Giant Condor
Version Source
 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Company: Iwakura
Extras: Meganulon
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2003 Height: 3 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

With Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), everyone knew Godzilla was fighting a giant lobster, or shrimp if you want to get technical, but about half-way through the movie Toho decided to throw its viewers a curve ball. Enter another monster for Godzilla to fight. The Giant Condor served no purpose in its film other than to appear and be defeated. On screen for less than two minutes, it comes as no shocker the Condor has never been given any sort of normal scaled figure, by Bandai or Trendmasters, and has yet to appear in many games, if any at all.

Side View

He has only had two types of collectibles that I know of: A bottle cap and the figure this review centers on, the tiny high grade-like Giant Condor released as part of the Iwakura Godzilla line.

There's not much to say here. Anybody outside the fandom will not recognize it as a Godzilla monster, or even a monster in general. It balances itself on a pole (that vanishes up its you know what) that's then attached to a rock at the base. The figure hovers in the air about an inch off the ground with a 2 inch wingspan. As expected, he has no moveable parts, but can be removed from the pole if one finds the idea of plastic pole being rammed up the Giant Condor's rectum offensive.

Back View

Details wise, he looks just as good as any High Grade figure. He has perfect colors of browns and his eyes are painted a fine black with a tanish beak. The talons of the Giant Condor seem a bit big, but I don't actually remember seeing them much on film anyway.

The detail is where this figure really shines. The wings are patterned with feathers very nicely and the rest of the body has awesome amounts of texture. Even the head, as tiny as it is, is rich in detail, looking just like the condor's head if you look closely.

Surprisingly, for such an obscure kaiju, the Condor doesn't cost all that much. He comes in a two pack with the Meganulon from the 1956 movie Rodan. I got it for just over $12 on E-bay, and there's still plenty to grab up. You won't find a better figure of the Condor, and not just the Condor either. Iwakura has issued figures/molds of several other obscure kaiju such as the Giant Sea Serpent from King Kong Escapes (1967), Prehistoric Mothra from Rebirth of Mothra III (1998), and much more.

Rating: Star Rating