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    Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  Ghost X Ghost press release Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher  Ghost X Ghost just put up extras of their Rucking Fotten x GXG Double Feature 2.5 collab variants. These two t-shirts are in stock, and ready to ship. Available in sizes Small to 6XL. Quantities are very limited.   ■ Mothra vs Godzilla - Ghost Variant - Rucking Fotten x GXG T-Shirt Photo courtesy of Ghost X Ghost. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Screen printed on a 100% soft spun cotton black t-shirt.   Ghost X Ghost and Rucking Fotten have teamed up to bring you new a vision of your favorite Godzilla films!     Designed by Rucking Fotten  Printed by Bay Merch Price: $30.00 Order Link:  https://ghostxghost.com/products/mothra-vs-godzilla-ghost-variant-rucking-fotten-x-gxg-t-shirt?mc_cid=70bffd5a27&mc_eid=5df0f56949           ■ Destroy

    Source:  PIE International, Diamond Comics Distributors The incredible billingual (Japanese and English) book  GODZILLA History of Formative Arts 1954-2016 was first published in 2021. For those who missed it the first time out, Diamond Comics Distributors has relisted the book for a June 14 release in comic shops and bookstores nationwide. To find a Diamond affilitate store near you visit comicshoplocator.com. Additional bookstore locations in North America, Asia, and Europe can also be found here.   Photo courtesy of PIE International. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©2021 Kishikawa Edit Office, Ltd./ PIE International GODZILLA History of Formative Arts 1954-2016 The ultimate book of Godzilla showcasing a massive archive of rare material and stunningly beautifully design. From its first cinematic release as GODZILLA in 1954 to its latest incarnation as SHIN GODZILLA in 2016, this book offers a massive collection

    Photo courtesy of Spiral Toy. © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary Source: Spiral Toy press release “Long live the king” - Dr. Emma Russell (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS) Spiral Studio is proud to present the first Artisan Dynasty release from Spiral Toy! Made in collaboration with designers, Kazumitsu Akamatsu and Masami Yamada.     AD-GZ19001: Godzilla (2019) is cast in a silver glitter-infused clear vinyl. Akamatsu-sensei and Yamada-sensei have managed to capture Godzilla’s signature look and retain the charm of glitter infused vinyl.     This release is exclusive to the Spiral Toy website.     PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS  ・DIimensions - H: 25cm / W: 12 cm / L: 25 cm  ・Materials: Silver Glitter-Infused Clear Soft Vinyl  ・Edition Size: 200 Units  ・Pre-order Starts: May 26, 2023 - 01:00 P.M. (EST)  ・Est. Arrival: July 2023 About Spiral Studio At Spiral Studio, we are

    Photo courtesy of S-TRUST Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  S-TRUST Co., Ltd. press release S-TRUST Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Nishi-ku, Osaka, Representative Director: Kingo Ida)h as announced their limited amusement-only prizes, “Godzilla Okoshi Middle BOX” (ゴジラおこしミドルBOX, Gojira Okoshi Midoru BOX) and “Godzilla Okoshi Multi BOX” (ゴジラおこしマルチBOX, Gojira Okoshi Maruchi BOX), will be available at arcades and online crane games across Japan beginning the second week of June 2023. The prizes include Kaminari Okoshi (traditional Japanese rice puff snack crackers) with a Godzilla collectible sticker.   Photo courtesy of S-TRUST Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Photo courtesy of S-TRUST Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. ■ Godzilla Okoshi Middle BOX (With Stickers) The Godzilla Okoshi Middle BOX inlcludes one of six different BIG stickers depicting scenes from GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954)

    Photo courtesy of Pyramid America. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  Pyramid America Special Thanks to Michael Gondek and Mark K. Horowitz Pyramid America has produced a variety of Godzilla-themed merchandise that are now available from retailers nationwide. Wholesalers can order these products directly from Pyramid America at PyramidsOrderFormForWholesaleAccountsONLYi.   ■ 11oz Ceramic Mugs Dimensions: 3.75” Height x 3.125” Diameter x 4.55” Width (with handle) Holds 11 fluid ounces   Photo courtesy of Pyramid America. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla - Big Ben SKU: MGA84003 Spacegodzilla attacks London.                   Photo courtesy of Pyramid America. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla - Clouds SKU: MGA84004  

    Source: Hero's Inc. press release Official Website: https://anime.heros-ultraman.com   Photo courtesy of Hero's. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©Eiichi Shimizu, Tomohiro Shimoguchi / Hero's Hero's, Inc. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Katsuya Shirai) will release ULTRAMAN ARTWORKS, a collection of illustrations and designs for the ULTRAMAN manga and anime by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, on May 29, 2023. Among the book's contents aree artwork (including newly drawn pieces), an extended interview with Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, an exclusive newly-drawn manga, character profiles, and a first look at designs for the Ultraman C-type suit and Zetton. ULTRAMAN ARTWORKS celebrates the manga, which is currently serialized in Japan on the manga distribution site Comiplex (with the English translation published by VIZ Media) and the final season of the anime series, which debuted worldwide May 11th on Netflix.   ULTRAMAN ARTWORKS Written by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi

