S.H. MonsterArts is a subline of super-articulated action figures called S.H. Figuarts made by Tamashii Nations, the collector's division of Bandai. Beginning in November of 2011, the line started out as a Godzilla-focused assortment before eventually including other franchises such as Alien, Predator, and Monster Hunter. The figures are distributed to the United States via BlueFin Industries with the sole exception being figures exclusively sold through the Bandai Premium Web Shop.
Main line[edit | edit source]
2011[edit | edit source]
The first figure in the line was based on the Godzilla suit used in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. It was released on November 19, 2011 in Japan and December 20th, 2011 in the United States. A "first edition" release came with a blue atomic breath effect and a radiation wave base while subsequent issues were replaced with a second edition lacking accessories and packaged in a smaller box. A reissue of the "second edition" variant was released in the summer of 2012. The figure was redecoed into the Meltdown Godzilla Comic Con Explosion Exclusive.
Released December 3, 2011. Accessories included a Mega-Buster ray, an interchangeable Plasma Grenade lens, and optional flight parts. The figure was compatible with the Bandai Premium Web Shop Exclusive Garuda Set which could plug into the back. In 2017 the figure was reissued with the Garuda and sporting a more metallic paint job as Super Mechagodzilla.
- Godzilla Effects and Toho Ultimate Weapons Pack
A Bandai Premium Web Shop Exclusive released in December of 2011, this set features a red atomic ray for Godzilla, multiple military vehicles, the Super X2 and an assortment of Tamashii Stage Act arms and two display bases for the arms.
2012[edit | edit source]
Released in 2012 as a Bandai Premium Web Shop Exclusive. Accessories include parts to combine it with the Mechagodzilla figure, a display stand featuring the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center logo, G-Crusher cables for Mechagodzilla and weapon effects.
Released on March 24, 2012 in Japan and April 24, 2012 in the United States. Accessories include a corona beam effect, a crystalline effect piece and a Tamashii Stage Act arm to hold the beam. Many collectors have reported the paint on the shoulder crystals to chip over time. The figure was repainted in 2018 as part of a Bandai Premium Web Shop Exclusive Set with LittleGodzilla.
Released on May 12, 2012 in Japan and June 12, 2012 in the United States. Accessories include Plasma Cannon effect parts, Spiral Grenade Missile effect parts, pieces to replicate the flight mode, and two Tamashii Stage Act arms with city bases. The U.S. release's box reads "MOGUERA," with no periods in front of the letters and a "U," while the Japanese release box reads "M.O.G.E.R.A.," with periods in front of each letter and without a "U", due to the Japanese acronym for the mecha's name simply being Mobile Operations Godzilla Expert Robot Aero-type.
A Bandai Premium Web Shop Exclusive, LittleGodzilla was released on June 15, 2012 in Japan and July 15, 2012 in the United States. Accessories include four crystals and two display stands.
- Meltdown Godzilla (Comic-Con Explosion)
A redeco of the Godzilla figure, this figure was released on July 12, 2012 and was an exclusive release at San Diego Comic Con International 2012. The box features exclusive art by Yasushi Torisawa depicting Godzilla attacking the SDCC convention center.
Released on July 14, 2012 in Japan and August 12, 2012 in the United States. Accessories include two exclusive stand bases, a Tamashii Stage Act arm, a uranium heat beam, a red spiral heat ray intended for the Godzilla figure, and a damaged Mechagodzilla head. A prototype for a brown variant of the figure based on Rodan's normal form in the film was seen on display alongside the Mechagodzilla figure, but has not been released.
Released on September 29, 2012 in Japan and October 29, 2012 in the United States. Accessories include three gravity beams, a display stand for said beams and three Tamashii Stage Act arms. Many initial reports of this figure featured its wings snapping at the base due to a fragile construction in the joints. Care must be taken when handling the wings and it is strongly cautioned to either refrain from moving them or to move them at their bases slowly to prevent any damage. This figure was repainted in 2015 as a Bandai Premium Web Shop Exclusive Poster Color version.
Released November 30, 2012 in Japan and December 30, 2012 in the United States, this figure is an entirely new mold from the initial Godzilla release, complete with an expanded range of articulation. Accessories include two Maser Freeze tanks (an MBT-MB92 and a CLT-95) and two interchangable claws. This figure was repainted multiple times, first as the Godzilla 1995 Birth Version in 2014, then as the Bandai Premium Web Shop Exclusives "Ultimate Burning Godzilla" in 2016, then as the Neon Genesis Evangelion-inspired repaint dubbed Godzilla feat. Eva-01 and the Noriyoshi Ohrai Poster Version, both released in 2017.
