I'm Ryan, better known as Ryoku on the boards.
I've loved the Godzilla franchise since I was
four, and my love has only grown since. Now, down to
business! There is one piece in my Bandai collection
like to share, as it's the largest
and definitely most beautiful in my set right now.
In the 8-inch series, I'd like to introduce the
2003 Tokyo S.O.S. Godzilla figure.
This figure sports incredible detail, down to the
small grooves in the neck to the large silver dorsal
spikes. The movable parts of this figure are
the neckline, both arms about half way to the elbows,
both legs, and the upper and lower ends of the
tail. I should mention, though, that the lower end
of the tail isn't necessarily meant to move,
removable for packaging and storage purposes. Otherwise,
when rotated, it looks odd as the dorsal fins no longer
line up accordingly. Thankfully, this fact is minor
enough compared to the true epic quality of the piece
that we can look right over it.
Now, another small qualm, the middle section of
the spikes would seem to have been placed into the
back rather than being part of the main body mold,
meaning, on close inspection, one can see the attached
plate. However, it's unnoticeable from most
angles, and the jagged spikes do a good job to mask
this on a more casual glance.
Like all other monsters
in the Bandai lineup, Godzilla here is made completely
out of soft vinyl, which means the legs and tail are
fairly easy to squish inwards with a little squeeze.
The coloration of the body is perfect, sporting the
true charcoal-grey of the character, and mostly yellow
for everywhere that’s
made of keratin, like the teeth and claws. The fins,
like I mentioned earlier, are bright and shiny silver,
turning back to the charcoal-grey by the bottom of
them. Of course, given the version of the character,
this Godzilla also sports a huge scar from a wound
taken in Godzilla
Against Mechagodzilla (2002),
painted a painful and bloody looking maroon. The detail
is superb overall.
I hope my review of this beautiful figure, and one
of the crown jewels of my collection, has inspired
you to search for him, as he is slowly slipping off
of toy and auction sites, and becoming ever more rare