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King Komodo Returns To The Pages Of G-Fan

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KING KOMODO RETURNS (to G-FAN) By Todd Tennant A brand new American Kaiju series TALES OF KING KOMODO by Mike Bogue and Todd Tennant of American Kaiju ( http://americankaiju.kaijuphile.com/main.shtml ) will soon be published in G-FAN magazine as a continuing feature there. TALES OF KING KOMODO won't necessarily be of an "alternative universe" nature, but rather sort of "side-stories" within the main KING KOMODO story's time-line, featuring the 3 basic stages of KK's atomic mutation. See Also: Robo Japan Exclusive! - Godzilla 94 Page 56 / Godzilla Attacks! / G-Fan #82

Production Has Begun On The Live-Action Robot Taekwon V Movie

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Sources: Avery Guerra / Twitchfilm Released in 1976, the original Robot Taekwon V (known as Voltar the Invincible in the U.S.) was the first Korean animated feature film. In 2005, it also became the first Korean film to undergo full digital restoration – a process that took three years to complete. The newly restored film premiered at the 10th Pusan International Film Festival, and enjoyed a successful theatrical release on 170 screens in 2007. Now, this iconic, taekwondo-kicking robot is set for the live action/CGI update. Planned to be released in 2009 (and to go head-to-head with The Transformers 2 in the Korean market), Robot Taekwon V (2009) is directed by WON Shin-yeon of Seven Days and A Bloody Aria fame. Production is handled by Shin Cine (My Sassy Girl), and the budget is estimated at 20 billion Korean Won (over 20 million USD). CGI and visual effects are done by a consortium of Korean VFX companies, including Macrograph , Mofac, Insight Visual, DTI (Digital Tetra Inc.) , an

Xenosaga Episode 3 Kos-mos Version 4 Statue

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Price: $89.99 - Order Now From Entertainment Earth! Xenosaga Episode 3 Kos-mos Version 4 Statue Description: Forget those frosted tips and goofy highlights, what everyone needs is clear hair! This Kos-mos statue is 1:8 scale and is made of PVC. Based off the video game, Xenosaga, this statue will impress fans and collectors alike. The statue features Kos-mos standing with her trusty weapons and is clad in her powder blue outfit, that totally matches her hair.

Patlabor AV-98 Ingram 01 Movie Version Revoltech Figure

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Price: $22.99 - Order Now From Entertainment Earth! Patlabor AV-98 Ingram 01 Movie Version Revoltech Figure Description: Revoltech is an innovative joint system that allows figure to demonstrate many kinds of realistic poses. AV-98 Ingram 01, the mecha piloted by Izomino Akira is based on the anime film Patlabor The Movie, directed by Mamoru Oshii, with original story by Headgear. This figure stands approximately 6-inches tall and features 40 articulation points with 11 joint parts. Also comes equipped with interchangeable weapons (3 revolver cannons, 1 riot gun and 2 stun sticks), interchangeable accessories/parts (3 set of hands, 1 extra head, 1 extra antenna and 1 display base). See Also: Patlabor Type-J9 Aqua-Unit Griffon Action Figure / Patlabor Griffon Revoltech Action Figure / Patlabor Zerosiki Revoltech Action Figure

The Top Ten Greatest Giant Monsters Of All Time

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With Cloverfield making all the news headlines this week, several major publications (Including Yahoo, Time, and E Online) have decided to post their own lists of the greatest giant monsters of all time. Well I am here to tell you that those lists.......um....well, suck. I figured, who better than myself, a fan of the genre for 30+ years, would be the best qualified to come up with the ultimate definitive list? Here we go. Please feel free to post your comments on why I am wrong and what a big idiot I am, at the end of this post. 10. The Ymir - 20 Million Miles To Earth (1957) Has there been a more tragic figure portrayed on film than the Ymir? (Named for the first of the giants in Norse mythology) The poor creature is kidnapped from its native planet of Venus, attacked by a dog, attacked by a farmer with a pitchfork, tortured with electricity and finally is sent plummeting to its death by a barrage of bazooka fire. Welcome to Earth. The film “Twenty Million Miles to Earth” and i

Kishin's Fate, Tagruato's Corruption, And A Monster Rises In "Cloverfield: Kishin"

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More of the " Cloverfield " back story will be revealed in a Japanese manga drawn by Yoshiki Togawa . The online comic book is being produced as joint effort between J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot Productions, and the major Japanese publisher Kadokawa , who may be best known by American fans for publishing the comic book version of "Cowboy Beebop ." The first installment of the four part manga , entitled " Cloverfield : Kishin ," went live on January 11 th , however, the next chapter of the story won't be online until sometime in February. Although the first part of the story, doesn't reveal the monster, (his eyes can be seen underwater in the last panel), it does weave a connection between a young boy named Kinshin , The Tagruato Corporation, and the monster. One can only speculate that it is these events that lead to the destruction of the Chuai Station Oil Rig off the Coast of Connecticut , and the monster's eventual rampage in New York Cit

