Name
 Mechagodzilla
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1998 Height: 18 centimeters
Comments
Anthony Romero

Part "G-04" of Bandai's fairly large Godzilla Island series, based on the TV show of the same name which in a great marketing ploy featured this figure and others during the program. Naturally, the toy line featured one of Godzilla's most recognizable foes, Mechagodzilla, utilizing the most recent incarnation of the robot from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993). It is this early 1990's version of Toho's most popular mech which is the subject of this review.

 
Close Up

For this toy, Bandai's efforts are pretty solid. It features the intricate details expected from the robot, down to the detailed "mouth plates" that flank his maw. Most impressive, in fact, is that even the bottom of the feat are highly detailed, which is especially noteworthy for how often this aspect of figures are overlooked altogether. To that point, a lot of detail is done right here, while the proportions are spot on, mirroring what was seen in the movie quite well.

Mechagodzilla is capable of limited movement, including his arms, tail, and a nifty rotatable head. Sadly, the figure is joined very obviously at the waist. This would be easy to overlook if it rotated too, but it does not, making it just a overt eye sore which is a little disheartening.

   
Back View

In terms of the coloring, it's done well. The Heisei series Mechagodzilla was never a complex character in this place. Totally silver with yellow eyes sums up the color palette of the robot. Bandai went a little beyond something so simple though. The body is silver, and the eyes yellow as expected, but there are also "black highlights" located on the body, such as the neck, shoulders, and above the waist on either side. This added color does break up the monotony of an all silver figure a little, which was likely Bandai's goal. However, frankly speaking, the highlights neither detract or add to the color scheme, although the one on the neck is perhaps more noticeable than it should be.

Overall, Mechagodzilla is a good figure from Bandai. Beyond the obviously joined portion of the waist, it really has no overt flaws to it and is a solid addition to the six inch line of its day.

Rating: Star Rating