S.H.MonsterArts’ New Godzilla Minus One Figure Gives A New Look At The King Of The Monsters’ Incredible Redesign In 2023

The new figure shines a light on Godzilla's fresh redesign in the upcoming installment
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Collectors and Kaiju fans, lend me your eyes, behold the King of Monsters, Godzilla, coming soon to S.H.MonsterArts.

S.H.MonsterArts is a part of S.H.Figuarts, a line of figures from Tamashii Nations, the premium figure division of famous Japanese toy company, Bandai. S.H.MonsterArts’ figures are based on popular kaiju. S.H.MonsterArts is known for their extremely intricate presentation of each of the characters as figures.

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Godzilla Minus One is the 30th Japanese live-action installment and 37th overall installment in the extremely long-running franchise. Minus One is set to be the franchise’s 70th-anniversary celebration installment, with the original film having been released in 1954. Minus One is directed by Takashi Yamazaki, who previously included the famous kaiju (Japanese word for monster) in his film, Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 from 2007.

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Through their United States account, Tamashii Nations announced the new Minus One figure. The figure will be known as S.H.MonsterArts GODZILLA [2023] and will be released sometime in November 2023, timed to the release of the upcoming film.

The figure was created under the supervision of Minus One’s director, Yamazaki. Further details regarding the figure’s U.S release were not revealed at the time of the announcement but may be revealed closer to Minus One’s American release on December 1st, 2023.

The New Figure Reveals Potential Inspirations Behind Godzilla’s Redesign

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As shown in the figure, the new design confirms what I originally thought, based on the glimpses from the teaser trailer. The design seems to be a cross between his Heisei era and MonsterVerse designs taking far more influence from the former in general body shape and face but having the photorealistic texture of the latter. Using these designs as inspiration for Minus One makes sense since the Heisei and MonsterVerse designs are two of the most recent modern-looking designs.

The design is also very similar to his appearance in Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle in Japan, which also had Yamazaki’s involvement in its development. The theme park ride’s design similarly created a new and effective look from using previous designs.


Through the years of Yamazaki’s involvement with the franchise for the King of Monsters, it’s interesting how his design for the character evolved from one that evoked the classic Showa era look in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 to the Heisei-inspired design in Minus One.

Godzilla’s more typical design in Minus One, compared to the more nightmarish one in Shin Godzilla, really reinforces the feeling that Minus One will be far more straightforward in it’s approach. It’s also very possible Godzilla looks this way in Godzilla Minus One because franchise distributor, Toho, intends to use the design as the new mascot for franchise-wide promotions.

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Ultimately, the look at S.H.MonsterArts’ Minus One figure continues to uphold the subline’s reputation for insanely screen-accurate kaiju figures and awesomely builds up the anticipation for Minus One‘s release.


Godzilla Minus One

Release Date: November 3rd, 2023
Director/Screenplay/VFX: Takashi Yamazaki
Production: Toho Co.
Distribution: Toho Co.

Logline: After the war, Japan has been reduced to zero. Godzilla appears and plunges the country into a negative state.The most desperate situation in the history of Japan.Who? And how? Will Japan stand up to it?

What do you think about S.H.MonsterArts new Godzilla figure? Are you going to purchase the figure when it releases in November? Are you excited for Godzilla Minus One? Let the Illuminerdi know on our social media, we’re always watching.


Source: Tamashii Nations


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