At last, after years of completely undeserved derision, Godzilla can now be seen for the masterpiece it is.
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Biollante (1989) -Godzilla faces a clone of himself constructed of cells from a woman, a rose and Godzilla himself.
Mechagodzilla (1993) VHS) - The United Nations builds a robotic Godzilla which teams up with Rodan to fight Godzilla.
Godzilla 2000 - Godzilla enters a new century with a new monster to battle.
Godzilla Final Wars was created as a 50th anniversary retirement project.
This title introduced mutant humans who make up a defense force designed to rid the world of Godzilla.
This modern-version of Godzilla has come a long way since his debut 50 years ago.
In 1962, the movie King Kong vs Godzilla brought the popular American ape monster into battle with Japan's number one monster star and thrilled audiences on both continents.
When Kong vs. Godzilla was released in 1962 King Kong played his popular role as American's favorite monster able to climb skyscrapers and snatch airplanes out of the air.
This time he went head to head with Godzilla, the most popular Japanese science fiction monster.
That said, if you happen to live with Godzilla in fur, even the red Kong will eventually begin to give way.
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The tab lists include favorites like Godzilla, Burning for You and The Red and the Black.
From the moment I removed Gun Metal from the case and inserted into the tray and waited for the title screen, I was afraid that trying to control a 30 foot steel Godzilla would be heavy and clunky.
At the website, you can learn how to make an elephant, penguin and even Godzilla out of these towels.
Japanese Godzilla toys allow children and collectors alike to enjoy an iconic movie monster.
Japan is the birthplace of Godzilla, a giant fictional monster created by atomic radiation.
In 1996, Godzilla even won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Movie Awards for his overall contributions to pop culture.
Bandai is one of the largest manufacturers of Japanese Godzilla toys in more recent years, although you will also see toys from Banpresto and other companies.
Older toys, including the first vinyl Godzilla action figures sold in Japan, came from the companies Marusan and Bullmark.
There have been numerous Godzilla toys made over the years.
Godzilla is a 6-inch vinyl figure from Bandai that recreates the monster's look from a bygone era.
The deluxe 4-inch Godzilla figure from the Ultimate Monster Collection is a highly detailed toy, also from Bandai.
There are multiple 3-inch PVC Godzilla gashapon, including some of the monster's supporting cast members.
Takara Combat Joe Godzilla Suit is a vintage Godzilla toy with a unique concept.
Joe, and he is wearing a Godzilla suit as a disguise.
The Final Wars series includes figures based on the 2004 movie Godzilla: Final Wars, released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Godzilla franchise.
The 7-inch Mecha Godzilla vinyl figure highlights one of the monster's many opponents.
Where can fans purchase Godzilla action figures or learn about the newest toy releases?
G-FAN is a magazine devoted to Godzilla.
The convention's dealers' room is a treasure trove of Godzilla merchandise, and you are sure to find some Japanese Godzilla toys in the selection.
You may find Godzilla among the selection.
Comic books shops, anime stores and general Asian import stores may also stock Godzilla toys.
For instance, Anime Jungle offers a number of Godzilla figures.
Auction sites are another potential source for Godzilla toys.
The term "Bridezilla" is a combination of bride and Godzilla.
Godzilla characters first entered movie theaters in the United States in 1955, but viewing was limited to Japanese-American communities.
Little did anyone know that the international success of would lead to a series of Godzilla films, models, toys and more.
Favorite Godzilla characters in the original films were, of course, the monsters.
In the 1955 film, Godzilla Raids Again, Godzilla met up with a fire monster by the name of Gigantis.
This dinosaur-like monster with its spike-covered back, battled it out with Godzilla.
King Kong was already a favorite movie monster before being teamed up with Godzilla.
Godzilla thrilled audiences as the two battled, but producers raised the tension even more when they introduced a giant octopus, too.
Mothra, a giant insect and favorite Godzilla monster, returns to the screen throughout the Godzilla series.
Mothra, Mothra is an ally of the humans who want to bring Godzilla down.
Ghidrah is the first Godzilla character introduced from outer space.
This three-headed nemesis fights three earthly monsters: Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan.
In 1965, the space theme continued, but this time Godzilla and Rodan were carried into outer space to fight monster zero.
In the 1966 Godzilla Vs. the Sea Monster, Godzilla fights multiple foes.
Audiences cheered as Godzilla and Ebirah struggled in the water and Godzilla ripped Ebirah's claws off.
The defeated lobster giant disappeared into the sea as Godzilla holds one of the claws in his arms.
Minya is Godzilla's young son, a character introduced in 1967 in Son of Godzilla.
Minya made Godzilla likeable because suddenly humans could relate to him as a parent caring for his child.
