Godzilla ’89: Mondo’s greatest statue of all time!
Mondo has released new pictures of their long-awaited Godzilla ’89 Statue based on the appearance of the legendary monster in the 1989s Godzilla versus Biollante. The 18 inch statue is on sale now, and you are checking out the images in the gallery below as well as a preview of the next statue … MOTHRA!
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Click here to pre-order Mondo’s Godzilla ’89 Statue (regular edition is $ 350 / limited edition is $ 375)!
NOTE: The limited edition version of the Godzilla statue comes individually numbered and has an edition of 300 copies.
You can also see the in the gallery Godzilla ’74 Tiki Mug – heat radiation variantyou can buy by clicking here!
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This GODZILLA ’74 tiki sits on top of a tsunami in the Pacific and is ready to crush its destructive digital doppelganger (but just as ready to provide you with radioactive refreshment). It is a monumental masterpiece of dinosaur drinkware suitable for a king. The tiki costs $ 65. These mugs are handmade and make each one unique. There may be slight deviations from the images shown.
Read the following announcement from Hector Arce, Creative Director of Mondo Toys and Collectibles:
“Godzilla and Biollante are not monsters. It is the unscrupulous scientists who create them who are monsters. “This quote from Dr. Shiragami in the great movie GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE blew my mind as a kid.
The movie itself is great and has one of Godzilla’s coolest opponents. Biollante is Godzilla’s half-sister – and a half-plant – with the soul of a human girl thrown in for a fair share. A monster with tentacles and a huge mouth full of teeth (which spits out a glistening acid, no less), it was a really cool design. The film was epic and a great comeback for Godzilla.
Flash forward to this day and now I make toys and collectibles for a living. I’ve worked on Godzilla-related products in the past, but nothing like that. When I heard that Mondo had obtained the Toho license and that we could make Godzilla products, my inner child bounced up and down while an adult dressed me up in a more appropriate way.
Godzilla 89 by GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE seemed like the best place to start. The film features one of Godzilla’s most iconic and memorable designs. Two rows of teeth ?! Hell yes!
After we figured out all the details, we had to find a designer to get our ideas down on paper here in the Mondo collectibles department.
Give Eric Siebenaler. We hired him to bring our ideas to life and come up with a cool design for us to present Toho. Below is Eric’s last pass.
After we finalized the design, it was time to find a sculptor. We turned to the great Mark Newman to create all of the bases and all of the sculpture. He did a great job drawing up the whole project. After its first pass, I then went in and modeled / adjusted areas to make sure we were as true to the look and aesthetics of the 89 design as possible. 3D sculpted twists of the final sculpture can be seen below.
Once it’s 3D printed we paint it. Painting Godzilla may look simple on its surface, but the subtle shades of black and gray make it a bit challenging. The goal is to capture the look of the suit from the movies while also making sure the details are still popping and not getting lost in the darker colors. Of the entire statue, what I had the most fun was painting the detached Biollante tentacle.
Final painted prototype:
The painted prototype is the last stage of our in-house production. After that we will send it to our manufacturer where they will reproduce our statue. In this case we turned to Acro. Acro is known for their amazing job of making figurines and statues for places like X-Plus, Sideshow, Prime 1 and many more. Their references and quality of work are amazing so it was a breeze to ride them with our very first Godzilla statue. One thing Mike and I love is the feel and weight of vinyl. Acro is the master at making highly detailed vinyl statues. Because of this, we decided to go a more traditional route with this statue and make Godzilla itself a polystone / resin-based vinyl statue. Below is the first blank sample Acro sent us.
Last but not least is the packaging. We wanted the packaging for this character to be very special, something that stood out and captured the spirit of the movie and the statue in the box. To do this, we turned to our good friend and colleague Florian Bertmer, and he submitted this great work of art with Godzilla in the middle of an epic clash with Biollante. Mike Bonanno, who added the colors and designed the rest of the packaging art, rounded out Florian’s amazing art.
The end result is something we are really proud of. I would also like to take this opportunity to point out some Easter eggs that we have attached to the statue.
For anyone familiar with the movie, you all know what is happening to the Super X2. You can find it here, crashed between Godzilla’s legs. We felt it was important to add this special ship to this statue. The Super X becomes a pretty important ship in the Godzilla myth. His debut in The Return of the Godzilla (with the epic theme song!) Is a great moment in Godzilla history and continues in Godzilla vs Biollante. Speaking of Biollante, the giant plant creature has some pretty nasty tentacles, most of which attack Godzilla. It wouldn’t be a love letter for this movie if we didn’t include at least one reference to the monstrous attachment.
We also wanted to include the moment in the film when Biollante stabbed Godzilla’s hands with one of his tentacles. It’s a crazy moment in the movie and something that stuck in my mind as a kid. The Mondo Exclusive includes an interchangeable arm that recreates this moment in the film.
Another must-have is Godzilla’s heat ray. We felt this was the finishing touches to our statue and something that fans of the franchise would appreciate. Check out our take on Godzilla’s famous burst of energy included in the exclusive Mondo below:
Godzilla has been a huge part of my life since I can remember. I got my first Godzilla movie when I was 5 and it blew me away. To this day, I’m a huge fan of the entire film franchise, and my love for the franchise is greater than ever. Even so, we are proud to present Mondo’s largest collector’s item to date: the Godzilla 89 Premium Scale Statue. We hope you all love the care and work we have put into this statue. Stay out there safe, mask yourself and hopefully we can see you at a convention soon.