Released December 14, 2012 as a Bandai Premium Web Shop Exclusive. Accessories include two helicopters, two pairs of alternate blades, and two wire stands.
2013[edit | edit source]
Representing the titular antagonist of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah in his demonic final form, this figure comes in a long box with no accessories. It was released on February 27, 2013.
- Destoroyah Evolution Set
Released on July 31, 2013, the Destoroyah Evolution Set includes Destoroyah's juvenile, aggregate, and flying forms, as well as an alternate head for the aggregate form. The juvenile or "crab" form figure is noticeably inaccurate to the film, featuring crab-like claws on the front of its body and two spear-like claws extending from its back, features exclusive to the aggregate form. It is possible that this figure is meant to represent the multiple small aggregate Destoroyahs that attacked Godzilla in the film rather than the monster's juvenile forms.
Representing Biollante's final form from Godzilla vs. Biollante, this figure was released in November 2013 in Japan, and December 15, 2013 in the U.S. Biollante comes with a multi-colored light-up chest. Biollante's box is a solid cardboard box similar to Godzilla 1964's box, and she comes with no effect parts or accessories.
This figure of King Kong is based on his incarnation from Peter Jackson's 2005 remake. It comes in a tall box with a tree branch, three pairs of hands, a stand and a hand with Ann Darrow. It was released on April 27, 2013, which was two months after Destoroyah.
Representing Kiryu, the Millennium Mechagodzilla, from Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, this figure includes a dark blue jet pack and wrist-mounted rail guns. It was released on September 14, 2013. Interchangeable shut-down and possessed head parts are included. The chest opens up to reveal the Absolute Zero Cannon inside.
- Battra (Imago)
This figure of Battra's imago form from Godzilla vs. Mothra was released on December 27, 2013. It comes with a stand.
A Godzilla 2000 figure was first seen at Summer Wonfest 2013. The accessories are once again omitted. Unlike the other Godzilla figures, this figure is not based on an actual design from a movie, but is instead based on Yuji Sakai's concept design for Godzilla in Godzilla 2000: Millennium. It was released December 28, 2013.
2014[edit | edit source]
- Mothra (Imago)
- Gigan (2004)
Gigan 2004 was revealed at the Tamashii Nations 2013 event. It was released on April 19, 2014. It comes with two hook hands, two double chainsaw hands, a serrated head spike, two serrated mandibles, two bladed mandibles, a bladed head spike, and a second armored neck.
The set containing Mothra and Battra's larval forms from Godzilla vs. Mothra was released in June 2014. Mothra comes with a piece of webbing.
Based on the Godzilla design from Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, confirmation of this figure's existence was presented at the 2014 Toy Fair alongside a projected summer 2014 release. It was shown under a black veil with a September 2014 release date.
A remolded Burning Godzilla figure, this figure, officially called "Godzilla (1995 Birth)," represents the adult Godzilla Junior from the end of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. It was released on July 31, 2014. It was set for a reissue in September 2015.
- Godzilla Effect Pack 2
The second Effect Pack was released in 2014. It came with four damaged buildings, one exploding beam type, one basic beam type, a fire stand, and a cracking ground stand.
- Toho Ultimate Weapons Pack 2
The third Effect Pack was released in 2014, and includes the Super X3, four MBT-MB92s, four MBAW-93s, three ASTOL-MB93s, two damaged buildings, and a baseplate and stand for the Super X3. It also comes with the cadmium missile pod and freeze ray for the Super X3. The buildings can be used as stands for the ASTOLs or the Super X3. The stand has the same connection that was used for the flying vehicles in the first Effect Pack.
Kiryu, based on his Modified Type-3 Kiryu appearance from Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., was released in October 2014 as a web exclusive. It is a remold of the earlier Type-3 Kiryu figure, and painted in a more silver-gray color than the previous figure. It was remolded to include the triple Hyper Maser Cannon in its chest rather than the Absolute Zero Cannon. The chest flaps were also remolded to match this version of Kiryu. The right arm was changed to reveal gears and a different shoulder. It was given a new hand to make it look like it could become the drill. It comes with a Tokyo S.O.S. style backpack and wrist-mounted rail guns, a battle-damaged head with one eye, and a drill part.
2015[edit | edit source]
Mecha-King Ghidorah was released in February 2015 as a web exclusive. It comes with the machine hand and the torso is made of diecast. It also comes with four capture cables and a stand. It appears to be a retool of the King Ghidorah figure. It also includes three Dorats.
