Name
 Destoroyah
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Company: Bandai
Extras: None
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: Yes
Release: 2003 Height: 5 centimeters
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Released in 2003 with the tenth Godzilla High Grade set, Destoroyah joined the ranks of SpaceGodzilla, 2003 Godzilla, Kiryu 2, 2003 Mothra, and Ebirah, all in which were released in the set. The Oxygen Destroyer-spawned beast could easily be one of the best figures of it ever released. Sporting remarkable detail, this version of Destoroyah clearly isn't for play. Like all High Grade figures, Destoroyah requires assembly. Given how small the parts of this figure area, no child will be able to put it together in under a few hours, if at all, without parental help.

 
Side View

The monster stands at two inches in height with no movable parts once together. The colors of Destoroyah match the movie counterparts exactly and the level of detail given to it are simply outstanding given the size of the figure. Everything is represented here perfectly and this also marked one of the first figures of the kaiju where the secondary smaller set of wings weren't attached to the back. Even the beast's claws are highly detailed with black highlights, a detail that not even the larger, six inch figure had. This particular figure doesn't have movable parts, but such a thing for a High Grade figure would seem out of place. Not one High Grade figure has movable pieces.

   
Back View

This figure of Destoroyah sits in perfectly with the rest of Bandai's High Grade figures and is a quick eye catcher do to its outstretched wings that look stunning for the release. Like many other figures, Destoroyah was re-released in 2004 during Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), but sadly not of this release. The figure packaged with several other re-released figures in the Godzilla Chronicles #3 High Grade Set happens to be a Destoroyah released in a previous High Grade set, so beware when buying the set. Collectors and fans are urged to find this release, it could easily be the best figure of the monster released.

Once again, Bandai has another awesome release on their hands. The High Grade figures have yet to show any lack of detail and the monsters released always look great. Sadly, there hasn't been any new set releases since 2004, but one never knows, perhaps tomorrow they'll announce a new.
Rating: Star Rating