Toy: Atomic Blast Godzilla 2001 12" Head to Tail (NECA)



Atomic Blast Godzilla 2001 12" Head to Tail

English Toy Title

12" Head-to-Tail Action Figure – 2001 Godzilla (Atomic Blast)


Atomic Blast effect


15 centimeters


Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack



By: Chris Mirjahangir

Simply put, this is a repaint of the 2001 Godzilla with an accessory part. But, as far as repaints go, this one is actually pretty cool.


Nothing changed design wise with this figure. It’s the same as the previous release and there doesn’t seem to be much of anything different outside of the paintjob and the new beam effect.


Face View
Face View

Like the previous version, the articulation is largely the same. Godzilla's jaw opens and closes, the feet can move 360 degrees and the knees can bend backwards slightly. Godzilla’s legs rotate 360 degrees and the tail has three points of articulation along with the usual bendable articulation in the tail because of the wire inside. What seems to have been fixed, at least in my review figure, is that the midsection no longer wobbles.

Godzilla's head can rotate 360 degrees and so can his hands and feet. The arms are split into three sections for rotating/bending and Godzilla's hands have articulation as well. At the palm, Godzilla's hands can bend via a hinge and he can also rotate 360 degrees at the mid section.


Atomic Blast Effect
Atomic Blast Effect

For the first time, a NECA Godzilla release comes with an actual accessory! For this release, it’s a beam effect and it’s quite nice. It’s a cool mix of a translucent blue mixed with white paint which makes it look kind of intense. I like it. The beam fits in Godzilla’s mouth by applying a little bit of pressure to make sure it fits snugly. It only fits in one direction and it’s pretty easy to tell which side of the small end it is.

The effect does look different than some of the other Godzilla beam effects that the S.H. MonsterArts line has been putting out for their Godzilla figures. It’s smaller in width, has a lot more grooves and bumps and is a little more stylized.


Spines View
Spines View

For the paint, the claws are a darker grey color this time around and are mixed in with black in the toe nail and claw “ridges” for a more detailed effect. What I really like are how the backplates look. They have this really awesome ice blue color and they fade into a darker blue at the basse. Right at the top of the tail (and a little bit on the neck), there’s a small section for an eletric blue color for the backplate.

The biggest effect is (and works in conjunction with the rest) the paint app to simulate the glow of the beam which covers a large section of the chest, a little bit on the inner things and on the hands. It can look weird dead on, like Smurf exploded on Godzilla or something, but in the right angle, and with the beam effect (or without) you can see the cool effect NECA was going for. Just make sure that you have about 6 inches to a foot distance between you and the figure to get the full effect. If you look at it up close, it doesn’t look as cool and the effect is lost.


This is one of those figures that isn’t something some collectors are going to rush out and buy, but for me, it’s a cool addition and a step forward in the line now that effect parts are being added. Plus, I really like the icy blue backplates.

**Below are several bonus images, including alternate views of the Atomic Blast piece, spines, torso, and other sections of the body.**

Rating: Star Rating