The Gamera 1996 figure, based on Gamera's appearance from Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion, was released in early 2015. It features a set of flying parts, including wings and a separate waist which has jets. It also comes with a fireball effect and a flying pose cradle. It includes the stand from the first Godzilla release, but in red.
- Godzilla 2000 Millennium Special Color Ver.
The Godzilla 2000 Millennium figure was reissued in 2015 with a new paint job, most notably making the dorsal plates gray. It features no other remarkable changes.
- Godzilla (2014) Poster Image Ver.
A special reddish-hued repaint of the Godzilla 2014 figure based on Godzilla's color scheme in posters for the film was released on February 25, 2015 in Japan only alongside the Special Edition DVD plus the 3D and 2D Blu-ray set for Godzilla.
S.H. MonsterArts Legendary Godzilla teaser
- Godzilla (2014) Spit Fire Ver.
A retool of the Godzilla 2014 figure featuring translucent glowing dorsal plates and an atomic breath accessory was announced as a web exclusive, with preorders beginning February 16, 2015, and the official Japanese release in July. The figure also includes the severed head of the female MUTO as an accessory.
- Godzilla (1964) Emergence Ver.
The Godzilla (1964) Emergence of Godzilla Version was announced in May 2015. It is a repaint of the original Godzilla 1964 figure made to resemble Godzilla's appearance when he emerged from the sand in Mothra vs. Godzilla, featuring a new atomic breath effect. It was released on November 14, 2015, but was available early at New York Comic Con 2015.
- King Ghidorah Special Color Ver.
The King Ghidorah Special Color Version was announced in July 2015. It is a repaint of the original King Ghidorah figure, featuring a lighter yellow paint job based on how he appeared in Noriyoshi Ohrai's poster for Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. It comes with three differently-colored beam accessories, colored after the beams King Ghidorah was seen firing on the poster, a stand that allows the figure to be posed like it is flying, and a figure of KIDS.
2016[edit | edit source]
On January 11, 2016, Tamashii Nations' American Facebook page uploaded a cropped image of the poster for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. Later, on January 14, the page uploaded a teaser image of the foot of a Godzilla figure for the film, stating that it would be available for pre-order the next week. On January 20, Bandai's Japanese website officially revealed the Godzilla 2001 figure. The site revealed that in Japan the figure would be available for preorder on January 22, and was scheduled to begin shipping in June.
Godzilla 1954 was announced on February 19, 2016 and was targeted for an August release. This figure was confirmed to not be a Tamashii web exclusive, the first since Godzilla 2014.
- Godzilla feat. EVA-01
Godzilla feat. EVA-01 was anounced on May 19, 2016, as part of Toho and Gainax's "Godzilla vs. Evangelion" merchandise collaboration. It is a repaint of the Adult Godzilla Junior figure with an Evangelion Unit-01-themed paint scheme. On July 7, it was revealed that the figure would not have an official North American release. It was also revealed that it would have limited stock, and preorders from Japanese exclusive sites would be the only way to obtain it.
- Godzilla (1995) Ultimate Burning Ver.
The Ultimate Burning Godzilla was announced on July 9, 2016, scheduled for a December 2016 release in Japan and a January 2017 release in North America. It is a retool of the Godzilla 1995 figure, featuring a new paint job, interchangeable hands, and four steam effect parts.
2017[edit | edit source]
- Godzilla (2016) Second and Third Forms
Images of prototype S.H. MonsterArts figures for Godzilla's second and third forms in Shin Godzilla were seen in a Japanese magazine. Painted prototypes of the figures were officially displayed alongside the Godzilla 2016 figure on October 27, 2016. The figures were released in Japan as a web exclusive set in May 2017.
- Destoroyah (Perfect Form) Special Color Ver.
This recolor of the Destoroyah figure was announced on September 7, 2016, and targeted for a March 2017 release. Includes several Maser Cannon accessories. It also features a more film-accurate paint scheme, and the figure's eyes are colored yellow as opposed to the black eyes of the original release.
Super Mechagodzilla was announced on September 14, 2016, and scheduled for a March 2017 release. The figure is a retool of the original Mechagodzilla figure, with a shinier silver paint job, abdomen replacement parts and the Garuda, which can be freely attached or removed from the figure.
- Godzilla (2016) Special Color Ver.
This recolor of the Godzilla 2016 figure is based on the maquette of the design shown at the Nico Nico Super Conference in 2016. The figure was revealed on December 19, 2016 and was planned for a limited store release.
- Godzilla (2016) Second Form and Third Form Special Color Ver.
Gold recolors of the second and third form Godzilla 2016 figures were announced on December 19, 2016. The figures come as a set and in limited quantities as a Godzilla Store exclusive only. Purchasing the figures required a special ticket from the limited edition Shin Godzilla Blu-ray/DVD set to be handed in at the Godzilla Store.
