Now that we know Godzilla: King of the Monsters has definitely been finished and have been waiting with monster anticipation to see what Mothra, Rodan, and the beast’s arch-nemesis King Ghidorah—who were glimpsed briefly in the Kong: Skull Island post-credits scene—have morphed into, director Michael Dougherty is finally giving us a reveal right before the trailer drops.
Dougherty just tweeted out photos of the killer kaiju toy prototypes that trampled the show floor of Tokyo Comic Con. These redesigns, finally spreading their wings and gnashing their teeth in person, are all Toho-approved, meaning they aren’t just unofficial fan art (nothing against fan art) realized in 3D. They’re the real deal at the fraction of the size necessary for any of them to bite your head off.
Just check out the wings on Mothra. Much sleeker and wider across than those of the original mutant moth, they could really make Godzilla work to smash that bug. Rodan has evolved from a sort of clunky flying rubber suit to a demon-esque flying machine that looks ready to shred flesh with its knifelike talons. Of course, the rubber suits of the ‘60s have all been replaced by CGI in the movie.
Ghidorah has always been the most menacing threat, even to a reanimated dinosaur with atomic breath. The newest form he’s been resurrected in is epic. Not that something with three heads that can also fly has ever been the easiest thing to defeat, even when Godzilla is in “kill it with fire” mode. This hydra has scarier heads, menacing wings, and a presence alone that could send its enemy back into hibernation.
Godzilla himself is terrifying down to the last spike and scale. He is, as one Redditor said after the Godzilla: King of the Monsters panel at Tokyo Comic Con, “an American Godzilla that looks faithful enough.”
The creatures will return when Godzilla stomps the box office again on May 31, 2019.