Toy: Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Decisive Battle: S.H. MonsterArts (Bandai)



Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Decisive Battle: S.H. MonsterArts

Japanese Toy Title

S.H.MonsterArts ゴジラ (1991) -新宿決戦-
[S.H. MonsterArts Gojira (1991) Shinjuku Kessen]




Bandai / Tamashii Nations
16 centimeters


Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah



By: Chris Mirjahangir

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah: Godzilla 1991 Shinjuku Decisive Battle! It’s nice to see this version of Godzilla enter the line as it is the one that fought Mecha-King Ghidorah in the film (the Godzilla earlier in the film is slightly different design wise).


I’m a big fan of Godzilla’s head sculpt here as it makes him look mean and ready for battle. The head sculpt is the true standout and the mold itself feels nice to the touch. Godzilla looks best when he’s standing straight up, not only because of the gap between backplates (which is going to happen when you have an articulated figure), but he looks more powerful standing straight up. To further elaborate on the head sculpt, Godzilla has that menacing look he has in the film and it’s beautifully recreated in the sculpt.


For articulation, it’s largely standard fare here. The arms move 360 degrees, Godzilla’s head can move up and down and side to side (but can’t look up). The legs have some nice articulation and range of movement where the legs can move apart to get some great poses. The feet and move backwards slightly. The big change over the Heisei Godzilla releases in this line makes its debut here and it’s in the form of a fully articulated tail. This time, the articulation reaches to the end of the tail and it’s far more poseable than previous releases of Heisei Godzilla releases.


Godzilla doesn’t come with any accessories, which by now is kinda lame. It’s been a while since a Godzilla release came with a beam effect and honestly, it’s long overdue. I’m sure that there are a variety of reasons such as cost, etc. but hopefully a solution is found. Maybe a beam special effects pack?


The paint on Godzilla is well done with a mix of dark brown and dirty yellow paint. For the claws and toenails, the paint is applied perfectly with no blemishes. The eyes are ever so slightly off, but you wouldn’t be able to tell because the brows are furrowed and the eyes aren’t really visible unless you’re up close. The backplates are a mix of black and grey and are painted well, but there’s more grey near the end of the tail. Finally, there’s a light white paint wash over the figure. It works pretty well and adds a little bit of definition.


It’s great to see Godzilla 1991 in his end of the film form, not only because he looks great but also for accurate diorama posing next to Mecha-King Ghidorah for accuracy. A nearly flawless release!

**Below are a number of bonus images of the figure.**

Rating: Star Rating