In the late 1970s, Hanna-Barbera brought Godzilla to American audiences with a short-lived animated series. Rather than being a force of destruction, this Godzilla a far friendlier and quite helpful to a group of do-gooders. Mondo is capturing the cell-shaded King of the Monsters with this 8.25″ tall PVC statue.
He’s bright green and distinctly painted to match his cartoon counterpart. Animated Godzilla will be priced at $120. We saw the details over at Figures.com. Pre-orders for the King will start on August 17th directly from Mondo. Unfortunately, the statue does not have an official listing on the site yet. So, we’re unsure when he will be shipping out.
Though this particular item isn’t readily available over at Mondo, plenty of other Godzilla goodies are. Mugs, posters, vinyl figures, pins, and t-shirts are all readily available for purchase.
The cartoon premiered in 1978, thanks to Hanna-Barbera. Godzilla lasted for two seasons, with 26 episodes in total. It would rerun quite often through the ’80s and ’90s before Cartoon Network started producing original content. Since that point, the cartoon faded into relative obscurity and was overshadowed by the superior Godzilla ’98 cartoon.
I know, it’s a weird thing to say. In the ’70s, Hanna-Barbera was throwing all sorts of ideas at the wall, from serious cartoon dramas to the countless Scooby-Doo clones. Godzilla just wasn’t one of the animation house’s strong points.
Whereas Godzilla The Series in 1998 managed to fix all of the issues with the American film the cartoon was based on. Ya, know, actual character development and monsters fighting monsters! It’s just too bad that the retile Godzilla design sucked.
What are your thoughts on the Americanized versions of Godzilla? Worthy counterparts or cheap hollow shells of an iconic movie monster? How do these cartoons stack up next to the more recent Netflix entries? Let us know in the comments.
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