Name
 King Ghidorah
Version Source
 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2001 Height: 18 centimeters
Comments
Anthony Romero

This is it. Bandai has yet to surpass the level of perfection that they utterly nailed in the creation of this figure. Flawless, or so close to it that it's not worth debating. The entire eight inch line released for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) was a stellar performance by Bandai, but this figure in particular was the star attraction for the attention to detail the firm paid to it.

 
Close Up

The most stunning aspect of this piece is simply the level of craftsmanship apparent in its creation. The thousands of scales that flank its body, the differing pattern present on its necks and the accompanying frill that run on the back of each... every small detail is included. The mouths are very impressive as well, especially for the usual standards of the company. Rather than a single plastic line with the teeth colored in, each tooth is separate and sticks out in a proper jagged fashion. This is especially worth praising as the 2001 Godzilla in this line fell pray to the "denture teeth" effect.

The coloring of King Ghidorah, from the red tongue to the silver teeth, is also spot on without any signs of it being quickly applied with less than stellar results. The horns, with a gradient-like effect that slowly changes from silver to gold toward the base, also looks nice.

   
Side View

The large wings, which drape the creature on both sides, are also visually pleasant to behold. The tails, complete with the spiked-like tips, are also faithful to the source and look great, even up close. The figure doesn't have a huge amount of articulation, but it's present in the rotating heads, necks, legs, and moveable tails. The wings, despite looking like they could rotate, can not. They were simply separate pieces and, if one so desires, can be popped out although there will be a struggle to get them back in.

Overall, its really hard to think of any flaws to the design of this toy. Heck, its even sturdy and ready to face some of the hazards any normal child would throw at it, avoiding some of the criticism that is often leveled at other toys that show this level of detail. Highly recommended to both casual and diehard collectors alike. King Ghidorah has simply never looked this good as a vinyl both before or since.

Rating: Star Rating