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Classic Kaiju Commercials! Fresh Vinyl Reviews! Its G-TUBE TIME!

Having a lazy Sunday (or whatever day of the week it is when you happen to stumble upon this)? We certainly hope so! Here’s the latest G-Tube from Jon @ UnCanny for your viewing pleasure.

G-Tubepic1This weeks compilation will end with the latest from our pal Rich over at Fresh Vinyl Reviews, who just so happens to have filmed a review for the X-Plus 30cm Godzilla 1992! Check it out, Rich is on point as always – and this review is one of his best yet! Though I’m pretty sure they just get better every time.

To get us started, I thought it’d be fun to recap some classic Godzilla commercials from the past. We’ve all seen the recent ads by Fiat and Snickers this year (capitalizing on the success of Legendary’s Godzilla), but what about all the greatness that came before? Lets travel back in time, shall we?

First up we have a great black & white spot from Dr. Pepper made to tie in with the 1985 US release of Return of Godzilla. The suit is a stylized, soda-fueled-nightmare take on the 1962 KingGoji – and it makes for a very entertaining comedy piece complete with screaming Japanese citizens:

Now before anyone burns down a village over a commercial for the 1998 Zilla atrocity being second on this list of commercials, I’d like to point out that A.) This list is in no particular “best of” order to avoid said rioting, and B.) This spot is a classic, period. I bet you can quote both famous lines from this ad without me even hinting, am I right? This is Taco Bell‘s third big commercial for their wildly successful G campaign that took place and is, in part, largely responsible for getting us all excited – and then extremely p!ssed off:

Number three on the list is perhaps one of the most famous “WTF”s in Godzilla’s history, one that even non-fans are familiar with. NIKE ran a campaign in the 90’s capitalizing on the popularity of the Heisei series that featured Godzilla… playing Basketball against Charles Barkley. Yup. This ad campaign even produced a full-issue comic, posters, and – of course – Shoes.  It’s interesting to note, however – the production quality of not only the set miniatures, but of the Godzilla suit used here. Clearly a stylized version of the Heisei G look, the NIKE suit featured a larger, much more expressive head and face – a heavily animatronic based aesthetic that pays off wonderfully. Click below and let the hilarity ensue:

Next up we have a compilation of the 90’s Trendmasters Godzilla toy ads. If you were a child of the 90s and a Godzilla fan – you had these toys. This nostalgia-filled trip back to a simpler time needs no further introduction, but I will say this: They didn’t age well. Yowza!

Speaking of commercials, lets travel back to the motherland, yes? This next compilation is four solid minutes of Godzilla selling out. Everything from scratch-off tickets to the Shobijin selling women’s clothing is on display here – Japanese culture in it’s full 90s glory. This warrants a watch simply because it give you a true sense of what it must have been like to be a Japanese fan of the Big G back in his hayday:

Another confusing gem from the other side of the world, this GOLD Fuel commercial from Thailand gave Godzilla a makeover that included Baragon’s horn and… Braces. Take that, Toho copyright lawyers! This spot is full of action, slapstick comedy, and more schtick than you can shake a schtick at, bub:

This next commercial was admittedly unknown to me, and yet has turned out to be a new favorite. This long-lost Cheerio’s commercial from the 80’s was another tie-in for the US release of Return of Godzilla, and is loaded with both stock footage and charm. It pays homage to four separate decades of the Big G, all in one adorable little 30 minute cereal spot.

I feel compelled to include the following commercial next, as it does an equally great job in capturing the charm and nostalgia of Godzilla – and they managed to throw in a great message as well. This commercial was a huge hit in general, not to mention the reaction our fandom had upon its syndication. Its cute and effective – something undoubtedly rare for most commercials advertising for similar causes. No doubt you’ve seen this Ad Council gem before, its a modern classic:

Here’s a mighty dose of nostalgia for our 70s kids in the audience – bringing it back old school! This US commercial for the Shogun Warriors Godzilla by Mattel represents perhaps the most famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) piece of Godzilla Merchandise this side of the Pacific, and it’s packed full of all the 70s goodness you’d expect from two kids knocking down a sandcastle with a giant plastic Godzilla:

Last but not least for our Kaiju Commercials portion of this list, we’ll include the Snickers and Fiat commercials for those of you who may have missed them. The Snicker’s ad is particularly notable for its use of classic suitmation – of which they did a hell’ova job! The suit harkens back to ShodaiGoji (1954), while the entire spot itself is hilarious in its depiction of modern culture/advertisements in general. Its a genuinely funny piece that helped bring Godzilla back into the limelight right before his big return earlier this year. The Fiat ad also scores major points on the opposite side of the spectrum for some fantastic 2014 CGI, and modern-ad-sensibility. Two great yet completely different ads advertising for the same film:

We certainly hope you enjoyed our latest G-TUBE, I’ve had a blast putting it together. If you haven’t seen Fresh Vinyl Review’s latest, here’s your chance. Rich tackles the X-Plus 30cm Godzilla 1992, and touches on everything from the absence of his box, to the intricacies of this fantastic sculpt:

 

Until next time, true believers!

 

Jon @ UnCanny

 

G-TUBE! Great New Reviews and Fan Films for your Eyeballs!

Hey fandom! Jon @ UnCanny here with a new segment for yah. To get right down to it, G-TUBE will be a regular segment where I pull the best of the best in Kaiju entertainment from YouTube, putting it all in one place for you guys to catch up on!

