November 3rd… Godzilla’s birthday, and the day that Toho has begun celebrating Godzilla Day. This year marks the 67th anniversary of Godzilla (1954). To commemorate, Toho has several different online events going on alongside a healthy merchandise push. This article is a hub for these activities, which will be broken up by category to cover everything going on for Godzilla Day 2021.
Also, check out Toho Kingdom’s Instagram account on November 3rd. It will receive periodic updates starting at about 5PM PT.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah 2021
For many the main event of the day. Toho released a short film online showcasing Godzilla fighting Hedorah. Directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa, assistant director on Shin Godzilla (2016), it features the 2004 suits of both Godzilla and Hedorah. As a result, it gives audiences the first real chance to see the Millennium Hedorah suit in action.
The five minute video was available online, and showcases some familiar music from the franchise as well. However, it has since been removed from Toho’s official account.
GodzillaFes Live Stream
Starting at 8:00PM PT on November 2nd and running into November 3rd is the GodzillaFes live stream. The stream covers various merchandise available in Japan for the anniversary and around the character.
Among the highlights are the announcement of the creation of a 4K version of Mothra (1961), which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. It will also conclude with the first view of the previously mentioned Godzilla vs. Hedorah 2021 short film. A full schedule, in PT, is found below:
8:00PM – Opening
8:10PM – Godzilla Singular Point Special Talk
8:50PM – Latest Announcements
9:35PM – Godzilla Store TV: ~Fall Figurines Festival~
10:30PM – Mothra Skit
11:00PM – Mothra 4K Remaster Project Reveal
11:35PM – Godzilla Store TV: ~Fall Figurines Festival~
12:35AM – Izakaya Godzilla (Special Edition)
1:15AM – Godzilla Store TV: ~Fall Figurines Festival~
2:15AM – All new Godzilla vs Hedorah Special Effects Movie Premiere
Godzilla Battle Line Summit
The mobile game Godzilla Battle Line will be having their own online event timed with the day. The live stream will be themed around Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), commemorating an online Twitter poll asking players who should be added to the game for which Kiryu won.
This will include a pre-recorded message from actress Yumiko Shaku, dressed as Akane Yashiro from the 2002 movie. In addition, the fim’s director, Masaaki Tezuka, will be a special guest during the live stream. He’ll be joined by voice actors Shoya Ishige and Yohei Azakami who played characters Yun Arikawa and Shunya Sato respectively on the Godzilla Singular Point show.
The live stream starts at 2:30PM PT and can be watched below. It’s expected to conclude with the announcement of Kiryu being added to the mobile game.
Mondo Godzilla Day Merchandise
Mondo is also getting in on the Godzilla Day 2021 fun with several items coming out, including their first soundtrack release. Below are details straight from Mondo about the items they are releasing.
THE RETURN OF GODZILLA – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK LP
Music by Reijiro Koroku.
Artwork by Henry Abrams. 140 Gram Heat-Ray vinyl house inside a pop-up gatefold sleeve.
Gold foil numbered edition of 2500.
Retail variant pressed on 140 Gram red vinyl.
Limit one per person. $30
“In conjunction with TOHO, We are INSANELY excited to be bringing you the first in our extensive HEISEI series of GODZILLA soundtracks with the classic RETURN OF GODZILLA the 16th film of the series and a direct sequel to the original 1954 GOJIRA. It’s one of our favourite movies of this era and features a darker and more sombre tone than previous films and an incredible score by Reijiro Koroku. The artwork is by Henry Abrams, whose stunning and intricate pencil drawings capture the majesty and beauty of GODZILLA perfectly. The package features a pop-up gatefold and is a numbered edition of 2500. We have a bunch of incredible Godzilla titles in the pipeline that all features fantastic original art and stunning package design,” said Mondo Creative Director Music Spencer Hickman
GODZILLA MUSEUM: ’54 Gojira
Edition of 2000
7.5″ high (8.25″ with base)
Sculpt by Tufan Sezer, Paint Design by Hilary Arce, Packaging Design by Damian DeMartino
“Godzilla has had many looks through the years — at this point, a new costume or aesthetic is anticipated with each new appearance. Mondo is commemorating The King of Monsters’ varied designs through his decades-long reign with Mondo’s latest collectible line: GODZILLA MUSEUM. The GODZILLA MUSEUM line of small-scale collectible statues celebrates all iterations of Godzilla’s history, from the most iconic looks to new artist interpretations. These roto vinyl/PVC statues come with a museum-style base and plaque, allowing you to display the figures on or off the base. Ideally sized at 7.5″ tall (8.25″ when on its base), these statues can fit on any display case, big or small. The ’54 Gojira collectible is the third statue in the Godzilla Museum series. The previous releases in the series have included the very first official release of a collectible based on the killer 1970s animated series, and a physical rendering of the King of Monsters from a look created in a stunning Mondo Godzilla poster by artist Attack Peter.”
