I had a painted version of that (came in a set) and it's an incredible figure for a candy toy. The detail is on point.
And a Comic Book shop lot? You should post a pic. Sounds intriguing.
I know right? He's a really nice figure for his scale. All of the hyper (I call most small figures Gashapon, just as a generalization) figures I own re really nice looking.
If I ever find pictures of the lot I'll post them; somewhere I know I have a shot off all the Godzilla stuff that came along with it!
The Gashapon is from Bandai's 4" tall "Big Scale/Hyper Godzilla" boxed candy toy line, and was one of three figures that debuted with the 1999 assortment
. A painted version of the Godzilla 2000 figure in this set was also released, included in the window-boxed Godzilla History Set
The reason that he "easily falls apart" is because none of pegs/peg holes on the three new figures were made with flared ends. The parts slide together but do not lock in place. In contrast, every prior figure in the "Hyper" line had flared pegs, and they all stay together easily.
Ah, I like the spines on that version. Also, that would make sense; add that with the less 'hard' material, and he's gonna be a bit fragile (in a sense).
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Just got the Shin Godzilla G2K reissue!
The sculpt, in traditional Bandai fashion, is spot-on. Even the smallest of details are accounted for; the tiny spikes along his upper legs and arms, or the exact shape
of each spine. It's truly astounding what this company is can be capable of with such simplistic figures.
He's only slightly smaller than the original release's height; the bulk of the older model is what really makes the difference. This version fits much better among his fellow 6" cast.
The paint is very attractive, as well. The eyes are deep brown, so neatly painted that they almost look like applications, and the spray is actually very cleanly done. While Shin's toes had overspray on the bottom of each padded tone, G2K's stays faded only on the nail itself.
There are two significant things to notice about this version of the figure; first is the metallic pink color of the spines, lacking the silver accent apparent on the original figure. A bit more accurate this time around. Second, that dark green spray on the chest - very
nice touch. G2K's suit was always green, but it was hardly ever apparent onscreen. Instead of opting for one over the other, this small accent gives the impression that it's there, but is blended
- much like in the films.
Now for a debate I love - Bandai Vs. BC!
Bandai's figure captures smaller details far better than BC's - again, aspects such as the formation of each spine or color of the eye can really spruce up a figure. The static pose fits a bit better among Bandai's other figures, but can give the toy a lifeless presence.
However, BC's actually manages to aim closer
to the source material with some of it's aspects; the longer snout, wider rows of spines, even some of the bodily textures - slightly more accurate than Bandai's, which seems to have streamlined these features. The dynamic pose sticks out, but arguably makes the figure all the more visually stunning. The nubby tail may detract some, but in my opinion, it fits fine.
My verdict? Bandai's toy has much more 'artistic' qualities, remembering the various small touches throughout the suit. However, BC's has a much closer general look, not to mention a more lively appearance. It's a very
small difference, and I wouldn't call either a bad or underperforming figure, but I'd actually give this one to BC.
If you don't have G2K, go for Bandai's new reissue; he's cheap, and available. He's a very well done figure all-around, and goes perfectly with the MMS series.