G-Tubepic1If you missed the latest Fresh Vinyl Live this past Saturday night, well… lets just say you missed out on 3 hours of good times and kaiju ridiculousness. I’ve been a part of the past two FVLs with our good friend Rich Eso, and plan to be a part of every one for the foreseeable future. Now, keep in mind that the three hour runtime of this past episode is not the norm, we usually go for about an hour and a half – podcast’ish lengths. But we just had so much to talk about! X-PLus 25cm Ghidorah, Diamond’s anticipated NYCC reveal, Yuji Sakai’s X-Plus ’28cm’ G’89, NECA, SHMA, and of course the X-Plus Gigantic Series Burning Godzilla. If any of this even remotely interests you (which of course it does or you wouldn’t be here) I fully recommend you check out the recording of the live broadcast below. If you want to kick back, have some drinks with us and revel in the fun for the next FVL, be sure to like us on Facebook so you’ll have up-to-the-minute updates on when each FVL will take place. Each FVL will be recorded (as always),  just in case you miss it. And we’ll be posting them here on the site as a part of our  new G-TUBE updates, like so:

If you’re familiar with FVL and the YouTube scene, then you’re familiar with another good friend of ours, James aka DiegoDoom who’s superbly produced figure reviews have become a staple of the fandom. Check out his beautifully shot, well-balanced, and silky-smooth voice over’ed review of the S.H. Monsterarts GODZILLA 2014 below!

Another friend of ours, Terry M.P. of Hesperia Productions has another great short out, Godzilla vs The Alien Monsters 3! His mixture of stop motion/hand puppetry goodness spans the entire fandom of Kaiju, and never fail to be creative and entertaining. Check it out below:

I’m already loving this whole G-TUBE idea, and will be keeping it up! Hope you guys enjoy – theres a ton of excellent content out there and we’re going to try and bring you the best.

Until next time, true believers!

 

Jon @ UnCanny

X-Plus King Ghidorah Confirmed for December! Vinyl Wars! New Gigabrain Colorways! It’s a Collector’s Update!

I dare say this is some of the best news I’ve ever woken up to!

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g64mothraThe Ric Boy site has updated with an official banner for their upcoming 25cm series King Ghidorah, confirming his release in December! They’ve also given us some amazing news in that a Ric Boy exclusive set of the Godzilla 64/Mothra 61 25cm figures will be released together in November. These are some incredible figures, the 25cm Mothra Imago is one of the crown jewels of my collection and is extremely hard to get ahold of – looks like this will be a great chance for more collectors to add these wonderful X-Plus’ to their shelves! This is the first we’ve heard of this, so more news on that as it becomes available. This is going to be the best Christmas EVER!

Sorry, must breathe…. Deep breaths. What were we doing? Ah, yes. More vinyl goodness!

In the ways of stylized vinyl (my true love) we have some brand new Super Festival (SuperFest) Gigabrain variants up for preorder through Japanese sellers. These images were sent my way via a friend in Japan. Nothing terribly new, but I am particularly digging the matte finish on the Gojis and the colorway throwback to the Bullmark Tin Gigan. These are great sculpts, if you don’t have them now is a good time to grab them. Ask around on Facebook if you are unfamiliar with how to track these down, should run you about $100 a piece once you pay for the figure, shipping from Japan, and then to you, etc.

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We’ve got some other neat stuff coming our way – The Year of Godzilla isn’t over yet! The ‘Vinyl Wars’ series of figures that Diamond is making available through local comic shop catalogs has proven a great way for newcomers to get ahold of re-released classic sculpts from Marmit, Marusan, Bear Model, CCP, and more. Many of these are being released late this year or early 2015. Check your local comic shop to order in person, or go to online retailers like EntertainmentEarth.com to preorder. Looks like more awesome pieces are on their way, too! I’ve heard whispers of a Bullmark Jet Jaguar sculpt and many more to be released next year. More news on those as they become available.

kingozi_h_01You KNOW you want that Marmit Megaton Hedorah! Or perhaps a Marusan G’55? What about a Marmit Monster Heaven Godzilla 1964? Bear Model KingGoji? CCP GMK Goji? Monster Heaven Destoroyah!?!?! So much goodness!!!

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Our good friend Sean Linkenback has also secured a re-release of his fantastic resource book “The Art of Japanese Monsters“, which is now available as a paperback for less than $30 on Amazon!

Amazing book at an amazing price, don’t miss out on these!These will be of a limited run, just like the original, and will go up in price as they disappear, as everything in this fandom does. I have the hardcover original and it is a superb asset to any collector’s library – Pages upon pages of full color posters, lobby cards, advertisements, some of which have never been seen by the Western world before the publication of this book. Click the new book cover photo to order one from Amazon now! Love that new cover.

We will end this collector’s update by including some widespread news I’m sure you’ve all seen by now – But just in case, check out who else is going to be in the new Japanese Playstation Godzilla game! Makes you want to play now, doesn’t it??

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We’ll have more for you soon, always do. Until then, true believers!

Jon @ UnCanny

Enter to Win an IMAX GODZILLA Poster!

Hey all, Jon @ UnCanny here with a neat little contest!

1897700_10152129011556633_2450410776103630639_nIf you’re excited for the upcoming Blu-Ray DVD release of Legendary’s GODZILLA (and if you’re on this site, lets face it – you are excited) – Why not enter yourself for a chance to win a sweet official 13×19 Imax GODZILLA poster to accompany your DVD/BR?

All you have to do is Like our Facebook Page and you are automatically entered to win a FREE poster! If we get up to 1,000 likes, we’ll give away two posters and a few other surprises! Spread the word, the more people that like our Facebook page, the better your chances are at getting a poster!

Click one of the links above, the button to the right, or the image in this article and you’ll be taken to Skreeonk’s official Facebook Page! Good luck to all and we’ll keep you updated!

 

Jon @ UnCanny

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