From March into April, a survey was conducted on the Toho Kingdom forums for the most-wanted Godzilla figures to be made by NECA (National Entertainment Collectibles Association). The survey allowed members to vote for eight official movie Godzilla designs, whether not yet made by NECA or variants of their existing sculpts, and an additional five miscellaneous designs from just about any other Godzilla-related media, such as the video games or the cartoons. In their votes, members had to give brief reasons as to why they wanted the incarnations they were voting for.
After 30 days, the survey was ended, the votes for the official and miscellaneous designs were tallied up, and the lists were condensed into a Top 5 and Top 3 respectively. While this by no means guarantees NECA will take these results into consideration, or that any of the following designs will be made, we still appreciate everyone’s involvement during this event!
With that said, here are the 2017 NECA poll results.
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
Coming in at number five is the 1968 version of Godzilla. Originating from Destroy All Monsters, this incarnation gained tremendous support because of its multiple film appearances. Not only do fans desire to see a basic version of this suit, but almost everyone threw their two cents in with ideas for possible repaints and reissues including a 1971 “battle damaged” variation with a burnt eye and skeletal hand (during his fight with Hedorah in Godzilla vs. Hedorah) and a 1972 version with a bloodied shoulder and forehead (during his fight with Gigan in Godzilla vs. Gigan). Add on that there is very little in the form of figures of this specific Godzilla outside of Bandai vinyls and X-Plus, it came as no surprise to see 1968 find his way onto this list via the fans.
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
The 50th anniversary incarnation of Godzilla gained a lot of support from the fans do to his sleeker appearance compared to other incarnations. This design would benefit extremely well with NECA’s articulation style. After over ten years, this design hasn’t had much since its debut and it would seem natural for NECA to change that up. While it is a bit harder to think of some possible repaints/reissues available for it, a few fans submitted ideas for atomic blast variants (both blue and red beam variants), an arctic variant, and even a glowing “Keizer” Godzilla based on the scene in which Ozaki transfers the monster his energy.
Love it or hate it, the 1998 American Godzilla somehow always finds its way onto these types of surveys. While NECA has stated before they have no plans for this incarnation, it appears as if the fans really hope they reconsider. With a sleek and more saurian-based design, the 1998 Godzilla could be a very unique figure all around. Additionally, there would be a handful of repaint/reissue possibilities for this figure, including a battle-damaged version with wounds caused by the jets just prior to its death, and a color scheme version based on the animated Godzilla: The Series design, which fans hold in higher regard.
Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)
The first of the millennium era Godzillas, the 1999 Godzilla (also known as “Godzilla 2000”) is a strongly popular design amongst fans. While this design isn’t as sleek as others voted up, it isn’t nearly as bulky as the 1990’s versions. Thus, if NECA could manage the aforementioned Heisei designs, 1999 shouldn’t be an issue. Many fans simply want the cinematic design of this Godzilla in a highly articulated fashion, something that Tamashii Nations didn’t do and instead went with a concept version. For reissues, NECA would have options for an orange atomic blast variant, a Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) variant with brighter green and purple colors, and even underwater variants.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
It was almost unanimous. Almost everyone who cast their votes included the 1962 version of Godzilla. An iconic design, it would make sense for NECA to cash in on the upcoming 2020 Godzilla vs. Kong film and release a figure based on their pair’s original match up. It has been over a decade since a widely released, six inch figure of this design was released and never once has any company done an articulated variant. Of all the designs voted up, this one may prove the most difficult for reissues, but the atomic blast variant still fits. Additionally, NECA could even do some scene specific recreations, such as when Godzilla emerges from the iceberg or is climbing out of the pit trap.
|#3. Super Godzilla
A powered-up version of Godzilla only ever seen in one video game, Super Godzilla would fit perfectly in NECA’s classic video game series line. However, it may also prove troublesome. Who knows what the rights for this look like, if it falls under the general Godzilla copyright or something else entirely. Regardless, making the figure wouldn’t be too hard. With other lines, NECA has shown they’re good at recycling parts with minimal new sculpt work for heads and limbs. With just their 1994 basis, it’s not hard to imagine this being a possibility. There was no preference for either the U.S. design (no head crest) or original Japanese design (head crest), but the fans have declared that they want this monster in some capacity.
|#2. Hanna-Barbera Godzilla
Godzilla (The Godzilla Power Hour)
Despite NECA being told “no” by Toho when first starting the line, the fans still want to see this a reality. A starting point for many older fans in the fandom, this cartoon version of Godzilla has never seen a figure. If there’s any company that could do it justice, it would be NECA. With NECA having done figures for over two years now and having done both an NES Video Game Appearance Godzilla and a completely original repaint (Reactor Glow), maybe now would be the time to revisit this idea with Toho and give the fans what they want.
|#1. Stan Winston Godzilla
Godzilla (Lost Project – 1994)
Without a doubt the most famous unmade American attempt at Godzilla, the 1994 Stan Winston Godzilla design has gained tremendous popularity ever since Sci-Fi Japan ran a series of articles on it. This unique design is a far cry from what fans received in 1998 and even 2014, appearing more like the traditional Japanese Godzillas but with much meaner features. While this may be harder to see get made compared to other designs, in and out of the main line of films, NECA has a history of getting obscure things done for their toy lines. Being the highest voted of all miscellaneous Godzilla designs, the fans have clearly spoken: make the Stan Winston Godzilla.
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