Toy: Godzilla (Ohrai Noriyoshi Poster Ver.): S.H. MonsterArts (Bandai)



Godzilla (Ohrai Noriyoshi Poster Ver.): S.H. MonsterArts

Japanese Toy Title

S.H.MonsterArts ゴジラ(生頼範義ポスターVer.)
[S.H. MonsterArts Gojira (Orai Noriyoshi Posuta Ver.)]


Extra pair of hands, Commemorative Card


Bandai / Tamashii Nations
16 centimeters


Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II



By: Chris Mirjahangir

Yep, it’s ANOTHER repaint of the Godzilla mold used for Burning Godzilla, Ultimate Burning Godzilla, Rebirth Godzilla, etc. but there’s something different about Poster version Godzilla (Ohrai Noriyoshi Poster Ver.). I will point out that this is supposed to be Godzilla design from the 1993 film but using the mold of the design of Godzilla from 1995. How’s that for accuracy?


Paint job aside, there’s nothing new here given that it’s the same mold as the aforementioned Godzilla releases. They sure do get a lot of mileage out of it, don’t they?


Back View
Back View

The tail and arms are a little stiffer this time around and the mid section of the tail’s joint got a little loose once I tried to adjust it. It does still hold a pose though. Godzilla’s also got a tad bit of slack jaw going on but it’s not too bad. It is slightly annoying but easily fixable. Aside from this it’s the usual articulation for this mold.

Godzilla’s head moves up and down and side to side and the hands and feet can rotate 360 degrees and they can move apart a little. The arms and forearms can both rotate 360 degrees. It would have been nice for a little retooling to have happened. Just a little more effort to make this more than a repaint.


Chest View
Chest View

With such a different paint job for this figure, a beam effect would have been cool but I can see why it doesn’t have one - it was a little mini beam on the poster and that just wouldn’t work as an accessory. What are included are the usual additional claws which almost seem to be thrown in almost as an after thought at this point. Also, while I don’t consider it to be an accessory per se, the box has the Poster MechaGodzilla on it in the background and vice versa. It’s a nice little touch showing that the releases are meant to be paired with each other.

What’s also included is what I think is some sort of commemorative card showing off the poster. I was told that this card is for the first run of this figure only and if there were a repaint (seriously) that it would not be included. It’s a nice card and is printed on thick card stock and could be displayed next to the figure if you wish.


Feet Detail
Feet Detail

The paint on the figure is really something different. Like the Atomic Blast Godzilla figure from NECA, Godzilla also has translucent backplates which I really like and it’s a cool mix of ice blue and white paint. The skin is painted this weird mix of dark green, blue, and for some reason, brown. The green and blue are interesting but adding the brown makes it look like he crawled out of a dirty sewer. It’s not too distracting though. What really makes this figure stand out to me though is the paint job on the eyes. They’re red with a yellow pupil (and slightly lopsided) and for some reason, make the whole figure just look really creepy. GMK Godzilla had those souless white eyes but this one, in the right pose, makes it seem like the figure wants to kill you. The eyes just have this demonic look to them - it’s great. I tried to emulate it in the photos but I think it’s better if you were to check out the figure in person to see the full effect.

For the rest of the paint, the mouth and top of the mouth are the usual dark red color. Godzilla seems to have more black on his tongue but I don’t know if this is a paint application mistake or just part of the figure. The teeth look nice as well with the dark yellow paint. The claws on the hands and feet are a dark grey color but they weren’t applied very well. Lots of paint gaps - especially on the feet – make it seem like it was quickly done with little care.


This is an interesting figure and one of the reasons it exists is to compliment the Poster Version MechaGodzilla which is being released at the same time. I am a sucker for the ice blue/white backplates and the deal with the eyes making the figure look creepy is pretty cool. I’d say pick it up if you need to keep up with your collection or want to compliment the Poster MechaGodzilla release or if you find the paint job appealing. If not, it’s another repaint of the same mold that’s been kicking around for a few years and is easily skippable.

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

Rating: Star Rating