the original four Bandai Creation figures, Burning
Godzilla features a completely new mold compared
to his Japanese counterpart. This is both a good
and bad thing when comparing him to the original
2001 Japanese release.
Like all figures of the first four, Godzilla is
made of vinyl and is a bit harder than the Japanese
version. He sports moveable arms, legs, head, and
tail. For some reason, however, in order to get
him to fit inside the box, Godzilla is hunched over
somewhat in a weird position. This looks rather
strange and would seemingly fit the GMK Godzilla
better. In an ironic twist, however, the GMK Godzilla
was released standing straight up a year later.
The mold, as said, is different than the Japanese
version. It’s a fair representation, but again,
the hunched over posture just looks weird. Another
flaw is its spines that are, for some reason, pointing
forward instead of upward. The Japanese release
also features this flaw. There’s also something
going on with the legs. I can’t put my finger
on it, but they just don’t seem big or long
enough for a Heisei Godzilla release.
Despite those flaws, Meltdown Godzilla is far from
bad. The head is, in my own opinion, better than
the Japanese release’s, except for the mouth,
and so is the overall paint job and texturing. The
harder vinyl makes the feel of the figure seem much
better and the brighter burning areas are just the
best looking I’ve seen for the monster in
a six inch figure. Sadly, however, the paint job
comes to an abrupt end on his tail. The tiny ridges
and spines on his tail haven’t been painted
and remain black like the base color of the figure.
Despite having some flaws, Meltdown Godzilla isn’t
a bad figure. He has one of the best, if not the
best, paint job for a six inch Meltdown Godzilla
figure and comes at a reasonable price on the American
market. A recommended figure if one ever finds one,
and the chances of that, at present day, are good.