Cinematic Kaiju wrote:Oh i'm pretty sure that is for certain. What do you think the RAREST bandai figure out there? Isn't it Biollante?
I think Legion's list is pretty much spot on in terms of the rarest Bandai figures. But I think for your purposes you shouldn't target those...at least not yet. Those are the "rarest of the rare" if you will and those figures come into play only once you've determined for yourself that you will be/are a serious (i.e., you'll be on the hunt for figures on a more or less periodic basis, either weekly, monthly, semi-monthly, or whatever, etc.)Godzilla collector, and in specific, Bandai. Aside from the blister pack the absolute rarest bandais will cost you at least $300 each..so if you are willing to spend that much, then those are the rare figures you will be hunting down (i.e., the 8" King Ghidorah 1964 version with DAM tag, the 8" Godzilla 1964 version with the reissue tag, etc.).
Since you are basically starting out, you may be interested in a "lower tier" of rare figures, but no less attractive to the Bandai Collector (note that these are all, for the most part, 8" figures since they are older and more difficult to find than the 6" line).
The "glittering" Godzilla you mentioned is the Resurrection Godzilla (popularly known as the Disco Godzilla) that is part of the Godzilla Forever limited edition series of figures Bandai produced in 1995 (or 96...I forget). Here in the US this particular Godzilla can go between $250-$500; it is much more common in Japan but still commands a premium price. So in short, the Godzilla Forever series is relatively rare.
Also relatively rare is the Godzilla memorial box figures...I'm talking about the 40th anniversary memorial box, released in 1995. Individually they are no where near as expensive as the forever figures, but getting the entire set of 14 figures can be very pricey.
Within this same realm of rare figures I'll put the Great Monster Series King Ghidorah figure...to this day the largest non-statue, non-model kit representaiton of King Ghidorah ever available to for retail purchase.
Next i would put the rare (i.e., more expensive than your average 8" figure) characters for the 8" line. These include:
King Ghidorah 1964
Sort of rare
Motrha larva 92
relatively Easy to find
King Ghidorah 1991
Mecha King Ghidorah
Mecha Godzilla 1974 (reissue DAM tag)
and so forth.
Then there are the various theater exclusive figures. I have never found any of these to be too difficult to find. The meltdown godzilla theater exclusive is at least $150 (this year, g-fest dealers were selling these at 1996-1998 prices of $300+) but isn't too difficult to find.
as for the 6"...they're all relatively easier to find than the 8", which the exception of the lottery/contest 6" godzilla 2000/2001 figures.
that should be a good start for you