Britain’s Heathside Trading Ltd. has established an agreement with Toho International Inc to become a licensee for Godzilla. The agreement was brokered by Rocket Licensing and KJG Ltd.
The announcement comes as Godzilla Minus One, due for release in the UK next week has hit the US by storm, with stellar reviews and box office, after reportedly being made for a mere $15 million.
The Godzilla licensed line, which will launch spring 2024 through selected retail partners, as well as direct-to-consumer through MasterReplicas.com, will include 3D Keychains, Squishes, Mini Stickees and Slime based on the Godzilla library.
Darren Epstein from Heathside commented, “We are so thrilled to be working with Toho International Inc and Rocket on this series of pop culture and gifting products. As big fans of the films and TV series, we are excited to offer new ranges of product under our Khadou brand.”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.