Name
 Gigan
Version Source
 Godzilla: Final Wars
Company: Banpresto
Extras: None
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2004 Height: 23 centimeters
Comments
Anthony Romero

Perfection, in vinyl form. Released alongside a slew of similar sized Bandai figures, including Godzilla and both forms of Monster-X and Gigan, the eight inch line Gigan (although he's closer to nine inches) from Banpresto is a very impressive and imposing figure.

 
Side View

Banpresto went all out with this release, managing to capture a level of detail that makes this stand out as one of their premium Godzilla toys. From top to bottom, the character is a near flawless representation of its razor adorned movie counterpart. No detail is left out, everything from the two spikes on his chest that flank his razor abdomen to the two prongs located below his claws. The proportions are all spot on as well, as the creature's large claws, wings, and head stand out as they are cast against a smaller frame, just as the creature appears in the 2004 film.

It's also nice to note that the beast's appearance is distinctly that of his first, un-upgraded, form in the movie. The neck brace and more jagged horns that appear on the second version are absent here.

   
Back View

Now, moving to the back of the figure, the toy continues to impress. The long, blood-hued red wings are very imposing. They are very eye catching and also the appropriate size. In fact, on that note, all of the coloring on this mold is well done. The very vibrant and deep reds are especially nice, and contrast well with the almost metallic blue like shading found on most of the rest of the body. The darker coloring found on the arms and head is also nice, avoiding a stale sense one might get if the entire body were the same hue of blue. On the downside, and this is related to the back, the tail is a slight letdown. This is only because of the portion where it rotates, which, unlike the other moveable parts, is noticeable and doesn't join up as cleanly as it could. It's a minor fault, though, for what is otherwise an excellent figure.

Overall, this is one of the few "set pieces" in my collection. Most of my other toys are off in storage, away from visible eyes, but Gigan sits proudly alongside the Bandai 2001 King Ghidorah and the X-Plus 1995 Gamera as one of my favorite vinyls out on display. Banpresto has some very impressive efforts under their belt, and I would argue this is one of their more definitive releases to date.

Rating: Star Rating