Toy: Godzilla 2016 Frozen Ver.: S.H. MonsterArts (Bandai)



Godzilla 2016 Frozen Ver.: S.H. MonsterArts

Japanese Toy Title

S.H.MonsterArts ゴジラ (2016) 第4形態 凍結Ver.
[S.H. MonsterArts Gojira (2016) Dai 4 Keitai Toketsu]




Bandai / Tamashii Nations
18 centimeters


Shin Godzilla



By: Chris Mirjahangir

Frozen Shin Godzilla is the first S.H. MonsterArts Shin Godzilla figure to be available in the US. While it’s too bad that the other releases missed this opportunity, this is a welcome release for fans of the line and of the Shin Godzilla design.


Being MOSTLY a repaint, it’s the same design as the other Shin Godzilla figures in this line - although since this is the first that I’ve reviewed, I’ve got to say, I quite like it. With the only other Shin Godzilla that I’ve reviewed being the NECA version, I’m noticing more detail this time around. For example, there’s the little “side toe” on the outside of each foot. It’s nice to see them included here. The backplates are VERY sharp to the touch so be careful when handling the figure. What makes this figure really stand out from the rest is the tip of the tail with the “Godzilla people” coming out of the tail (which incidentally looks great with all the ridges). They’re really well sculpted and are just awesome to look at in fine detail.


Front View
Front View

It does seem odd to have articulation for a monster that’s frozen and didn’t move in the film but hey, if there are poster versions, hey, why not? Also, the line wouldn’t feel complete without this version when you consider they make a figure out of every single variation from the films (with more variations to come). So, that being said, onto the articulation.

Godzilla’s hands can move 360 degrees and move in/out while the elbow can move up and down. At the shoulders, the arms can move a little up and down. This is a stiff figure and VERY noisy by the way. The legs can do the splits and move back and forth as well and the feet can do the usual rotating/moving back and forth while the knees and calves can move back and forth as well. He can also move side to side and back and forth smoothly and very nosily. Godzilla’s mouth can open REALLY wide like it did in the movie, although I did wish the lower jaw would have articulation which would allow it to split in the middle like it did in the film. He sure does look creepy with the mouth open so wide though. Finally, there’s the tail. It’s really big on this figure and what’s great is that it can hold a pose really well due to the great engineering. Godzilla can REALLY bend down low too and when you get him in that low pose, there’s no real gap in the back due to the extra plastic design. Be careful while doing so as the backplates in the lower area can rub against each other.


No accessories are included with this release.


Tail Close Up
Tail Close Up

The paint on this figure - which is largely made up of a grayish wash - is a mixed bag. Gobs of it in one area, sparse in others. While it does have a nice overall look to it and does give off that “frozen” effect, when you look at it close-up, you can see where more care should have taken place. Kudos to Tamashii for getting the pinhole eyes painted correctly!

The paint on the portion of the tail with the “Godzilla-people” (or whatever it is that they’re called) is done really well with even the tiniest crevice painted with no blemishes in a mix of a reddish-pink color and white.


Frozen Shin Godzilla Ver 4 isn’t a must own if you already have any of the other Shin Godzilla’s in the S.H. MonsterArts line. He’s more of a figure for completionists. However, it is cool to have an actual S.H. MonsterArts Shin Godzilla figure available in the USA and for some, that alone is worth the price. While I am a fan of the beautiful work that went into the “Godzilla people” section of the tail, I just wish more care was put into the paint job. So, bottom line, if you like what you see, pick him up. He’s a pretty cool figure!

**Below are a number of bonus images, including some close-up shots of the body and tail.**

Rating: Star Rating