Toy: Dark Horse Comics Godzilla: Toho Ultimates (Super7)

 

 

Dark Horse Comics Godzilla: Toho Ultimates


English Toy Title

Toho ULTIMATES! - Godzilla 1989 (Comic Book - Thirsty For Blood) SDCC Exclusive

Extras:

x2 interchangeable heads, x6 interchangeable hands, "frightened artist" accessory

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Figure
Super7
2023
20 centimeters
37 centimeters
No

Source:

Godzilla King of the Monsters #1

Toy

COMMENTS

By: Joshua Sudomerski

Essentially a repaint of an existing mold, this release harkens back to the nostalgic '90s when Godzilla rampaged through the panels of comics published by Dark Horse.

Details

Being part of the Toho ULTIMATES! line, this figure will likely tower over most others. Godzilla's entire body is finely detailed, with the chest having a bumpy appearance while the rest of the skin has the familiar tree bark-like texturing, capturing the essence of the Heisei VS Series suit the design is based on. The larger spines also have some skin embossed on the sides to prevent them from looking too flat in appearance. There's not much else to say about the sculpt, other than it looks like Godzilla - the biggest draw here will be in the paint department.

Articulation

Jeremy Williams went into great detail in his review of Super7's Godzilla (1989), which this mold is based off of, so I'd highly recommend checking his review if you want a more thorough explanation on articulation. In short, the same shortcomings present in the 1989 release are present here, namely the limited range of motion found on the head, neck and tail, and the overall "stiffness" of the joints. The base of the tail is also quite heavy, which gives it kind of a sagging appearance and a slight gap. For some reason, Super7 opts to include open and closed mouth accessories instead of making the jaws articulated.

Other than those areas, the rest of the body is capable of a wider range of motion. It's nowhere near the levels of S.H.MonsterArts releases, maybe more on par to what NECA used to release. With some effort, Godzilla can stretch his arms out to be parallel to the ground, and he can even achieve a sitting pose. His upper body and legs have a satisfying amount of sturdiness, so while the tail may not be able to hold certain poses, the rest of the body does not have this problem.

Accessories

Godzilla comes with a fun assortment of accessories: two open hands, two partially closed hands, and two fists; one closed mouth and one roaring mouth; and a tiny "frightened artist" piece that fits snuggly into either of Godzilla's open hands. I'd be remiss if I didn't bring attention to the box and the inner packaging holding the figure, which is a stellar presentation on its own! The highly detailed artwork of Arthur Adams graces nearly every corner, either pulled from one of the issue covers or directly from the panels. Additionally, the inner packaging is colored after concrete, busted open with "blood" seeping through the cracks to reveal the figure itself. Both the box and packaging sport the logo from the comic series.

Paint

One of the figure's greatest draws that really sets it apart from the 1989 release is the paint application. Unlike the original which basically has a solid black color throughout, this figure has darker green paint in the many detailed creases, with a brighter green paint applied over the skin. This does wonders for the sculpt, accentuating the detail naturally and making it visible even from a distance. In addition, the teeth and areas around the mouth and nose are coated in red paint, giving Godzilla that "blood-thirsty" look from the comics. The eyes look just fine on both mouths, and the claws are painted an even yellow color. Since the teeth are covered in some of the bloody red paint, this prevents the yellow from looking like a large "glob" of flat color compared to the 1989 release.

Unlike the art on the front of the box, however, the spines are more of a bright green with some dark green applied near the center rather than the pale yellow advertised. While the pale yellow spines would have been a nice contrast to the green skin, this is still a more accurate coloration to how the spines appear in the pages of the comic itself. Interestingly, it appears at one point the spines were going to have more of a yellow color, if an early preview image of the figure shared on various news outlets is any indication.

Perhaps my biggest gripe is with the paint being used for the "bloody" look around the mouth. In the comic, the blood is more of a bright red or at times closer to pink to contrast with Godzilla's green skin. Here, it's a much darker red. If it weren't for the glossy effect applied over top, it would blend in almost too well with the rest of the face, appearing like an off-color shadow. It still looks great upon close inspection, but perhaps the brighter red used inside the mouth could have been applied in place of the dark red, and the mouth color could have been swapped with a paler pink.

Overall

A fairly solid release from Super7, arguably a small step up from their original 1989 Godzilla figure, but the more limited articulation and high price tag make it a difficult sell. Still, there is some novelty to be found in the comic book inspirations for this repaint, and it looks great when posed on the shelf. If the tail and neck articulation could be improved on future Super7 Godzilla releases (and preferably include an articulated jaw to do away with a separate head accessory), then this line could easily contend with the other high-end figures on the market.

**Below are bonus images of the figure and the box.**

Rating: Star Rating