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The Highs and Lows of Godzilla vs Kong

5 Apr

Godzilla vs. Kong.pngBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Playing at select theatres, on HBO Max and Apple TV
Spoiler Alert

To say Godzilla vs Kong is leaning on the ape winning is obvious in the first few minutes of the movie, and we see him as a giant monkey than fierce beast from Skull Island. He’s been domesticated and I’m not fond of this idea. 

Although fiercely independent, the Monarch Organization can exert a bit of control because this titan has a relationship with a very young mute girl, Jia (played by newcomer Kaylee Hottle). She’s the last of her tribe who once worshipped the furry guy as a god, and Kong chose to save her instead of the entire tribe. Their home got razed by that weather system which surrounds it, and this group felt a sense of duty to do what’s right after the incident decades ago–they helped awaken a lot more monsters than they bargained for.

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GvK! Digital Collectables from BossLogic & Terra Virtua are Coming!

30 Mar

Cision_Artwork_Smaller.jpgIn anticipation of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures epic action-adventure motion picture Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary Entertainment is launching two new exclusive NFT (non-fungible token) collections specially created for fans and art lovers alike. Celebrated fan artist Boss Logic and Terra Virtua Ltd will each offer two unique lines of digital collectibles that represent the long-awaited face-off between these two mighty Titans, giving fans a chance to own a unique souvenir from the film. Godzilla vs. Kong is now taking theaters by storm internationally, launching in U.S. theaters on March 31 and will be available for a limited time on HBO Max.

Godzilla vs. Kong had an incredible launch internationally, and we are excited to bring that energy to the block-chain. Both BossLogic and Terra Virtua are perfect partners for this project as they are true fans of the brand, incredibly creative and uphold a very high level of quality with their creations. We look forward to delighting fans with this collaboration,” said James Ngo, Executive Vice President of Franchise Management at Legendary Entertainment. 

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Godzilla and Kong in Print; The Clash of the Prequels

28 Mar

 

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Legendary Comics
Release Date:
April 6, 2021

Godzilla vs Kong is a tale of two titans that one movie cannot fulfill alone. The previous films show how terrifying they are separate, and these beasts will clash. It’s been foretold! We’ve seen this in King of the Monsters, in a very short act where Dr. Ishirō Serizawa and his pilot found an Atlantean-like ruin depicting a time where the titans ran amok, and the humans back then disappeared. 

The graphic novels Godzilla: Dominion and Kingdom Kong add a layer of lore. Both of the works serve as a prequel to the showdown coming to select cinemas and HBO Max. It’s amazing that Godzilla faced many creatures in the past, but yet they don’t hold a candle to the mightiest ape. 

Godzilla: Dominion is a huge exposition. What readers get is a fantastic look back at how long he survived the epochs and who he once fought. We are presented with monsters who may have been creatures from myth once. The biblical leviathan is one, and Tiamat is another. While they are nothing like the myths paint them as and if the film series can continue, I’d love to see how past civilizations worshipped or feared these titans.

Writer Greg Keyes delivers a nicely written wrestling ring style narrative that captions over the action and artist Drew Edward Johnson imagines the beast just like the last movie. Allan Passalaqua‘s colours highlight the titan’s might as the veritable demons they are. Much of the work is done with the creative team of Barnaby Legg, Josh Parker, Katie Aguilar and Brian Hoffman handling development of the lore in this Monsterverse to ensure continuity. 

The pinups and concept sketches by Johnson in this book look better in black and white than in colour. The designs are terrifying! I can only dream of having the action figures, but I doubt they will be made. Not every fan will be aware of this extension to the Monsterverse. If you’re one, I recommend it for the cover art by Art Adams alone. He’s a long time devotee, and any product with his endorsement is worth obtaining.

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Legendary Comics to Examine Kong and Me

26 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Legendary Comics
Release Date: March 30, 2021

The children’s book, Kong and Me, is an introductory look at the relationship of Jia (played by newcomer Kaylee Hottle in the upcoming Godzilla vs King Kong movie), a young girl living on Skull Island, and the mighty ape. This optimistic look at the two firmly establishes a bright and cheery world they live in. It’s a perfect contrast when compared to the previous films for newcomers–especially kids who want to see big furry apes on the screen–to this franchise.

While everybody is still waiting for the Isla Nublar to reopen with all its dinosaurs to go on parade, Skull Island is looking quite safe in this colourful novella. Not everything has to be dangerous, grey and bleak.

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Lotsa Products Coming for Godzilla vs Kong, Leading Up to & After!

14 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Kaiju-Pow! The slow and steady rollout of Playmates line of Godzilla vs Kong toys have wave two set for Spring 2021 (according to Twitter) and as for whether I spotted them sitting on shelves too early is debatable. 

Trolls on online forums will be just that, ruining my excitement of a late self discovery. I’ve seen the earlier wave of releases and they’re not as cool, When local governments say stay at home as much as possible, any find I make at a big box store for toys and household supply restocking is not meant to time with the release schedule of products for my hobbies.

With the movie finally headed to theatres and online in March, the products now available in stores are always exciting to examine. I missed my opportunities to purchase the light up Identity Discs from TRON Legacy. they were gone, faster than I thought, but this time I’m on the ball.

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