In 1995, a Heisei-era Godzilla statue was placed in Tokyo’s Hibiya Chanter Square.
It was a gorgeous recreation of “The King of All Monsters”, standing at 1.2 meters tall (2.5 meters if you include its pedestal) for over 22 years. Last year, it was removed from its home at Hibiya Canter Square.
If you’re dejected and wondering, “What could possibly replace Godzilla?” Have no fear.
According to Godzilla-Movies.com, the only statue that can replace Godzilla is Godzilla—Shin Godzilla, to be exact.
— ゴジラ (@godzilla_jp) April 13, 2016
This contemporary change-up should come as a surprise to no one, as Shin Godzilla was an unbelievable success in Japan. Not only did it sell 5.6 million tickets, but it was the highest grossing, live-action film in Japan for 2016. On top of that, it won SEVEN Japanese Oscars. SEVEN!
And don’t get me wrong, the Heisei Godzilla statue is gorgeous, but it’s definitely on the small side measuring in at barely over 3 feet tall. According to Cinematoday.jp, this Shin Godzilla statue is massive by comparison.
Its base is only 0.5 meters tall (1′ 7″), but the statue itself will be 2.5 meters tall (over 8″).
Shin Godzilla (sans pedestal) is the same height as the old statue plus its pedestal.
The new Godzilla statue will begin its reign on March 23rd. In addition to the statue’s unveiling, Hibiya Canter Square will now be dubbed “Hibiya Godzilla Square”.
But there’s great news on top of that! The Heisei Godzilla hasn’t gone away—it’s moving to a new location. You can see it inside Toho Cinemas Hibiya starting on March 29rd.
Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten our hands on any photos of the new statue… Yet.
However, I bet you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it’ll look like if you’ve watched the movie. But no matter what, both of these statues are “must-sees” for any Godzilla fan traveling to Japan.