Friday, 28 August 2015

NEW 14-inch tall Godzilla Statue from Sideshow Collectibles

Initially unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer, Sideshow Collectibles' new 14-inch tall Godzilla statue will be available to preorder next Thursday, September 3rd. Check out their website for more details! 

Personally, I am loving how this new smaller statue looks. I always saw the 2ft tall Maquette as an art piece, or something reminiscent of a production piece from the film. The statue, however, is more worthy as a movie replica of the character. Not sure how much it costs yet - though I'm certain it'll be a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Maquette, - but I am intending on getting it! 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Original Figure Review - NECA 12" Head-to-Tail Godzilla [Classic Video Game Appearance]

Written by Arlo Hansen

We asked for it, and we - ahem - somewhat got it. It's the classic video game appearance of the Big G from the 1990 NES game, Godzilla: Monster of Monsters. Never did we think we that we'd ever get a video game version of Godzilla, period. However, given that NECA had the Godzilla license and were also doing a popular series of video game styled figures, it was somewhat inevitable that we'd get one for Godzilla. The "downside" of this, however, is that the figure is not of the 1964 Godzilla of which the original game sprite was based off of, but instead a rehashed and retooled version of NECA's existing Godzilla 1985 figure. How does that affect my judgement for this figure? Read on ahead to find out!

Original Figure Review - NECA Pacific Rim Ultra Deluxe Action Figure, Kaiju Otachi [Flying Ver.]

Written by Arlo Hansen

After the release of the regular "land" Otachi earlier this year, rumors and speculation immediately spread in regards to the release of an eventual "flying" version of the fan-favorite Category-4 Kaiju. Ultimately our speculations were confirmed when NECA unveiled the Ultra Deluxe Flying Otachi, slated for a July 2015 release. 

This representation of Otachi is of its flying form, seen during her battle with Gipsy Danger in (technically above) Hong Kong. Does this version of Otachi live up to my gleaming opinions about the first figure? Let's see... 

Steven Reviews Ultra-Act x S.H. Figuarts ULTRAMAN

Steven Reviews NECA Pacific Rim 7" Figure Series Horizon Brave

DiegoDoom Reviews Ultra-Act x S.H. Figuarts ULTRAMAN

DiegoDoom Reviews Ultra-Act Ultraman Zoffy Ultraman Mebius Special Set

DeigoDoom Reviews S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla (2014) Spit Fire Ver.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Fresh Vinyl Reviews - Marmit Monster Heaven Exclusive Melting Godzilla

Our friend, Rich Eso of Fresh Vinyl Reviews takes a look at the exclusive Marmit Monster Heaven Melting Godzilla, sold only at G-FEST XXII earlier this summer. 

Original Figure Review - NECA Pacific Rim 7-inch Figure Series, Jaeger Series 06, Horizon Brave

Written by Arlo Hansen

Following in the footsteps of Jaegers such as Tacit Ronin and Romeo Blue, the next addition to NECA's Pacific Rim Jaeger action figure collection is none other than Horizon Brave. While only featured in the prologue sequence of the 2013 giant monster vs. giant robot action film, Pacific Rim, as well as on the cover of the prequel graphic novel, Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, battling the Kaiju, Meathead, Horizon Brave is quite an interesting Jaeger with an impressive background covered in the official novelization of the film...

Horizon Brave is a Mark 1 Chinese Jaeger, constructed and launched on December 22, 2015. It has fought battles alongside other notable Jaegers such as Romeo Blue, Tacit Ronin and Coyote Tango. Horizon Brave was piloted by Lo Hin Shen and Xichi Po. In 2019 it accompanied Jaegers, Gipsy Danger (piloted by the Becket brothers,) and Lucky Seven (co-piloted by eventual Striker Eureka co-pilot, Hercules Hansen, and his brother, Scott Hansen) in battle a against a Category IV Kaiju in Manila, Philippines. It ended its many years of service with its destruction during a battle against a Kaiju in Lima (the destroyed Jaeger is briefly seen in the film.)

