While Bandai’s been pumping out figures for the new Godzilla reboot, I still have yet to find one I really want to buy. Most are too small with minimal articulation and wouldn’t fit in well with my collection, while most of the large figures are a turnoff due to their blatant action features. But when I wandered across NECA’s version of Big G at Toys R Us, he seemed to hit that sweet spot of sculpt and articulation and I knew I had to buy him.
Sculpt wise, this new Godzilla has a pretty interesting look. The combination of his thick body and trunk-like legs juxtaposed with his little head and stumpy feet give him that heavy beefcake look. It took a little getting used to, but after getting the toy and seeing the movie I’m actually pretty happy with this design now. Sure he’s got a bit more weight to him, but all Godzillas are a bit chubby (especially in that thigh area).
NECA’s sculpt is pretty dead on. The figure is covered in textured details that I didn’t even catch in the theater. Probably the most interesting is just how many different types of scales the figure has. His large back fins are surrounded by a rough rock-like surface. His sides, legs and arms have a more traditional scaled look. His chest and the top of his tail are comprised of plate armor, while his feet and bottom of the tail are wrinkled skin.
The head area is also equally textured with the outline of his skull along the eyes and cheek bones. He has a bit of a snubbed nose with tiny teeth outlining the upper and lower jaw. His tongue is sculpted separately in kind of an action position, and a bit further down the neck are his textured gills.
Godzilla’s a pretty decent size, standing just less than seven inches tall. He fits in nicely with other MonsterArts and Sci-Fi Revoltech kaiju, although he’s just a tiny bit shorter than Burning Godzilla. Unfortunately this Godzilla looks tiny and almost overwhelmed when compared to NECA’s new Pacific Rim figures. Continue to page 2…