King Caesar
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1998 Height: 15 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Believe it or not, the Showa era King Caesar happens to be my second favorite Toho kaiju of all time, surpassed only by the majestic Grand King Ghidorah. It came as a shocker to me several years ago that Bandai had released a figure of one of my most favorite monsters, and I quickly ordered one off of the internet along with the Heisei era Mechagodzilla and Fire Rodan. Sadly, when the figure arrived, I noticed several flaws.

Back View

Before I dive into those flaws, I'll cover the basics. King Caesar's arms and legs all move, as does his tail. His head is also capable of moving slightly from side to side. Like all Bandais of the same size, King Caesar is made of vinyl.

The first problem with King Caesar comes with his proportions. While he's at the right height, the figure just seems too wide when compared with the movie version. The detail, however, is done right on the “plates” and the face. However, the paint job of the sculpt, isn't done right at all. It saddens me to say that the paint job of King Caesar just seems lazy.

Head Close up

Starting from the top, one can see the misshapen ears fine, and that's not the only problem with the head. The eyes have pupils (in the movie, King Caesar doesn't). The mouth, in a somewhat open fashion, is painted tan, and the lack of detail around the nose and mouth itself is disappointing.

Source Comparison

The shoulders of King Caesar, along with its chest are detailed and textured with fur, but once again, there just isn't enough color here. Would it have hurt to add in some different shades, or at least get the hair style right? Yes, the hair style for King Caesar is done wrong. It's easier to show than to tell, so direct your attention to the source comparison to see for yourself. The hair on King Caesar's wrists and elbows also haven't been painted.

Moving down, King Caesar not only grew thunder thighs over the years, but his hair hasn't been painted at all! The tail of Caesar is the very last straw for this figure. For lack of better words: it is fat. Fat is not a word one should associate with a kaiju like King Caesar.

Bottom line, this isn't a great figure. King Caesar has been wronged by Bandai, and Bandai should pay in blood. Ok, that may be my own fanboyism showing, but would it hurt to re-release King Caesar with a new, proper mold, and give it a better paintjob? I know the toy was re-released in 2003, but it was the same mold and pretty much the same paintjob with some black highlights thrown in. Why black? No idea. On a side note, King Caesar falls into the Godzilla Island series, named after the 1998 TV show of the same name (Godzilla Island), and is number G-09.

Rating: Star Rating