Minya popularity was clarified by his recurring role in Godzilla's Revenge (1969) when Godzilla teaches his son how to protect himself.
The Godzilla series continued to turn out movies regularly over the decades and along with them new monsters, and human Godzilla characters who either wanted to help or kill Godzilla.
Godzilla Vs Smog Monster (1971) - A monster created by pollution.
Megalon (1973) - In this one Godzilla teams up with a robot called Jet Jaguar and together the monsters introduced in the previous two movies: Gigan and Megalon.
Mechagodzilla (1974) - Godzilla teams up with a foo-lion monster names King Seesar to fight a robotic Godzilla look alike.
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) - A second Mechagodzilla returns to fight against Godzilla but he doesn't come alone.
Godzilla 1985 (1984) - After almost 10 years, Godzilla returned to the big screen to fight a flying tank built just to bring him down.
After the release of the movie, rumors circulated saying that Godzilla won in the Japanese version of the film and that King Kong remained king in the American version.
Godzilla fans dispute this interpretation.
Godzilla could have easily survived because he can live under water.
The film sponsored by Universal Studios in America and made by Toho Studios in Japan was the first color film featuring either of the two monsters and it turned out to be the most successful Godzilla film of all time.
It's a matter of whether or not this film is a King Kong film or a Godzilla movie.
Godzilla, on the other hand, didn't come about until 1954 and was introduced to the public in Godzilla, King of the Monsters.
Godzilla also had cool powers like atomic breath and the ability to emit a nuclear short range pulse from his body.
If you determine which monster is best by the number of movies in which they starred, Godzilla is the winner hands down.
Without him, Godzilla may never have existed.
The Godzilla monster gallery includes all the creatures that Godzilla has fought or been allied with through the years.
Through the years and several feature films, Godzilla has transformed from enemy to ally to neutral party.
Distinction: Anguirus was Godzilla's first foe.
After millennia of sleep, Battra awoke to discover new humans, Mothra and Godzilla.
His rampage required both Mothra and Godzilla to stop.
Scientific experiments grafted Godzilla cells with her, and caused a mutation that included dinosaur like protrusions on the plant's surface.
Distinction: Godzilla Jr. was also known as little Godzilla or baby Godzilla.
Description: Godzilla Jr. changed throughout his various appearances, beginning first as a smaller, gentler and pink-mouthed version of Godzilla.
Over time, Godzilla Jr. grew in both size and strength.
Description: Like many of Godzilla's enemies, Hedorah went through multiple incarnations from larval form, sea form, landform and air form.
More gigantic robot man than animal, Jet Jaguar allied with Godzilla once he gained sentience.
Distinction: Kamacuras attacked Godzilla's egg and nearly ate Godzilla Jr. until Godzilla saved him.
Distinction: King Ghidorah was among the best known and dangerous of Godzilla's enemies.
Considered the King of Terror, King Ghidorah appeared in more Godzilla films than any of Godzilla's other enemies or allies.
She was also one of the only female "monsters" in Godzilla's monster gallery.
Through the years, he has alternated between being an ally to Godzilla and an enemy.
After one such battle, Rodan was irradiated by Godzilla energy, changing his colors from brown and tan to red and yellow and granting him firebird abilities.
If you're new to watching the series of Godzilla movies or a big fan, these Godzilla monster bios hold nuggets of trivia you'll enjoy.
Before getting into the Godzilla monster bios let's take a look at Godzilla.
Godzilla exploded on to the scene in 1954 in the film Godzilla King of the Monsters as the result of a nuclear explosion.
In fact, Godzilla's original name was a combination of two Japanese words that meant "gorilla whale."
Many of the Godzilla monsters entered the scene as Godzilla's rivals with a few exceptions.
Before you read the following bios, can you list which monsters were Godzilla's allies?
Biollante is a unique monster made from combining Godzilla's DNA with DNA from a rose.
Along with staring in Godzilla movies, Ebirah has also made appearances in video games.
Destroyah is the monster responsible for killing Godzilla's son.
This Godzilla monster has the ability to change shape which means it can travel by land, sea or air, just by changing form.
Godzilla needed help defeating this enemy as even his atomic ray didn't cause any long-term damage.
Some people consider King Ghidorah Godzilla's ultimate nemesis.
In the 1991 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Godzilla blows away King Ghidorah's middle head, but that doesn't keep him down.
Mechagodzilla is a robot version of Godzilla and appeared in three movies.
Mothra and Godzilla's relationship spans several movies.
Space Godzilla is a unique monster because he is based on a modified clone of Godzilla himself.
This gives him all the same abilities as Godzilla plus cool new looks with a crystalline spine and shoulder pads.
The various Godzilla characters are each unique and make for a fantastic venture into science fiction.
