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    The Meitetsu Department Store hosts a festival featuring the Zanenai Ikimono books and Chibi Godzilla. Photo courtesy of Meitetsu Department Store. Zanenai Ikimono TM Takahashi Shoten Co. Chibi Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source; Meitetsu Department Store Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: Through August 29th, the Meitetsu Department Store in Nagoya is hosting the "Meitetsu Summer Fest" (めいてつ夏フェス, Meitetsu Natsu Fesu), a summer vacation that has sold more than 5 million copies.event for children and parents alike. The main theme of the festival is based on Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (ざんねんないきもの事典, "Encyclopedia of All Things Zanena"), a popular children's book series published by Takahashi Shoten that has sold more than 5 million copies. The books offer humorous descriptions of animals and dispell common misconcenceptions about them, so the 7th floor of the Meitetsu Department Store has an exhibit featuring live animals from the

    Graniph has partnered with the Ultraman Series for new clothing and collectibles. Photo courtesy of Graniph Co., Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Source: Graniph Co., Ltd. press release Graniph Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President: Akihiko Murata) will launch a collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman Series starting Tuesday, August 15, 2023. A total of 29 items including T-shirts, blousons, socks, hats, and kids' items featuring a wide range of Ultra Heroes and monsters will be available from Graniph's official online store and their retail locations across Japan. Pre-orders have begun on the official site and will run until 11:59 pm on August 14. Some Graniph stores in Japan will hold events to celebrate the release of the Ultraman Series product line. From Tuesday, August 15 - Monday, August 28, a 2.5-meter (8 foot) tall statue of Ultraman will be installed inside the flagship store located in the

    Source: Graphic-sha Publishing Co., Ltd. press release Photo courtesy of Graphic-sha Publishing Co. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Graphic-sha Publishing Co., Ltd. will release Godzilla Great Anatomical Picture Book: The Abyss of Monsters Unraveled by Shinji Nishikawa (ゴジラ大解剖図鑑 西川伸司が紐解く怪獣の深淵, Gojira Dai Kaibō Zukan Nishikawa Shinji ga Himotoku Kaijū no Shinen) on August 8th. Godzilla Great Anatomical Picture Book is written and illustrated by Shinji Nishikawa, a popular artist who created the monster designs for many of the Godzilla movies produced by Toho from 1989 to 2004, drew storyboards for Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman series and designed monsters for the anime series SSSS.GRIDMAN (SSSS.グリッドマン, SSSS.Guriddoman, 2018).Described by the publisher as "an unparalleled, in-depth Godzilla compendium," the Japanese book looks at the different live-action Godzilla designs from the first film (released in 1954) to SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016) plus other monsters that appeared in those movies. In

    The 57-year history of the Ultraman series is gathered in Kodansha's Ultraman & Monsters Notebook 2024. Photo courtesy of Kodansha Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2023 KODANSHA LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Kodansha Ltd. press release The cover design depicts the familiar silhouette from the opening of ULTRASEVEN.Photo courtesy of Kodansha Ltd. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©2023 KODANSHA LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Japanese publisher Kodansha has announced that their Ultraman & Monsters Notebook 2024 (ウルトラマン&怪獣手帳 2024,Urutoraman ando Kaijū Techō 2024) will be released on September 11, 2023.  Featuring a stylish red vinyl cover with the silhouette of Ultraseven and the silver foil stamping of the Ultra Guard mark, the book acts as a daily planner, diary and comprehensive Ultra Series information guide. This year marks the third anniversary of the Ultraman & Monsters Notebook series, and the 2024 edition has been reworked to make it even more fun and

    Photo courtesy of Toy's King. Hedorah and Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Virus King ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: Toy's King press release The toy purchasing company Toy's King (headquartered in Nakamura-ku, Nagoya; Yusuke Yamamoto, President), operator of T-BASE JAPAN, will be selling at the sculpture and figure festival, Wonder Festival 2023 [Summer], on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Photo courtesy of Toy's King. © TOY'S KING. T-BASE JAPAN sells original soft vinyl products from creators and artists. It carries many products that can only be purchased at the T-BASE stores in Shibuya and  Ginza, or at special events. For Wonder Festival,  T-BASE will exhibit and sell soft vinyl figures of special effects monsters such as Toho's Godzilla and Hedorah, Virus King from the indie daikaiju movie YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei

