Version Source
 Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
Classification: Figure Reissue: Yes
Release: 2001 Height: 15 centimeters
Anthony Romero

Ever look back and wonder why you bought something? Purchased an item that you can't fathom why you thought you needed it? That sums up my feelings for this figure, which was a reissue of the original that was released in 1999, although with a slightly different paint job. To be honest, I think it was mostly the novelty of the fact that Gamera was being included in Bandai's Movie Monster series, since the line of toys was otherwise solely dedicated to Toho owned properties. Whatever the reason was, this fairly lackluster figure stumbled into my possession and now into the spotlight for a fairly critical look at the toy.

Close Up

I guess I should start off by saying that I will probably be a little unfair to the figure. It's not horrible or even bad. What it suffers from is that, even during its original release, Gamera was enjoying some stellar toys from companies like X-Plus and even Sega. Bandai's effort, in the six inch line, always felt inadequate. It just never measured up, for a variety of reasons that I will go into.

Now I never quite liked the "mohawk" type look that Gamera sported in Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999), but it was never as overt as it is on this figure. Quite frankly, it's a fairly distracting feature on the head. The paint job on the claws is also haphazard. Although really, this is nothing new, as many of Bandai's toys display similar issues. If one is going to talk proportions too, the shell here is a bit too small here, although to be fair it doesn't look awkward or anything.

Chest Area

My biggest complaint with this figure, though, has always been the chest. Now the suit has a chest plate that is, in color, fairly close to the rest of Gamera's body. Bandai felt the need to make it stand out, though, and so colored it golden. They did the same thing with the 1996 Gamera toy they released for Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996), but it looks even stranger on this more "dark" version of the character. What's sad, though, is that this reissue of the toy is even worse in this regard.The original at least had some of the coloring splashed on the neck area. It was lazy painting, but its absence here causes a distinct problem: it makes the orange look almost shirt-like. It really does. Look at the head on shot. Thanks to the fact that the color was sprayed on his whole chest, and that his arms and head were separate pieces that didn't get sprayed, makes it look like Gamera is wearing a unflatteringly tight shirt.

Overall, its a lackluster figure. The fact that there are better alternatives to the market, not only for the character but this version of Gamera as well, makes it easier to be critical of the faults. Suffice to say, despite the harsh words leveled against it here, it would be far from an "abomination" in anyone's collection, and does fit well alongside the Toho figures already in the six inch scale.

Rating: Star Rating