I didn’t want all that much from San Diego Comic Con this year. There was the annual Mattel offerings of MOTU Classics (which I got), and Monster High (which I didn’t get). Other than that, my only real target was Bluefin’s SH Monsterarts Godzilla exclusive.
I was excited for two reasons when Bluefin first announced this exclusive. First, that they were able to get their own version of a Godzilla figure from Bandai of Japan. Even though Godzilla is popular, I assumed that would only be imported and that the US wouldn’t get any original figures. This Godzilla is a nice chunk of proof that the Monsterarts figures do sell here, and Bandai of Japan recognizes this. Definitely a good thing for us.
The second and most important reason I had to have this figure: He’s a freakin Godzilla made out of translucent orange and yellow plastic! It’s silly/crazy/awesome all at the same time. What’s not to love about that? The kid part of my brain is always enticed by translucent and glow-in-the-dark toys, and this Godzilla figure is wonderfully over the top in that first category. I knew I had to have him as soon as the press pictures were released.
When Monsterarts first started, Bandai showed off a couple of figures to give people an idea of what the line would be like. One of the figures was Burning Godzilla, a variant Godzilla with bits of translucent red throughout his body. It had been a couple years without an announcement for that figure, so I first assumed that Comic-Con Godzilla was replacing him in the line.
But I was wrong. This figure’s box clearly points out that he is Comic-Con Explosion Godzilla. A unique figure that represents his attack on the SDCC convention center. The original box art on the back portrays him smashing through the center while people flee in terror. (There’s also a nice little bio about the artist and sculptor.) To give the figure even more clout, there was even an original display built for the presentation depicting his rampage.
Sculpt wise, this figure is the same as the first Godzilla figure in this line. The obvious difference here is his coloring and paint apps. The entire figure has been molded in varying shades of translucent orange. From what I can tell, there are at least three different colors of plastic. The darker and lighter shades are most evident on his tail, since each segment switches between one and the other. The third shade is only in the molded apart of his upper palate, and is dark enough to probably be considered red.
As for paint apps, Godzilla’s tongue has been given a slight red wash to show detail while still allowing luminosity. His eyes have been entirely painted over with a dark orange. They made this color deeper than the rest of his body, so his eyes actually stand out pretty well. Lastly, they frosted his finger nails, toe nails, and back spikes with a bright yellow. This gives him a layer of solid depth while still allowing for some translucence. Continue to page 2…