Even with over 35 films to his credit, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, countless awards for directors and filmmakers he’s worked with, a recent collaboration with King Kongand a career spanning 68 years, Godzilla is only now getting the recognition it truly deserves: Mattel is about to transform the imposing prehistoric sea monster into a Hot Wheels car.
Hollywood studios may seem focused on box office success and bringing home prestigious trophies this awards season, but ask anyone who works in front of the camera and they’ll tell you what really gets them out of bed. every morning at dawn and has them stay on the set until the middle of the night is the slim chance that Mattel will honor their hard work with a tiny 1:64 scale die-cast car that looks a bit like a character they brought to life.
In the past we have seen at Gal Gadot wonder woman given the four-wheeled treatment, as well as Adam Driver’s Kylo Renbut year after year, these revelations have sparked outrage among Gojira’s fan base, who cannot understand why a career that began as far back as 1954 has been completely ignored by the Hot Wheels academy, until now.
Since there are only a few weeks left, you are probably already planning the upcoming November 3 festivities, during which we not only celebrate National Housewives Day, National Sandwich Day and national smart home daybut also Godzilla Day, timed to coincide with November 3, 1954, when Godzilla made its big screen debut. This year’s holiday is going to be extra special as Hot Wheels is rolling out two new Godzilla-themed character cars. Good luck trying to sleep the night before.
Hot Wheels Godzilla Character Car
Available from early November for $4 exclusively at Target, 1:64 scale Hot Wheels Godzilla character car is based on the design of the six-wheeled Japanese HINO heavy construction truck. The pile of debris in the bed of the truck is designed to look like Godzilla’s iconic dorsal fins, while the cabin recreates the creature’s head with a wrinkled forehead and teeth that gnaw at its engine. The truck is also branded with a number on the side which is actually the date of Gojira’s big screen debut, as well as katakana lettering spelling out Godzilla.
Hot Wheels Godzilla Monster Truck
A more appropriate four-wheeled version of Godzilla will arrive from Hot Wheels a little later, in early 2023, in the form of a 1:64 scale die-cast monster truck with more detail than the character car. and a set of four giant wheels much better suited for flattening a city. Hot Wheels has yet to reveal specific pricing for the Godzilla monster truck, but to date these have generally only cost a few dollars more than their smaller counterparts.