Toy: Classic Burning Godzilla 1995 12" Head to Tail (NECA)

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Classic Burning Godzilla 1995 12" Head to Tail


English Toy Title

12" Head-to-Tail Action Figure – Classic 1995 Burning Godzilla

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NECA
2015
15 centimeters
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Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

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COMMENTS

By: Chris Mirjahangir

Let's be honest here. This is NOT Burning Godzilla. It's Classic Godzilla 1994 12" Head to Tail with a translucent paint job/mold. So how is the figure? Read below!

Details

  Side View  
Front View

Burning Godzilla uses the same mold as the 1994 figure which means that it's not accurate to the 1995 suit on which the figure is based on. It's somewhat of a "lie" to call it what it isn't. For example, check out this comparison of a still from the film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah with the figure. You'll see that a couple of the top backplates on the back aren't there. Also in the film, the color on the claws and toenails aren't the blue/white paint as they are in the figure.

The "burning" design on the figure isn't exactly the same as it is in the film either. What IS cool is how great the translucency looks in the right light. It's amazing and the biggest bright spot for the figure.

Articulation

Front View  
Side View

Godzilla's jaw can open and close (although it opens partially before it snaps down to fully open). His feet can move 360 degrees and his knees can bend backwards slightly. The legs can also rotate 360 degrees while the tail has three points of articulation along with the end of the tail that has bendable articulation due to the wire inside.

Godzilla's head can rotate 360 degrees and so can his hands and feet. The arms are split into three sections for rotating/bending and Godzilla's hands have articulation as well. At the palm, Godzilla's hands can bend via a hinge. I did have a problem with the head falling off constantly, though.

Accessories

Burning Godzilla doesn't come with any accessories.

Paint

  Back View  
Back View

The paint on this figure is the same as the 1994 version. The same mix of blue and white paint on the claws and toenails is still there (another inaccuracy). The inside of the mouth is painted a dark brownish red (including the tongue), while the teeth are painted white. The teeth aren't painted that well because the paint job is a little spotty with the brownish red color not being covered fully by the white paint used for the teeth.

While the eyes seem to be stickers, they do look pretty cool, if a little lopsided. The white/blue (which fades to just blue the closer it gets to the tail) paint on the backplates leading to the tail is ok. The paint actually starts as a mix of orange (from the orange translucency from the backplates) and white before fading into the blue/white mix.

Overall

While some (myself included) may feel that it's disingenuous to be calling the same mold as the 1994 version as the 1995 version, at least the translucency is pretty cool. Other inaccuracies like the paint on the claws and toenails also take away from the supposed authenticity of the figure. With those gripes and the fact that the head keeps falling off every time I touch it, it's hard for me to recommend this figure to the collector as there are better and more accurate Burning Godzilla figures out there. That being said, my problems with the figure won't bother others and as I've said before, the figure looks great when held up to the light.

Rating: Star Rating


Addendum: Reactor Glow Godzilla - Loot Crate Exclusive

As an addendum to this review, I’d like to follow it up with sort of a mini review!

A Loot Crate version of this figure was released in April 2017. “Reactor Glow Godzilla” is the exact same sculpt but just with new paint and glow in the dark portions on the mold. Normally when I review a NECA Godzilla figure, I have to rip it out of the packaging but in this case, due to the rarity of the packaging itself, I’ve decided to leave it in the box so you’re getting as close to an actual review as possible.

The paint on the figure is pretty cool with Godzilla having a cool blue paint job on his claws - although I don’t know why green wasn’t chosen for this as it would have continued the theme. The red for the gums seems to have bled onto the sides of the teeth on the bottom but not in the front. The top of the mouth has nicely painted white teeth. The eyes have a mix of yellow iris and black pupils and, from what I can see, there’s only a little bit of crosseyed-ness going on.

The glow in the dark gimmick is pretty cool and it has a really nice, vibrant effect. Unfortunately, unless you have a great camera setup ready, taking photos of of it in the dark is going to be tricky and they don’t do the figure justice.

Since this is a special case, I’m not going to give this one a score. If you’d like to get this figure chances are Ebay/Amazon is the way to go. Overall, it’s cool but because of the high prices, it seems like it’ll only interest collectors/completionists.

  Box Front     Box Back     Front View (Glow in the Dark)  
Box Front Box Back Front View (Glow in the Dark)
                 
  Back View (Glow in the Dark)     Side View (Glow in the Dark)        
  Back View (Glow in the Dark)     Side View (Glow in the Dark)