Toy: Kong 2021: S.H. MonsterArts (Bandai)


Kong 2021: S.H. MonsterArts

Japanese Toy Title

S.H.MonsterArts コング(2021)
[S.H. MonsterArts Kongu (2021)]


3 pairs of alternate hands, alternate head, battle axe


Bandai / Tamashii Nations
14 centimeters


Godzilla vs. Kong



By: Chris Mirjahangir

Kong makes his second appearance in the S.H. MonsterArts line and it’s nice to see him again! Now, let’s dig into this release!


Kong’s sculpt isn’t taken from the digital files as Godzilla is, but instead is a new sculpt by an animal sculptor named Shinzen Takeuchi, so it’s a little stylized while keeping the best it can to be screen accurate. The sculpt is awesome. The fur is sculpted expertly and it’s extremely detailed and the chest scar looks great. If there’s one thing I’m not crazy about it’s the “relaxed” face. While the work is awesome and the eyes look great, Kong’s expression just makes him look bored. I like the included angry face better. It’s more dynamic and I feel that it’ll be the one most people choose when they put this figure on display.


Pose Instructions
Pose Instructions

Kong is very poseable with a wide range of articulation. The hands and feet can both move in the usual 360 degrees but what’s cool is how the legs and arms have more articulated parts for more poses. Kongs head can rotate 360 degrees but doesn’t move side to side so he’s rather limited there. His chest can move up and down and side to side, but when you’re posing him that way, do take note to be careful because moving the hip area is a little fragile. The tongue on the roaring head is articulated too (meaning you can lift it up and down with a pair of tweezers). The head(s) can move in a 360 degree motion and up and down a little. What’s really cool is that the middle of the feet is articulated to allow for better posing which can make for some great shots if you’re into toy photography. I did some experimenting with poses but couldn’t quite get the “all fours” pose down. Thankfully, the page sent over these handy instructions to get the pose just right.


Where the set really shines is with the accessories. Kong has an axe, four different types of hands, and 2 heads (one angry and one relaxed). The axe, however, is the real centerpiece of the accessories. There have been replacement hands, etc. before but an axe? That’s pretty awesome! The axe handle is smoothed out and it actually has a good bit of weight to it. I like the detail on the wrapping and the paint fade from brown to light brown on the lower part of the handle (bone). The paint on the backplate could have been a tad better because the paint doesn’t go to the edge. It does look cool however with the metallic silver over the dark blue color. As far as the rest of the accessories go, the hands are pretty cool and supply a variety of different expressions when attached. They’re easy to pop on and off as well, which is nice. Kong comes packaged with the relaxed head attached (which I’m also including that as an accessory), and the angry expression head - which looks way cooler, but if there’s a nitpick, it’d be that I think that the eyes should be more crazy looking. I think it’d help portray a more dynamic face. For the hands, you have flat open hands, knuckle hands, tight fist and grip hands. With the grip hands, you have to open them up slightly and put the axe in there if you open the hand up.


Kong has various shades of brown and bits of whitish wash across his body, which makes for some nice detail. The black paint used for his face is especially nice and the paint job on the eyes is just immaculate. The brown “slash wound” blends nicely with the dark brown on the chest. The mouth looks great with the rose colored paint job in there with no problems. The teeth on the angry head have a couple of blemishes, but you’d kinda have to look to spot them. The feet and hands are a dark brown, which look great.


It’s nice to see Kong return to the line after so long (here’s hoping Kong 62 makes an appearance in the future). I enjoyed just how fully loaded the figure is with the axe and extra head and hands, and just how many poses can be pulled out of him. Definitely recommended for newcomers and collectors!

**Below are a number of bonus images of the figure.**

Rating: Star Rating