Following the release of the recent Figure-Oh magazine, Premium Bandai has begun to list up order pages for their upcoming exclusives. Among these exclusives is S.H.MonsterArts Mechagodzilla (1974) from the original Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. The original Mechagodzilla was a weaponized robot based on Godzilla and created by the Simians; a race of ape-like aliens bent on conquering the Earth before their home-world was destroyed by a black hole. When Mechagodzilla first appears it poses as the King of the Monsters, and defeats Anguirus before being confronted by Godzilla. In the first confrontation, Godzilla would burn away the false skin revealing Mechagodzilla’s true form, but it would lead into a pseudo-draw as MechaGodzilla was called back for repairs. Later in the climax of the film, Mechagodzilla was finally defeated through the combined efforts of Godzilla, King Caesar, and mankind. Yet, that was not the last appearance for Mechagodzilla as it would be rebuilt in Terror of Mechagodzilla!
Now, the S.H.MonsterArts Mechagodzilla (1974) is shown to feature a wide range of articulation, which will allow it to be displayed in flight mode or in combat. Its accessories due seem limited, as the site lists it will have optional hands, and Cross Attack beam effect. The optional hands in the gallery are shown to be when its fingertip missiles have been fired off, whereas the Cross Attack is for its chest cannon. However, there is an additional listing for another effect part(s) that is not entirely visible in the gallery seen below. This effect or these effects that the listing teases could be either its missiles while fired, or its shield ability.
Pre-orders for S.H.MonsterArts Mechagodzilla (1974) are set to open this Friday, August 25th at 16:00 JST (4 pm). Premium Bandai has the item listed for 9,720 yen with its intended release set for January 2018. International fans will either need to seek third-party outlets to purchase this item like online retailers, or middleman. However, for North American fans it is likely that S.H.MonsterArts Mechagodzilla (1974) will be distributed through Bluefin Tamashii.