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Exclu Themed Shoot by guest creative Harold Ruiz.

Our next themed shoot comes from photography Harold Ruiz as he takes us on a journey through the legacy of Godzilla utilising the popular S.H.MonsterArts line. Check out his comprehensive shoot below.

The first time I saw Godzilla was back in 1982. I was a 5 year kid who loved dinosaurs and monsters. One Saturday morning I was flipping through the channels to find something to watch when I saw the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of Godzilla.

I became instantly hooked from that point to this very day. This photo shoot is about some of my favorite versions of Godzilla and some of my favorite moments in his history that are ingrained in my memory.

Shin Godzilla
(S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla 2016)

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 1

During my second trip to Tokyo, I accomplished an item on my bucket list. To see a Godzilla movie in Japan. Watching a movie in a Japanese theater was a different experience. One moment that really stood out to me was when Shin Godzilla unleashed his power and fury on Tokyo. The whole city was engulfed in a sea of fire. One word I thought at that moment. Awesome. I wanted to capture that moment in this photo.

Godzilla 2014
(S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla 2014)

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 2

One of my favorite Godzilla movies. This shot is inspired from the ending scene when Godzilla kills the female Muto and then let’s out his mighty roar. I can’t wait for King of the Monsters next year.

Godzilla vs King Ghidorah
(S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla Rebirth 1995 and King Ghidorah special color version)

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 3

One my favorite Godzilla foes. King Ghidorah has always had a special place in my heart. This photo is inspired by the original art work of Cheung Chung Tat.

Godzilla and Rodan vs King Ghidorah
(S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla 1964, Fire Rodan, and King Ghidorah special color version)

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 4

This photo is inspired from Invasion of Astro Monster (1965). The Showa era was the golden age of Tokusatsu films. This movie is on the list of my favorite Godzilla films because it was the first film to take Godzilla into space. As a kid, you didn’t care about questions like “How can Godzilla breathe in space?” It was just so fun to watch.

Godzilla 1954 – The final fate of Dr. Serizawa
(S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla 1954)

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 5

The movie that started it all and a true master piece. I still watch this film ever now and then. The original Godzilla was haunting and emotional. I was inspired to make this photo from the original art work of Bob Eggleton. I cutout the diver from Bob Eggelton’s painting and placed it in the scene with the S.H.Monsterarts figure. I then added in the underwater effects to try and capture that final moment before the death of Godzilla and Dr. Serizawa. One of the most memorable scenes in Godzilla’s movie history.

Godzilla vs Mothra 1964
(S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla 1964 and Mothra special color version)

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 6

Godzilla vs Mothra 1964 is a classic among long time Godzilla fans. Even though Godzilla is the villain in this movie, it’s so much fun to watch. I wanted to pay homage to another one of Godzilla’s classic rivalries.

Godzilla 2014
(Neca 12 inch tall)

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 7

My favorite version of Godzilla and probably my favorite articulated Godzilla figure in my collection. I appreciated how they made this Godzilla feel more like a real-world animal while paying homage to the classic incarnations before him. I can’t wait to see him again in King of the Monsters.

S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla 2002

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 8

I have a new found love for this version of Godzilla. This Godzilla design has a menacing and ferocious look to him that makes him highly favored in my collection.

S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla 1989

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 9

This version of Godzilla is my favorite Toho suite design. He gives an impression of raw power with his bulky look as he was depicted in Godzilla vs Biollante 1989.

S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla 2017

Exclu Godzilla Legacy 10

I’m a fan of all the versions of Godzilla. I really like the earthy look to him. Photographing this Godzilla is a treat because of all the detail in the sculpt of the figure.

I am looking forward to seeing what’s next for the Godzilla franchise and the S.H.Monsterarts line. It’s a great time to be a Godzilla fan.

We say a huge thank you to Harold for working a fantastically styled shoot which effortlessly captures the art direction of the many incarnations of the character. Be sure to catch more of his work both on his Instagram via @figuremaniataiwan and also on his Youtube page FigureManiaShow.

For all the latest work from across the toy community stay tuned to Exclu.


Last modified: May 17, 2018

2 Responses to :

  1. bamboojay says:

    Awesome shots!

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