of Bandai's fairly large Godzilla
Island series, based on the TV show of the
same name which in a great marketing ploy featured
this figure and others during the program. Naturally,
the toy line featured one of Godzilla's most recognizable
foes, Mechagodzilla, utilizing the most recent incarnation
of the robot from Godzilla
vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993). It is this
early 1990's version of Toho's most popular mech
which is the subject of this review.
For this toy, Bandai's efforts are pretty solid.
It features the intricate details expected from
the robot, down to the detailed "mouth plates"
that flank his maw. Most impressive, in fact, is
that even the bottom of the feat are highly detailed,
which is especially noteworthy for how often this
aspect of figures are overlooked altogether. To
that point, a lot of detail is done right here,
while the proportions are spot on, mirroring what
was seen in the movie quite well.
Mechagodzilla is capable of limited movement, including
his arms, tail, and a nifty rotatable head. Sadly,
the figure is joined very obviously at the waist.
This would be easy to overlook if it rotated too,
but it does not, making it just a overt eye sore
which is a little disheartening.
In terms of the coloring, it's done well. The Heisei
series Mechagodzilla was never a complex character
in this place. Totally silver with yellow eyes sums
up the color palette of the robot. Bandai went a
little beyond something so simple though. The body
is silver, and the eyes yellow as expected, but
there are also "black highlights" located
on the body, such as the neck, shoulders, and above
the waist on either side. This added color does
break up the monotony of an all silver figure a
little, which was likely Bandai's goal. However,
frankly speaking, the highlights neither detract
or add to the color scheme, although the one on
the neck is perhaps more noticeable than it should
Overall, Mechagodzilla is a good figure from Bandai.
Beyond the obviously joined portion of the waist,
it really has no overt flaws to it and is a solid
addition to the six inch line of its day.