Fire Rodan
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1998 Height: 13 centimeters
Anthony Romero

This is toy "G-10" of Bandai's fairly large Godzilla Island series, based on the TV show of the same name. This particular figure is for Fire Rodan, modeled on Rodan's second form from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993). The toy isn't a bad one from Bandai, but there isn't much to praise about it.

Close Up

Detail wise, the figure is kind of lacking. The feet look good, with a lot of detail placed into their construction. The head is also serviceable, with obvious effort placed into the peak. Otherwise, the figure is very simple. The wings have a nice texture to them, but are too fat.

This leads into the second aspect of this review: the toy's proportions. Sadly, it drops the ball here. The head is too small, while the feet are too big and the wings, as previously mentioned, too thick. This is a children's toy, though. Thicker wings mean more durability, while the larger legs mean that this figure can actually stand on its own where as smaller feat wouldn't have permitted this. In terms of the head, though, there is no real excuse, and currently the small head also makes the body seem far too large in contrast.

Back View

For the mobility of the figure, it's very limited. The legs can move, which allow Fire Rodan to stand upright or crouched over. Otherwise, the figure is immobile. The wings can wiggle a little, adding a slight sense of them flapping during flight, but this is very minor. In fact, because of how limited this is, it probably would have been better to have the wings be unmovable and simply part of the body's mold, as then it would avoid the rather large gap between them and the chest/back which make them stand out awkwardly.

In terms of coloring, Bandai really fumbled here. To that point, there really isn't much coloring applied to the figure. The beak is colored gray, as are the fingers and toes although the paint job here is loose and sloppy. The inner wings are painted a slightly more orange tone than the rest of the body, while the chest is haphazardly colored a flesh tone and the eyes are detailed in. That's it. Otherwise the figure has the more garish neon red through out. No extra painting is done to the ridge on Fire Rodan's back or even his horns. Frankly, not much painting took place, but to make matters worse is that what was done is rather lacking.

Overall, Fire Rodan isn't a bad figure, but it leaves something to be desired from all its faults.

Rating: Star Rating