While my wallet isn’t quite ready to jump headlong into the deep end of the SH MonsterArts pool, I have been able to dip my toe in and pick up a few figures that I really love. The one figure that I was most disappointed to miss out on was the first Showa era addition to the line, Godzilla 1964. So who better to start it off with?
The MonsterArts line is only a couple of years old, but it feels like I’ve been waiting for this figure (or one of the many other Showa costumes) for much longer. Before Bandai took a stab at super articulated Toho monsters, Kaiyodo actually did it first with their Sci-Fi Revoltech line. My collection technically started with these great little figures that were unmatched when it came to sculpt, articulation, and accessories.
Even thought their run was unfortunately cut short, Kaiyodo still produced a nice amount of figures that focused on the golden age of monster movies. Rodan, Anguirus, and Mothra valiantly battled Gigan, Mogeura, and Baragon on my shelves. While that’s still pretty cool, it always felt a little incomplete without the Big G in the middle of it all. Even though this new figure is a little bit too tall, he still does a damned good job of rounding out that shelf.
This particular version of the Godzilla suit is from his 1964 “Vs. Mothra” incarnation. He’s got all the standard Godzilla traits, like the craggy skin, long tail, and huge back spines. Then there are the interesting bits that you might not have caught while watching the movie, like how his feet are really flat and almost webbed. He’s also got a very pronounced sternum and the underside of his tail is smooth even though his stomach isn’t.
Compared to the newer figures, this Showa-Zilla has a bit more range with his facial expressions. This is mostly due to his distinct eyebrows and large eyes. From straight on, or even looking up at the figure, you can see a normal or even quizzical look. But once his head is tilted down a pissed off expression appears as he glares at you from underneath his slanted brow. I love this kind of range of emotion in a figure. It makes taking pictures particularly fun. Continue to page 2…