When it comes to this most recent Godzilla film, there's one thing fans have been most anxious to see: Godzilla himself. Throughout the teasers, trailers, and images released, we have yet to get a full and proper look at this new iteration of the King of Monsters.
Godzilla's design has undergone many changes over the years, but there are certain elements that remain iconic: his upright stature, his spines, a giant tail capable of leveling whole city blocks. Will Gareth Edwards' design for Godzilla deliver on those expectations?
In this latest film we're promised the largest version ever of the monster. And while we await our chance to see the towering colossal on screen, we can get a pretty good impression of him by checking out JAKKS Pacific's impressive, 3ft-long Godzilla toy.
First revealed by MTV News, this Giant Size Godzilla figure stands 24" tall and is 43" long. He sports 12 points of articulation, including a jaw which opens and closes as well as a tail which swings vigorously from side to side. A child's toy - or a collector's prize - he may be, but this figure is by far our best look yet at Godzilla's new design.
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From a cursory glance, you can see this Godzilla stands upright, unlike Sony's "Zilla" from their 1998 film. He does have spines but they're more subdued than what we've seen in the past, say from any of Toho's later Godzilla films. The tail, however, looks just as menacing as ever.
Where this design differs the most is in the overall build. This Godzilla is bulkier and broader than what we've seen before. His legs, too, are thicker and appear not only more capable of supporting his gigantic frame, but far less like a man's legs thrust into a rubber lizard costume. Godzilla's face appears more angular, more hawk-like, which is something Edwards only recently said they had attempted with this new design.
For a closer look at Godzilla's face check out the cover to the forthcoming art book, Godzilla: The Art of Destruction (via Yahoo! Movies):
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This art book will undoubtedly be jam-packed with designs for Gojira, both used and unused, as well as plenty more about the art direction of Godzilla.
JAKKS Pacific's Giant Size Godzilla will be made available at Toys R' Us sometime this week and will retail for $49.99. It releases nationwide in May. The art book, Godzilla: The Art of Destruction by Mark Cotta Vaz, will release on May 13th.
What do you think of the full design for Godzilla? Does it live up to your expectations? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Godzilla stomps into theaters May 16th, 2014.