Name
 Destoroyah
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached tag
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1995 Height: 23 centimeters
Comments
Steve Johnson

Released in 1995 is Bandai's representation of the final form of Godzilla's last enemy of the Heisei series, Destoroyah. Destoroyah is one of the more recognizeable of Godzilla's foes from this era, having appeared prominently in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, Godzilla: Save The Earth, and Godzilla: Unleashed, as well as being planned (but never released) for the Trendmasters' Godzilla series. Bandai's original release of Destoroyah's final form is an impressive figure that stands in at just under 9 inches tall, with a tail around 6 inches long.

 
Wings

Destoroyah features articulation in his neck, legs, arms and wings, and features a nice paint job and very detailed 'skin'. As far as coloration goes, my only complaint is that all of the toy's wings are colored completely red, as opposed to being both red and black on the actual suit.  At least the choice of colors was very good, with the deep reds, dark blacks, and bright gold matching up nicely with Destoroyah's lone on screen appearence.

Destoroyah is posed nicely, but the unique shape of his arms restrict their movement somewhat, though I don't consider this a big problem. The biggest problem Destoroyah faces is the previously mentioned wings, the one area Bandai dropped the ball on an otherwise perfect figure. As I already mentioned, the first problem is the lack of black coloring on the wings. Secondly, Destoroyah's smaller secondary set of wings are molded into the large main wings. Finally, and most troubling, is the fact that even when moved to the "open" position, Destoroyah's wings remain folded, something that would not be an issue in various mechanized/DX and high grade figures Bandai would also release.

   
Figure Comparison

To compare with a more recent figure, the fourth set of Bandai Creation Godzilla figures released here in America last year featured a Destoroyah with vastly improved wings, but was smaller in size and featured an inferior, less fierce looking facial sculpt.

 
Godzilla and Destoroyah

Back to the 1995 release, however. Destoroyah matches up nicely with his big screen counterpart in every aspect except for the execution of the wings. Also, despite being ever so slightly out of scale (Destoroyah should be taller than Godzilla), he matches up nicely with Bandai's 1995 Burning Godzilla figure as well, which allows you to re-create Godzilla's epic final battle to your heart's content in your own home.

Unfortunate issues with the wings aside, Destoroyah is still an excellent figure. Can't give him a perfect score because of those wings, but he does earn a score of four out of five stars. Sadly, not only did the Godzilla film series go on an admittedly-brief hiatus following 1995's Godzilla vs Destoroyah, so did Bandai's making of 8" scale Godzilla figures. They would move on to a smaller, 6" scale, mostly downsized versions of kaiju already available in the 8" scale but with some new ones as well, before returning to the larger scale for later films in the Millenium series, but at least they went out with a bang here, just like Godzilla.

Rating: Star Rating