My all time favorite giant Monster, or Kaiju, has got to be the king of them all – Godzilla!
Godzilla was first seen in 1954, and has appeared in 30 movies, 28 of which were made in Japan by Toho Pictures and two of them were American productions by Tri-Star and Legendary/Warner Brothers respectively.
There was a late 90’s version which starred Matthew Broderick and was directed by Roland Emmerich of Independence Day fame. That version took liberties with the Monster design and had “Godzilla” attack Manhattan. This version was panned by critics and fans, but was a modest Box Office success despite a huge budget. The rights reverted back to Toho Pictures after that and this version of Godzilla would be dubbed “Zilla” and was even killed by (the real) Godzilla in the Toho production of Godzilla: Final Wars.
The latest version of Godzilla was the 2014 Legendary Pictures/Warner Brothers production. This new version brought us a truly collosal Godzilla. This Godzilla towered over San Francisco skyscrapers and took on two enemy Kaiju, in the movie known as M.U.T.O. This version was better received by critics and was a box office success. Some fans criticized the fact that a major character was killed off unceremoniously, and also some were unhappy with the titular monster’s limited screen time. One thing is for sure, the groundwork has been laid for a much better interpretation of the famous Kaiju, with him in a more heroic role.
A sequel was announced, and later plans were announced to crossover with the King Kong franchise. The latest news on that, however, is that the sequel has been pushed back to March 22 2019 and the crossover Godzilla vs Kong will come out May 29 2020.
Pictured in this Blog is the Sideshow Collectibles Godzilla statue. Feel free to click any image featuring the famous Kaiju, and you will be linked to Sideshow Collectibles and will be able to get more information as well as be able to purchase this glorious statue, which I might just do one day.