Monday, February 3, 2014

Toy Fair 2014: Bandai's Godzilla Toys Taking Shape

As we dive head long into Toy Fair 2014, the name of the game is "cover as much ground as you can, beg to shoot everything and be happy with what you get." This goes double for Toy Fairs not held in the U.S., as most companies are saving their prime reveals for New York (2 weeks!) and other companies are under the watchful eye of their various licensors who dictate what merchandise they can show from the year's most anticipated films. Sometimes...we get one piece as a promise of more awesome to come. This method is quite effective. Sometimes, we get nothing, but are allowed to see what little the company has brought for buyers to place orders on, and when that is the situation, I count on my reporters to describe every little detail they can squeeze out of their over stimulated minds. I's TOY FAIR! I only send people who love toys to Toy Fair..and that being the case, I can only hope these fine folks remember their names and deliver clear pictures at day's end.

With that, I introduce Thorsten Wedel, gentleman extraordinaire and lover of all things plastic who braved Nuremberg Toy Fair for us and gave me some details on Bandai's Godzilla movie toy line today. Here are the bullet points from our conversation.

  • Three items were on display but seemed still in the prototype stages as most were grey in color. The three items were:
    Godzilla Chibis
    Godzilla Destruction Pack with Winged MUTO Monster - Includes: 1 figure, 1 destructible building, 1 military aircraft
    Godzilla Deluxe Attack and Roar Figure - With collector level detailing this large scale figure brings Godzilla to life as he blasts his powerful atomic breath and lets out his iconic trademarked roar.  
  • Thorsten was not impressed. He initially describes the Destruction Pack as having "a little fat dino..but it looks like there is Mothra in the movie too." Actually his initial statement was "Terrible." He used the phrase "cheap plastic" many times.
  • Viewed were some bridges, skyscrapers and houses "with parts to destroy".
  • The "Winged MUTO Monster is described as having two legs and wings. Looks a bit like a moth. The head in particular was somewhere between a moth and a fly in appearance. The creature had claws like the classic Godzilla monster Gigan (meaning hooks).
  • Thorsten could not give much more detail as the monster pieces were very small, in the 3 to 3.5 inch range. (Estimated)
  • Compared to this small size, I suppose the Deluxe Attack and Roar Godzilla WOULD come off as "large scale". We are told this figure is 7 inches tops, but definitely no bigger.
  • Deluxe Godzilla's action feature is a blue flame effect that pops out of his mouth and lights up. This figure also roars. I asked if it made the classic sound to see if they just had a place holder sound effect in the toy and was told this was the new roar. As we were also not allowed any recording devices, we can't even play that for you. WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO BE INSIDE OF THORSTEN'S HEAD RIGHT NOW!!
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  1. Heh, cheap crappy toys for a cheap and crappy monster movie. Seems appropriate.

    1. Like you would know.

    2. Cheap, crappy, monster movie? You honestly have no idea, do you?

    3. did you watch the teaser ?? does that look like a cheap, crappy monster movie? I guess some trolls just don't respect Godzilla and want the new movie to flop. obvious trolls. you know what is a cheap, crappy monster movie ?the movies that syfy making (dinocroc,sharktopus etc.)

    4. No you obviously have no idea.

  2. Oooh, nice comeback kid. Now go home, I'm sure mommy's run a nice hot bath for you before beddy bye time.

  3. a cheap and crappy monster movie. seriously? watch it first and give other films a shot and not just those dull superheroes

  4. Lol I love how kids these days just assume rather than wait and see. Too stupid I guess?

  5. really theres only king ghidorah!!! that the only godzilla related toy in the toy fair live

  6. So well description about Deluxe Godzilla toys here! Now wonder why Godzilla toy is so popular!.

  7. I appreciate the info...I think that the Godzilla Destruction Pack with Winged MUTO Monster is a great setup. As a kid, I loved any time I could make my toys destroy buildings...all of us enjoy a little bit of destruction on a colossal scale every now & then...LOL!