The official teaser trailer for GODZILLA has been "officially" released, following a viral campaign (reminding me of Pacific Rim's) focusing on "leaks" of M.U.T.O. Classified Documents … Who are M.U.T.O.? Find out more at MUTOresearch.net.
Crying Gull Toys drops The Vato-Bots, currently available to purchase at US$17 per, with a variety of colors to be had.
PRODUCT PRESS: "The Vato-Bots are mini-figures straight from the Barrios of Los Cyberlon. The figures are hand cast in white resin, then hand painted. the figures are available in six colors (for the first run) and come packaged in a baggie with a custom header card."
Before I get into the bad I want to talk about what this movie does right, which is its cast of characters. Glenn and Fuji as an interesting duo as they constantly mock each other while working together, so it helps makes their friendship feel real. They arent just actors going through the motions of pretending to be friends. This is one of the best things this movie has going for it and they are extremely likable despite Fujis disdain towards his sisters fiancé. As stated above, I also felt the X aliens worked quite well with the movies plot, so it definitely adds to it.
Unfortunately, not everything this movie is good. Once again, the monsters are in about 15% of the movie, which is not good when it is supposed to be a monster movie. I also am not a huge fan of the Godzilla costume used here. It isnt bad by any means, but he looks a bit silly for his muscles seem to have been replaced by flab. However, the worst atrocity for the monster is that they give him his own freaking victory dance, which just looks embarrassing. I remember loving it as a child, but as an adult, it is just down right stupid. Rodans costume is fine, but I really wish they would have found a way to hide the clip that attaches the costume to the wire to hold it up, as it just looks ridiculous and pulls you out of the immersion of the movie. As for Ghidorah, he also looks fine, but like Rodan, you can clearly see the wires holding him up. Godzillas lack of terror aside, some of the movie seems to be reusing scenes from the previous movie during the battle at the tail end of the movie. Thankfully, it is hidden much better than some of the later movies in the series attempts and it does not take away from the end.
Overall, I do enjoy this movie, but like I said previously, my mood will sometimes determine how much. If I am in the mood to just see nothing but monsters duke it out, this is not the movie to watch. If I want to see a decent alien plot with likable characters, then this one is a good choice. The plot is predictable, as you know the aliens are going to betray the Earthlings, but I still give the movie a nice 6/10 stars.
That statement alone describes why this movie is bad as a whole. However, that is not the only reason this movie is bad, it is more for the fact that it is just a poorly made movie in everything it does. First off, the plot in and of itself is already dumb, so why not add to it by having it feature some of the most uninteresting characters found in the entire franchise. In fact, I have finished the movie not even ten minutes ago and the only character name I can give you is Shima, which belongs to the last name of the two siblings of the movie, and they are not even the main character. That is quite bad. The only positive I can say in the plot department is that I admire Toho connecting this movie to its previous entry.
Moving away from the bad plot and bland characters, even everything surrounding the monsters is not even good. For one thing, this movie does not make sense in that Ghidorah was killed in Destroy All Monsters, yet, he is present here. Some have said that this movie could take place before the events of Destroy since that was meant to be in the future, but if that were the case, why is Monster Island in existence when it was first completed in that movie? Not to mention all of the stock footage used when on the island. Of course, that is minor compared to the biggest atrocity this movie pulls off, the monsters themselves. First off, they are using the same Godzilla costume that has been in use since 1968, and it shows. The costume is deteriorating on screen as the movie unfolds. You can see pieces of the costume falling off the arms and legs in battle and the costume even has tears in it (which is probably why they had Gigan cut Godzilla). It just looks awful all around. Of course, that is one of three problems surrounding the monsters.
Next up is Ghidorah, who is pretty much just standing still the entire movie unless he is shown in stock footage. I did not know that Tokyo was actually in two different time zones of the world and that only some of it is night while other parts are day. I guess you learn something every day. Seriously though, they used a massive amount of stock footage from all of his previous appearances and it just looks bad. Godzillas costume will change sporadically as well as there are times when he is fight Ghidorah with the footage from the monsters namesake movie, so we see the 64 Godzilla costume being attacked, only to have it move on to a scene from Destroy All Monsters, which brings us back to the same costume in this movie, but when it was fresh. There are also times when Ghidorah is fighting Godzilla, but the camera focuses on buildings being blown up by his electric ray with just sound effects signifying that the two are battling each other. This happens several times throughout the movie.
Then there is Anguirus, who just barely does more than Ghidorah when he is not shown in stock footage, as he too has a tendency to just stand there, staring into nothingness. Anguirus is so pathetic in this movie that he is actually warded off by the army. Yes, THE ARMY!!! This is like the first for any Kaiju movie. You would think the military would hold some sort of celebration for finally achieving a victory on their own.
