy of the Ric-Boy Twitter Feed!

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Different angle thanks to SciFiJapan.com!

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Hazawa Gumi is hitting us with a brand new sculpt for the 60th anniversary, and what better suit to celebrate with than the original Big G. Preorders for this fantastic 6″ Hazawa Gumi Godzilla 1954 are taking place now in Japanese markets.

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Some American G’14 merchandise for yah! Bandai is releasing this nicely posed and wonderfully sculpted vinyl into the US market this fall. This seems to be the Bandai Creation Godzilla 2014, and will more than likely be in standard 6″ scale. More on this soon!

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Speaking of G’14, SDCC brought us a big reveal – The Sideshow Legendary Godzilla statue. This thing is a beast, standing over a foot tall – complete with dynamic pose. Still no official word on their release date.

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Really looking forward to this one! You can order this book directly from your favorite online Japanese hobby site as of July 26th!

FROM SCI FI JAPAN: 

Hobby Japan will release Artworks of Yasushi Torisawa -The Attack of Toho Monsters- (酉澤安施画集 東宝怪獣大進撃!, Torisawa Yasushi Gashuu Toho Kaijuu Daishingeki!) in Japan on July 26th.

Born in Aomori Prefecture in 1962, Yasushi Torisawa is a designer for special effects franchises such as the Godzilla, Ultraman, Super Sentai and GARO series. His recent works include GIANT MONSTER RUSH: ULTRA FRONTIER (大怪獣ラッシュ ウルトラフロンティア, Daikaijuu Rasshu Urutorafurontia) and GARO: MAKAI NO HANA (牙狼〈GARO〉-魔戒ノ花-, 2014). Torisawa’s kaiju sketches and full color illustrations are also an ongoing feature of the special effects magazine Uchusen.

Artworks of Yasushi Torisawa -The Attack of Toho Monsters- offers a collection of Torisawa’s Toho kaiju cover art and pinups plus a selection of never-before-published works, all printed in high-resolution.

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Publisher: Hobby Japan
Language: Japanese
Size: A4
ISBN: 978-4798608495
Release Date: July 26, 2014
Price: ¥3,000 (Approximately $29.60 US)

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No images as of yet, but Hobby Link Japan has two new Bandai Eggs slated for release in October! Expect photos of the Bandai Burning Godzilla Egg and Destroyah Egg soon! Both are only 800 yen a piece (less than $10 USD)!

Bandai has also released G'14 and MUTO eggs, for those who missed them! Image courtesy of Hobby Link Japan.

Bandai has also released G’14 and MUTO eggs, for those who missed them! Image courtesy of Hobby Link Japan.

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This was, without a doubt, the coolest merchandise surprise we got from SDCC! Toynami is producing a brand new Shogun Warriors Godzilla Tribute figure! This bad boy is incredibly sculpted, incorporating the MosuGoji suit this time around. As you can see in the last photo, it will be every bit as enormous as the original (19 inches tall!) and full of just as much character. The toy has been confirmed to do everything the original was capable of – So expect a rocket fist, fire tongue, and some sweet rollers on the bottom of his feet. Release date has yet to be announced. Too cool!

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Say what you will about the SH Monsterarts line, but one thing they always knock out of the ballpark is the sculpt. In that respect, Bandai Tamashii’s upcoming S.H. Monsterarts Mecha King Ghidorah is sure to please. Rumors are circulating that the metallic parts on this bad boy will be diecast this time around, which would be pretty nifty. All we can hope for is that this lovely figure will be much more sturdy than its previous Ghidorah counterpart. Especially considering the price it is sure to garner. Bandai is expected to release this guy online in November of this year.

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Photo courtesy of Bandai Tamashii’s Facebook feed.

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Wonderfest also brought us another incredible X-Plus surprise, and that is this incredible Yuji Sakai sculpted X-Plus 30cm Godzilla 1989! This sculpt was teased in one of his books about a year ago, and it looks as if we will finally be seeing its release at the end of this year. His name carries weight, as this figure currently sits at an opening sale price of 29,700 yen – which is about $300 USD.

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We’ve all seen these guys by now, but here are some newer production shots just to remind you of the good… and the very bad. NECA’s Godzilla 1994 looks great, especially for the considerably lower price than its SHMA counterparts. Their G’85, on the other hand, looks like this…

 

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All images of NECA Godzilla figures courtesy of Toho Kingdom.

