Like before, I waited a couple of days before writing this. Mainly because real life got in the way. Now that we finally got to see what the Big Three (minus Goji) look like, I'm going to be giving my opinions on them. Short version is...they are gorgeous. Now for a more in-depth analysis, starting with our resident space dragon.
Ghidorah was everything I hoped for. While still somewhat top-heavy (to account for his wings and heads), he's been slimmed down and his wings finally look functional enough to get his mass off the ground. From the looks of things in the trailer, he could switch from quadrupedal to bipedal depending on the situation. Bipedal movement 100% of the time would be too clunky for a couple of reasons. The first is his overall posture. If you saw King G's MonsterArts figure, his back is not ram-rod straight like a human's (or the various suits used in the older films). He has a noticeable curve towards the base of his spine that would make bipedal movement hard on his hips but still allows him to stand up on just his feet as an intimidation factor. The other reason he's probably not a dedicated biped is those wings. Unlike the suits, his wings have joints and seem connected to his body the way wingsuits are designed. This makes sense since his bulk requires his wings to be attached to a larger area of his body to support him in flight. Looking at his traditional appearance, the wings would break right off if you put them on an animal his size and would leave the lower half of his body to hang free. This would drag him down and do a massive number on his back and shoulders. Ghidorah isn't a bee so his wings need to give his body all the support they can give him. Given their size, area of coverage, and their joints, bipedal movement is pretty restricted.
When he's doing movement on the ground, his wings appear to carry some of his weight even though they don't have wyvern-style fingers to spread it out more. I know some people are going to have an issue with that but again, with the kind of skeletal structure he has in the MonsterVerse, he simply cannot do full on bipedal movement beyond what he needs to do to get airborne. Granted, this is just speculation on my part and based purely on what his figure tells me. I could be wrong and he could surprise me. I also should mention his legs are digitigrade but unlike a traditional werewolf, his legs don't seem to be long enough to allow for comfortable bipedal movement without tripping himself up. Ghidorah still has his massive size. Combine that with his ability to stand up straight and the outstretching of his wings as you see in the trailer, quadrupedal movement should not be a dealbreaker and he could very well spend most of his time flying. It makes sense for a creature with the kind of body structure he has. The shot of his doing just that makes him even more like the kind of animal who rely on intimidation being half the battle.
All in all, this version of Ghidorah is far more worthy of the King title than any of his previous incarnations in terms of physical appearance. When I saw his figure for the first time, my first thought was "Now THAT is a King." The trailer doesn't show much of his personalities but I'm betting his middle head will up the sinister factor a bit. I'm not sure I buy the theory that he's hunting Madison for any specific reason. She just happens to be in his vicinity a lot because of the plot. Mainly because, like Goji, he should be too big to care about puny insects. Of course, if he's going to be that one kid who burns ants under a magnifying glass then sure, have him go after humans in general. Give Mothra another reason to come to our rescue like she always does.
And we still don't know what his wingspan is. It's easy to see in those longs shots but we still don't have a number attached and I'm not smart enough to wager a guess based on math.
Rodan. Dear God, Rodan looks so fucking cool. The thing I love best about his redesign is the slight vulture-like quality he has in his face and neck. It hammers home the idea he was seen by ancient humans as a god of destruction. His feet look amazing too. I mean, those talons. This guy's going to fuck shit up with those babies. His deep red color scheme does a good job at conveying the fact he's been sleeping in a volcano for God knows how long. I love how he has the look of the Showa Rodan but with the attributes of the Millennium Fire Rodan. His tail is a diamond shape which I'm fine with. Most flying birds have wide tails to help with steering so Rodan could only benefit from having that tail shape himself. Much like the male MUTO from the first movie, he's going have the silhouette of a stealth bomber. And the director wasn't kidding when he said Rodan's going to be an "H-bomb with wings." I don't know where Rodan's going to be in terms of allegiances but I'm fine with him going into business for himself. I don't see him teaming up with Ghidorah but at the same time and given how the trailers have shown him, Rodan doesn't seem like he's going to team up with Goji and Mothra either. Maybe he'll be on one side and switch to the other or perhaps he's a wild card in the whole affair. We'll have to wait and see.
Mothra looks amazing. A lot of people don't like the drastic redesign but seriously, stick any of her previous incarnations into the MonsterVerse and see how badly she sticks out. She just doesn't work. Mothra has to be able to fight. Simple ramming isn't going to be enough in this universe. I welcome her legs (and how they seem to take cues from the male MUTO) because now she has a weapon along with her god rays. She's going to dish out some serious hurt now. Seriously, that dynamic shot of her in the trailer getting her legs into attack position while diving was like "Holy hell, she's not playing around." The fact it seems she can facially emote is also a huge upgrade and it actually makes the mouth seen on her previous incarnations seem much more natural. Looking at a close-up screencap of her and it looks like she has more prominent "teeth" on her beak. This beauty still has her blue eyes and she really lives up to her new moniker of Queen of the Monsters. Her wings look stunning with the traditional eye spots and her usual colors in those patterns. Such a goddess there never was before. I personally feel she's going to be the only Titan on the side of humans for our sake. I still feel that Goji should keep not caring about us so while the two may team up, it will be for the common goal of stopping the Death Song of Three Storms, King G.
Not much to say about Godzilla's tweaked design. His feet are a bit bigger and have longer toes to manage his weight a bit better and his spinal plates are a mix of the traditional maple and 2014 designs. All in all, he's largely the same. Still bearish, still bulky, still Big Sexy. To people who complain he's still too fat, don't forget Shin Godzilla's thunder thighs and how he looked just as broad from the side compared to looking at him head-on. Goji's going to need his bear bulk and mass to take on a kaiju that's got over 200 feet on him in height. Personally, Godzilla's "fat" is probably pure muscle. He looks like a giant, upright pit bull. If you've seen a bulky pit bull, you'd have to be an idiot to call that bulk "fat".