The only praise I can give this movie is for Gigan himself. His design is extremely well done and unique. He is a cyborg, so one would think there is a great deal of backstory Toho could be telling about this monster. Instead, they chose to just keep on moving with their abhorrent plot without putting any effort into it to make the viewer care about anything going on on the screen. It is a shame because Gigan is one of the most wasted monsters ever because in the forty years he has been around, Toho has never bothered to explore this monster at all. In fact, all three of the movies he is featured him are some of the worst Godzilla movies out there, making me wonder if Gigan is cursed.
Overall, there is not much I can positive about this movie outside of Gigan, and even he is treated like a rubber doll than a monster. As such, I have no choice but to give this movie a poor rating of 3/10 stars. Maybe in the next era of Godzilla moves, Toho will finally do something to give Gigan a respectable movie with a tale to tell behind the creatures mechanical origins.
That is not to say this movie is bad by any means, as it is pretty good. Unfortunately, the plot behind it is weird to say the least, some of the characters are useless, and the monster designs themselves are less than stellar. First, the plot. Two Japanese men are sent to an island to collect berries when they come across islanders who worship a god named Kong. There, they find a way to knock him out and take him back to Japan to have him fight Godzilla, who has been freed from the ice he buried in in the previous movie. This plot idea just sounds better on paper than it does in action because using the berry juice to knock Kong out and then drag him across the ocean on a giant raft is just so goofy. And then to have Kong powered up by electricity while Godzilla is now weak against is also weird. To be fair, from what I have gathered, this movie was originally supposed to be Frankenstein vs. Godzilla, so the electricity powering Kong makes sense from that perspective, but having a giant gorilla randomly be powered by electricity out of the blue without any previous knowledge of it just comes off as random and be a sudden way to extend the fight beyond just Kong getting his butt whooped. For what it is worth, it does make the battle interesting and adds another layer, so Ill stop nit picking against it.
My second gripe comes from the monster suits as I just do not care for their designs. Kongs body looks fine but his face looks like it was beaten with a shovel as he eyes always look messed up and sleepy at every camera angle. As for Godzilla, I really do not care for this look. Yes, his head does look more reptilian than it did in the movie before it, but the costume looks more like a blow up doll than an actual monster. There does not seem to be any lining between the arms and shoulders, so it just appears as if the arms are just sticking out of the sides of the body rather than being actual arms. It also does not help when the costume seems to fold and crease when Godzilla is movie his arms about. Lastly, gone is his fourth toe and ears, which became an unfortunate trend throughout the remainder of the Showa saga. Nevertheless, as I said, these costumes just do not work for me all that well.
Moving on to the characters, some of them are good, some are fun, but some are absolutely useless. Osamu is fine as the main character, but it is like everyone else around him is a moron, especially his sister Fumiko. She is completely helpless. She has to be rescued from Godzillas attack only to then have to be rescued from Kongs clutches fifteen minutes later. On the other hand, Osamus boss is a very fun character (see below).
Despite my issues with the costumes and plot, the effects are quite good in the movie. Kongs face turning blue is really well done when he is struck by lightning, as are the crumbling buildings when he and Godzilla face off. The one that shines for me the most is the way they do the giant octopus monster. It is obvious they super imposed an octopus on a screen to make him look huge (which does take away from the scene, as you can see the shadows of the spears and stuff being thrown at the screen), but the execution of this scene is extremely well done. Lastly, the paint job they did on the islanders is actually pretty well done despite it being obvious that they are Japanese. It does what it is supposed to well enough, so there is no reason to nitpick it.
Overall, King Kong vs Godzilla is a missed bag of a movie in terms of execution, but for what it is, it is highly enjoyable and fun. I wouldnt say it is anywhere near the best of Godzillas movies, but if you want a nice simple movie where you just see two popular behemoths go eat each others throats, you can do a lot worse. I give this movie a 6/10.
And here is not only what makes the boss man fun, but I can also see die hard fans making this reaction after they saw my score:
The human characters feel like they are just going through the motions of the movie to the point that you cannot even take them seriously. Don Fry seems to have these reactions as if he has no idea what is going on outside of his own lines, so they feel forced and very much scripted. The rest of the cast is pretty forgettable, which is a shame since they even have Kane Kosugi in this movie. His talents are definitely wasted as instead of utilizing him, he is there to give one bad line in English and become nothing more than background for the remainder of the movie until he ID4s himself. Ozaki has more personality in his hair than his entire performance, while both Anna and Miyuki are there just to have some fan service added to the mix. Im not sure if Miyuki figured she was going to die and wanted to look pretty when she kicked the bucket on this mission or what, but who the hell is going to wear high heels to a big battle like this? Even the X Alien villain of the movie seems to not even be taking this thing seriously, but at least he appears to be having fun with his role.
