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Vault Review: Gotengo
Atragon (Godzilla: Final Wars)

As my cobbled together collection of Revoltech and MonsterArts kaiju grows larger, I’ve been keeping my eyes out for anything else I could add to the shelf that might make for a good display.  A few months ago I stumbled upon this nice little replica of the Final War’s Gotengo, and I thought I’d share a brief review and a bunch of pics.

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This updated version of the war ship Gotengo is from 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars.  While not the best Godzilla movie out there, I do really love how many Toho monsters and references they crammed into it.  It was Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, and they had one hell of a party (even if Jet Jaguar wasn’t invited).  The Gotengo took its fare share of the spotlight, fending off an invading alien mother ship’s forces and even aiding Godzilla in his fight with Monster X.

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The first thing that strikes you about this ship is that it’s heavier than you expect.  The upper command section and the top layer of the main body that’s above the red line are both die-cast metal.  This definitely gives the Gotengo a nice amount of heft, and fits in very nicely theme-wise with the metal parts of the Mechagodzilla and MOGERA MonsterArts.

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Even though the rest of the ship is plastic, there is still a nice amount of sculpted detail.  Panel lines cover the entire body with various hatches and tech bits to break up the monotony.  The mostly streamlined exterior is broken up by the segmented spirals of its drill tipped nose.

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Paint wise, the ship is very basic.  The entire figure is molded in a dark gunmetal color which gives off a metallic sheen, even on the plastic bits.  The giant drill tip has been painted a striking silver, and there’s a dark red stripe running along both sides.  Continue to page 2…

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12 comments to Vault Review: Gotengo
Atragon (Godzilla: Final Wars)

  • Fisto's Foot

    Can we get this many pics in your MOTUC reviews, please?

    • Cascade

      LOL YES!! I was thinking the same exact thing!

    • Vault

      Noisy and I will have to talk it over.

      We usually try to make the number of pictures match the amount of text. Some toys require more pictures than description because of unique aspects. MOTU is kind of the opposite though. Most people already know all about the body design and articulation, making it difficult to stretch out sometimes. But putting up a gallery for each review is an interesting idea.

      Anyone else want to chime in about having multiple pics?

      • Fisto's Foot

        Maybe not a gallery every time , but if you could just match Noisy? He’s usually good for 8-12 pics and you often top out at 6 or 7. Or are you saying he’s long winded? LOL I won’t tell!

      • I’d say the fact that people already know what to expect from a MOTUC description wise means if anything you should do more pics to make up for the text

  • DC

    So is this the same Chogokin line as the old Kiryu and ’74 MG? And I just looked up the Atragon’s size– at 150 meters, it’s actually pretty close to correct scale compared to its kaiju contemporaries. Strictly speaking it’s probably a little on the small side but hey, whatever works, and it looks great next to the other figures.

    • Vault

      I think so… Not 100% sure though. It seems to be clumped in with those figures, but I don’t know if it’s the same line officially.

      Yeah, I think the scale is just a bit off, but it’s not really noticable. It’s a giant flying war ship that looks like it can take on the kaiju, that’s all that counts for me. 😀

  • rikdom

    “Now I just need a tiny kick ass Captain Gordon figure to go with them.”

    Well, it’s not exactly tiny, but:
    http://www.amazon.com/DON-FRYE-DELUXE-ACTION-FIGURE/dp/B002RYZPZM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1377695495&sr=8-6&keywords=don+frye

    On the up side, he can punch Godzilla right in the face.
    Just get him a little trenchcoat from an Undertaker figure, a sword from some Marvel Legend and you’re all set.

    Except for the pants, I suppose…

  • Christian

    Yes! Definitely need more pics. I think it was Galactic Protector He-Man that I last noticed. No close-up pictures, no comparison pictures, and there wasn’t even a good picture of the shield. Clamp Champ too.