From January into February, a survey was conducted on the Toho Kingdom forums that allowed members to vote for up to fifteen kaiju they would like to see in the Tamashii Nations S.H. MonsterArts line of figures. In their votes, members had to give reasons as to why they wanted the monsters they were voting for, with choices being anything in Toho’s live-action movie library, whether produced or distributed by Toho, or even to request reissues of figures already in the line.
After 30 days, the survey was ended, the votes were tallied up and the list condensed into a Top 10, showing a rather surprising list of monsters the fans have voiced their demand for. While this by no means guarantees Tamashii Nations will take these results into consideration, or that any of the following monsters will be made, we still appreciate everyone’s involvement during this event!
With that said here are the S.H. MonsterArts poll results.
|#10. Godzilla (1962)
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Spot number ten was grasped just at the end by the fan favorite Godzilla ’62. With a remake of the iconic King Kong vs. Godzilla underway, fans want to celebrate with a new figure for this vintage look of Godzilla. Fans really hope to see this someday, saying it is amongst their favorite of Godzilla’s designs and was a huge factor in their childhood and even becoming a fan to this day. Other fans stated their desire just to own a figure of this design as there hasn’t been many in the last decade and a half.
|#9. Baragon (2001)
It was a close call for spots nine and ten in the end, but the final votes came in with support for Baragon. Almost everyone was unanimous in wanting the 2001 version of the character to go alongside Tamashii’s Godzilla 2001. Despite its smaller role in the film, Baragon has proven to be far popular than its other guardian brothers and has gained tremendous support from the fans.
|#8. Godzilla (2002/2003)
Strong support for this version of Godzilla was apparent early on as he raked in votes faster than any other Godzilla design. Fans eagerly want this design of Godzilla, claiming it to be their favorite without a lack of new merchandise for it since the early 2000’s. Almost everyone was unanimous in voting for him, stating they would hope to see Tamashii release two variants: one with the battle scar and one without.
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Depending on whom you ask, this result is either expected or completely unexpected. Zilla was immensely popular early on and held steady as the votes came in. Fans pointed out his unique look and stance compared to other kaiju and that he’s one of their favorite monsters because of the animated TV series from 1998. Others pointed out that Zilla would make sense because of the amount of possible re-releases they could do with it (including the 1998 GODZILLA remake and one based on the cartoon series). Whether a figure is made of it or not, Zilla’s support and popularity amongst the fans is unquestionable.
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
As a release of the original Mechagodzilla looms overhead, fans have already begun looking toward the future. Titanosaurus was voted up simply for the desire to have a companion to pair with the upcoming (but yet to be revealed when) Mechagodzilla from Tamashii Nations. Additionally, as a popular kaiju in and of itself, fans pointed out that its red color scheme would look well and contrast the more mundane colors of a collector’s shelf.
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
One of Godzilla’s most notorious villains simply for its horrendous movie, Megalon came as no surprise as fans voted him alongside Showa Gigan stating “they go hand in hand.” Pointing out wishful thoughts of Megalon’s drills being made of die cast, the fan support was strong with Megalon as he was said to be one of the many of the voters’ favorite monsters of the Godzilla franchise.
|#4. Anguirus (1968/1972)
Godzilla’s loyal ally, Anguirus had very strong support until dropping mid-way through the survey. Still without a doubt one of the most popular kaiju, fans pointed out they wanted a bigger and better articulated Anguirus when compared to the Revoltech release. Additionally, fans declared that they’d want an Anguirus especially to go alongside a Showa Gigan should one ever be made.
Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)
Godzilla’s first opponent in the millennium era led the votes up until the end when Monster X and Gigan surpassed him. Fan demand for this kaiju stems from a desire to have an Orga to pose and pair with Tamashii’s Godzilla 2000 figure. The monster’s popularity also came into play with many fans listing him as one of their favorites. Additionally, many fans noted their desire to also have Orga’s UFO included if there was any means.
|#2. Gigan (1972/1973)
The highest-voted Showa kaiju to make the list was surprisingly the Showa Gigan. Despite a Revoltech figure being released numerous years ago, fans are still hungry for an articulated Showa Gigan. A fan favorite all around, many fans simply prefer this rendition of the cyborg over the millennium version.
|#1. Monster X
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
The final monster of Godzilla’s 50th anniversary raked in more votes than anybody else in the survey. Almost every reason included the fact he’s humanoid and would be a wonderful addition to the line. Additionally, the lack of Monster X merchandise since 2004 has meant newer fans haven’t had a chance to add him despite him being one of their favorites.
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