- Godzilla (2016) Fourth Form Awakening Ver.
This retool of the Godzilla (2016) figure comes with an interchangeable lower jaw, interchangeable end of tail, and four atomic breath pieces. Released in July 2017.
- Mothra (Imago) and Mothra (Larva) Special Color Ver.
This set includes repaints of the Mothra (Imago) and Mothra (Larva) figures. The imago figure has been repainted to resemble Mothra's appearance during night scenes in Godzilla vs. Mothra, with the appearance of city lights shining on her body, illuminated eyes, and beams firing from her antennae. The larva figure has been repainted to reflect Mothra's appearance while swimming, with darker and more wet-looking skin. The set was released in September 2017.
- Godzilla (Noriyoshi Ohrai Poster Ver.)
Godzilla (Noriyoshi Ohrai Poster Ver.) is designed to represent Godzilla as he appeared on Noriyoshi Ohrai's advance poster for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, with gold highlights on his skin and glowing blue dorsal fins. It was released in September 2017, alongside the Tamashii MIX Mechagodzilla Poster Ver. figure.
- Battra (Imago) and Battra (Larva) Special Color Ver.
On May 5, 2017, Special Color versions of the Battra Imago and Battra Larva figures were unveiled. The imago figure has been repainted to resemble Battra's appearance during night scenes in Godzilla vs. Mothra and comes with a figure stand. The larva figure is repainted to represent Battra as he emerges in Nagoya in the film and comes with two orange beam effects. The set was released in October 2017.
- Godzilla Junior Special Color Ver.
On June 6, 2017, a repaint of the Godzilla Junior figure was unveiled. The figure comes with an atomic breath accessory and a stand. It was released in November 2017.
The Godzilla 2017 figure was first revealed in a magazine in July 2017. The figure was released in Japan in December 2017.
2018[edit | edit source]
A Mechagodzilla 1974 figure was seen alongside numerous other figures at a Tamashii Nations event on October 28, 2016. The figure was later pictured alongside the Type-3 Kiryu and upcoming Mechagodzilla Poster Version figures in a magazine. The figure came with a chest laser effect and interchangeable hands. January 2018 release.
The Godzilla 2002 figure was first teased by Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla star Yumiko Shaku and director Masaaki Tezuka in a blog post, and was officially announced in a magazine on November 22, 2017. It was released in April 2018.
- Godzilla (2016) 4th Form Frozen Ver.
This retool of the Godzilla (2016) figure was announced on February 14, 2018, and is designed to represent Godzilla frozen by the blood coagulant at the end of Shin Godzilla, complete with the monster's fifth form growing from the tip of its tail. It began shipping in July 2018. No details have been announced regarding a U.S. release.
- MFS-3 Type-3 Kiryu Shinagawa Final Battle Ver.
This retool of the Type-3 Kiryu figure was announced in March 2018, and is meant to represent Kiryu during the climactic battle against Godzilla in Shinagawa from Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. In addition to the jetpack, wrist-mounted railguns, and interchangeable heads included in the original release, this figure includes an Absolute Zero Cannon accessory and interchangeable damaged right arm and chest panel pieces meant to reflect Kiryu's state at the very end of the film. The figure began shipping in August 2018.
Tamashii Nations unveiled Godzilla Earth, a retool of the Godzilla (2017) figure with a lighter blue paint job and a different arrangement of spikes on its chin, on May 16, 2018, two days before the Japanese theatrical release of GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle. It shipped in October 2018, and came packaged with figures of Godzilla Filius and a Landing Ship, both to scale.
A figure based on Gamera's appearance from Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris was announced on May 23, 2018 and released in October 2018. It comes with a Vanishing Fist accessory and interchangeable arms and tail pieces along with a stand to represent Gamera in flight.
2019[edit | edit source]
A figure of Godzilla from Godzilla: King of the Monsters was revealed on December 1, 2018. It comes with an atomic breath effect piece and an interchangeable lower jaw, and was released in May 2019 in Japan and June in the United States.
Figures of both Mothra and Rodan from Godzilla: King of the Monsters were revealed on December 1, 2018. They were eventually revealed to be sold together in a set, which will be released in November 2019 in Japan and December 2019 in the United States.
A figure of Gamera from Gamera: Guardian of the Universe was revealed on March 8, 2019. It includes a removable head and limbs as well as effect parts which allow the figure to represent Gamera in either of his two flight modes. It began shipping in August 2019.
- Godzilla (2019) Poster Color Ver.