As for the monsters, they are a mixed bag. Some of them, such as Gigan and Hedorah, look great, while others, like King Ceasar and Anguirus just look goofy. I dont hate their new designs, it is just that their heads really look like the rubber they are made out of instead of monster heads. If there is one thing they did not look like in the originals, it was rubber monsters. Speaking of modern inferiority, what is up with Kumongas spider web? It is clearly just rope tied together. Did they run out of a budget before they filmed his battle with Godzilla and just used the first thing they could find at a dollar store? I do like Kaiser Ghidorahs design even if it does stray from the King Ghidorah we all know and love. He feels like that final boss he is supposed to be, so it works despite how ridiculous it is to see Godzilla just tossing him over his back as if it he was hollow on the inside. Speaking of Godzilla, that brings me to my final piece when it comes to the monsters, I do not like his design at all. I get what they were going for by making him thinner, but it makes him look more like Godzilla Jr than Godzilla. Most of all, his back looks lazily put together. The spines just look so far apart from each other and too small. One of the best things about the Godzilla designs from the Heisei era was his back, and here there is nothing to praise outside of giving the designs an E for Epic Failure.
The movie itself is quite subpar. It definitely feels like a Kitamura movie, which is great if that is your thing. I definitely enjoy a bunch of the mans movies, which is why I do not outright hate this movie. On the other hand, if you do not like Kitamuras movies, or was just looking for an updated version of Destroy All Monsters, you will be disappointed. Aside from being an action movie first and a Godzilla movie second, the movie suffers from pointless characters, subplots that did not need to be there (seriously, there is no reason for Minilla to be in this movie at all), monsters that were there just for the sake of being there, and a score that is a mixed bag. There are some great pieces to be found, with some homages to the music of old, but then there is a lot of crap that sounds like it was ripped out of a Nintendo game from the 80s. Overall, Im giving Godzilla Final Wars a 4/10. Sadly, it isnt the worst Godzilla movie ever, and it does have action to make up for everything else, but it is not even that good of a movie in the long run.
Bailey Records has launched Elder Things Week - a week full of fantastic custom painted one-off Kaiju Kaos: Smackdown minifigures from artists such as Clawfreak, Ersico, Mark Nagata, and Super_SandBagger. It looks to me like the one-off customs are running $10.00 each.
"Chewy has gone heavy...his new weapon of choice, an electric guitar!"
After my earlier teasers, Lisa Rae Hansen reveals her HEAVY METAL WOOKIE in full, and as well shares with us info about it's impending drop on Thursday 12th December @ 10pm GMT for £35 plus shipping. He will come bagged with a header card, available via ibreaktoys.storenvy.com.
"Heavy Metal Wookie is a one off custom of an original vintage Kenner Chewbacca figure. He stands 4.5 inches tall, stands on a base and has a removeable guitar which attaches to his back with magnets. Also He was inspired by the eye sculpts I did on MegaSeth, which I thought would look really cool detailed into Chewbacca's hair.
If people like him I might sculpt this again and make a resin run." -mentioned Lisa Rae, and I would heartily say "GO AHEAD WITH THE RESIN RUN!" muahahahahaaaaa
So who do you think, of the current riders, is going to be the first to die, if one does die?
From French toy-makers Laserpunk comes P.U.N.K.S. (Powerful Useful Nasty Kommando Scums) - a tribute to the Kenner's M.A.S.K. figures - featuring sets of 3 resin figures + accessories (power helmets and weapons), 3 stickers and as well includes a poster (in a decorated protective case). LOVE the 80s-vibe of these characters haha
Sized 1:24 scale (approx 7,5cm/3 inches tall), the figures have 5 points of articulation, and are limited to only 25 sets, priced at 36€ (49$) + 4$ shipping, and goes on sale starting December 9th on laserpunktoys.com.
Available for pre-orders now at www.jp-toys.com is "K2Q5" - a JP TOYS exclusive with Fools Paradise, featuring their "K2-D2" in another colorway edition, limited to only 100pcs worldwide, and only 30pcs available in Thailand.
To be released in March 2014, at a price of 5500 baht / US$171 (Deposit: 1500 baht / US$47), pre-orders close December 21st, 2013.
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Suburban Vinyl announces that they have teamed up with Kevin Gosselin for their very own green exclusive colorway of his 13-inch tall Dead Kozik bust. This colorway is limited to only 50 pieces and will retail for US$200 each - sold exclusively via suburbanvinyl.com and in their retail store located in Waldwick, NJ.