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Youch. Honestly the body isnt all that bad, but that head and muzzle sculpt is enough to make any G-Fan cringe. To make things a bit easier on you, here’s a new shot of the great G’94:

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Here we have our come-to-be traditional list of Kaiju Blu Ray releases from Amazon. I’ve pasted together a preview of all the upcoming releases, including their pricing and release dates from Amazon. You’re welcome!

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Last but certainly not least, we have all of Diamond’s upcoming X-Plus Wave 6 & 7 releases! Our very own John Stanowski of Kaiju Addicts has posted a full lowdown on the latest from Diamond at SDCC, so be sure to check that entire article out by clicking the graphic below! Or CLICK HERE TO READ JOHN’s FULL WRITE UP ON DIAMOND’s X-PLUS RELEASES!

Photo Courtesy Will Wang.

Photo Courtesy Will Wang.

 

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Can you believe the news we’ve been hit with this weekend? Its been insane! I cannot think of a more exciting time to be a G-Fan. Make sure and like us on Facebook to come join in the convo and receive daily updates in your news feed!

Until next time, True Believers!

 

Jon @ UnCanny

Straight From SDCC: Legendary Confirms Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah for GODZILLA Sequels!

UPDATE 07/26/14: Looks like Legendary is bringing us a little film called SKULL ISLAND on November 4th, 2016 as well!

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Original article: Guys…. Its happening! I am all over the place with excitement right now! Legendary has confirmed via Twitter just who we will see in the sequels! Read on below the official tweets for more!

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What does this all mean, exactly? This sounds to me like we will be indeed treated to much of Toho’s most famous roster within the sequels at large – rather than cramming these three in the direct sequel. I would expect to see these guys peppered throughout a trilogy – Perhaps with Ghidorah coming in as the finale we’ve all been dreaming of?

Think less of this as an announcement for a GMK type sequel, and more Legendary confirming that they’ve got the rights for our favorite Toho monsters to be included in all subsequent sequels. To me, that is an infinitely better scenario. It means we’ve got the possibility for an entirely new branch of US Goji films, all featuring both our favorite kaiju and brand new ones like the MUTOs!

Apparently footage was screened as well, but nothing has turned up online yet – not even a description. We may very well see these three in a the second film, but only time will tell. If that’s the case, we may be getting a remake of Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster! This is all absolutely incredible. I expected a tidbit of news, but this far exceeds expectations! I am still holding out for Anguirus, but only time will tell.

More on this very soon! Let the speculation commence!!!

 

Jon @ UnCanny

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Hail To The King’ Documentary is Funded! Help Make it Even Better!

Evening, fandom! Jon @ UnCanny here with some very exciting news for all us Westerners, as well as an exclusive interview with our pal Kyle Yount of Kaijucast!

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Kyle has been hard at work on his upcoming documentary Hail To The King! Recently, the project was fully funded on kickstarter – but this is such an amazing opportunity that we want to keep the ball rolling! If their secondary goal is met, not only will Kyle be filming a Godzilla documentary for all of us in Japan, but kaiju photographer extraordinaire David E. Dopko will be traveling with to photograph the incredible journey as well! Sound awesome? Thats because it is!

For those of you unaware of Kyle’s fantastic project, here’s the jist from the main kickstarter page:

displays2014 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Godzilla, the world’s most famous movie monster. Around the globe, people are celebrating this momentous occasion in many different ways, but no one honors Godzilla better than his homeland of Japan. The Big Godzilla Special Effects Exhibition will display original props, suits, production art and memorabilia in one centralized location – and it’s only on display in Tokyo for two weeks. Exhibits like these are rarely seen by westerners and only a small fraction of the English speaking world has ventured to the land of the rising sun to view them. They return home with tales and photos of movie history and have had them published in fan magazines and on websites for decades. But with recent advances in technology, we can now share these stories and images in beautiful high definition.

If successfully funded, Kyle Yount, the host of the Kaijucast will travel to Japan to document the Big Godzilla Special Effects Exhibition and interview key members from Godzilla’s sixty-year history. The images and footage collected will be edited into a feature length documentary that will be available on YouTube titled Hail to the King: 60 Years of Destruction. If we meet some stretch goals, this documentary could eventually be available through Video On Demand services.