Mospeada Legioss AFC-01H Blue Action Figure

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Price: $79.99 - Order Now From Entertainment Earth! Mospeada Legioss AFC-01H Blue Action Figure Description: Classic mecha action! From the classic anime mecha series, Genesis Climber Mospeada, comes this AFC-01H Blue Legioss action figure. The Legioss can be transformed into three different battle formations, the Armo-Fighter, the Armo-Diver and the Armo-Soldier. The figure features paint schemes and decoration authentic to the original series. Originally Genesis Climber Mospeada was a separate series consisting of 25 episodes. Most of its animation (with edited content and revised dialogue) was adapted for Robotech: The New Generation, the third saga of the Robotech series. See Also: Kikô sôseiki Mospeada (1983-84)(TV) (Robotech 3rd Gen)

To Heart 2 Tamaki Kousaka Frilled Bikini Statue

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Price: $32.50 - Order Now From Entertainment Earth! To Heart 2 Tamaki Kousaka Frilled Bikini Statue Description: Voted most popular! From the Japanese ren'ai (dating simulation) game and anime To Heart 2, comes the lovely Tamaki Kousaka in a frilled bikini. Made of PVC plastic, this 1:7 scale statue measures 4-inches tall and features the most popular To Heart girl lounging in a come-on seated position. This very sexy lady includes a cool, reversible display base: one side is a beach scene and the other is mirrored!

Inabaya Bunny Girl Ridia Statue

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Price: $22.80 - Order Now From Entertainment Earth Inabaya Bunny Girl Ridia Statue Description: Do ya think those legs could be any longer? And who doesn't love a bunny? This fascinating Bunny Girl Ridia Statue from Inabaya stands 8-inches tall and features real fishnet stockings! She comes all dolled up in a very sexy cross between a cocktail dress, magician assistant's outfit, and schoolgirl uniform that (thankfully) appears to be a couple of sizes too small. Ridia also includes 2 sets of bunny ears (to suit her changing moods) and a display base. Hop to it! Acquire this lovely lady before someone else gets there first.

Kyoko Fukuda Cast As Yatterman's Nemesis Doronjo

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Some more cast announcements for the live-action adapatation of popular 70s anime "Yatterman". With the lead stars already named, the roles of the main villains fell to: Kyoko Fukuda (25) as the sexy and scantily clad Doronjo, Katsuhisa Namase (47) as the effeminate tech wizard Boyacky, and Yoshimoto comedian Kobayashi Kendo(35) using his Kansai dialect in the role of Tonzler. The movie, to be directed by Takashi Miike, is due for release in the spring of 2009. A new version of the anime started yesterday on the NTV and Yomiuri TV networks. See Also: Saki Fukuda Cast In Yatterman / Sho Sakurai To Play Yatterman

Speed Racer's Mach 5 Rolls Into Detroit

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The thunderous Mach 5, Speed Racer's supercharged race car featured in Warner Bros. Pictures' new live-action film "Speed Racer," will be on display at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit , January 19-21. The International Auto Show is being held at the COBO Center, located at One Washington Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226. - Get Directions From writers/directors/producers Larry and Andy Wachowski, the creators of the groundbreaking "The Matrix" trilogy, and producer Joel Silver comes the live-action, high-octane film "Speed Racer," which follows the adventures of the young race car driver Speed in his quest for glory in his thunderous Mach 5. "Speed Racer" marks the Wachowski brothers' first writing/directing collaboration since "The Matrix" movies. Joel Silver, who previously worked with the Wachowskis on "The Matrix" movies and "V For Vendetta," is producing the film under his Silver

New Photos From Next Weeks Big Monster Movie Release

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A giant tentacled monster lays waste to one of the world's largest cities while hordes of screaming citizens run for their lives. Local law enforcement personnel open fire on the creature, inflicting little or no damage. Meanwhile a group of young people are caught in the middle of the chaos, which surrounds them as the monster destroys the city. They search the city for answers, but get the runaround from the military, who is trying to suppress any news of the attack. All that remains of what they witness is a crude home video, which is the only accurate account of what really happened. We are talking about J.J. Abram's monster movie called "Cloverfield" right? You may have thought so from that description and the above photo, but what we really talking about is Asylum Pictures direct to DVD release "Monster", which will hit store shelves next week. "Monster" is an obvious "Cloverfield" clone produced by a studio, who is notorious fo

