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Name
 Megalon
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Megalon
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1989 Height: 22 centimeters
Comments
Anthony Romero

Megalon, the Seatopian God, was one of the select few kaiju to be given the vinyl treatment by Bandai in the 1980's. Despite being issued more than once, the creature is still fairly rare today and is, without question, the best effort by Bandai in the Godzilla line at the time of his release. Sadly, what was once a crowning achievement from the firm is now slightly sub par; the figure has not aged well against modern efforts, but still has enough merits going for him to standout.

 
Close Up

Before jumping into the meat of the review, it's interesting to note the precedent of this release. Now Toho, like any number of firm, has sub groupings of characters determined by popularity. Godzilla and Mothra are clearly their most famous creations, followed by the trio of King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan. After these five come both Gigan and Anguirus, clear fan favorites but lacking in the marquee value of the others. That's seven, but brings us to the real question: who is eight? Who is Toho's eighth most popular monster? It was a question for debate back in 1989 when this figure was released, and still today with even more characters thrown into the mix but none distinctly being able to claim that spot.

Now this is relevant to this review because Bandai had, by 1989, released all seven of those characters. They were up to number eight and choose Megalon. I mention this as I have seen some refer to this figure as Bandai's first "obscure" release in the Godzilla line, followed a few years by Mechani-Kong and Baragon. I disagree. I believe Bandai felt Megalon was Toho's 8th most popular property. Not that it holds a great deal of merit, especially as some notable characters like Destoroyah have been introduced afterwards, but it's food for thought.

   
Back View

Anyway, on to the critical aspect. Megalon was, in its day, a figure to truly behold. The level of detail present in the vinyl surpassed that of others by Bandai, with them even doing a stellar job in reproducing the drill hands of the character. His face, in particular his eyes, were also well done, especially the paint job on them. Sadly, the same could not be said of the rest of the figure. Its wings were done well, with a distinct color pattern even though it should be orange instead of yellow, but the rest of the paint job feels rushed. There is very little coloring at all in fact. There is some orange splashed on his chest, but its incorrectly placed as the "frill" around his neck was never orange, but the area under it was. His drills, mouth, and horn are all silver too... but beyond this the figure is mostly a solid dark green. There is also a problem with the mold, as it lacks his little antenna that he sports below his large horn. There are slight knobs there, but they aren't "bug-like" as they should be, being far too stumpy.

Bottom line, Megalon hasn't aged well, but still stands heads and shoulders above Bandai's other offerings from this period. It should be noted that this figure was reissued in 1992, with a different tag. It was also distributed, with a slightly different paint job, as part of the Memorial Box Set in 1995.

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