Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
Classification: Figure Reissue: Yes
Release: 2001 Height: 15 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

I must admit, I'm really enjoying this toys section, if you can't tell. Not only is it a great chance to actually go back and reflect on the joys of my own childhood, but actually a reason to take the figures off the shelves and give them a well deserved cleaning. While this particular figure had nothing to do with my childhood, it was one hell of a dusty figure. Even had a damn cobweb between the wings and legs. Someone tell me that isn't bad. So, now that that's all finished, I guess I can start up on one of my favorites. Despite being a Heisei monster and having only one film appearance, Destoroyah has quickly turned into one of Toho's brightest stars. Appearing in every Godzilla video game after the 1995 movie (well, except the Godzilla: The Series-based games) and having a modest fan following, not to mention the epic-level debates that can rise when someone mentions the phrase "Destoroyah vs. SpaceGodzilla", it comes as no surprise that the Oxygen Destroyer-spawned monster has also gained himself a rather nice six inch release.

Side View

Like all Bandais of its size, Destoroyah sports a moving tail. His legs and wings are also able to move, but strangely, his arms and head can't. That little fact, however, isn't all that weird. The frills, or whatever one wants to call his head things, sort of make it weird to imagine his head moving and his arms are a bit short.

Thankfully, unlike his eight inch cousin released in 1995, this version's wings aren't folded and are fully opened. This doesn't mean they can't fold back because they can. The only complaint I can make about the wings is the smaller set beneath the main pair. Unlike the high-quality 2003 High Grade Set release of ole' Dessy, this version's are forever molded to its back.

Back View

Besides that small complaint, Destoroyah is a worthy addition to any fan's collection. The detail on his body is flawless when compared to the movie's, but his tail does seem to be a bit thick. This may just be my imagination or a result of playing Godzilla: Unleashed (Wii version) too much where the tail is always moving and not as wide. There is one problem with the tail I know I can mention, and that's the ending pincer-thing. Seems to be a tad bit small for the marvelous monster, but that's not all that horrible or an eye sore. Just a minor complaint.

The creature was also released with an attached tag. From the tag, it's easy to tell that Destoroyah isn't from the Godzilla Island series, which became defunct a few years ealrier, although this is a re-release of the Destoroyah from that line with a slightly different paint job. Back to the figure itself, Destoroyah, as said, is a perfect fit into any collection. Its one of the greatest kaiju from the Heisei era and one of the most famous kaiju to walk out of Toho's universe. Go buy Destoroyah. Now. 

Rating: Star Rating