Name
 Godzilla Comic-Con Explosion: SH MonsterArts
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Company: Bandai / Tamashi Nations
Extras: None
  Order
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2012 Height: 16 centimeters
Comments
Chris Mirjahangir

Released in the summer of 2012 to San Diego Comic-Con, "Comic-Con Explosion Godzilla" is the only figure in the S.H. MonsterArts line that is both a variation of the character and looks a bit like promotional art from 1995's Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995). How did it come out? Read on.

 
Side View
My first impression is I love this design. It's such a great idea and it's a heftier figure in weight than others in the line. It just feels solid. It's soft to the touch as well which is different than the other Godzilla in this line, Godzilla (1995) aka "Burning Godzilla". I don't have Godzilla (1994) so I can't make the comparison between the two, but imagine aside from paint job the two are pretty similar.

For accessories, just to get it out of the way, Comic-Con Godzilla doesn't have anything. I wouldn't expect Tamashii Nations to spend extra money on a one-off figure anyway.

   
Close-up
In terms of the paint job, it's okay on this release. The eyes are a cool orange color but when painted on the figure, it looks a little cross eyed. The tongue is a deep red but when the mouth is open, no matter the position, it looks slackjawed. The backplates are a mix of orange and yellow and it makes the backplates look really thick. The colors on the backplates as they go down the tail bounce from yellow to orange in each section. It's a pretty cool design. The claws on the hands and the feet are the same color and they're really well done with minimal mold color bleed through. Where this figure REALLY shines though, is its translucency. You can actually see the internal skeleton of the figure if you hold it up to the light. I really like this aspect of the design and it makes it a real standout in the S.H. MonsterArts Series.

 
Back View
Articulation wise, Comic-Con Godzilla is a mixed bag. His shoulders don't really move all that well and it feels like the arms will break from the joints if you move them outward. His torso looks like it has a spot for some movement but sadly, it's locked in place. This neck can move upwards but it's where the head is positioned on the ball joint that it comes off easy. It's not that big of a problem, you just have to be careful. The tail has the same amount of articulation as Burning Godzilla so it is articulated to the last 8 sections of the tail. The arms and hands can do the usual movement with the hands being able to rotate and the arms being able to move up and down and side to side at the elbows. The mouth can open and close and slack jaw is really a problem. It's easily fixed by moving the jaw over though. The legs are pretty tight and tough to move as well. I thought that this was rather odd so I poked around for other reviews and saw one over at GForever.net and the one reviewed there was easy to pose for their reviewer. Maybe not all of these figures were created equal?

Overall, articulation and paint nitpicks aside, I like this figure quite a bit. It's nice to see an alternate version of Godzilla in this line and I recommend picking it up if you want something a little out of the ordinary.
Rating: Star Rating