Kyle’s killer campaign has reached its modest $8,000 dollar goal, and as of this article is at about $14.5k with a whole two weeks left! They’re close to doubling their initial target, and that can only mean more amazing content for us fans. To give you guys a better idea of what your donation will go toward, we had a one-on-one chat with our good pal – The ever awesome Kyle Yount!

Jon @ UnCanny: First off, Congrats on reaching your goal, and super early at that! Can you tell us a bit about what any further funding will go toward?

video_thumbKyle of Kaijucast: Thank you so much, we were doing quite well and then one extremely generous donation pushed us past our goal. I was simply ecstatic about this venture before this backer and now, I am just over the moon with excitement. The documentary, as we laid it out at the beginning of the campaign, was a modest concept – the money from our original goal covered my airfare and hotel, hiring a fantastic camera crew for two days, creating the backer perks and meagerly compensating my US-based team. Now that we have blasted past our original goal and with so much time left in the campaign, I get to set our sights a bit higher. The first thing I just had to get out of the way was hiring the camera crew for another day. That gives us 50% more footage to play around with while editing and more opportunities for interviews as well. I’m happy to report that with our current funding, we can check that box and move onto the next task, more interviews. While every Japanese actor I have ever met is extremely appreciative of their fans, they require a fee if they are going to be in any kind of production. I’m making a short list of Toho actors who I would love the opportunity to interview specifically for this documentary. If the funding continues to pour in and we double our goal, I would love to take a photographer with me to help document this documentary. I have a few more things in mind, but honestly haven’t had the opportunity to find out how achievable those goals actually are – this happened so quickly. I’ve always said that this is a scalable project, I am simply thrilled that we get to scale up!

Jon @ UnCanny: I think we all want to know, now that your adventure is surely a’go-go, what you are most looking forward to documenting upon arrival?

Kyle of Kaijucast: Since this documentary is about the King of the Monsters, the top priority is the Big Godzilla Special Effects Exhibition. It is, of course, the centerpiece of this entire project. The other two locations are the Kaiju Bar (an Ultra-kaiju themed watering hole) and the large Godzilla statue in Roppongi’s Tokyo Midtown Park. Because of the 60th anniversary, Tokyo is hosting several Godzilla displays – so my Tokyo based camera crew is scouting a few more locations that have a kaiju theme. Lastly, and this is for the collectors out there, part of the campaign’s perks involve picking up some kaiju toys for backers at a certain level. I’m absolutely going to be doing some kind of filming at the world-famous Mandarake. I just don’t know which one yet!

Well there you have it, fandom! The man has a plan and the plan is golden, I say! I absolutely cannot wait to see all of this. Hopefully, after reading this – you can’t either!

If you’re interested in backing this terrific project, please pay the kickstarter page a visit by clicking the banner at the top of this article, or simply by clicking these words here. Even something as small as $1 to $5 is generous, and certainly helps. You have twelve whole days left to donate.

Keep on doing what you’re doing, fandom. You guys rock. Thanks for reading and be sure to congratulate Kyle (and David!) on Facebook!

Until next time, true believers!

 

Jon @ UnCanny

Diamond / X-Plus Waves 6, 7 and Beyond!

Hey, John Stanowski from KaijuAddicts.com here to bring you the latest X-Plus news you can use. …or something like that.

DIAMOND/X-PLUS WAVE 6

Diamond Distributors announced last week that X-Plus Re-Issue Wave 6 will include the Toho 12in Series Godzilla 1955 and Anguirus 1955 vinyl figures. These figures will be re-issues of the original Japan releases and will have the same monochrome paint scheme to mimic their looks in the black and white classic Godzilla Raids Again (ゴジラの逆襲), 1955.

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Kaiju Addicts: X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1955 Vinyl Figure.

The Godzilla ’55 figure is about 12 inches tall and is a fantastic likeness of the original suit. This suit was strange in that, I thought, it looked fantastic from the side and forward angles, but then downright goofy from the front. Well, the figure is a deadringer from all angles, good and bad! Check out my X-Plus Godzilla 1955 Vinyl Figure Review on Kaiju Addicts for more.

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Kaiju Addicts: X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Anguirus 1955 Vinyl Figure.

