Coming out of way left field from Tamashii Nations and Bandai, the next figure in the the S.H. Monster Arts line will be the Shodai-Goji, Godzilla 1954! This will not be a web exclusive as the just announced Godzilla ’54 will be a wide release. The first images of Godzilla ’54 appeared on the Tamashii website early Friday morning, February 19, 2016. Godzilla ’54 has a tentative release for July 2016. Quite fitting to have the first Godzilla release the same month as Shin Godzilla?! Pricing and detailed specs for the figure have not been released at this time. This new Godzilla will be on the heels of the GMK Godzilla which makes the summer of 2016 quite reinvigorating for the S.H. Monster Arts line.
This is a good time to be a Godzilla 1954 fan because NECA released their version of Godzilla 1954 last year. X-Plus debuted the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1954 slated for release during the summer months as well. Once again, collectors have many options to help feed their FRESH VINYL addiction!
So, what is next? Many SHMA collectors had their doubts about the line for some time as re-issues have taken the release window for more than half a year, leaving the most recent non re-issue release Mecha King Ghidorah from June 2015. The Godzilla 1964 (Mosu-Goji) is currently the only Showa release in the line, until now that is. With the announcement of the Godzilla ’54 coming literally out of no where, this could only leave us to wonder what else Tamashii and Bandai have up their sleeves. Time will tell!