Version Source
Company: Bandai Creation
Extras: None
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2002 Height: 12 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

The final figure in the original four Bandai Creation figures released in the United States, the 1954 version of the monster king is, sadly, the worst of the lot. At first glance he seems to be a decent representation of the monster, but upon closer look, and comparing it to the Japanese release and the monster from the film, several flaws emerge.

Lets start with the basics first. Godzilla stands at six inches and is made of a softer vinyl when compared to the Burning Godzilla and Gigan released at the same time. His arms and legs are moveable, but the tail and head aren't.

Figure Comparison

Starting from the top, the flaws begin with the head. It doesn't look right, especially when compared to the movies. It looks like it has been slightly crushed in a compactor. The biggest flaw in the figure comes in its arms, which are way too long for a figure based on the 1954 Godzilla. Not only are they too long, but also too thin. They look like twigs that would snap the minute another monster fights back. The spines are the last thing done wrong. They are not bad per say, but don't look much like 1954's. They'd fit a 1989-based figure fine, however, with a little problems.

There's also something going on about its build I can't quite put my finger on. He looks enough like the 1954 Godzilla, but doesn't seem bulky enough, but when placed next to the Japanese release and comparing to pictures, it looks fine. It has to be the lighter colors, I'll touch up on that later. It also doesn't help that he doesn't really look threatening or angry… He looks bored.

Side View

Thankfully, the rest of the mold isn't so bad. The legs aren't as nicely done as the Japanese release, but are the right size. What the figure falls flat at the most is the texturing. There are just not enough ridges and bumps to be found here. Its like Bandai had the impression Godzilla's skin was like that of an elephant's.

The paint job is done well enough. I feel he should be a bit darker, but everything is done in a decent manner. As I said before, the lighter shade of gray just makes him look thin, but he isn't. Optical illusions suck like that. His tongue is even painted red, an aspect the Japanese release can't relate to. If there's one flaw in the paint, it's the lack of color on the tail where the spines turn to ridges.

Overall, not a bad figure, but not a good one either. He's a cheap release if one doesn't feel like ordering a better Japanese figure. I can't really recommend it much, but I also can't say avoid it and don't get it. If you have the Japanese release, skip it. If you don't have plans to order the Japanese release, get this. There we are, better.

Rating: Star Rating