    Source:  Super7 Special Thanks to Ashley Anderson and Nikki Arthur   Photo courtesy of Super7. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Super7 has just revealed the next figure in their Toho ReAction line. The preorder and street dates will be announced this summer. Toho ReAction Jet Jaguar ‘73 Soaring Figure Everyone’s favorite size-changing sentient robot, Jet Jaguar, is flying in to help quell Kaiju chaos! Celebrating 50 years since its first appearance in the 1973 film GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, this 3.75” scale, articulated Toho ReAction Figure of Jet Jaguar ‘73 Soaring features unique sculpt detailing, including a new head design and arms that can be raised into its signature flying pose. Let the Toho ReAction figure of Jet Jaguar ‘73 Soaring save your Kaiju collection from becoming just another average monster menagerie! Inspired by the 1973 film GODZILLA VS MEGALON

    Source:  Fukuya Co., Ltd. (FUKUYA USA Inc.) Special Thanks to Masahito Watanabe In 2018, the Japanese premium company Fukuya Co., Ltd. launched FUKUYA USA  to produce game prizes for American amusement parks and facilities such as arcades, bowling alleys and theme restaurants. In 2021, FUKUYA USA released their first officially licensed Godzilla product  - a trio of small plush figures that were exclusively available at Round1 Bowling & Amusement locations across the US.  This coming month sees some new Godzilla releases, including FUKUYA's first retail Godzilla collectibe.   Photo courtesy of Fukuya Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Classic Godzilla Small Plush (Amusement Prize) Small plushes of Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra were offered as game prizes exclusively at Round1 Bowling & Amusement locations in the United States. Release Date: February 2021 Size: 4~5 Inches Material: PolyesterMade in China

    Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TTITk Source: Bandai Namco press release Shin Japan Heroes Official Website:  https://sjhu.jp/ Photo courtesy of Bandai. ©TTITk Bandai Toys Division Co., Ltd. will release "S.J.H.U.PROJECT Shin Universe Robo"(S.J.H.U.PROJECT シン・ユニバースロボ,  S.J.H.U.PROJECT Shin Yunibāsu Robo), a rtransforming obot toy in which the characters Shin Godzilla, Evangelion Unit 01, Shin Ultraman, and Shin Kamen Rider combine into one. This is the latest announcement in the Shin Japan Heroes project, a dream collaboration between characters from the movies SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016), EVANGELION: 3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇, Shin Evangerion Gekijōban, 2021), SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022) and SHIN KAMEN RIDER (シン・仮面ライダー, Shin Kamen Raidā, 2023) that were made under the supervision of writer/director Hideaki Anno.  This project  was launched in 2021 by Toho, Khara, Tsuburaya Productions, and Toei and presents four of Japan's leading "heroes" in various marketing and merchandising

    Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Photo courtesy of Diamond Select Toys. TM & © 2023 SCG Power Rangers LLC and Hasbro Source: Diamond Select Toys Special Thanks to Zach Oat Diamond Select Toys is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Red Ranger Legends in 3-Dimensions Bust. This ½ scale, approximately 10-inch bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and sits atop a detailed pedestal base. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.  The bust is designed by Joe Allard and sculpted by Salvador Gomes The retail price for this item is $175.00. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There is one (1) prize, consisting of one

    Photo courtesy of Monogram International. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Source:  Monogram International, Inc.Special Thanks to Rhea Tagorda and Mike Normann The 5th Series of  Monogram International's Godzilla Classic 3D Foam Bag Clip will be available from retailers nationwide in June. Photo courtesy of Monogram International. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Godzilla Classic 3D Foam Bag Clip Series 5 Introducing Monogram’s new 2023 blind bag product containing an assortment of 11 different characters from Toho’s Godzilla! This Series 5 collection features characters like 1965 Godzilla, 2nd Form of Shin Godzilla, 2004 Gigan, 1967 Kumonga, Battra Larva, 1956 Rodan, Shobijin, and many iconic characters and poster-inspired designs from the movie collection! Each blind bag comes with 1 random collector's keyring made of 3D foam and PVC. The character accessory averages about 2.5 inches in height without the bag clip. Great for

