“Godzilla and Biollante aren’t monsters. It’s the unscrupulous scientists who create them that are monsters.”
This quote from Dr. Shiragami in the awesome GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE film blew my mind as a kid.
The movie itself is awesome, and has one of Godzilla’s coolest-looking opponents. Biollante is Godzilla’s half-sister – and a half-plant – with the soul of a human girl thrown in for good measure. A monster with tentacles and a giant mouth full of teeth (that spews a glittery acid, no less), it was a really cool design. The movie was epic and was a great comeback for Godzilla.
Flash forward to today, and now I make toys and collectibles for a living. I’ve worked on Godzilla-related products in the past, but nothing like this. When I heard that Mondo had gotten the Toho license, and that we could make Godzilla product, my inner child bounced up and down, while adult me geeked out in a more appropriate fashion.
Godzilla 89 from GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE seemed like the best place to start. The movie features one of Godzilla’s most iconic and memorable designs. Two rows of teeth?! Hell yeah!
Once we figured out all the details, we had to find a designer to put our ideas here in the Mondo collectibles department on paper.
Enter Eric Siebenaler. We tasked him with the job of bringing our ideas to life and getting a cool design across for us to submit to Toho. Below you can see Eric’s final pass.