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  • I’ve had the privilege of attending a few Comic Book, Horror, and Science Fiction conventions here in my local town of Dallas Texas. The month of May in 2017 saw the arrival of the new Famous Monsters Convention here named after the beloved fan magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland. This was the first convention here in my home town that was dedicated to monsters as opposed to a general science fiction or horror theme. For a first time convention Famous Monsters Convention Dallas hosted an impressive list of guests. Ricou Browning who played The Creature from the Black Lagoon in the original Universal classic films, Sara Karloff the daughter of Boris Karloff, and even Sean S. Cunningham the creator of Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th franchise. (more…)

    General // November 1, 2017
  • For many of you, summer is now at its end. To help soften the blow, we here at Toho Kingdom figured we’d close out the season with the biggest contest the site has ever held! This is our Godzilla Summer 2017 contest. From toys to posters to books, we has a huge selection of prizes this time around. A lot is dedicated to the recent movie Kong: Skull Island (2017), the latest entry in the MonsterVerse. That said, we also have a lot of content related to the King of the Monsters as well. Check out the prizes below! (more…)

    General // August 29, 2017
  • August 7th, 2017 marked the passing of a true legend. Best known for being the suit actor for the original 1954 Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima demonstrated his talents on the big screen in an unforgettable performance that would live on in the hearts and minds of people the world over. Nakajima would go on to bring to life even more iconic Toho movie monsters, such as the original Rodan, Varan, Gaira, Baragon, and King Kong, and even appear on the silver screen in acting roles, though his outing as Godzilla would remain one of his finest endeavors. (more…)

    General // August 22, 2017
  • Being developed by Granzella and to be published by Bandai Namco, a new survival video game featuring kaiju is under development for the Sony Playstation 4. The title is played from the perspective of the humans, who are trying to survive while their town is besieged by giant monsters. Titled City Shrouded in Shadow (巨影都市) the game is set to be released this year, on October 19th, for the system. Rather than use original monsters, though, the game is taking some of the most popular icons in the genre to appear in the game. (more…)

    News // July 15, 2017
  • GODZILLA (1998), the first big-budget Hollywood adaptation of the popular Japanese monster, has been on my mind a lot as of late, albeit not for the same reasons as most fans. (I critiqued the film back in 2014, in which I examined it predominately as a generic science-fiction action flick which just so happened to bear the name ‘Godzilla,’ and I stand by every word in that mixed but hardly venomous review.) Rather, I have been focusing my attention on a certain bias the movie imprinted on Godzilla fans in terms of who they want and do not want to see in the directors’ chairs for these films. Roland Emmerich, who made the 1998 film, never made an effort to hide his lack of enthusiasm for Godzilla or, for that matter, his wish to completely change the character once he agreed to direct the film. He certainly followed through in terms of that second regard: presenting a creature whose primary scenes involved weaving around high-rises, fleeing from rockets, and falling dead when a couple of commonplace missiles pounded into its ribs. The film remains, to this very day, for a good many Godzilla fans, the standard example of what happens when you turn over a beloved pop culture figure to someone who is not a major enthusiast. And Emmerich remains, to this very day, for a good many Godzilla fans, the standard example of a non-fan director: someone whose apathy results in a movie completely failing to translate the property’s recognizable characteristics in virtually every regard. (more…)

    General // June 14, 2017
  • We’re back with another exclusive look at the prototype of the set for special color version of Battra. This package includes both the adult, or imago, and larva forms of the dark kaiju seen in Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992). This is the first time that both versions of Battra have been packaged together, and now there’s a beam accessory included for the larva form, which was absent from the larva’s original release. (more…)

    News // June 12, 2017
  • The recent passing of Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) director Yoshimitsu Banno and the expected refocus on his limited involvement in Toho’s iconic monster movie franchise brought to mind two things regarding this series and the way fans react to it. The first concerns the making-of stories surrounding these movies and how they are, so very often, swamped in a messy bog of truths and half-truths. In regards to how the front office at Toho reacted to Godzilla vs. Hedorah, the legend reiterated to most people depicts an ambitious young filmmaker teeming with fresh ideas, whose career was mercilessly cut down by a narrow-minded tyrant just when it seemed to be getting started and whose only crimes were exerting his imagination and daring to stray from the norm. It’s become one of the most popular tales in Godzilla lore, and just about every fan in the last few decades has heard it. (more…)

    General // May 28, 2017
  • On May 15th, 2017, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Bandai Tamashii Nations America’s office in Los Angeles, California. I was there to check out and take exclusive photos of the Special Color version Mothra set. This includes both the adult, or imago form, and larva as based on the version from Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992). This set is being sold exclusively on the Tamashii Webshop. (more…)

    News // May 16, 2017
  • This article is a comprehensive K.W.C. frequently asked questions (FAQ). It covers everything from allowed combatants to the process behind the banners that are featured in each match. We hope this answers any questions you may have had about the K.W.C. and helps you with any matches you plan on writing in the future! (more…)

    K.W.C. // April 30, 2017
  • Naturally when a film of this type hits theaters, novelizations and “Making of” books follow suit and for fans of the films, they are a welcome addition to the experience as they “fill in the gaps” so to speak. Here are two quick Kong: Skull Island book reviews centered around the latest entry in the MonsterVerse franchise: Kong: Skull Island (2017). (more…)

    General // April 24, 2017