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Vault Review: SH MonsterArts Godzilla 1964

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Godzilla’s paint scheme is pretty simple.  Most of the figure is molded in a dark gray or light black color.  There are some areas like his sternum and knees that have been given a light grayish green shading.  A similar color was also applied to the spines that run down his back and tail.  The claws also stand out from the dark body with their light brown dirty look.  While still dark, his eyebrows have been given even more expression with a reddish brown.

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Like most MonsterArts, Godzilla has a nice amount of articulation.  His jaw, head, neck, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrists, chest, hips, knees, ankles and feet are all either single or double ball joints.  The tail itself is made up with thirteen segments, all connected with double ball joints.  While some of these joints can be hindered by the figure’s sculpt, most of them are so close together that you can pull off a good range of poses.

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Probably the worst part of this figure is his lack of any accessory.  I’m not really sure what the deciding factor is when it comes to adding an accessory or effects part, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect each new Godzilla to have their own beam effect.  I mean, that’s kind of his main thing.  A neat looking low FX Showa beam would have been pretty cool.

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But aside from that missing atomic breath, I really love this little figure.  He looks fantastic standing in with my MonsterArts and my Revoltechs, which is a huge bonus.  Hopefully he’s the first of many classic figures to come.  Having all three versions of Mecha Godzilla standing together will be great, and don’t even get me started on the shrine I’ll have to build for Jet Jaguar.

-Vault

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9 comments to Vault Review: SH MonsterArts Godzilla 1964

  • Brainlock

    so I took that “Which Kaiju are you?” quiz and got Mecha-G.

    I do remember watching all (most?) of the classic G-films on one of the local syndicated channels (now CW? or is it ABC?). altho, firstborn had the Shogun Warrior Godzilla…which got repainted into “Super-Godzilla”. ugh.

    This guy does look cool and reminds me of those classic films.

  • J. Lee

    Hope you saw Jet Jaguar in the current Godzilla title. He kicked arse in it. A whole alien race is scared of him. More is talked about his character too. Check it out ” Godzilla: Rulers of Earth”

    Many of the showa era I saw on television. Think first had King Ceaser in it. I know if have the cash and saw would buy this guy. (Along with Showa Riders and Showa Sentai)

  • That last pic is priceless.

  • Necryan

    Love this guy. He hits all the right nostalgia chords, and if the other Kaiju sass him for being Revoltech-sized, he’s got 200X Gojira to whup ass for him.

    However, his lack of accessories really hurt, especially at the price he was sold. I know he was an exclusive, but still a beam weapon or a ray-gun tank to squash would have been keen.

  • This guy is one of my favs. Regarding effect parts the official answer is Japan doesn’t care, so it’s not worth the added production cost for them.

  • I’ve honestly never much been one for camp, so the really goofy Showa era Godzilla movies don’t all do much for me. I’m not saying I don’t find any value in them, but even as a child I gravitated towards the more serious elements, the monsters fighting (though not the kung fu or dancing), the action and adventure and the peril and all that, rather than the bulging eyes and seams and cheap effects.

    Now, if they release a ’54 Godzilla, I’m all over that one.

  • StrangePlanet

    Oh baby.
    I remember when you were reviewing the SciFi Revoltech monsters, and they all looked so sweet, and now to see the big G mixed in with them – that picture you took is just a thing of beauty.