in vinyl form. Released alongside a slew of similar
sized Bandai figures, including Godzilla and both
forms of Monster-X and Gigan, the eight inch line
Gigan (although he's closer to nine inches) from
Banpresto is a very impressive and imposing figure.
Banpresto went all out with this release, managing
to capture a level of detail that makes this stand
out as one of their premium Godzilla toys. From
top to bottom, the character is a near flawless
representation of its razor adorned movie counterpart.
No detail is left out, everything from the two spikes
on his chest that flank his razor abdomen to the
two prongs located below his claws. The proportions
are all spot on as well, as the creature's large
claws, wings, and head stand out as they are cast
against a smaller frame, just as the creature appears
in the 2004 film.
It's also nice to note that the beast's appearance
is distinctly that of his first, un-upgraded, form
in the movie. The neck brace and more jagged horns
that appear on the second version are absent here.
Now, moving to the back of the figure, the toy
continues to impress. The long, blood-hued red wings
are very imposing. They are very eye catching and
also the appropriate size. In fact, on that note,
all of the coloring on this mold is well done. The
very vibrant and deep reds are especially nice,
and contrast well with the almost metallic blue
like shading found on most of the rest of the body.
The darker coloring found on the arms and head is
also nice, avoiding a stale sense one might get
if the entire body were the same hue of blue. On
the downside, and this is related to the back, the
tail is a slight letdown. This is only because of
the portion where it rotates, which, unlike the
other moveable parts, is noticeable and doesn't
join up as cleanly as it could. It's a minor fault,
though, for what is otherwise an excellent figure.
Overall, this is one of the few "set pieces"
in my collection. Most of my other toys are off
in storage, away from visible eyes, but Gigan sits
proudly alongside the Bandai
2001 King Ghidorah and the X-Plus
1995 Gamera as one of my favorite vinyls out
on display. Banpresto has some very impressive efforts
under their belt, and I would argue this is one
of their more definitive releases to date.