The Anguirus ’55 is rearing up on his hind legs and stands about 10 inches tall and a whopping 19 inches long… and that’s with his tail curled up! This figure is not only a great likeness or the original suit, it’s literally covered with deep texture and individually sculpted spikes. Just… wow!

See more of this figure at my X-Plus 30cm Series Anguirus 1955 Review.

News of Wave 6 comes early since these figures are actually August pre-orders. You can reserve yours at a variety of online shops or from your local comic store.

If you choose the comic store approach, preordering them may go quicker if you ask them to search the Diamond Retailer Website for Item Code AUG142478 (Anguirus) and AUG142477 (Godzilla).

Diamond’s deadline is the third week of August. Both figures are expected to be released this November.

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X-Plus Toho 12inch Series Gorosaurus and Godzilla 1989 vinyl figures on display at SDCC.

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So we just found out about Wave 6 a week ago now this week we’re learning about Wave 7? Well, it’s not like it was a secret as to what was coming next. The Toho 12in Series Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus were the last two figures from that original 2-page spread we saw in Previews last year. Diamond sprung the news at their booth when the two figures went on display at their booth at San Diego Comic-Con, Wednesday, July 23.

No word yet on when Wave 7 (Godzilla 1989 and Gorosaurus) will go up for pre-order. My guess in November, so you have plenty of time. Get your 55’s taken care of first!

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Kaiju Addicts: X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

And, man, what a beaut! The X-Plus Godzilla 1989 is a fan favorite and thanks to Diamond, collectors will get another chance to grab this figure.

Kaiju Addicts: X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure.

See my X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1989 Vinyl Figure Review for more info and photos.

DIAMOND/X-PLUS WAVE 8 AND BEYOND

Sorry. Can’t tell you what’s in Wave 8 because I don’t know. But what I can tell you is that Diamond hopes to finalize their plans for X-Plus reissues in 2015 and 2016 in time for New York Comic Con (October 9-12). My GUESS is that they’ll simply start offering re-issues of all the figures that didn’t get included in the first 7 waves. If you count up all of the 30cm figures that didn’t make it to Diamond in 2013 and 2014, you’ll find there’s just enough for them to keep doing what they’ve been doing for another TWO YEARS!

Skreeonk.com’s Official G-Fest XXI Recap!

Greetings, fandom! Jon @ UnCanny here.

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Jon’s lovely partner in crime, Brandee.

First things first – Even as a lifelong G-Fan I have to admit I was nervous for this convention. I’ve been in contact with many wonderful people for years now online (which makes this hobby infinitely more enjoyable)… But what was it really going to be like at G-Fest? For the past several years I’ve been ready to make it happen, then BAM! Something always jumps in the way last minute. This year for my birthday – waaaay back in February, my wonderful girlfriend bought us not only tickets to the Fest but a hotel room at the O’Hare as well. “Well now we have to go, right?” Right! And guys, let me tell you… My first G-Fest was a weekend that far, far exceeded expectations. It wasn’t just that the convention itself was wonderfully organized and orchestrated – or that all the special guests were absolutely incredible – or even that the dealer’s room was a treasure trove of vinyl goodness – It was the people.

If there is one piece of advice I can give to anyone in this fandom, it is to branch out. Join our forums,  the many great Facebook groups, share your adventures in collecting with other collectors, post your art online, and above all – Come to G-Fest! Our beloved films are wonderful to watch at home, but nothing can touch the experience of truly sharing in this hobby with others that love it as much as you do. And in that sense, G-Fest is priceless – and justifies the fairly priced weekend ten-thousand-fold.

wpid-img_40277258824875.jpegWith that said, where do we begin? Brandee and I (my lovely girlfriend of many years for those of you keeping track) arrived Friday evening around 5pm. We drove in from Nashville, a solid eight hours south of the Windy City. After hellacious traffic and my semi-heart attack over thinking the dealer’s room was already closed for the night, we finally made it to the Crowne Plaze Chicago O’Hare hotel. This brings me to another major recommendation for the fest – Book early and book at the O’Hare! This is where the convention is held, and I will personally guarantee you that your experience will be 1,000% better if you stay at the hosting O’Hare, and not another close by. Anyway, where was I? Ahhh, yes. The Dealer’s Room.

