The iconic creature known as Godzilla originally debuted in Japan in 1954 as Gojira. The film featured groundbreaking visual effects, a haunting score, and a timely story of nature punishing man for experimenting with nuclear weaponry. The film was brought to North America in 1956 and renamed Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The film was re-edited, with a number of scenes and plot points removed. Filmmakers inserted actor Raymond Burr into the film as American journalist Steve Martin, who functioned as the lead of the Americanized version of the movie. A striking poster was released to advertise the film, and it has become one of the most recognizable pieces of art for the U.S. release of the film.
When NECA struck a deal deal directly with TOHO, it gave them a bit more freedom in what they could produce. One of the first items that NECA showcased under the new license was a Godzilla inspired by the original 1956 theatrical poster for the film. Today we have a first look at the new Godzilla 1956 Movie Poster Version! Our friends at NECA have sent over the figure, and we have a full photo gallery and review. Check them out after the jump.