Godzilla is ready to grace the screens once again as Toho plans to release their first Godzilla movie since Shin Godzilla in 2016. The upcoming film, dubbed Godzilla Minus One, has recently debuted its trailer. The film also teases fans with the latest depiction of the legendary Godzilla through a newly revealed action figure. The new figurine is part of Tamashii’s S.H. MonsterArts collection and pre-orders will commence on Tuesday, July 18. This is in anticipation of the film’s launch in Japan on November 3, followed by a US release on December 1.
The newly designed figure, labeled “Godzilla ”, will retail for roughly $100 and is expected to ship in November. The toy’s design, unveiled by the company, was developed using the 3D data from the film’s production and was crafted, painted, and produced by Yuki Sakai. The figure’s design process was closely supervised by Godzilla Minus One’s director, Takashi Yamazaki, to ensure it mimics Godzilla’s look in the forthcoming film accurately. The site states, “The figure features a wide range of motion for various Godzilla  poses. In a first for the S.H.MonsterArts series, the toes can move independently, offering a closer resemblance to Godzilla’s portrayal in the film.”
The new film will take place in post-war Japan, and Toho promises a Godzilla portrayal that is “terrifying and overwhelmingly powerful.” The film, announced in November 2022, also includes Yamazaki as the scriptwriter. It marks Toho’s 30th live-action film in their iconic kaiju series. Despite the seven-year hiatus for Toho’s Godzilla, the monster has been anything but quiet, making appearances in Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla (2014), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and the 2021 sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong. An upcoming sequel, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, is set to be released on March 15 of the following year.
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Godzilla: A Global Phenomenon
The infamous monster first appeared in 1954, in Ishirō Honda’s Godzilla, and quickly turned into a global pop culture sensation, finding popularity beyond its native Japan through an array of films, comics, and TV shows. Godzilla first stormed onto the US cinema scene in the 1998 film Godzilla, directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. Despite earning $379 million globally against a budget of $210 – 230 million, the film was seen as a box office letdown and received largely negative reviews.
While the exact plot for the upcoming film remains a mystery, US fans will be able to reunite with the legendary monster when Godzilla Minus One hits US theaters on December 1, 2023. Be sure to check out the film’s teaser trailer and the newly unveiled figure:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Godzilla Minus One
When is the new Godzilla film, ‘Godzilla Minus One’, set to be released?
The film is scheduled for release in Japan on November 3, 2023, and in the United States on December 1, 2023.
What is unique about the new Godzilla action figure associated with ‘Godzilla Minus One’?
This new Godzilla figure, part of the S.H. MonsterArts line, boasts a design based on the 3D data used in the film’s production. Notably, it’s the first in the series to feature independently movable toes, allowing for a more authentic representation of Godzilla’s movie appearance.
Who is the director of ‘Godzilla Minus One’?
Takashi Yamazaki is the director of the film ‘Godzilla Minus One’. He also served as the film’s writer.
What is the setting of the film ‘Godzilla Minus One’?
The film is set in a post-war Japan, with Toho promising to present a Godzilla that is a terrifying and overwhelming force.
Who sculpted and produced the new Godzilla figure?
The new Godzilla figure was sculpted, colored, and produced by Yuki Sakai.
How much will the “Godzilla ” figure retail for?
The “Godzilla ” figure will retail at approximately $100.
When was Godzilla first introduced?
Godzilla, the legendary monster, made his debut back in 1954 in Ishirō Honda’s Godzilla film.