Name
 Baby Godzilla
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached tag
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1993 Height: 15 centimeters
Comments
Steve Johnson
My name is Steve and I'm happy to say I'll be handling collectible/toy reviews for Toho Kingdom. Before I get into my first review, just a little about myself. I've been a Godzilla fan for the past 20 years, thanks to stumbling across King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) on TBS one Saturday morning, and I've been collecting Godzilla toys since 1995. I stumbled onto them by sheer luck, as I had found a listing online for a store called Showcase Collectibles that sold VHS copies of the only two G-movies I was missing from my collection at the time (Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla vs Destoroyah, for the record.). When I walked into the store, you could've heard my jaw drop when it hit the floor as I looked around and saw all the Godzilla toys I had no clue existed. Sure, I'd collected the Trendmasters Godzilla line released in America in 1994-1995, but the quality and assortment could not compete with the Bandai line.

 
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It took a great deal of pleading and convincing, but I finally talked my dad into buying me just ONE figure on that day....but it had to be $20 or less. Yes, once upon a time you could buy real Bandais for less than $20. In fact, the one I chose that day tipped the scales at all of $14. Here he is, the first Bandai Godzilla figure I acquired, the 1993 Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II's Baby Godzilla.

Baby was released in 1993, a HUGE year for Godzilla toys that also saw the release of King Caesar, Jet Jaguar, Hedorah, Kamacuras, Gorosaurus, the Toho King Kong and Godzillasaurus, as well as Baby's co-stars from Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II: the new version of Mechagodzilla, Fire Rodan, and a re-release of 1992's Bato-Goji figure (From Godzilla vs Mothra, also used again in 1994 for the figures released with SpaceGodzilla).

Baby stands around 6 inches tall, and features articulation in his arms, legs, and tail. At first glance, Baby appears to match up well with his big screen counterpart.

 
Left: Baby Godzilla's foot as it appears in the film. Right: The foot of the toy
However, when one takes a closer look, a few problems arise that may or may not bother you. Bandai neglected to paint Baby's nails/claws in this initial release, a problem that was corrected with the very rare, and far more expensive, reissue of Baby Godzilla in the "Godzilla Forever" series, but we're dealing with the original here today.

 
Spines
Secondly, the spines on Baby Godzilla's back aren't fully cut out, as you can see here. I assume this was done to prevent them from snapping off during play or shipping, but personally I wish they would've just made them thicker to add some toughness, but kept the original shape. I also don't feel that they captured Baby's expression perfectly. Through out most of the film, Baby appeared with somewhat of a "dopey" look on his face, with his eyes half closed and his mouth open, to show him with more of a docile personality. The figure of Baby doesn't give me that impression. The eyes, while nicely painted, don't really mirror the suit's, another complaint rectified by the Forever figure. It also appears to be leaner than the actual suit, though I can't fault Bandai for that. The character of Baby Godzilla was meant to portray a more realistic young Godzilla, in contrast to the goofy Minilla of the Showa films, and I do feel the toy was effective in that area.

Finally, in the issue of scale... forget about it. Baby stands only a few inches shorter than the Godzilla figure released alongside him, who you'll meet in a future article. Baby is best displayed by himself or with other "out of scale" figures. On a side note, if you've got a stubborn girlfriend, or perhaps even a daughter, that you're trying to get into Godzilla fandom, Baby can be a powerful ally. Along with Mothra, he's my girlfriend's favorite kaiju, and helped convert her into the ranks of the G-fans.

As always, personal taste should dictate what to add to your own collection, as I've never believed in buying every figure there is just for completionist sake, but there are very few figures made of this particular monster, and this is probably the best. Despite the issues listed above, Baby is still a nice figure from the folks at Bandai.
Rating: Star Rating