Name
 Baragon [1965]
Version Source
 Frankenstein vs. Baragon
Company: Bandai
Extras: None
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2001 Height: 10 centimeters
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Made to capitalize on the craze of the Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monstes All-Out Attack (2001) kaiju, Bandai created five new figures as part of their "Hyper Godzilla" series: Godzilla '54, Godzilla '01, King Ghidorah '64, Mothra '64, and Baragon '65. Strangely enough, they didn't release the newer versions of Godzilla's costars from the movie, but the designs themselves for these figures are nice.

 
Side View

Baragon stands at three inches tall and is made of solid rubber. Like all figures of this line, Baragon features no moveable parts and needs piecing together. All in all, there are five pieces that need to be put together: the main body, the tail, the head, and both ear flaps.

The mold of Baragon is pretty good, but it would have seemed more proper to put him on all fours. The paint choice of the creature is obviously brown, but it does kind of look dull. Some black, or maybe green, highlights would have helped the look a bit also. The claws are unpainted, sadly.

   
Unassembled

As said, the mold for Baragon is fine. It sports nice ridges and texture that one would expect on this sort of release. One complaint, however, comes in the form of where the pieces join together, as they are very obvious just from glancing at certain spots like the lower back plates.

In the end, the Showa version of Baragon remains an elusive figure for some collectors like me. Thankfully this toy was produced and, while not the best of the best, is a decent release with great detail. It's not hard to put together and has a reasonable price.

As a side note, this figure was later re-released the following year with a Type 66 Maser Beam Tank packaged in as part of the "Hyper +1" line.

Rating: Star Rating