    Source: KADOKAWA Co. press release   Photo courtesy of KADOKAWA Co. © Yoshiki Takaya/KADOKAWA   KADOKAWA Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Takeshi Natsuno) has announced that it will release Yoshiki Takaya Art Book: The Bio-Boosted Armor Guyver Illustration Chronicle (高屋良樹画集 強殖装甲ガイバー イラストレーション クロニクル, Takaya Yoshiki Gashū-kyō Kyōshoku Sōkō Gaibā Ilasutorēshon Kuronikuru) on July 26th. This is the first art book of manga artist Yoshiki Takaya's masterpiece, Bio-Booster Armor Guyver and covers not only the series, but also illustrations created for products such as figure packaging. The author has carefully selected color illustrations going back to the manga's 1985 debut in Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Captain (月刊少年キャプテン, Gekkan Shōnen Kyaputen) and all the way up to the present. Each illustration comes with a comment from Mr. Takaya revealing behind-the-scenes stories and details. This is a book designed to make Guyver fans

    Photo courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO. ©Taiko no Tatsujin™ RHYTHM FESTIVAL & ©Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. ©TOHO CO., LTD. ©khara / Project Eva. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. Source: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. press releaseOfficial Website: https://dondafulfestival-20th.taiko-ch.net/ (Japan), https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/taiko-no-tatsujin-rhythm-festival (US) BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. has announced the "Shin Japan Heroes Universe Pack" (シン・ジャパン・ヒーローズ・ユニバース パック,  Shin Japan Hīrōzu Yunibāsu Pakku) is now available for purchase for their game TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHM FESTIVAL  (太鼓の達人 ドンダフルフェスティバル,  Taiko no Tatsujin Dondafuru Fesutibaru). Photo courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO. ©Taiko no Tatsujin™ RHYTHM FESTIVAL & ©Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHM FESTIVAL is the latest entry in the "Taiko no Tatsujin" (Taiko Drum Master) series for Nintendo Switch.  The player joins the main character, DON-chan, and their guide, Kumo-kyun, on a journey to become a Taiko master in Omiko City. The game includes 76 songs, more

      Photo courtesy of Movic Co., Ltd. © TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Movic Co., Ltd.. press release Movic Co., Ltd. will release new Godzilla character goods at Animate stores across Japan, Animate online stores, and Movic mail order. "Yuru Palette" (ゆるパレット, Yuru Paretto) is a brand series from Movic featuring loosely drawn illustrations of characters and easy-to-use designs for everyday use. The Godzilla Yuru Palette merchandise features original illustrations of the monsters from the Heisei VS Series - Godzilla, Biollante, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Battra, Mechagodzilla, Rodan, SpaceGodzilla and Destoroyah!These products are scheduled for release on July 14, 2023. Pre-orders are now being accepted at: https://www.movic.jp/shop/r/r101040/  ■ New Product Information Photo courtesy of Movic Co., Ltd. © TOHO CO., LTD. ●  Pins Collection (ピンズコレクション, Pinzu Korekushon)8 StylesPrice: 1 pack 715円 (Approximately $5.23 U.S., Tax Included), 1 BOX (8 packs) 5,720円 (Approximately $41.86 U.S., Tax Included)Release

      Photo courtesy of Cheerio Corporation. © TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. Featuring Fierce Battle Packaging With King Ghidorah!Source: Cheerio Corporation press release Cheerio Japan Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Haruki Suga) has released "GODZILLA ENERGY III" (ゴジラエナジーⅢ, Gojira Enajī Ⅲ), the third in their "GODZILLA ENERGY" series, which has been a great hit with fans of Godzilla and energy drinks. The drink is now available at some mass retailers across Japan and Cheerio vending machines in Chubu, Kansai, Okinawa, and Jingumae (Lifeguard Square). It can also be purchased from the Cheerio official online shop. In addition, GODZILLA ENERGY III will be sold over the counter at Godzilla Store Tokyo and Godzilla Store Osaka, the official Godzilla shops. Photo courtesy of Toho. © TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.● The Highly Popular "GODZILLA ENERGY" Drink, Now in Its Third EditionGODZILLA ENERGY was the first

    Author: Keith AikenSource:  PARCO Co., Ltd. press releaseOfficial Event Site: https://art.parco.jp/galleryx/detail/?id=1213 Photo courtesy of PARCO. © TOHO CO., LTD.  PARCO Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) is hosting the "GODZILLA THE ART by PARCO" exhibition at GALLERY X BY PARCO on the B1F of Shibuya PARCO through Monday, May 15, 2023. This exhibit launches the art project "GODZILLA THE ART," a series of events running into 2024 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Godzilla.  Under the supervision of anatomist Takeshi Yoro, contemporary artists and creators from various fields will express Godzilla with their own sensibilities. As the first phase, "GODZILLA THE ART by PARCO" features Japanese artist Isamu Gakiya and Korean artist NOH Sangho, displaying their interpretations of Godzilla. Various other projects are also in the works, so please check back with SciFi Japan for further announcements.    

    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

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