Mechagodzilla (Kiryu) - 12" Classic
Version Source
 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Company: Bandai Creation
Extras: None
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2007 Height: 30 centimeters
Steve Johnson

The Bandai Creation Godzilla toyline has been a bit of a mystery since it's inception. First announced in 2002, the line would become the first wide release of Godzilla toys based on the Toho series in America since the Trendmasters line in the mid 1990's. Finally trickling into stores in 2003, they were initially very hard to track down and could be found almost exclusively at the KB Toys chain. Following the original four figures and two "playsets" released, three more sets of 6" figures, released in sets of 4, would be released with literally no promotion or announcement. While it is unknown if the line will continue or not, the most recent series was released in late 2007, along with the surprising announcement of two twelve-inch figures, Final Wars Godzilla and Kiryu.

Side View

These two larger figures have proven to be extremely rare, with most people resorting to eBay or various online retailers to own them. Godzilla figures made above the 8 inch scale are rare to begin with, and with the limited distribution these figures have received in a few years they may become true "rare toys" that could command a decent price if kept mint in package.

But whats the fun in that?

Kiryu (Identified simply as "Mechagodzilla" on the packaging) from Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)  stands 12 inches tall, and is roughly 12 inches from toenail to tail tip. He articulates in both arms, the neck, tail and waist. His legs are immobile. The American division of Bandai put a fair bit of work into the detail here, molding several bolts and plates into the vinyl. He is all silver, as he should be, with yellow eyes, black 'cable' parts molded into his limbs, and red triangle insignia on his arms and legs.

Head View

The sculpt is nice, as Kiryu looks to be advancing on his enemy. Sadly, his missile launching 'backpack' was not included, nor are his wrist mounted cannons, but many Kiryu toys omit these accessories. I do question the decision to mold his legs in place so they can not be moved, something that would thankfully not be mirrored in the 12" Godzilla released alongside Kiryu.

Though American released Godzilla toys usually pale in comparison to their Japanese counterparts, I feel Kiryu deserves a strong recommendation. The sculpt is detailed, accurate, and fitting for the character. Kiryu looks nice on display, and with a retail price of $14.99 you won't mind buying one for yourself and one for any younger G-Fans in the house to play with, assuming of course you can find him. For these reasons, in spite of the stationary legs and lack of weapons, I still give Kiryu a grade of 4/5 stars. A great toy for a great price, I truly hope Bandai Creation will continue their Godzilla series and add to the 12" line.

Rating: Star Rating