    Photo courtesy of Sun-Star Stationery Co. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Sun-Star Stationery Co. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Sun-Star Stationery Co., Ltd. press release Sun-Star Stationery Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Taito-ku, Tokyo; President: Yukiyoshi Yoshimatsu) is now taking pre-orders for their Godzilla PET Bottle Holders (ゴジラ ペットボトルホルダー, Gojira Petto Botoru Horudā) on the Premium Bandai site. There are three cute plushie designs, featuring monsters from the 2004 film GODZILLA FINAL WARS (ゴジラ FINAL WARS, Gojira FINAL WARS), each made to hold standard PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic beverage bottles. The Godzilla and Gigan designs can hold 500-600ml (17-20 ounce) bottles, while Mothra is for 280-350ml (9.5-12 ounce) bottles. The inner fabric contains an aluminum sheet to reduce the risk of condensation droplets leaking from the bottles. The zipper and hook & loop fastener make it

    Photo courtesy of Playmates. © Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Source: Playmates Toys Official Site: Special Thanks to Sarah Gumina Playmates has provided SciFi Japan with product info and photos of their new Titan Tech Rodan. The figure is part of the Monsterverse Titan Tech Monsters series  that already includes Godzilla and Kong. Titan Tech Rodan is a Target Exclusive and will be arriving on store shelves across North America in September. Photo courtesy of Playmates. © Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Photo courtesy of Playmates. © Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary Monsterverse: 8” Titan Tech Transforming Rodan Action Figure Legends collide as Godzilla, Kong and

    Photo courtesy of JR-Cross. JR East Cross Station Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   JR-Cross press release Photo courtesy of JR-Cross. JR East Cross Station Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS JR East Cross Station Foods Company Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Foods Company President: Mitsuhiro Fukaya) will hold its first "Ultraman" collaboration campaign at all 68 Beck's Coffee Shops in Japan from Tuesday, August 1 to celebrate the airing of  ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā). In addition to sales of new Ultraman "drink coupons" (6 types in total) and water bottles (limited quantities),  the "Ultraman Collaboration Design Beck's Coffee Shop Drink Coupon Complete Set" (ウルトラマンコラボデザイン ベックスコーヒーショップドリンク回数券コンプリートセット, Urutoraman Korabodezain Bekkusu Kōhī Shoppu Dorinku Kaisūken Konpurīto Setto) with a luxury ticket holder will be sold at some stores and on the e-commerce site "Ekinet". In addition, customers can participate in the "New

    Aoyagi Sohonke presents 7 Ultraman versions of the Aoyagi Uiro confectionery. Photo courtesy of Aoyagi Sohonke Co., Ltd. ©Aoyagi Sohonke ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS   Aoyagi Sohonke Co., Ltd. press release The sweets company Aoyagi Sohonke Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Moriyama-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, President: Takashi Goto), which manufactures and sells foods such as “Aoyagi Uiro” (a traditional Japanese confectionery from Nagoya made from rice flour, sugar, water, and seasonal ingredients.) and “Frog Manju” (shaped pastries filled with red bean paste), has partnered with Tsuburaya Productions to produce limited  “Aoyagi Ultraman Uiro” (青柳ウルトラマンういろう, Aoyagi Urutoraman Uirō) snacks. Buy all 7 flavors and become as happy as this kid. Photo courtesy of Aoyagi Sohonke Co., Ltd. ©Aoyagi Sohonke ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS This food was created to commemorate the start of the latest Ultaman television series ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā), which premiered this past July 8th.

    Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong cover artwork by Christian Duce. Photo courtesy of DC. © & TM DC. All Rights Reserved. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved. TM&© TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM&© Legendary HEROES AND MONSTERS COLLIDE IN THE CROSSOVER EVENT OF THE YEAR! DC press release DC and Legendary Comics are celebrating the first day of San Diego Comic-Con 2023 with a colossal announcement: DC will collide with Legendary’s Monsterverse in Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong, the cataclysmic crossover event of the year you never expected! In partnership with Toho International, the 7-issue series, launching in October, is from acclaimed writer Brian Buccellato (The Flash, Injustice, Detective Comics), bestselling artist Christian Duce (Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point) and colorist Luis Guerrero! Photo courtesy of DC. © & TM DC. All Rights Reserved. ©2023 Legendary. All Rights Reserved.“As a comics fan—there’s nothing more fun and