A repaint of the Godzilla (2019) figure will be sold exclusively with the Japanese four-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters beginning on December 18. The figure's back is repainted with blue and white paint to reflect Godzilla's appearance on the film's U.S. poster. Like the original release, this repaint includes an atomic breath effect piece.
2020[edit | edit source]
A repaint of the Godzilla (2019) figure colored to represent Burning Godzilla from the climax of Godzilla: King of the Monsters was announced on December 5, 2019. Pre-orders from the Tamashii Nations Web Store opened the following day. It was released on June 25, 2020.
- Godzilla (2019) Event Exclusive Color Edition
An Event Exclusive all-blue translucent repaint of the Godzilla (2019) figure has been announced. Pre-orders opened on July 16, 2020, and the figure was released in August 2020.
- Godzilla (2001) Heat Ray Ver.
A prototype for a repaint of the Godzilla (2001) figure with glowing blue dorsal fins and mouth was also shown at Tamashii Features 2020. The recoloring on the figure was meant to replicate the design in the night scenes of the film. It was released in November 2020.
- Biollante Special Color Ver.
A prototype for a repaint of the Biollante figure, produced by puppeteer Fuyuki Shinada, was revealed at Tamashii Features 2020. The figure is equipped with joints for each part, which is unique to S.H. MonsterArts. It was released in December 2020.
2021[edit | edit source]
Tamashii Nations revealed a figure of Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Kong on January 26, 2021, two days after the film's first trailer was released. It was released in May 2021, reflecting an earlier release date for the film. Sculpted by Yuji Sakai, it will include two pairs of hands.
Tamashii Nations released a figure of Godzilla's design from Godzilla vs. Biollante, sculpted by Yuji Sakai, in August 2021.
- Gigan (2004) Great Decisive Battle Ver.
A reissue of the 2014 figure, this Gigan will include effects pieces for the Scattered Light Beam Gigarium Clusterm, Hooking Anchors, and Bloody Chainsaws. It shipped in September 2021.
On May 14, 2021, a figure of Mechagodzilla from Godzilla vs. Kong was revealed, over a month after the film was released. The figure will include attachable and moveable cannons for the shoulders and chest and two alternate claws. It is scheduled to be shipped to Japan in December 2021 and the United States in January 2022.
- King Ghidorah (2019) Special Color Ver.
A repaint of the King Ghidorah (2019) figure was revealed on August 4, 2021 and was made available to order on August 6, 2021. The figure's metallic gold color scheme represents Ghidorah being illuminated by his wing lightning during the battle in Boston. The initial images Tamashii released for this figure featured "wing thumbs" present in concept art and certain figures, but not in the final design in the film.
Undated[edit | edit source]
Tamashii MIX[edit | edit source]
At Tamashii Nations' special event in late October 2016, the company revealed its new subline of figures, Tamashii MIX. These figures are distinguished from standard S.H. MonsterArts figures by their ability to transform into many forms.
The Tamashii MIX Poster Version Mechagodzilla was first seen in a Japanese magazine along with a Heisei Godzilla figure with blue dorsal fins, recreating Noriyoshi Ohrai's poster artwork for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. A prototype of the figure was finally revealed at a special Tamashii Nations event on October 28, 2016, alongside the standard line's upcoming Godzilla 2016 figures and Super Mechagodzilla figure. Following the gimmick of the Tamashii MIX subline, the figure can split apart into multiple vehicles, as this version of Mechagodzilla did in an early draft of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. The figure was released in September 2017, alongside the S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla Poster Ver. figure.
The figure includes a pack-in manga upon release, explaining its origin. The figure is able to convert into three vehicles, the Garuda, the Gundalva, and the Naga. The figure features a flight stand for the Garuda. 
Light Sound Songs[edit | edit source]
Godzilla 1989 was intended as the first figure of this line, announced on May 23, 2016. It features glowing dorsal fins and mouth, roars, and the ability to play Godzilla's theme from Godzilla vs. Biollante.
On November 30, 2017, Tamashii unveiled a Light Sound Songs Shin Godzilla figure to commemorate their 10th anniversary. It has yet to be released.
Acrylic logos[edit | edit source]
Logos made out of acrylic that can be paired up with figures of the line.
[edit | edit source]
- Toho Kingdom interview with Bluefin Distribution (July 2013)
- Toho Kingdom interview with lead product manager Tsubasa Utsumi (October 2013)
- Toho Kingdom interview with Tamashii Nations' Hannah Lemmur and Bluefin's Xavier Lim (July 2015)
- Adam Newman and Hannah Lemmer of Bandai (August 2015)
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