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Name
 Gorosaurus
Version Source
 King Kong Escapes
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached tag
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1993 Height: 17 centimeters
Comments
Steve Johnson

Though Godzilla always was, and I'm fairly confident always will be, the number one giant Japanese monster, his "supporting cast" definitely added to the franchise as well, as 25+ movies of the same monster going on the same rampages over and over again probably wouldn't hold up like the last 50 years of spectacular kaiju battles have. Some of Godzilla's friends and foes have risen to become almost as famous as the king himself over the years. The way I see it, you had the "A-Team" (no, not Hannibal, BA, Face and Murdock.) of King Ghidorah, Mothra, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan....the B-Team which includes many favorites such as Anguirus, Gigan and more...and then, well, you had what I will affectionately refer to as the "underdogs", lesser known kaiju who have recently been enjoying an increased fan-base and more vocal support from the kaiju community, such as Varan, Baragon (though Baragon's standing has certainly been improved since his appearence in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack), and the focus of this review, Gorosaurus.

 
Source Comparison

First appearing in 1967's King Kong Escapes, Gorosaurus served as little more than a suitmation replica of the original stop-motion brawl between Kong and a T-Rex in the original King Kong. I don't recall if he was even named in King Kong Escapes, and despite a speedy kick that managed to catch Kong off guard, Gorosaurus was dispatched by the primate only to return in Destroy All Monsters (1968), allegedly only due to the ragged status of the Baragon suit at the time. Despite being a "minor" kaiju, Gorosaurus was fairly instrumental in DAM, being the one who knocked Ghidorah off his feet with a powerful kangaroo kick that would lead to his ultimate downfall.

Despite that, Gorosaurus is often over-looked in the film due to his numorous co-stars. The classic Bandai Gorosaurus suffered similarly, being released in 1993 along with Baby Godzilla, Godzillasaurus, Fire Rodan, Godzilla (a re-issue of the previous years Batto-Goji), Hedorah, Jet Jaguar, King Kong, Jaiger, Kamacuras, Viras, King Caesar, and G-FORCE's Mechagodzilla. However, as an aside, Gorosaurus enjoyed a spot in many of the vintage lines of kaiju toys, appearing in various colors in the Bullmark and Marusan figure lines.

   
Side View

The Bandai figure stands under 7 inches in height and around 11 inches from nose to tail. Gorosaurus is painted with a pleasing aqua-ish color over most of his body, with a yellow-green underbelly. Claws on the fingers and toes are silver, teeth are individually painted white, and his tounge, naturally, red. Despite being a well-made figure, Gorosaurus differs slightly from his on screen appearence.

The actual suit was a bit darker than the toy, with lighter spines along his back, and seems differently proportioned than the toy. In particular, the arms looked a bit stubbier on the suit when compared to the longer ones on the toy, and the toy has a shorter and thicker tail. Speaking of the tail, some of the more recent Gorosaurus toys depict the dinosaur kaiju with a spike on the top of his tail, this particular figure does not. This doesn't really bother me as the spike never really figured into any of the movies, if it was actually a part of the suit at all. The one thing that is rather distracting to me is Gorosaurus' tongue. I know, it's an odd area to fixate on, but it seems to be strangely protruding from the middle of his mouth, and I've just got to believe he would've looked better either with no tongue or with it attached to his lower jaw instead of just oddly suspended.

 
Gorosaurus and King Kong

Despite Gorosaurus' rising popularity, it can be hard to re-create any of his battles in figure form, simply because there just weren't that many. Luckily, most of his Destroy All Monsters allies are available in various forms, or if you have the one Toho Kong figure Bandai released, also in 1993, there's always that....although the Kong toy is based off of the suit from 1962's King Kong vs Godzilla, who I personally believe is a different creature altogether than the one who fought Gorosaurus....but, hey, making sense of that isn't my job. I just handle the toys.

Gorosaurus isn't as widely available on eBay or from online dealers as some of the other classic Godzilla figures, but if you really want to add one to your collection you'll find him from time to time, usually in the $80-$100 price range, which is actually about the same price he went for in the golden age of Godzilla collecting in America in the mid 1990's. Gorosaurus has never been re-issued by Bandai in any of their memorial boxes or in 6 inch form, nor was he a part of Bandai Creation or Trendmasters' US Godzilla figure lines, so that likely drives his price a bit higher than figures released of other, more popular kaiju during the same time period. Just a little extra information there, free of charge. Of course.....it's all free, because I don't get paid....but I'm doing what I love, so I can't complain!

All in all, Gorosaurus is a decent toy, but unremarkable, earning him three and a half out of a possible five stars. Despite never again appearing in a Godzilla film after Destroy All Monsters, I'm a big fan of Toho's other Big G, if you will, and I hope we see him again soon, be it in toy, movie, or video game form.

How 'bout all three, Toho?

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