    Source:  Super7 Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Fans of Godzilla and Kaiju collectors everywhere rejoice, because looming on the horizon are a pair of new titans to add to your collection! Super7’s latest Toho ULTIMATES! are a pair of Heisei-era favorites: M.O.G.U.E.R.A. and SpaceGodzilla! Featuring intricate sculpting and premium paint detail, these 7” scale, highly articulated, made-to-order Toho ULTIMATES! are ready to take on foes, human and Kaiju alike, and garner a place of honor in your Godzilla collection! Super7 is also offering the figures together as a Toho ULTIMATES! Wave 4 collection that comes with an excluisive set of alternate heads specific to these characters. See below for details.                     Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO

    Hochi Shimbun Co., Ltd. press release   Cover design and bonus collectibles for the Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Special Limited Edition. Photo courtesy of Hochi Shimbun. ©The Hochi Shimbun / ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Japanese newspaper publisher Hochi Shimbun Co., Ltd. has revealed that the tabloid newspaper Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Special Issue (ウルトラセブン55周年特別号, Urutorasebun 55 Shūnen Tokubetsu Gō), celebrating fifty-five years of ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun, 1967-68), will go on sale from news sellers and other retailers on July 29th. Running 24 fulll-color pages + 8 posters, the publication is must-have collectible for ULTRASEVEN fans. Cast members Koji Moritsugu (Dan Moroboshi), Yuriko Hishim (Anne Yuri), Sandayu Dokumamushi (Shigeru Furuhashi) and Bin Furuya (Amagi) have each chosen their "three most memorable episodes" and introduced them with nostalgic photos. The front page of the bonus "Extract Poster" features "All Enemy Monsters & Aliens" from UlLTRASEVEN, and the back page is dedicated to Ultraseven's

      The Godzilla (2023) SOFVICS figure is the first prize revealed for Bandai Spirits' Ichiban Kuji Lottery Godzilla-1.0. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Bandai SpiritsOfficial Site: TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Bandai Spirits has revealed details and prizes for their upcoming GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) Ichiban Kuji Lottery. Ichiban Kuji is a Japanese character lottery where participants win original colectibles based on a specific brand like Godzilla, My Hero Academia, Wizarding World, Dragon Ball Z, Toy Story and Crayon Shin-chan. Customers can purchase their entries online and at the Ichiban Kuji Official Shop, convenience stores, bookstores, hobby shops, and other retailers  across Japan, with each entry guaranteed to win one of the products offered in the lottery.  In addition, the contestant who purchases the last lottery entry at a shop will get a special "Last One" prize. Members of the

    Dark modern day horror masterpiece about cannibals in a small rural Japanese village also inspired a popular Disney+/Hulu live action showSource: ABLAZE press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) Vol. 1. Photo courtesy of Ablaze. Comics and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE serves up a terrifying new manga thriller rich in tension and suspense as it announces GANNIBAL with the Vol 1 TP volume set for a November 2023 publication date and Volume 2 scheduled for a February 2024 release. GANNIBAL is an intense 13-volume horror manga created by Masaaki Ninomiya that was originally published in Japan by Nihon Bungeisha. ABLAZE is proudly bringing this dark masterpiece to North America and English readers worldwide for the first time. In GANNIBAL, Daigo Agawa is a resident

    Photo courtesy of Mark Nagata. ©︎ 2022 SUMFP ©︎ TPC Photo courtesy of Mark Nagata. ©︎ 2022 SUMFP ©︎ TPC Source: Max Toy Company, LLC.Special Thanks to Mark Nagata This upcoming weekend (July 21-23), Bay Area Film Events, CinemaSF and SciFi Japan present ULTRAFEST, a 3-day Ultraman film festival at the 4-Star Theater (2200 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121).  Authorized by Tsuburaya Productions, Starlight Runner and The Licensing Group, the event will include screenings of Ultraman movies and episodes, special guest Dore Kraus (star of ULTRAMAN TOWARDS THE FUTURE), merchandise dealers, an art gallery and more! For complete details, please see the report here on SciFi Japan. Adding to the fun will be sales of two limited edition figures based on the hit movie SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022). Sculpted and painted by Mark Nagata of Max Tox Company, the

