Name
 Megalon
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Megalon
Company: Bandai
Extras: None
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2001 Height: 5 centimeters
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

In 2001, Bandai released the eighth High Grade set that featured all four of the starring kaiju from GMK, but this set also featured two completely random figures: Megalon and Jet Jaguar. When it comes right down to it, this particular figure, while small, is a major league blessing. The Seatopian God hasn't been given a figure in ages, but the High Grade set had come to the rescue.

 
Side View

Megalon scales in perfectly with most High Grade figures. He's made of both very hard vinyl and rubber and, like most figures in this line, needs to be pieced together. There are five pieces that need to be attached to the main body: the head, both arms, and both legs. As expected from a High Grade release, Megalon sports no moveable parts.

Working our way down, Megalon's head is especially well done. To keep in style with the kaiju it's based on, it doesn't match the colors of the limbs and body. This, however, was how it was done in his movie. The eyes have detail and texture, and if there is one flaw about the head, it is the antenna. They're shaped and molded fine, but are colored wrong. Instead of yellow/black, they're white.

   
High Grade 2001 Set

The arms and drills are perfectly shaped and made to look like they can come together just like in the movie. Moving down some more, a slight flaw can be found with the coloring. While he has the orange design scheme on his chest, it doesn't wrap around his entire body like in the movie, this is especially evident beneath his wings/shell. In the movie, this area was covered in the same color scheme, but for this release, it's blank. The legs and tail are done perfectly.

The overall paint scheme seems to be pretty much spot-on, but looking over some publicity shots of Megalon, it does seem a bit dark. It's not much of a problem and can be argued that the colors were modified for the particular shots.

In the end, Megalon is another fine High Grade figure. He fits in well with the others and is one of the few ways to get the kaiju, in toy form, for a reasonable price. Also, Megalon was later reissued in 2004 in one of the massive sets that featured a load of previously released High Grade figures.

Rating: Star Rating