Toy: Shin Godzilla 12" Head to Tail (NECA)



Shin Godzilla 12" Head to Tail

English Toy Title

12" Head-to-Tail Action Figure – Shin Godzilla (2016)




15 centimeters


Shin Godzilla



By: Chris Mirjahangir

This is the first and only Shin Godzilla figure available in the US and for the most part, it’s a pretty neat figure.


Chest View
Chest View

While it’s not the most accurate representation (some collectors have taken to altering the neck and doing paint touchups for accuracy) of its film counterpart and it’s been changed since it was originally shown off, it’s nice to see an actual Shin Godzilla figure in stores in the US.

It’s a heavy figure and feels good to the touch. While it’s different than the previous version that NECA showed off, it’s still pretty cool looking.


Head Close Up
Head Close Up

Well, Shin Godzilla’s jaw can open and close and his head likes to fall off if you try to move it upward too far. I had to bend the figure at the mid section back far enough to get it out of its forward leaning hunch, but because of the weird articulation in the feet, it looks lopsided. The left foot, at the ankle, can move back and for but for whatever reason, the right can barely move at all. I don’t know if it’s stuck or accidentally sealed shut but I know that if I force it, it’ll break.

The legs can spread apart and inward slightly and the feet can rotate 360 degrees. The hands can move inward and the forearms move 360 degrees as well. The arms can move back and forth but don’t seem to have that much in the way of rotation, but that’s ok because Godzilla really didn’t move around in this area that much in the film. The tail is articulated into 4 sections and each section can rotate 360 degrees and can hold a pose for the most part when you move it up and down. Finally, the elongated neck and mid secton can rotate 360 degrees for some interesting poses.


Shin Godzilla comes with no accessories. It’s a shame because NECA seems to be starting to include them starting with reissues like "Atomic Blast Godzilla" . Maybe a re-issue will come out with all the crazy backplate and tail laser beams in the future.


Side View
Side View

The paint on the figure looks nice in parts where it’s mixed in with the scales, but when applied to the back, it’s a little sloppily applied. The dark, dirty yellow color applied to the teeth, toenails and claws looks nice and for the teeth, I don’t see any blemishes outside of a dark chunk of paint on the front of the teeth. For the claws and toenails, there’s a mix of dark brown and it adds to sort of the “zombiness” of this version of Godzilla. It seems like it was just haphazardly applied which brings me to the backplate section. The paint here seems to be all over the place but in a good way. The red in the backplate section seems to be brighter in color than I remember in the film and it’s just painted over the black backplates.

Starting from the back of the head and going all the way down to the tip of the tail, it’s a pretty messy paint application but for some weird reason, it works here. Maybe it’s the mix of black and red which go great together but it really doesn’t bother me. It adds to the craziness of the figure. For the paint for the eyes is ok. It’s a nice white circle with a black pupil and, as usual, the eyes are a little lopsided when looked at dead on. The good news is that the eyes are so small it’s not really noticeable. Finally, there’s a section underneath the tail that I haven’t seen before in any promotional materials of the design and it’s the section of the tail that has bits of painted yellow. I don’t know why they’re there or what they’re supposed to be. It looks like Godzilla walked through Doritos and a few got stuck to the underside of the tail. Whatever the case, I’m cool with it and it adds to the crazy nature of the figure.


Shin Godzilla doesn’t seem to be a design for everyone and this figure seems to be aimed more at collectors than it is for a general audience. Although the articulation, loose head, and messed up foot knock the score down, I still recommend it for the hardcore audience and completionists. Again, it’s the only Shin Godzilla you can buy in stores, so if you’re interested and want to add it to your collection, it’s a pretty solid addition.

**Below are several bonus images, including alternate views of the spines, front, and feet.**

Rating: Star Rating