Hedorah Soft Vinyl – Oil Slick Variant
Edition of 200
Figure Design, Sculpt and Paint Design by Hector Arce
Godzilla 84 Soft Vinyl – Imperial Variant
Edition of 150
Figure Design, Sculpt and Paint Design by Hector Arce
GODZILLA VS HEDORAH Posters
Artwork by Tom Whalen
24″x36″ Screenprint, 7-color screenprint on Domtar Lynx Opaque 100# cover
Edition of 220 at $55 (Left Poster)
Edition of 120 at $75 (Right Poster)
SHIN GODZILLA Poster
Artwork by Florian Bertmer
36″x24″, 4-color screenprint on French Glo-tone Shocking Green
Edition of 220 at $60
Alamo Drafthouse Screenings
Starting November 3, Alamo Drafthouse kicks off a month-long celebration across the nation with screenings of Godzilla (1954) from a 4K restoration. In addition, they will be screening Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), The Return of Godzilla (1984), Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and Shin Godzilla (2016).
Find more info at https://drafthouse.com/movies/godzilla
Toho Merchandise on Amazon
Toho is selling merchandise directly on Amazon as well to celebrate the day. This includes shirts bearing the Happy Birthday Godzilla design that was created for the day, seen below.
While these are the items created just for the day, the store has a lot of other Godzilla merchandise available as well. This includes a variety of items to celebrate Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) turning 50 years old this year.
Check out Toho’s Amazon Godzilla Store
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Last year we reported on the Godzilla costume for Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Well the costume is back, along with a 1995 version to go with the original one.
Yet another game is celebrating Godzilla’s anniversary: Go Big!
The company Cavitycolors is also celebrating Godzilla Day 2021, with a merchandise line centered on Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971). This includes a variety of shirt designs and one pair of sweatpants as well.
The items can be found right now on the front of the cavitycolors.com website, currently at the top. A direct link to the Godzilla vs. Hedorah line is found here.
Dim Mak x Godzilla Apparel
The record label, and apparel offshoot, Dim Mak had also released a line of Godzilla apparel. Had is the key word as they have already sold out of the line.
Before they sold out, they had a series of shirts and hoodies based on the three 1973-1975 Godzilla films along with Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964). The Dim Mak X Godzilla line can be seen here.
Jade City Foods x Godzilla Foods
Godzilla Foods has launched, with items brought to the mix by Jade City Foods.
Right now there are a selection of five hot sauces and three different coffee blends available. The hot sauces range from:
- Little Godzilla: Kawaii Kaiju
Jalapeño Serrano with Roasted Garlic – Heat Level 4
- Mothra: Queen of the Monsters
Pineapple Habanero – Heat Level 6
- King Ghidorah: The Death Song of Three Storms
Roasted Garlic Habanero – Heat Level 8
- Rodan: The Fire Demon
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion – Heat Level 10
- Godzilla: Doom Inevitable
Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, & Ghost Pepper – Heat Level 11
The items can be purchased on Godzillafoods.com
For Godzilla Day 2021, the King of the Monsters has been very prolific across mobile games. Another title that the character has made a cross over for is Puzzles & Survival.
The event, which started on November 3rd, let players win the New Gotengo from Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). This is done through locating Glacier Mines in the game. In addition, the game also offers players the chance to buy a marching Godzilla, based on his appearance in Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999). Finally, a nameplate featuring the 1974 Mechagodzilla is also available.
Credit goes to DYM for the details and images from the game.
November 26th update
Continuing the collaboration started on Godzilla Day is more content for Puzzles & Survival. This time the focus is on the villains’ of the Godzilla universe, with King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla as enemies scattered throughout the game. They are based on their 1991 and 1974 appearances respectively. In addition a Gotengo missile effect was also added to the game that players can win.
Credit once more goes out to DYM for the details and images from the game.