Burning Godzilla
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Company: Bandai Creation
Extras: None
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2002 Height: 12 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

One of the original four Bandai Creation figures, Burning Godzilla features a completely new mold compared to his Japanese counterpart. This is both a good and bad thing when comparing him to the original 2001 Japanese release.

Figure Comparison

Like all figures of the first four, Godzilla is made of vinyl and is a bit harder than the Japanese version. He sports moveable arms, legs, head, and tail. For some reason, however, in order to get him to fit inside the box, Godzilla is hunched over somewhat in a weird position. This looks rather strange and would seemingly fit the GMK Godzilla better. In an ironic twist, however, the GMK Godzilla was released standing straight up a year later.

The mold, as said, is different than the Japanese version. It's a fair representation, but again, the hunched over posture just looks weird. Another flaw is its spines that are, for some reason, pointing forward instead of upward. The Japanese release also features this flaw. There's also something going on with the legs. I can't put my finger on it, but they just don't seem big or long enough for a Heisei Godzilla release.

Back View

Despite those flaws, Meltdown Godzilla is far from bad. The head is, in my own opinion, better than the Japanese release's, except for the mouth, and so is the overall paint job and texturing. The harder vinyl makes the feel of the figure seem much better and the brighter burning areas are just the best looking I've seen for the monster in a six inch figure. Sadly, however, the paint job comes to an abrupt end on his tail. The tiny ridges and spines on his tail haven't been painted and remain black like the base color of the figure.

Despite having some flaws, Meltdown Godzilla isn't a bad figure. He has one of the best, if not the best, paint job for a six inch Meltdown Godzilla figure and comes at a reasonable price on the American market. A recommended figure if one ever finds one, and the chances of that, at present day, are good.

Rating: Star Rating