So, does this figure show any promise and stand up alongside its fellow Jaeger compatriots? Let us take a look...

Original Figure Review - S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2000 Millennium Special Color Ver.

Written by Arlo Hansen

Once again, Bandai Tamashii Nations provides us, collectors, with yet another repaint of a past release. This time it is of the S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2000 Millennium, which was originally released back in December 2013/January 2014. With this particular repaint, Godzilla 2000 is featured in a more traditional color scheme instead of the original dark green skin and dark violet dorsal plates. How does this compare to the original? Let us find out together!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Coming Soon...

Be sure to keep an eye out on our YouTube channel in the coming weeks, because I am kickstarting my brand new series of video figure reviews with the long awaited Sideshow Collectibles Godzilla Maquette! I hope to start filming the review soon. It will be my first time doing video reviews in two years. I am pumped, especially for this one!

Original Figure Review - X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014

Written by Arlo Hansen

By far one of the most anticipated releases from X-Plus in recent history, the Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 is one of X-Plus' most recent additions to their line of super-detailed vinyl figures having been released in late June 2015. Did it live up to the hype set by the fanbase and collecting community? Let us take a look at this hunk of vinyl ourselves...

Friday, 7 August 2015

Steven Reviews NECA Anteverse Gipsy Danger

Steven McCarthy reviews the Toys R' Us Exclusive NECA Anteverse Gipsy Danger action figure. Is it worth adding to your collection? Watch the video and see!

Monday, 3 August 2015

The Kaiju Planet is Returning to YouTube!

Heads up, peeps!

The Kaiju Planet is returning to YouTube! Hopefully sometime later this month or even in early September, after I get settled into my new home in Manila, I will be conducting a brand new series of video reviews for select figures. Following in the footsteps of our friends and fellow reviewers such as Rich Eso (Fresh Vinyl Reviews,) Steven McCarthy(Steven's Toy Reviews,) and James Hale (DiegoDoom,) I feel ready to step back into the limelight and embarrass myself in front of the camera while reviewing the latest and greatest figures of our favorite rubber suited monsters!

Even though I have nothing of interest currently uploaded to my channel, it is currently live. So, please subscribe! Be sure to keep an eye out for my videos when they begin to pop up. If you don't catch them on YouTube, don't worry, I will be sharing them through the blog and on Facebook.

As of now, I plan on doing video reviews for the following figures: X-Plus Toho Large Monsters Series Gorosaurus 1968 (RIC Boy Exclusive,) X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection Godzilla 1991 [Hokkaido Landing Ver.], X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014 (RIC Boy Exclusive w/ Male MUTO,) NECA Pacific Rim 18" Figure Series Striker Eureka, and the Sideshow Collectibles Godzilla Maquette.

There are some figures I left out of the mix (if you've noticed the upcoming reviews tab on the right side of the blog.) Those will still be covered in written reviews.

Steven Reviews NECA Flying Otachi

Our friend, Steven at Steven's Toy Reviews on YouTube shares his opinions about NECA's Ultra Deluxe Flying Otachi action figure. 

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction

Better late than never.

Kyle Yount, host of the popular podcast, KaijuCast,  hosts this hour long documentary celebrating 60 years of Godzilla.

In 2014, kaiju fan and podcaster Kyle Yount traveled to Japan to determine the King of the Monsters' impact within his own country. HAIL TO THE KING: 60 YEARS OF DESTRUCTION follows the host of the Kaijucast throughout his visit to the birthplace of Godzilla during the 60th anniversary celebration.

In my opinion, this is a very solid documentary that reflects how the Japanese perceive Godzilla and the future of the art of tokusatsu in Japanese cinema. Kyle does a fantastic job hosting this documentary, and manages to tap into the opinions of fans, filmmakers, and veteran Godzilla actors alike.

In the void of any special treatment for the monster king for his 60th anniversary, I applaud Kyle and his many supporters for making this documentary a reality.