Version Source
Company: Marmit
Extras: None
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1997 Height: 25 centimeters
Anthony Romero

Marmit has, overtime, garnished a dedicated cult following for their releases. Often very stylized, harking back to the more simplistic and durable toys of yesteryear, Marmit stands out from similar companies like Marusan and Bullmark for their generally more faithful color schemes. All the same, their releases often make poor bedfellows with the more detailed and properly proportioned vinyls from Bandai and others. This figure, of Maguma the giant walrus from the destruction movie Gorath (1962), is a bit of an exception.

Head Shot

Due to the fairly straight forward look of the monster itself, this Marmit release is generally very faithful to the source character. Particular attention was paid to the face, which was an excellent decision as its really the only remarkable quality of the character from a visual standpoint. The beast's rather creepy solid teal eyes are present, allowing the toy to convey a level of menace often not found in other Marmit toys. The large tusks are also nice, with each being a separate piece of plastic that effectively convey an ivory-like appearance. On the downside, the small teeth, while present, are less impressive, as there is a solid brown plastic rim with the teeth painted over. To be fair, though, this keeps in line with the ideal that Marmit is aiming for with their releases.

Side View

On the downside, the rest of the body is pretty simple without much to discuss. However, the same could be said of the original suit that appeared in the 1962 movie, so this is nothing to fault the manufacturer for. In fact, a bumpy-like texture adores the creature from neck to flipper, adding a sense of detail. The flippers themselves are a bit simple, but effective. The are colored silver here, including the back ones. The coloring here is not something that was present on the original suit that was featured in Gorath (1962), but could arguably be presented as snow adoring the monster's feet. Also, to be honest, its more aesthetically pleasing versus an all brown body. The monster's stance, while not offering a lot of flexibility through play, is generally very nice and similar to what was seen in the creature's onscreen appearance.

Overall, its a nice toy that does well to appeal to both Marmit collectors and Toho fans who appreciate the more "photo realistic" approach that firms like Bandai and X-Plus use.

Rating: Star Rating