King Ghidorah: S.H. MonsterArts
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Company: Bandai / Tamashi Nations
Extras: Three Gravity Beams
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2012 Height: 25 centimeters
Chris Mirjahangir & Andrew Nguyen

Another tag team review by myself, Chris Mirjahangir, and longtime site contributor Andrew Nguyen for this S.H. MonsterArts figure. The review is split into two parts, with each of our takes below. As a bonus, inserted in Andrew's review is a fantastic articulation video by contributor Michal Shipman:

Andrew Nguyen
Released in September 2012, King Ghidorah attracted much attention and anticipation due to the design of the figure, which wowed prospective buyers. Even at a very hefty price that outdid SpaceGodzilla: SH MonsterArts, it still sparkled in the eyes of potential buyers. However, when it hit store shelves problems developed with the figure that have resulted in it being one of the more controversial releases in the SH MonsterArts line.

Close Up

Designed by Yuji Sakai, S.H. MonsterArts King Ghidorah captures and at times enhances the look of the Heisei King Ghidorah. The skin color is dark gold while the texture of the figure is very accurate with that of the suit. The eyes and teeth are very impressive, and incredibly faithful to its movie persona with the faces as a whole doing an excellent job in portraying King Ghidorah's malevolent nature.

In terms of height, S.H. MonsterArts King Ghidorah is also one of the tallest figures in the line, standing at 25 centimeters and comes in a gigantic box. The huge height of the toy matches perfectly with the other figures in the line in terms of scale, as the three-headed monster correctly towers over other MonsterArts figures.

Back View

On the articulation side, King Ghidorah has multiple parts to allow it to replicate the wild-like performance of the three-headed kaiju. While the use of many joints and parts in the toy does help in the figure's ability to be placed in many poses, it inevitably runs the risk of parts becoming loose after continuous use. This is very noticeable in the three heads that are the most articulated part of the toy, which can consequently get loose relatively easily. The biggest concern, however, is in the wings, which used a different and potentially weak type of joint; consequently, the wing sections, particularly on the left wing, require careful handing or they will break.

To demonstration the articulation, a video from Michal Shipman shows off the figure:

For accessories, King Ghidorah has three "effects" parts to allow it to simulate firing its gravity beams. There are three in total plus a stand in order to position them in as coming from the mouth. Worth noting that the stand is just clear plastic, not being more creative like some of the other stands such as the ground and crystal one that held SpaceGodzilla's Corona Beam. There have been photos where using the stands from the other S.H. MonsterArts figures could allow one to display King Ghidorah in flight mode, though it is risky to pull off with such a large figure.

Gravity Beams

Bottom line, as one of the most expensive figures in the line, it's a shame that some quality control issues exist as they make this figure of the Heisei version of King Ghidorah a risky purchase. This toy requires great care, even in contrast to the greater care that should already be placed in all of the other S.H. MonsterArts figures. In the future, the S.H. MonsterArts companies involved in the design and production of the figures will hopefully avoid using the wing joints that are present in this King Ghidorah release. If they have to resort to using such wing joints, then find a way to improve their design and manufacturing techniques to avoid such mistakes in future figures.

Rating: Star Rating

Chris Mirjahangir
Now my turn, and for a different shake in appreciation: majestic, imposing, and overall downright beautiful, King Ghidorah enters the S.H. MonsterArts line in style.

Front View

A little on the heavier side, King Ghidorah is one awesome looking figure. The scales erupt from the mold, feeling very good to the touch. The heads are very well sculpted and I love the detail in the faces especially. When you open up the mouth of any of the heads, you can see the curved tongue inside bending up and down and not just laying there inside the mouth like most other figures (although it would look REALLY weird on some of them). The wings look especially great with ripples in the wing membrane blending in nicely with the scales at the base of the wing. The tails are especially cool and highly detailed at the tips. There's even a little detail under the feet which is pretty nice.

Close Up

King Ghidorah is MOSTLY perfect in the area of articulation if not for the wings. When the figure was first released, there were reports of the wings breaking right when the figure was removed from the box. According to BlueFin, this problem has been corrected. Now while the wings on my figure haven't broken, they still do sag due to their weight especially on the left wing which is really irritating. It makes one handle the figure VERY delicately and I would suggest leaving them alone for the most part. That aside, this is a great figure for posing! Each neck is fully articulated and they're not overly stiff. The heads do have one small fault however, and that it that when opening the jaw, the mouth is prone to "slack jaw". It's easily fixed though. The legs are articulated for slight movement and the torso portion can move up and down slightly. The articulation in both tails is top notch and allow for a variety of poses and they also support the figure quite nicely as well.

Feet View

In terms of accessories, King Ghidorah comes with a stand, three rods, extension rods, and three gravity beams. Unlike Rodan's beam where you can just put the peg into the hole for stability, you have to balance the gravity beam onto the rod. Not the best design choice and one that's entirely frustrating.

The paint on King Ghidorah is very well done. He shines a beautiful vibrant gold and while the gold is darker in spots, it accentuates the figure. The paint job does take a dip in quality however. For the teeth, it seems like the whole mouth was painted red and when the white for the teeth was applied, it looks like it either didn't get a good amount or was quickly painted through over the wet red paint. This gives a spotty look to the teeth and the red paint bleed through is a big blemish on the overall figure. I know that there is a disclaimer saying that the paint varies per figure but is it really that hard to make sure that something simple as the teeth look the way that they should? It's not just one of the heads either. It's all three of them which is really disappointing.

Overall, frustrating accessories, bad paint in spots, and droopy wing aside, this is one magnificent figure! King Ghidorah is a must have for any collector of this series and is a great starting figure if you're new to the series. Just be VERY, VERY careful with it.

Rating: Star Rating