King Ghidorah [Showa]
Version Source
 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Company: Bandai
Extras: None
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2001 Height: 9 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Man, for about three weeks now I've been trying to get my hands on a King Ghidorah figure, and then, while cleaning off all the collection, I realize I already had one from Bandai's Hyper Hobby line. Boy do I feel dumb now. And now, with that out of the way, let us move onto the actual Showa King Ghidorah-based Hyper Hobby released figure.

Back View

Made to cash in on Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monstes All-Out Attack (2001), King Ghidorah is about three and a half inches tall with a good five inch wingspan. He should have been a tad bit bigger to scale better with the 1954 Godzilla that was also released, but oh well. Like most Hyper Hobby figures, Ghidorah needs pieced together. His wings, necks, and tails need attached to the body and the heads need attached to the wings.

The wings look a bit awkward when viewed from behind since it becomes very evident they aren't molded on and just placed on. Sometimes they can even fall off without warning.

I don't have many Hyper Hobby figures, but from I hear, they often can be a mixed bag when it comes to detail. Thankfully, there's no mixed bag about the detail on King Ghidorah, it simply rocks! The body is covered in over lapping scales that give him a nice texture. The wings are smooth too, and there's even a nice bit of detail on the patches of hair on Ghidorah's necks.

Side View

The paint job is just right with its shade. For some reason, however, there are two black spots on each side of Ghidorah. First I thought this might just be from ware, but looking again, the spots are exactly at the same spot on each side: the mid-section of the legs and mid-section of the chest. The eyes are pure red, giving the hydra a menacing look and all three of its tongues also painted red. It would have been nice to see his teeth painted, however.

When it comes straight down to it, most casual collectors will never get their hands on a Bandai King Ghidorah that was released in the 1980's. The Hyper Hobby or the High Grade versions will simply have to do. I'm definitely not complaining about this release. Besides the smaller size, wing pieces, and black spots, there's not much wrong here.

Rating: Star Rating