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    Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat Wednesday is New Toy Day at a comic shops and toy stores nationwide, and the latest Diamond Select Toys lineup includes Minimates and action figures from Power Rangers and Pacific Rim. Find a store near you at comicshoplocator.com, or order online at diamondselecttoys.com!   Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Minimates Series 2 Box Set A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s Morphin’ Time again! Series 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Minimates completes the team, with the Red Ranger, Black Ranger, Yellow Ranger and White Ranger! Each Minimate features 14 points of articulation, interchangeable parts, removable helmets and multiple heads to depict different cast members! Plus an array of weapons! All four come packaged in a full-color window

    Photo courtesy of ABLAZE. Source: ABLAZE press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) Comics and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE heats up early summer reading as it announces new titles with an international flair set for release in July. The action begins with the launch of the manhwa series, GET SCHOOLED, which is based on the hit webtoon by the renowned Korean webtoon production company, YLAB, and tells the story of a tough educator’s unorthodox techniques to clean up a violent high school. GET SCHOOLED is currently one of the Top 2 Dramas on the Webtoons platform.        •  Page Views for the series: 78.7 million Webtoon Subscribers to the series: 1.3 million Average Rating of all Webtoon

    The University of Minnesota Press will publish Jeffrey Angles' English translations of the Japanese novels for the Toho classics GODZILLA and GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. The first English translations of the original novellas about the iconic kaijū GodzillaSource: University of Minnesota Press  press releaseSpecial Thanks to Jeffrey Angles, Heather Skinner and Avery Guerra In the early days of development for Toho's motion picture GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954), producer Tomoyuki Tanaka hired award-winning author Shigeru Kayama to write an original treatment that would then be adapted into a screenplay by the film's director, Ishiro Honda, and screenwriter Takeo Murata. In the wake of that movie's incredible box office success, Kayama was brought back to create the story for the immediate sequel, GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (ゴジラの逆襲, Gojira no Gyakushū, 1955). Kayama then fleshed out his stories into a pair of novellas which were first

    Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. press release Premium Bandai, the official mail order site of Bandai Namco, is now accepting pre-orders for the "Ultra Replica Flash Prism" (ウルトラレプリカ フラッシュプリズム, Urutora Repurika Furasshu Purizumu), a replica of the Beta Capsule transformation device used by  Kenichi Kai (played by Kane Kosugi) in Tsuburaya's 1993 American co-production, ULTRAMAN: THE ULTIMATE HERO a.k.a. ULTRAMAN POWERED  (ウルトラマンパワード, Urutoraman Pawādo). B Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONSandai produced a DX version of the Flash Prism at the time of the show's release, but that collectible was larger than the prop from the series due to having built-in batteries and other structural features. Now, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ULTRAMAN POWERED,  Bandai has created a new sculpt of the Flash Prism for their "Ultra Replica Series" that utilizes the latest design technology to incorporate light-up and voice-activated

    The Godzilla Real Escape Game will run an additional 2 months at the Atami Korakuen Hotel. Photo courtesy of SCRAP. ©SCRAP TM & © TOHO CO. Author: Keith Aiken Source: SCRAP press release Official Site: https://realdgame.jp/atami-godzilla/ Due to popular demand, the run of the "Godzilla Approaching: Hotel Escape" (ゴジラ迫るホテルからの脱出, Gojira Semaru Hoteru Kara no Dasshutsu) Real Escape Game in Atami has been extended by 2 months. Developed by SCRAP Co., Ltd. (Location: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Takao Kato) in partnership with Tokyo Dome Resort Operations Co., Ltd. (Location: Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Representative: Takayuki Iwase), the game launched on Friday, May 27, 2022 and was originally scheduled to end on Sunday, March 26, 2023.  The event will now run through Sunday, May 28, 2023, giving participants a chance to flee from Godzilla during Japan's Golden Week holiday season (Saturday, April 29 - Friday, May 5). The

    Photo courtesy of TOKYOPOP. Iconic manga brand rebounds with more than 500% growth since 2020 and sets focus on diversity and fan engagement.Source: TOKYOPOP press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) The leading publishing industry trade, Publishers Weekly, has selected TOKYOPOP for the top spot on the latest edition of Fast-Growing Independent Publishers. According to the PW article, the manga and graphic novel brand’s sales in 2022 doubled over 2021, and were up 580% from 2020. The article (PW edition March 20, 2023, pg-41) notes that TOKYOPOP’s impressive performance has been due to the overall surge in demand for manga. The boom has led longtime TOKYOPOP accounts like bookstores, libraries, and comic shops to increase their manga footprint, while allowing the publisher to add key new retailer partners such as Walmart and Hot Topic. TOKYOPOP also expanded its

