Name
 Godzilla
Version Source
 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2003 Height: 21 centimeters
Comments
Ryan Apollo (submission)

Hey there, I'm Ryan, better known as Ryoku on the boards. I've loved the Godzilla franchise since I was four, and my love has only grown since. Now, down to business! There is one piece in my Bandai collection that I'd like to share, as it's the largest and definitely most beautiful in my set right now. In the 8-inch series, I'd like to introduce the 2003 Tokyo S.O.S. Godzilla figure.

 
Front View

This figure sports incredible detail, down to the small grooves in the neck to the large silver dorsal spikes.  The movable parts of this figure are the neckline, both arms about half way to the elbows, both legs, and the upper and lower ends of the tail. I should mention, though, that the lower end of the tail isn't necessarily meant to move, as it's removable for packaging and storage purposes. Otherwise, when rotated, it looks odd as the dorsal fins no longer line up accordingly. Thankfully, this fact is minor enough compared to the true epic quality of the piece that we can look right over it.

   
Back View

Now, another small qualm, the middle section of the spikes would seem to have been placed into the back rather than being part of the main body mold, meaning, on close inspection, one can see the attached plate. However, it's unnoticeable from most angles, and the jagged spikes do a good job to mask this on a more casual glance.

Like all other monsters in the Bandai lineup, Godzilla here is made completely out of soft vinyl, which means the legs and tail are fairly easy to squish inwards with a little squeeze. The coloration of the body is perfect, sporting the true charcoal-grey of the character, and mostly yellow for everywhere that’s made of keratin, like the teeth and claws. The fins, like I mentioned earlier, are bright and shiny silver, turning back to the charcoal-grey by the bottom of them. Of course, given the version of the character, this Godzilla also sports a huge scar from a wound taken in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), painted a painful and bloody looking maroon. The detail is superb overall.

I hope my review of this beautiful figure, and one of the crown jewels of my collection, has inspired you to search for him, as he is slowly slipping off of toy and auction sites, and becoming ever more rare and expensive.

Rating: Star Rating