the year of the "G.I.N.O.", and as expected
like any Summer Blockbuster, GODZILLA
(1998) was given a large line of figures during
the prime of its release. The line featured dozens
of figures of the starring monster, along with various
weapons and figures of the human characters. This
review is for the Razor Bite Godzilla, one of the
many figures released in 1998.
Standing at a nice eight inches, Godzilla sports
a hard plastic mold with a tail that ends in rubber.
The tail is able to move, as can the arms, hands,
and legs. The legs have a joint at the knees and
ankle that allows Godzilla to be posed in different
ways. The main feature of this release, however,
is its bite. The jaw opens when the right leg is
moved forward and closes when pulled back. Unfortunately,
this action just makes it weird to use for it looks
like Godzilla is trying to dance when one wants
him to bite.
The mold of the toy is relatively nice. The back
sports dozens of spines of various sizes and the
body is covered in just enough paint and texture
detailing. One complaint about the mold, however,
is its feet. They’re too small and he can
barely stand without the aid of the plastic stand
that he was released with.
Like the Ultimate Godzilla I reviewed prior to
this, the Razor Bite Godzilla also features orange
eyes opposed to the normal. This, like the other
toy, gives him a rather evil glare.
As said previously, this Godzilla was released
with a plastic stand that is based on that of the
streets of New York City. At each side of this stand,
little, circular plugs are attached that are used
to hold the figure in place. Unfortunately, when
in place, the entire basis of being able to pose
Godzilla is lost simply because one can’t
move his legs much. So, when putting this figure
on display, a collector has two choices. He can
either balance the figure on the stand or try to
find his own way of balancing himself. I use the
stand myself, simply because it is much, much easier.
The Razor Bite Godzilla isn't a bad figure, but
it has its share of flaws like the small feet, balancing
issue, and the way the bite is activated. It does,
however, feature nice detail, a great paint job,
and remains one of the only figures one can use
to remake the battle between the creature and Godzilla