King Kong
Version Source
 King Kong vs. Godzilla
Company: Bandai
Extras: Tag
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1993 Height: 18 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Ah, Toho's King Kong, one of the rarest of the rare when it comes to kaiju that hardly ever get figures. I believe, but I may be wrong, this particular release is the only figure ever released of this version besides the YMS-F one released sometime ago also. By now, any collector wishing to add the mighty ape to their Bandai collection will probably have to shell out a bit. I got mine for $45, a decent price compared to the normal where they stretch to over $70. Unfortunately, mine also isn't tip top condition, as can be seen in some of the pictures, but it is in fine enough shape to be on display and reviewed.

Side View

Released in 1993, Kong was sent out with a wave of figures that included, but weren't just limited to his dinosaur co-star from his second Toho epic (King Kong Escapes) Gorosaurus, Hedorah, Kamacuras and, of course, the cast of 1993's Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II. What is interesting here is that while all of the other figures had normal tags, Kong didn't. While my figure came without it, I have seen pictures of the tag and can say that it only had Kong's name, in Japanese, with a jungle background. Awkward.

Moving on, Kong falls under the eight inch scale, but isn't that big. He's roughly seven inches tall, much like many other figures such as Gorosaurus and the Showa Rodan. The arms and legs are the only parts of this figure that are moveable. While this may be a rather strange complaint, I would loved to have seen some articulation at the elbows, just so he could be posed as if beating his chest. Right now, there's only three possible poses: Arms slung down, arms stretched forward in a zombie-Kong walk, and up in the air.

Back View

The mold of Kong is pretty good, but not without its flaws. The first thing you will be likely to notice is the hair style Bandai gave him: it looks like Elvis' hair. It looks funny, but sad at the same time since this is one of the few Kong figures and they had to go and do that. The rest of the sculpt is pretty accurate, but get ready for a laugh.

Kong's chest is completely flat and Bandai gave him nipples. Of all things, they could have ditched the nippies and gave him good hair! Sigh. Well, besides those things, Kong is spot on. The fur is as good as it will look in vinyl and is much, much better than the work found on King Caesar's.

Close Up

As for the paint job, he looks like his old self. A few darker highlights here and there wouldn't have hurt, but oh well. Nothing overly spectacular or bad. What is funny, however, is Kong seems to have been possessed by the spirits of GMK, resulting in the all-white eyes.

Something I do applaud Bandai for is Kong's mouth. The teeth are painted and the rest of the mouth appears to be some sort of reddish purple which blends in nicely with the tannish face.

In the end, a decent figure. Kong will forever be Godzilla's most famous adversary, no doubt, and due to rights, I doubt Bandai will ever re-release this figure or make a new. Get one if you want one, but don't expect a toy that can be used a crown jewel. It's a decent figure all around and for that I award it 3.5 stars.

Rating: Star Rating