Bandai To Replace Defective Gundam DVDs

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Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that a number of its January titles were defective as a result of a duplicator’s error which created playability issues on some DVD consoles and personal computers. The titles in question are: Gundam Seed Destiny Vol. 12 regular and special editions, Eureka Seven Vol. 11, Flag Vol. 2, and My Otome Vol. 4. Bandai Entertainment Inc. would like to apologize to its customer base – despite the approval of perfect check discs, the error was made at the manufacturing level and product shipped to stores before the error was discovered. As a result, the titles are being recalled from stores to be replenished with newly replicated DVDs and an exchange program has been instituted for customers who are experiencing difficulties with items already purchased. A special link on the www.bandai-ent.com site will be active beginning 1/17/08. Customers who purchased the above mentioned titles and are experiencing difficulties should click on the link and fol

The Cloverfield Monster Finally Revealed?

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Is this the Cloverfield monster? Well opinions on that are quite divided. Before writing this article I did some snooping around the net, and found about a million posts about this picture. Each person who chimed in had a very different, yet very strong opinion, on what exactly we are looking at. I have read through most of the babble and come up with the most likely, "facts" about the photo. 1. This is indeed the Cloverfield monster. Many sites are reporting this as fact, although there has been no official announcement either confirming or denying the photos authenticity. If this is the monster, then it is a case of "Godzilla 98" all over again. Many fans will remember when Zilla's secret new look was revealed before the movie premiered by over zealous toy store owners who put the action figures of the monster out before they were supposed to. I give this one about a 10% chance of being true. 2. This is a prototype for the monster design that was rejected.

Monster (2008)

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Two American sisters; Sarah and Erin, are preparing for a trip to Japan to make a documentary on climate change. They fly to Japan to interview the Minster of the Environment, who assures the two women that, despite global climate problems, progress is being made and the public shouldn't worry about any "catastrophes." On cue, a large earthquake strikes. Through Sarah's camera, we see, in the distance, a large SOMETHING emerging from beneath the ground. Sarah and Erin are rushed into the basement shelter by the building's security. In the confusion and panic, they escape the shelter and run into the street where they witness the attack of a massive creature that emerges from underground. The girls decide to try to get to the US Embassy to plan their escape. They outrun flying chunks of debris and hide among the ruins of a demolished building. The creature passes by and they see it clearly for the first time: It is over 200-feet long and covered with enormous te

Gegege no Kitaro Sequel Goes Into Production Minus Mao Inoue

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Last year's live-action adaptation of the popular Mizuki Shigeru manga "Gegege no Kitaro" made over ¥2.3billion at the box office, so it's no surprise that a sequel has been announced. Young idol, Eiji Wentz (22) will again play the lead role of monster-boy Kitaro. Actress Mao Inoue (20) won't be back as the heroine, but the rest of the supporting cast return, with the addition of such top stars as Ken Ogata, Shinobu Terajima(35) and Shiro Sano (52) taking on ghoulish roles. Motoki Katsuhide (44) is again directing and the movie is due for a summer release.

Yet Another Korean Monster Film Goes Into Production

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Source: Avery Guerra It would seem that the giant monster genre is very much alive and well in Korea. Hot on the heels of the latest news that both, "The Host 2" and "D-War 2", have begun production, comes news of yet another Korean monster movie project. Doosabu Film and Polygon Entertainment have begun pre-production on this new monster film, possibly called "Sector 7", which will be shot later this year. The movie is reportedly about the crew of an oil rig battling a deep sea monster. As of yet no director or cast have been announced. The two film companies are also working on a disater movie called, "Haeundae," which will be directed by Doosabu head Yoon Je-gyun. It is billed as South Korea’s first disaster movie and centers on a tsunami that wipes out South Korea’s most famous beach, Haeundae, in Busan City. Actress Ha Ji-won has reportedly been cast in the lead role. This film will also begin shooting this year. Robo Japan will post

Korean Monster Sequels Slated For 2009

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Sources: Avery Guerra, Sci Fi Japan, Monster Island News Sequels to the latest Korean monster films, The Host and D-War (Dragon Wars), have been pegged for release in 2009. The follow-up to the award winning monster movie, "The Host", will actually be a prequel. Though original director Bong Joon-Ho is not returning to the director’s chair for this one a follow up to hit Korean monster flick The Host was announced back in June and fresh details have just surfaced. The script is being handled by Korean comic artist Kang Full and is set three years prior to the events of the original film. Details are scarce so far but word is this one revolves around the excavation of the Cheonggye Stream - an ancient waterway running through Seoul that was recently reclaimed and restored after years of being covered by a highway - and will feature multiple monsters. Shooting is slated for later this year. Likewise, a sequel to the monster movie 'D-War' appears to be in the works