in conjuncture with Godzilla's 50th anniversary
film, this figure of Rodan is based on the 2004
version of the character. This is one of several
figures that were distributed in the six inch line
that year from Bandai. In terms of quality, this
toy is simply okay. It doesn't do anything particularly
praise worthy, but at the same time has few major
Starting from the top, the figure is a fair representation
of the suit in the film in terms of proportions.
The fingers are a little larger, which is a plus
as they are sturdier this way, and the neck is a
little shorter than it was in the movie. The neck
aspect isn't really much to complain about, as it
seemed overly tall in the film anyway in order to
accommodate the actor's head. The eyes are slightly
smaller than they should be as well, which in this
case is a bit of a problem as it does considerably
change the overall feeling of the figure compared
with its movie counterpart.
Now for the coloring this is a bit more mixed. The
largest fault is the fact that the peak is black
here, rather than its normal dark gray. It doesn't
look bad on the figure, but is a large divergence
from the source. The chest is also fairly simply
colored, as it was blasted with some light orange.
This is a bit disappointing given how simple the
coloring is for this figure. It would have been
nice to see the black component of the chest, which
should have been under each plate, added in considering
that so little coloring was required to begin with.
In terms of detail, the toy is good from the mold
perspective. The chest is elaborate to show off
the plates and spikes while the feet are highly
detailed. The back is also constructed well and
is true to the source, including the obvious location
where the back was removed to grant the actor access.
Overall, this is an okay figure that does a good
job of representing the suit. As a side note, it
was later re-released the following year. The 2005
Bandai has a more elaborate paint job, making
it a bit more esthetically pleasing although it
arguably went overboard in this regard. In the end,
either is a good choice to pick up if one wants
to add this version of the character to their collection.