      The Eat Asia chain has opened Godzilla-themed restaurants in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Angelotti – Licensing & Entertainment Business. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.   Author: Keith Aiken Source:  Angelotti - Licensing & Entertainment Business, Toho Co., Ltd. Special Thanks to Luiz Angelotti A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Eat Asia - Chácara Flora features Godzilla decor. Photo courtesy of Angelotti – Licensing & Entertainment Business. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Over the past several years, Toho Co., Ltd. has greatly increased their international promotion of the Godzilla brand. Helped by the worldwide success of the "Monsterverse" film series from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros., Toho has expanded their international office in Los Angeles, achieved wide distribution of their Godzilal anime titles through Netflix,  signed a multitude of merchandising deals for both the Monsterverse and "Classic Godzilla" lines, launched themed Godzilla channels on YouTube

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Bandai Co., Ltd.   The first wave of GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0/ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan) merchandising has been revealed by Toho and Bandai...   Theater Advance Merchandise Sales of GODZILLA MINUS ONE theater advance merchandise begin on Friday, July 14 at theaters across Japan, Godzilla Store locations (Tokyo, Osaka) and the store's official website, and "The Visual World-crafting of YAMAZAKI Takashi, Film Director" exhibition at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art.   Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ■ Godzilla-1.0 Sticker Set (ゴジラ-1.0ステッカーセット, Gojira Mainasu Wan Sutekkā Setto) Price: ¥550 (Approximately $3.98 U.S., Tax Included) Release Date: July 14, 2023 Sticker Sizes: 10 x 9.3cm (3.9 x 3.6 Inches), 8 x 9.3cm (3.1 x 3.6 Inches), 8.5 x 9.8cm (3.3 x H2 Inches), 5.5 x 10cm (2.2 x 3.9 Inches) Package

      Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©13AM Games Jirahs - Orange Crystal, Jirahs - Glow in the Dark, Megadon - Yellow Crystal, and more will be available exclusively at G-Fest XVIII this weekend!! Source:  Seismic, LLC. press release Seismic is continuing both of its popular toy lines: the DAWN OF THE MONSTERS toy line and Ultraman Vinyl Oddysey with brand new toys available exclusively at the popular kaiju convention G-Fest, taking place this weekend July 14-16 in Rosemont, IL. To celebrate Ultraman Day, Seismic is announcing two new limited edition variants of its popular Jirahs soft vinyl toy for G-Fest. Jirahs will have a limited Crystal Orange version with translucent soft vinyl and a brand new Glow in the Dark version. Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of Seismic, LLC. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Photo courtesy of

    Photo courtesy of MIXI. TM & © TOHO CO. © MIXI Source: MIXI Corporation press release Kotodaman Official Website: Photo courtesy of MIXI. TM & © TOHO CO. © MIXI MIXI Co., Ltd. (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Hiroki Kimura) will collaborate with Godzilla for the first time on July 10th with their hit word-fighting smartphone app "Kyoudou Kotoba RPG Kotodaman" (共闘ことばRPG コトダマン, Kyōtō Kotoba RPG Kotodaman). Developed by Sega, Kotodaman is a free RPG in which players compete by solving Japanese slang word puzzles to unleash attacks on yheir opponents. Since its launch in 2018, the game has run partnerships with other popular Japanese bards such as Persona and Kamen Rider.  In this collaboration, Godzilla will attack Kotodaman's annual summer festival "God in Japan"! (ゴッドインジャパン,  Goddo In Japan) and be featured in a new version of the "Great Defeat Event" (大討伐イベント, Daitōbatsu Ibento),

    Source:  Super7 Special Thanks to Ashley Anderson Super7 is heading to San Diego Comic Con, July 19–23, with a selection of Godzilla exclusives! Visit the Super7 Booth #2543 to purchase the following items... Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. SDCC Edition Toho ReAction King Ghidorah and Hedorah Figures The sun shines longest these summer days, but once the sun finally goes down, the SDCC edition Toho ReAction Figures of King Ghidorah and Hedorah can light up the night with their otherworldly glow!   Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. SDCC Edition Toho ReAction Godzilla 1954 With Tokyo Train Figure We know Godzilla collectors are just

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