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.
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.
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.
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.
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…