Rainbow Mothra
Version Source
Company: Bandai Creation
Extras: None
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2002 Height: 12 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Be it one likes the Mothra trilogy or not, you can't deny that the Mothra designs were pretty neat. With that out of the way, I can go right into what is probably the best figure of the original four released through Bandai America.

Bottom View

As pictured, this figure of the beam-spewing, time traveling, multi-colored Rainbow Mothra is much, much better than the Japanese counterpart. Everything about this figure looks near-identical to the movie inspiration. The figure is made of hard vinyl and, while the front two legs can move, the head can only move a little bit. I'll just get my single complaint about this figure out of the way now. While the front legs of Rainbow Mothra are pointed down, the other four aren't. They're forever molded and folded on its underside, meaning Mothra looks rather weird when just sitting. Would it have been to much to ask for that the other four could also be pointing downward and also movable?

Figure Comparison

Moving on, the detail on Rainbow Mothra utterly blows that of the Japanese release out of the water. The wings are highly detailed and look much more like, once again, the movie version's, something that can't be said about the inferior Japanese release. Even the jewels (or whatever one wants to call the things Mothra fires his beams from) are nicely detailed with blue and white. Going back to the wings, even the undersides of them are detailed. The legs and main body of this release are no exception and are detailed with fine lines to indicate the hair on the bug.

Getting right down to the point, this release of Rainbow Mothra is the best most fans will ever get their hands on. It remains one of the best Bandai America has pushed out and deserves its rightful place with the Japanese Cretaceous King Ghidorah. Recommended more than the Japanese version that is for sure. Besides the single leg complaint (a complaint the Japanese one also shares), there's nothing wrong with this figure.

Rating: Star Rating