Today, with the internet and what have you, if you have the money you can find and purchase just about any kaiju merchandise you want. I’ve heard quite a few fan’s remarks in the past years along the lines of “I can buy all of that stuff online, why spend all the money to travel to G-Fest?” Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Exhibit A:

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CAM01634This is a humble little Bear Model Milky White Limited Edition vinyl. That alone being enough to make it awesome – here’s where the G-Fest difference really kicks in. This lovely vinyl was bought in person with my own two hands from a fandom great, the always lovely Goji-Girl. Nothing beats buying the collectibles we love in person. The joy of finding a Godzilla item in a local store? Amplify that by a million. Oh, and then there’s the signature – Something that would never have found its way onto this figure unless I had A.) Gone to  G-Fest XXI, or B.) Flown to Japan, tracked down Katsuhiko Sasaki myself, and forced him to sign a vinyl and photo for me. Now which one sounds like more fun and waaaay more legal to you? I think I know. All kidding aside, I now have an item signed by one of my film heroes and a Toho great, Katsuhiko Sasaki San, something I could never say if I hadn’t made this trip with Brandee. And for any one complaining that the autographs were $20 extra, I believe this paragraph justifies that pricing tenfold. I had spent hundreds of dollars in the dealer’s room, and then stopped – I could pay $20 to get an autograph that I’ll never be able to get anywhere else in my life – OR I could blow all my money on things I could eventually find online. I’m usually not an autograph collector – but now I plan to get an unpainted vinyl signed every year that I go back to G-Fest, and have no doubt that it will be the new center of my collection. 

What else did I buy in the dealer’s room, you ask? Well here, I’ll just show you:

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Original ‘Destroy All Monsters’ tagged 8″ Bandai Anguirus, Mechagodzilla, Baragon, Mothra Larva, Minya, Godzilla 1964, and Rodan. Original tagged Bandai Moguera.

I wanted to ‘hunt’ something specific while at the fest, so I didn’t get all sporadic and buy too much random stuff. I’ve been replacing all of my Bandais with the tagged originals, just go give my collection another dose of “Oh lawdy thats nice!”. And it has worked. All of these classic beauts are rocking the original attached Destroy All Monsters tag, or their own respective version of that (Moguera being an example).

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Jon and legendary science fiction/fantasy painter Bob Eggleton.

Enough about toys, what else was going on? For starters, I picked up two incredible signed prints from a lifelong hero of mine, Bob Eggleton. Bob is not only an outstanding guy, but a huge G-Fan at heart. I’ve admired this man’s work for as long as I can remember. We’ve been online acquaintances through the fandom for a year or so now, but to meet Sir Bob (as I refer to him) in person, shake his hand, pick up some of his art, and take a photo together was something else I’ll never forget. If you’re reading this Bob – Thanks for everything that you do for our fandom, and please keep up the phenomenal work. Cheers, my friend!

That brings us to the rest of G-Fest XXI’s incredible special guests. Among us in Chicago were legends like Tomoko Ai (Cyborg Katsura of Terror of Mechagodzilla fame), the aforementioned Bob Eggleton and Katsuhiko Sasaki (of Godzilla vs Megalon, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs Biollante, etc), the ever-awesome Don Frye (Godzilla: Final Wars) and Robert “Scott” Field (Godzilla vs King Ghidorah), master kaiju sculptor Hiroshi Sagae, Shinpei Hayashiya (Director of Deep Sea Monster Reiga and Gamera 4: Truth), and guest of Honor Koichi Kawakita, the legend behind all of the Heisei era’s masterful designs and special effects. Other honorable attendees such as the fan-favorites and ridiculously talented Kyle Yount of Kaijucast and Matt Frank of IDW, among others, were present .It was, to say the least, a year of fantastic guest’s and incredible panels. Don Frye let us know during his panel that Godzilla is his favorite monster (“and should be everyone elses, too”) as well as King Kong being his second favorite “because he’s American”. Classic! Frye also told us  a hysterical story about having to convince Toho writers to change one of their english lines, as it required him to say “Here’s the G-Spot”. Hah! These sorts of wonderful interviews and tidbits took place with every single special guest, and it was all so wonderful and unique – Where else would you get to hear such things from the stars we admire so? Tomoko Ai, in particular, was so energetic and bubbly. She was truly appreciative of her fans and their love. I have to mention and thank Robert Scot Field as well. He’s been to every G-Fest for the past sixteen or so years, and does an incredible job of translating and hosting. He’s a hell of a guy and an integral part of the Fest.