Not only that but the ability of Godzilla monsters to survive and transform leaves the Godzilla saga an open-ended portal into what might be which explains the success of the series over decades.
While Godzilla vs. Gamera sounds like the title to a movie, it's not.
Instead it is a topic of discussion among science fiction enthusiasts who enjoy the popular Japanese monster movie genre where Godzilla is known as King of the Monsters and Gamera is invincible.
While Gamera was well received by American audiences, by the time this movie was released, Godzilla already had four movies out and as monster popularity goes, was a hit.
Godzilla had done so well, that Daiei Studios, decided to try to break into the Japanese monster movie market.
Toho Studios dominated that market with their Godzilla success.
Godzilla started out as a fierce reptilian dinosaur monster that Toho Studios unleashed on Tokyo in the first movie, Godzilla, King of the Monsters.
When Godzilla came out with his atomic breath and powerful heat ray, audiences debated who was the best monster at that time: Godzilla or King Kong.
Godzilla on the other hand not only has his atomic breath and heat ray, but his thick armored skin can repel missiles, lasers and other such projectiles and weapons.
Another thing about Godzilla that is worth noting is that he evolved from the scary fire-breathing monster that burned Tokyo to become a "good" monster that protected children and fought villainous, evil monsters.
As stars of the monster genre, Godzilla and Gamera share similarities in their movies but also some differences.
Gamera origins are similar to Godzilla's.
Godzilla was awoken when the hydrogen bomb was tested and Gamera stirs after an atomic bomb is detonated.
Like Godzilla, Gamera also wreaks havoc and heads toward Japan.
Original versions of first Godzilla and the first Gamera film were re-edited and scenes using American actors were spliced into the story line.
Raymond Burr was the actor added with Godzilla, and Albert Dekker and Brian Donlevy were the American stars used in Gamera's first movie remake.
A common debate among fans is who would win if it came down to Godzilla vs. Gamera.
Perhaps Godzilla would come out on top because he has the ability to regenerate.
You've watched all of the Godzilla movies, the shows and maybe you're even a collector of action figures, but how tall is Godzilla, exactly?
Godzilla's exact height, as portrayed in fiction and in movies throughout the years, has changed dramatically.
Because of this, the social idea of grandiosity has changed significantly over the years, and nowhere is this reflected more perfectly than in Godzilla's fictional change in height through the decades.
The fictional monster known as Godzilla was first introduced to the world in the 1954 original Japanese movie of the same title.
In the movie Godzilla, a main character named Dr. Yamane estimated the height of the beast at around 50 meters high.
This means that if that original Godzilla were real, his head would reach well over half the height of the Statue of Liberty.
The original Godzilla was a terrible threat to the city, and by the end of the movie he completely destroyed the city, before being killed by a new and deadly weapon of mass destruction called the Oxygen Destroyer.
In 1955, the sequel Godzilla Raids Again introduces a new monster, nearly identical to the first, that goes on another rampage.
This second Godzilla is exactly the same height as the first, and fictionally survives through 14 Japanese sequel films up through 1975.
In the mid 1980's, new Godzilla movies hit the big screen throughout Japan, and a Godzilla craze sparked in the U.S. in 1985, following the 1984 release of the Japanese film.
The movie was such a hit, that there was yet another sequel in 1989 titled Godzilla vs. Biollante, and again in 1991 with the film Godzilla vs. King Ghidora.
At one point Godzilla even battled an over-sized King Kong.
The early 90s saw five more series films featuring this now mythical beast, but given that the height of the original Godzilla was 167 feet, many fans often ask, how tall is Godzilla today?
The following list details Godzilla's change in height depending on decade.
From 1954 through 1975, Godzilla was featured as standing 167 feet tall.
In the 1984 sequel, the new Godzilla stood an impressive 267 feet (80 meters).
From 1992 through 1995, the new Godzilla towers a whopping 334 feet (100 meters) into the sky.
Subsequent to the 1995 film, the appetite of Western moviegoers for Godzilla films started to fade.
However, that didn't prevent director Takao Okawara from attempting to re-ignite public interest with the 1999 film Godzilla 2000.
Now that you know how tall Godzilla is - does it matter?
The issue of Godzilla's height makes for an excellent topic of discussion to examine whether the social and technological environment of a culture factor into what "size" an movie audience would consider extraordinarily large.
If you are a fan of the famous Godzilla series of movies, then you probably remember one of the most popular and revered of them all; Godzilla vs. The Thing.
While Godzilla fans have elements of every movie they love, this particular release is one that many fans consider the best Godzilla movie of all time.
There are very few people who've never heard of the creature known as Godzilla.
No one could have imaged that only nine years later, Japan would produce one of the greatest cult classic movies of all time - the 1954 film titled Godzilla.
