You may not know Baragon, but he’s important. He fought (and lost) to a giant Frankenstein in Frankenstein Conquers the World (I have no idea why Frankenstein was huge). Later on, Baragon would return to fight Godzilla in Destroy All Monsters. He’s also appeared in five video games dating back to Nintendo’s 1988 Godzilla: Monster of Monsters. Not bad, but that’s not why he’s important either. Baragon is important because he’s the first Godzilla character in Revoltech’s new Sci-Fi line.
When I was a kid, I liked dinosaurs. I liked to draw them. I had books about them. Dinosaur was one of the first “big” words I learned to spell. I loved Dino Riders. I even wanted to be an archeologist so I could dig them up. You could say I was obsessed. That love culminated one afternoon when my mother brought me home a movie from the video store: Godzilla 1985. A giant indestructible super-dinosaur wrecked Tokyo, and there was nothing Raymond Burr could do to stop it. It was my new favorite thing. Regular old ‘saurs wouldn’t become cool to me again until Jurassic Park. Those old hat lizards were replaced by city-destroying monsters powered by the nuclear age.
There is one thing that has always thwarted me in my love for Godzilla though. There have never been any decent toys. Sure, there’s tons of Godzilla merchandise out there. There’re plenty of models and some action figures. But those toys never satisfied me. Each line had something wrong with it. Sometimes it was the poor character selection. Other times it was lack of articulation. No matter what, there was always something wrong, until now. The great folks at Revoltech have stepped up to the plate and are producing a line dedicated to sci-fi characters, and the Tokyo destroying monsters are part of it. Not just Godzilla either, Gamera is coming up next month. Thank you, Revoltech!
The one thing I have to say about this toy is that it looks like it could be a guy in a rubber suit. I love that. Baragon’s got these great detailed folds and creases, mostly on his arms and legs and neck that look realistic. Realistic here means two things. It could mean rubber suit, or giant monster skin folds. Whatever you want. Baragon also has that same look in his eyes. They could either pass for monster eyes, or costume eyes. Either way it’s good. It’s what any line of Godzilla toys should be shooting for, that fine line between realism and realistic. Continue to Page 2…