about three weeks now I’ve been trying to
get my hands on a King Ghidorah figure, and then,
while cleaning off all the collection, I realize
I already had one from Bandai’s Hyper Hobby
line. Boy do I feel dumb now. And now, with that
out of the way, let us move onto the actual Showa
King Ghidorah-based Hyper Hobby released figure.
Made to cash in on Godzilla,
Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monstes All-Out
Attack (2001), King Ghidorah is about three
and a half inches tall with a good five inch wingspan.
He should have been a tad bit bigger to scale better
with the 1954 Godzilla that was also released, but
oh well. Like most Hyper Hobby figures, Ghidorah
needs pieced together. His wings, necks, and tails
need attached to the body and the heads need attached
to the wings.
The wings look a bit awkward when viewed from behind
since it becomes very evident they aren’t
molded on and just placed on. Sometimes they can
even fall off without warning.
I don’t have many Hyper Hobby figures, but
from I hear, they often can be a mixed bag when
it comes to detail. Thankfully, there’s no
mixed bag about the detail on King Ghidorah, it
simply rocks! The body is covered in over lapping
scales that give him a nice texture. The wings are
smooth too, and there’s even a nice bit of
detail on the patches of hair on Ghidorah’s
The paint job is just right with its shade. For
some reason, however, there are two black spots
on each side of Ghidorah. First I thought this might
just be from ware, but looking again, the spots
are exactly at the same spot on each side: the mid-section
of the legs and mid-section of the chest. The eyes
are pure red, giving the hydra a menacing look and
all three of its tongues also painted red. It would
have been nice to see his teeth painted, however.
When it comes straight down to it, most casual
collectors will never get their hands on a Bandai
King Ghidorah that was released in the 1980’s.
The Hyper Hobby or the High Grade versions will
simply have to do. I’m definitely not complaining
about this release. Besides the smaller size, wing
pieces, and black spots, there’s not much