The film was actually focused upon the terrible environmental and potentially devastating genetic effects of nuclear weapons, since the creature known as Godzilla was born from the after-effects of a nuclear explosion.
Godzilla was the most popular and remains the most recognized creature of all of those films.
After the popularity of Godzilla, the Japanese film makers produced a sequel the following year titled Godzilla Raids Again.
Seven years later, Japanese producers created the best selling film of the series of all time called King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Only two years later, Japanese film makers released Godzilla vs. Mothra, which many Godzilla fans consider to be the best Godzilla movie of all.
Due to the large American following of Godzilla films, this release was the first that came out both in Japan and in the United States at the same time.
The American film was edited from the Japanese version, and retitled Godzilla vs. The Thing.
Like most of the other early films, this release featured Godzilla as a looming and catastrophic threat to Japan.
Before the egg ever hatched, Godzilla made a grand entrance as he appeared out of the water off Kurada Beach.
This is the point in the film where moviegoers were treated to a sequence of destruction as Godzilla started to destroy the city of Nagoya.
They visited Infant Island and asked the Shobijin people for help, but were refused several times until Junko delivered a moving speech and inspired everyone to help save Japan from the horrible monster Godzilla.
The real inspiration for the god Mothra came when Godzilla discovered the giant egg and attempted to destroy it.
The god Mothra, a creature that looked like a cross between a giant moth and a bee, arrived on the scene and attacked Godzilla in a mythic battle that left audiences stunned as it appeared that Mothra was about to destroy Godzilla forever.
At the last moment, Godzilla mortally attacked Mothra with his atomic ray.
All seemed lost and Japan appeared doomed as Godzilla continued on his path of destruction.
The young Mothra chased Godzilla, captured him with a cocoon web and forced him to go back to the sea where he came from.
The young Mothra larvae returned to Infant Island with the Shobijin people, and Japan was once again saved from the horrible fate that Godzilla had in store for it.
If you're interested in watching this film, you'll need to decide whether you want to watch the American version, or the Japanese version titled Godzilla vs. Mothra.
There are some differences between the two, but in both cases you'll see what most fans describe as the best Godzilla movie of them all.
Godzilla vs. Destroyah was the final Godzilla movie in the second series, and the last Godzilla film produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka.
In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (the movie that precedes Godzilla vs. Destroyah), Godzilla and Baby Godzilla swam out to sea and found an uninhabited island in the Pacific to live on.
Little did unsuspecting fans realize that underground uranium deposits located on this island would wreak havoc on Godzilla and endanger the world in the future.
Godzilla, glowing with radioactive energy attacks Hong Kong.
The threat to Godzilla could affect the entire planet.
Godzilla was a ticking time bomb and not in his right mind.
The Japanese Self Defense Force used the Super X3 to stop Godzilla's rampage before he can reach the nuclear power plant to refuel.
Cadmium missiles don't do anything, but a new weapon, the freezing laser gun, stops Godzilla in his tracks, but only for six hours.
Once revived, he heads out to sea where he met up with Godzilla Junior who had grown to about half the size of his father.
It turns out that they are, in fact, mutated microorganisms resulting from the Oxygen Destroyer which killed Godzilla in the first movie, Godzilla.
Godzilla's core starts heating up again, and the threat of planet-wide destruction with it.
Godzilla Junior is used to lure Godzilla back to Tokyo where Destroyah can finish him off and save the world.
Many Godzilla fans consider the evolving Destroyah to be Godzilla's most challenging rival.
Godzilla Junior had grown to be half the size of his father and he fought Destroyah in Tokyo until his father arrived.
With Destroyah flying through the skies over Tokyo, Godzilla joined his son in the battle.
The pair hold their own until Destroyah swooped down, picked up Godzilla Junior and tossed him into a nuclear reactor.
Godzilla tried to revive his son with his radioactive breath without effect.
However a larger Godzilla Junior makes a comeback at the end of the film.
At the sight of his son's demise, Godzilla's anger renewed his fight with Destroyah, but just when it looks like he wouldl win, his core temperature reached critical failre.
Special effects made this farewell to Godzilla believable.
They try their freezing beam to stop Godzilla's meltdown but to no avail.
The world is doomed, until a full-size Godzilla Junior made a theatrical entrance and saved the planet by absorbing the deadly radiation.
Special effects used to create Godzilla vs. Destroyah brought a new dimension to Toho's battling monsters.
The special effects also made Godzilla's departure a believable and emotional ending as the giant lizard melted in time with an emotionally charged musical score.
This film presented a fitting end to the popular monster and remains one of the best Godzilla films to date.
However, Toho didn't really end the Godzilla franchise here.
In 2000 they introduced a new series of Godzilla films, a move still debated among fans.
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