PiPP wrote:Final Wars 2. Now with 1000% less Bagan and 80% more shitty human drama.
Legion wrote:PART 6: MONSTER X...?
I thought Gigabrain was on a roll after their last few figures. I thought we'd see all sorts of terrific Showa-era Godzilla figures from them after that. Angilas, Megalon, Gabara, Varan, King Ghidora...the possibilities were endless. Their Gigan figure set the bar amazingly high and many wondered how they were going to top it. As it turned it they weren't even going to try, at least not very hard.
Since 2005 Marmit had been releasing figures based on the Godzilla: Final Wars versions of the Toho monsters. They were doing figures Bandai had done (Godzilla, Gigan, Angilas, Rodan) and ones they didn't (Hedora, Kumonga, Ebirah, Kamakiras, Manda) and eventually stopped making them by the middle of 2007, leaving only a handful unreleased. So in 2008 Gigabrain followed these releases up with probably the least desirable character they could have chosen.
Gigabrain's first Monster X figure was this glow in the dark version released in the winter of 2008, so it will be the one we start with. The overall design is not too much different from the Bandai toy, leaving one to wonder why they bothered if they weren't going to do something unique. The Bandai figure was no great shakes (I believe it was modeled after concept art and not the actual suit) and since the Gigabrain version smoothes out the details and goes for a blander pose it's not much of an improvement. It's really a figure for the completist as I don't know many people clamoring for a Monster X figure. Except maybe kids who are fans of GFW and they're not really the target market for these toys. Again, it makes me wonder why this was released.
Anyway this is a pretty middle of the road glow figure as far as these types of toys are concerned. The green/blue paint sprays are appealing but that's really all this toy has going for it.
This next pair of exclusives were released in the Spring of 2008. These are a lot nicer than they look in photos but they still can't compare to the more eye-catching and elaborate paint schemes or earlier Gigabrains. Again, nothing really special unless you need them all.
You'd think by now Gigabrain would have released a standard-colored version of this toy. Instead we got this gold colored version that Summer. To be honest, this is probably the best of the Monster X figures because at least the gold paint gives the figure a regal appearance. But it still feels like no one cared about putting out something cool. Which makes me ask again: why did they bother with this particular monster?
Finally, here's the standard colored figure, released later that Summer. Unlike the Bandai figure - which painted the bone-like sections of the monster a flat white, this one goes for a dark gray with some subtle tan highlights. Definitely more true to film, making this the figure to get if you want an alternate to the Bandai toy. And for reference, here is this figure with the Bandai.
Gigabrain ran out of gas by this time, just as fast as they had picked up steam. It's just a shame out of all the figures in the Toho universe they had to pick one of the worst ones from the worst Godzilla movie. I'm still wondering what they were thinking.
Anyway, check back soon for part 7!!!
Rody wrote:That Monster X just looks hideous. But maybe that's it's charm?
Legion wrote:PART 8: HEDORAH
Time to put this baby to bed. I hope everyone enjoyed this thread. EDIT: Hey I'm a poet and I know it.
By the time of Marmit's latest release I had seriously cut back on my spending. Not only was this new figure going to be really expensive (the exchange doesn't help) but it was going to be yet another Hedorah, a figure I had more than enough of. Buying just one seemed pointless, let alone multiple variants. The Monster X figure figure taught me that it was insane to buy multiples of a figure you don't like. So I skipped Gigabrain's Hedorah.
This was last year, and I always regretted it because it was the only Gigabrain Toho figure I still didn't have and as of now they still haven't announced anything new, making it obvious that they only went back to the Godzilla series because of how popular Hedorah has been. There are at least five different variants of this figure so far, probably more. It's hard to find many pictures of this release. I've found pictures of the green and grey (see below for both) versions on the internet, but I can't find photos of the amazing-looking blue and purple variants. Since the store I picked mine up at wasn't selling it cheap, there was no chance of me picking up more than one, and it's doubtful I'll get another. If anyone has pictures of the blue and purple Hedorahs please post them.
I spent at hour at Toy Tokyo in NYC just trying to convince myself I needed this figure and most of that time was spent just trying to chose the one I liked the most, as they had all but the gray one. In the end I bought the black vinyl version as it's probably closest to how Hedorah looked on film. And the damn thing is just cool as hell.
First of all, this is probably the most accurate Hedorah figure out of all the toys ever made out of this monster in this particular style. And that's saying quite a bit. From the front this thing is just dead on. The eyes are perfect, with even the edges of the eyelids being sculpted on the outside of each eye. The distinctive crack across the top of the smog monster's head is carved nice and deep and I like how the front of the head flows over the body and combines with the detail on the body to give Hedorah's rubbery "scales" a sense of depth. That's something most stylized Hedorah figures have a hard time with. Unfortunately, this level of detail wasn't retained on the back of the head, which just settles on a simple joint line instead of overlapping sculpted details. Other details such as the long arms and pollution sack are faithfully reproduced. The tail is also very long and curves nicely, unlike the Marmit kit, whose tail rested completely on the ground.
And this thing is huge. It's in the standard 8-9" Marmit/Gigabrain scale, but it's sized to match the Godzillas in the line. That means this figure is a full foot tall and is just about 15" long. This is one huge, heavy chunk of vinyl, far bigger overall than the Pilot Ace version. It's no wonder this thing came boxed.
But the paint job brings this figure over the top. The vinyl itself is glossy back, it's shine accentuated by moderate silver sprays on the body and stronger sprays on the tips of the arms, feet and tail. This is an awesome look, as it sort of makes the figure look like it's molded in silver and painted black instead of the other way around. The head and body are sprayed with matted green/yellow and red, which contrasts nicely with the black base vinyl. Twin red sprays run down the tail. But the best is definitely the incredible zig-zag pattern painted on the back. This is on the suit and the Marmit kit does the exact same thing, but this is so much cooler here. In addition, the underside of the arms are painted an insanely strong yellow and that's what made this figure catch my eye as it was on a much higher shelf than the other Hedorahs Toy Tokyo was selling and I could easily see under the arms (the photo immediately below approximates this). It's a little strong, but still incredibly cool. And of course, the eyes have the trademark star pattern. I'm still wondering how the hell Bandai left it off their 6" version.
In all this is a damn cool toy and I highly recommend it if one feels like splurging on one. Lastly, here are photos of the gray and green versions, nowhere near as nice as the black one.
Legion1979 wrote:That black one cost me over $300 in August of 2010...
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Varan Bon Ziller wrote:Spiders. One of the few thongs that make me scream like a little girl.
ebirahsmeg1 wrote:It's now April 1st in Japan....and still no GB King Ghidorah Wish it was an April fools joke, but it's reality. If I don't receive it by the end of the week, I will be emailing or calling Gigabrain to find out what the hold up is (this has happen with some Marmits I've ordered, so I'm not worried....just impatient as I really want this thing ASAP!
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