Mechagodzilla II
Version Source
 Terror of Mechagodzilla
Company: Bandai
Extras: Attached Tag
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2002 Height: 15 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Released in 2002 to celebrate (or cash in, however one wants to take it) on the upcoming Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla release in Japan, this version of Mechagodzilla is based on the second incarnation of the villainous machine from Terror of Mechagodzilla. Made out of soft vinyl, the robotic monster sports an appearance that mirrors the movie's almost flawlessly.

Side View

Starting from the top, Mechagodzilla's head is capable of rotating to face in any direction, just like the machine did in 1974. The robot's head sports all the needed detail that a figure of its type would, well, need. Orange eyes stare ahead from its skull while its mouth is opened, no doubt ready to fire missiles from his jaw-mounted, tongue-styled launchers. Even the nose has been detailed fully to show off the flamethrowers it never used outside of his Godzilla disguise. Moving on, Mechagodzilla's arms can move in a circular manner to face any direction.

If one can't tell from quick glance at this release that it is based on the 1975 version, one only needs to look at its arms, which are detailed in the same way it was in Terror of Mechagodzilla with a MG2 insignia. One complaint, however, is of the hands of the mech. While nothing faulty here for detail, but it would have seemed appropriate to give his hands the ability to rotate like its arms and head. After all, he only rotates his hands about a dozen times in both movies.

Back View

The chest, stomach, and back of the alien war machine is also detailed, as expected from Bandai. A strange aspect of this release is that it is not a single mold like most other pieces. Instead the upper-torso is attached to the lower. This, however, does allow Mechagodzilla to rotate somewhat, but he isn't capable of rotating around like he does in the movies. Another aspect Bandai should have looked into with this release. His legs are capable of rotating, much like his arms, but unlike other Bandais, Mechagodzilla's tail isn't able to rotate. I really can't complain at the tail, for it would be rather weird to see a Showa Mechagodzilla wagging his tail.

Like other releases from Bandai, Mechagodzilla comes with an attached tag. The tag states what year this design is based off of and also unfolds to reveal the line of figures that fall into this line. Unlike my previously reviewed Orga and Godzilla 2000, this figure does not fall into the Godzilla Island and instead in a new, completely different set that, interestingly, includes the 1999 version of Gamera.

All in all, Mechagodzilla 1975 is another great release from Bandai, a highly recommended figure for both fans and collectors. From my knowledge, there haven't been many figure releases of the Showa Mechagodzilla, so that alone makes this a great item to hold. It's also nice to know that the 1975 Godzilla and Titanosaurus, along with King Caesar, have also been released, and you can't have those three without the mighty Mechagodzilla himself.

Rating: Star Rating