CAM01879I’ve been writing all morning and this entire article so far is just the tip of the iceberg. I could spend another day writing about the fantastic Tokusatsu Room, or the Art Gallery (filled to the brim this year with incredible prints and originals), the screening of classic kaiju eiga at the Pickwick theatre, and all of the amazing exhibitions at the Fest. But everything keeps pulling me back to the people. I don’t want to throw names out into cyberspace – you all know who you are. Long nights of hanging out, drinking, deep dish pizza, sake, too many incredible times to name. But one name I will throw out, and have to, is one John DeSentis. What is Mr. DeSentis responsible for, you ask? Oh, just the single most mind-blowing thing any of us G-Fans could ever hope to experience. And that, my friends, is the Ifukube 100: Legacy of Monster Music.

Earlier this year, John and co. put a team together to organize a Kickstarter. This campaign was to bring a live orchestral event of legendary composer Akira Ifukube‘s music to the attendants of G-Fest, and the Chicago public – and obviously, they succeeded. The entire fandom pitched in (I wrote up and promoted an article for the concert here on Skreeonk during the height of the campaign) and John was able to bring his dream to life – something he’d been working on (and attempting) for many years. The timing was perfect, and we were all treated to something not a single one of us in attendance will ever be able to top or forget. The concert didnt just happen – it went off without a hitch. John masterfully conducted an orchestra of brilliant musicians who brought Ifukube’s music to fevering life. The music brought swells of joy and even tears to all our eyes. So again, if you’re reading this John, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. From all of us.

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Jon with acclaimed Japanese actor Katsuhiko Sasaki (of Godzilla vs Megalon, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs Biollante, etc)!

Now I’m sure I’m leaving a lot out, but I feel pretty confident in this recap. If you’re on the edge about making the trip to G-Fest, dont be. Just go. Do it. Make it happen. Save up all year and throw yourself into it. It is, for a lack of better words, so very worth it. This year’s was the biggest yet (with somewhere between a staggering 3 to 4,000 attendees) and its only going to keep growing. With the release of two more Legendary Godzilla films on the horizon, I foresee this fandom continuing the growth its experience these past few years, and that is a wonderful thing my friends.

I want to end this article by extending a personal thank you to J.D. Lees, Jeff Horne, and the countless other staff and volunteers who tirelessly make G-Fest happen, year after year. You gentlemen (and ladies) bring so much more to this fandom than we could ever thank you for. Cheers!

A lot of exciting things are happening for Skreeonk post G-Fest. I’m sure you’ll notice in the photos, but we sold a ton of limited edition Skreeonk T Shirts at the fest, and its amazing to see people enjoying them. We may do another run since these sold out quick and seem to still be in demand. And its been a long time coming, but expect to see me on FRESH VINYL LIVE with my good pals Rich Eso, Kyle Yount, and David E. Dopko as often as we can make it happen – more exciting news on that front in the near future. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank my dear friend David E. Dopko for this phenomenal photo documentation of G-Fest XXI, which I will be posting a full gallery of here on the site. The original plan was to feature his photography here in this article, but its all so damn good I firmly believe it needs a gallery all its own. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that you’ll be seeing much more from David here on Skreeonk.com in the near future.

If you can’t tell, G-Fest 2014 was an immense success, and a weekend I will never forget. Most importantly to me, I not only had an incredible weekend – but so did Brandee. If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, I dont know what else will. We’ve never felt so enthusiastically welcome somewhere before in our lives, and will be back next year, and every year after that if we can. I encourage each and every one of you to make it out next year. There is something for everyone, that I can guarantee. Above all, I’ve never felt so welcome in my entire life. I can’t say it enough – its the people. Its you guys. G-Fest firmly drove home what I’ve always said and truly meant – We are the best fandom on the planet. Period.

CAM01718You can view the superbly talented David E. Dopko’s G-Fest XXI Gallery below this article. Thank you all for your continued support of this site and all that we do. All of this means nothing without you. One last Cheers for you, fandom. And as always…

Until next time, true believers!

 

 

Jon @ UnCanny.