    Three generations of Mechagodzilla are featured on the new exclusive postcard for the Mechagodzilla Special Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Pasona Group. ©TOHO CO., LTD.   Author: Keith Aiken Source: Pasona Group Co. Ltd. press release Official Site: https://nijigennomori.com/godzilla_awaji/ The popular "Godzilla Interception Operation - National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" (ゴジラ迎撃作戦 ~国立ゴジラ淡路島研究センター~, Gojira Geigeki Sakusen ~ Kokuritsu Gojira Awajishima Kenkyū Sentā ~) attraction at the "Nijigen no Mori" animation theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture, has announced an update to their current exhibit. Flying Mechagodzilla prop from GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II. Photo courtesy of Pasona Group. ©TOHO CO., LTD. On December 3, 2022, the "Mechagodzilla Special Exhibition" (メカゴジラ特別展, Mekagojira Tokubetsu-ten)  featuring Mechagodzilla suits, props and photos from  movies like GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (ゴジラ×モスラ×メカゴジラ 東京SOS, Gojira x Mosura x Mekagojira Tōkyō Esu Ō Esu, 2003), opened in the "Godzilla Interception Operation's"

    Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda, the Creative Team of Old Lady Harley, Give 16th-Century Sailors Reason to Fear the Unknown in Upcoming IDW Comic SeriesSource: IDW Publishing press releaseSpecial Thanks to Keith Davidsen Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons #1 Cover A by Inaki Miranda. Photo courtesy of IDW Publishing. ©TOHO CO., LTD. IDW, under license by Toho International, Inc., turns back the hands of time with the upcoming comic book miniseries Godzilla: Here There Be Dragons. Written by Frank Tieri and illustrated by Inaki Miranda, the creative team behind the DC Comics’ Old Lady Harley series, this five-part epic, beginning in June, takes readers back to an era of seafaring and superstition for a Godzilla adventure like no other. In the 1500s, before humanity had successfully traveled the entire globe, it was believed that monsters ruled the oceans just beyond the horizon. “Here there be dragons…”

    Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Brad Johnson and Ryan Fons Mondo has announced ordering information for their new SpaceGodzilla  (GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA Variant) soft vinyl figure.  Read on for details...   Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD.   From the depths of the cosmos … a crystal-covered comet crashes into the waves off Baas Island. Do you know where your LittleGodzilla is?  SpaceGodzilla debuts in our Toho Soft Vinyl line with the definitive GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA colorway, commemorating SpaceGodzilla’s one and only appearance on film.   Designed, sculpted and painted by Hector Arce, this soft vinyl stunner measures in at 9.5” tall, 6.5” wide and 10" in length, and is limited

    The Brothers' Mantle -- the cloaks worn by heroes like Ultraman Ace, Ultraman, Zoffy and Ultraman Jack -- is now available to fans and collectors. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Site: https://store.m-78.jp/ (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Ultraman wearing his Brothers' Mantle. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Due to popular demand, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.  is now accepting orders for the Brothers' Mantle HUMAN SIZE Version (ブラザーズマント HUMAN SIZE ver., Burazāzu Manto Hyūman Saizu Ver.). This is a replica of the cloaks that the 6 Ultra Brothers (Ultraman, Zoffy, Ultraseven, Ultraman Jack, Ultraman Ace and Ultraman Taro) were awarded by the Father of Ultra,  now conveniently resized to fit Earthlings. The Brothers' Mantle is the first product from the "IMAGINATION Product Planning Department" and was chosen by votes by premium users of Tsuburaya

    Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Brad Johnson and Ryan Fons Mondo has announced ordering information for their new JET JAGUAR Soft Vinyl (Golden Anniversary Variant) soft vinyl figure.  Read on for details...   Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD.   Punch! Punch! Punch! Celebrating 50 years of GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, this special variant of our previously released Jet Jaguar Soft Vinyl figure is inspired by the character’s golden anniversary. This incredible colorway is limited to just 200 units and has 4 points of articulation! On sale now at https://mondoshop.com/products/jet-jaguar-soft-vinyl-golden   Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD.

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © BIRD STUDIO / Shueisha ・ Fuji Television ・ Toei Animation Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto DJ Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak and Toei Animation have joined forces to activate two of the world’s most iconic anime titles at New York Comic Con from October 6-9, 2022 – DRAGON BALL SUPER and ONE PIECE. Located in the Toei Animation Booth 2537 at Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC, Dim Mak and Toei Animation will present an immersive experience for fans to engage with their favorite characters while shopping the official merchandise exclusively unveiled at the event. Steve Aoki. Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. DIM MAK x DRAGON BALL SUPER follows the Universe Survival Arc as Goku discovers and achieves power level “Ultra Instinct” to rescue the multiverse from instant annihilation. The action-packed collection

      Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. © SCG Power Rangers LLC. Source: Diamond Select Toys press release Special Thanks to Zach Oat It’s nearly October, which means it’s almost time for the October issue of Diamond Comics’ Previews catalog to hit stores! And in its pages you’ll find a variety of new products from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant LTD, all of which will hit stores in spring of 2023! The lineup includes the first in a Power Rangers Gallery Diorama series. Read on for details, then pre-order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer. Or visit diamondselecttoys.com and gentlegiantltd.com! Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Gallery Green Ranger PVC Diorama A Diamond Select Toys release! Time to go Green! The first-ever Power Rangers Gallery Diorama is a sculpture of none other than Matthew Cook, the new Green Ranger! Based on

    The heroism, tragedy, and insanity of the war hits readers in a poignant collection of nine stories by Ukrainian creators; Proceeds to benefit Razom for Ukraine Source: TOKYOPOP press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.tokyopop.com/ukraine Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) Photo courtesy of MediaLab. Publisher TOKYOPOP calls attention to the horrific war in Ukraine with the release of PEREMOHA: VICTORY FOR UKRAINE, a new full-color graphic novel anthology by Ukrainian creators that debuts digitally on August 24th, Ukrainian Independence Day, with a print release on September 27th 2022. The war comes to readers (for ages 12+) in nine stories that humanize the conflict in Ukraine in a unique and emotionally lasting way with a focus on the heroism of the Ukrainian people and military in the face of overwhelming forces. Witness the struggles of brave defenders in cities like Kiev, Mariupol, Kherson, and Snake

    Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Brad Johnson and Ryan Fons Mondo has announced ordering information for their new BIOLLANTE - Midnight Bloom Variant soft vinyl figure.  Read on for details...   Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD.   Godzilla’s half sister, the genetically modified Biollante, has joined our Toho Soft Vinyl line! Beginning with last month's Cherry Blossom SDCC exclusive, we are so excited to continue our journey with this latest drop. Designed, sculpted and painted by Hector Arce, this massive soft vinyl figure measures at 8.5” tall, 8” wide and 11" in length, from front of the tentacle to the back of the figure! 

    Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Ryan Fons Mondo is excited to share BIG news for of Godzilla Day, November 3. Below please find info on Mondo’s very first soundtrack release for a Godzilla film, plus new collectibles and posters, all in celebration of the King of Monsters’ birthday. SOUNDTRACK Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. RETURN OF GODZILLA - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK LP Music by Reijiro Koroku. Artwork by Henry Abrams. 140 Gram Heat-Ray vinyl house inside a pop-up gatefold sleeve. Gold foil numbered edition of 2500. Retail variant pressed on 140 Gram red vinyl. Limit one per person. $30 He's back! After nine years away from the big screen, the Big G reappeared for his 30th anniversary in THE RETURN OF GODZILLA. Produced by Godzilla's creator Tomoyuki Tanaka and directed by Koji

    Photo courtesy of Toho. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: godzilla.com Special Thanks to Jessica Xie This year Toho International, Inc. is celebrating Godzilla Day like never before with a bunch of fun-filled activities and merchandise! ●      On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the month-long celebrations kick off with screenings of 1954 GODZILLA (a.k.a. GOJIRA) in 4K restoration. Exclusively screened at Alamo Drafthouse cinemas across the nation, including LA, NYC, San Francisco and many more, the 11/3 screenings of GODZILLA in 4K act as the film’s worldwide premiere. Alamo is also screening classic films GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH, SHIN GODZILLA, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE during Godzilla’s birth-month. Find more info on the website here: drafthouse.com/los-angeles/movies/godzilla. ●      To continue celebrating the iconic monster’s 67th birthday, Toho has treated fans to all-new products to show off their true

    Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Win a Godzilla 1974 Figural Bank from Diamond Select Toys and SciFi Japan! Photo courtesy of Diamond Select. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their Godzilla 1974 Figural Bank. Sculpted by Gentle Giant, this full-figure vinyl bank depicts Godzilla, exactly as he appeared in 1974`s GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ, Gojira Tai Mekagojira). The 12-inch rendition of the King of All Monsters in his full 1970s glory features a coin slot on his back and a removable tail that reveals an access door. Measuring 18 inches long from nose to tail, he is the perfect addition to any Godzilla collection! The suggested retail price is $39.99. Diamond Select Toys’ Godzilla collectibles can now be ordered internationally from their web store. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION

    Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Mondo press release Special Thanks to Brad Johnson and Ryan Fons Photo courtesy of Mondo. TM&©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla has had many looks through the years. At this point, we anticipate a new costume or aesthetic with each new appearance. With this in mind, we are commemorating The King of Monsters' designs, through his decades-long reign, with Mondo’s latest collectible line: GODZILLA MUSEUM. The GODZILLA MUSEUM line of small-scale collectible statues will celebrate all iterations of Godzilla's history, from the most iconic looks to new artist interpretations. Each set of limited edition statues will be released in groups of three, each representing a variation of Godzilla lore.   These roto vinyl/PVC statues will come with a museum-style base and plaque, allowing

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