King Ghidorah is one of my most anticipated figures in the MonsterArts line. But having mine stuck in customs for a week had me chewing my fingernails to the bone. I compulsivelyy checked the tracking number, hoping he had passed through! Thankfully, the long wait is over!
Before I get into this review I wanted to talk to all you MonsterArts/Figuarts fans. Most of you probably already know that Tamashii Nations and Bluefin had a booth at New York Comic Con last weekend, and they made a few great reveals with Destroyah, King Kong, and the Red MMPR. Adam Newman, Bandai of Japan’s US rep was also there, and he gave an interview with the folks over at TokuNation.
One of the more interesting subjects Adam brings up is the difficulty Bandai of Japan is having trying to figure out just how many US sales they truly have. Apparently certain Japanese online retailers are reporting that all of their sales are from Japanese customers only. This false data is making it difficult for Bandai to gauge US interest in their adult collector products. One issue specifically mentioned was the difficulty in predicting which Japanese Sentai characters and non-Godzilla MonsterArts would appeal to US fans. Adam also hinted that accurate US sales data would also make it easier to pursue non-Japanese characters like Lord Zedd.
I have to admit, until this video, I was ignorant on these issues. I had no idea that Bandai of Japan was pursuing an active relationship with its US customers. I also didn’t realize I was unintentionally skewing the data by ordering from my favorite Japanese online retailers. But now that I do know these things, my buying habits are definitely going to change. Bandai/Tamashii’s distributer in the US is Bluefin. Not only do they supply stores like Toys R Us and Diamond Direct, but they also sell directly to US customers through their Amazon.com page. The products they sell are released a few weeks later than their Japanese counterparts, but that’s a small price to pay for a more focused idea on what we truly want to buy. Especially if that means an SH Figuarts Lord Zedd!
Speaking of ordering things from Bluefin, I truly wish that trend would have started with King Ghidorah! I knew he was going to be a big figure, but I thought Bandai would have him partly disassembled to save space. How wrong I was. Ghidorah comes fully assembled, and it seems like they built the box around him so that none of his glory was hampered by mere packaging constraints. If you haven’t committed on buying this figure yet, I suggest you pick up the US release. The free shipping you’ll get from Amazon is worth it.
Ghidorah is the seventh figure in the SH MonsterArts line, and he really just proves once again that this line will probably be the ultimate Godzilla toy line. I’m not saying there aren’t problems in the line, even Ghidorah has a couple that I’ll get into. But I am saying that I’ve never seen another Godzilla line this well sculpted, articulated, and in scale with itself.
Every time I look at this figure I’m still amazed at how big he is. Standing straight up he’s nine and a half inches. From the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail he’s twenty one inches, and his wingspan is nineteen inches across. This figure is massive, yet the bulk of his body is still about the size of Godzilla’s.
Like the previous six kaiju, Ghidorah has great sculpting. A lot of it is easy to overlook because of the monotony of his golden color, but I keep discovering new bits the more I pose and play with him. His heads are probably the most detailed. You have the different texturing of his spiraled horns, eyebrows and chin whiskers, smooth eyes and teeth, and molded tongues and palates.
The majority of Ghidorah’s body is covered in short scales. The scales are hard and jagged, which actually makes the texture of his body sharp to the touch. You definitely feel it on your fingers when you’re trying to pry one of his ball joints back in place. Even the spikes at the end of his cactus-like tail have a bit of a poke to them. Continue to page 2…