Name
 Rodan
Version Source
 Godzilla: Final Wars
Company: Bandai
Extras: None
  Order
Classification: Figure Reissue: Yes
Release: 2005 Height: 15 centimeters
Comments
Anthony Romero

This is a re-release of the Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) Rodan figure that Bandai released in 2004. It is largely identical to its early debut, although sports a notably different coloring scheme. Like the previous toy, this release is simply okay: it doesn't really excel or falter.

 
Close Up

On the plus side, this figure is very detailed. The feet and hands are both seen with obvious attention paid to them. The chest also looks good and slightly jagged, as it should. Wings are also done well, with good folds apparent although at the same time not overdone to the point of looking out of place. The back is also a fair representation of how the suit looked, including the slight "hunch" that the creature has.

The proportions of the toy are also done well. The neck is a little shorter, but this isn't much of an issue and actually looks more natural than the suit. The eyes though are a bit smaller than they should be, as they do change the overall feel of this toy compared with its movie counterpart.

   
Figure Comparison

The coloring of this figure deserves closer inspection, as it's the sole difference between it and the earlier release. While the original toy was fairly simply and more bright in its appearance, this 2005 version is darker with a lot more shading added in. The final result is more appealing to the eye, but is a departure from the way the suit appears in the movie. The wings in particular on this figure, even if it is a case of artistic license, are nice as they are dark around the arms and become light toward the bottom. The chest has also been given some gray highlights. This makes it look more varied, but sadly the painting is haphazard and there really is no rhyme or reason to how its applied here. Some black was also added to the back of the figure, which breaks up the monotony here but is an obvious departure from the solid red back that the character actually has. Unfortunately, the peak is also once again black rather than dark gray as it appears on the suit too.

Overall, like the 2004 release, this is an okay figure that does a good job of representing the suit. If one is trying to pick between the 2005 release and the 2004 figure, both are good. The 2004 one is more faithful to the character, while the 2005 one looks slightly more pleasing with its paint job, even though it went overboard. So both have their perks.

Rating: Star Rating