GD-57B Mechagodzilla メカゴジラ Black ver.
There is nothing better than Mechagodzilla, the mechanical version of the popular Japanese Kaiju (monster), nothing except for the black version, black Mechagodzilla.
There has been various versions of Mechagodzilla since its inception, this particular one, referred to as the Millennium Mechagodzilla was constructed to fight against the second Godzilla that appeared in 1999 and other monsters. Mechagodzilla featured in two films; “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” and “Godzilla: Tokyo SOS”.
The Millennium Mechagodzilla, also known as “Kiryu” was constructed using the skeleton and DNA of the first Godzilla defeated in 1954, the skeleton was retrieved from Tokyo Bay and used as the framework for Mechagodzilla – Kiryu.
The story goes on to say that this version of the Mechagodzilla was the only one that was able to defeat Godzilla in the end.
Name: Mechagodzilla メカゴジラ
Line: GD-57B Chogokin 超合金
Materials: ABS, Die-cast, PVC
Original Price: ¥4,800 (approx. $60AUD / $45USD)
Secondary Market Price: $70USD – $120USD
Height: 180mm / 7inches
The black Mechagodzilla comes packaged in a black and white version of the 2004 GD-57 Mechagodzilla box, essentially the same apart from new graphics for the black version label. The figure and parts are packed in a tight fitting polystyrene box that protects the contents and stops any rattling and movement during transportation.
Kiryu comes with missile and flight assistance backpack, electrical charge knife attachment for both arms, the right arm drill attachment and of course his most powerful weapon, the absolute zero cannon. Kiryu has two modes, when armed with the backpack and electrical charge knife, it is the ”Heavy Armed Type” (重武装型) mode, without these attachments it is the “High mobile type” (高機動型) mode. The accessories are well made with great detail, making Kiryu a very good looking but deadly adversary. The only thing I didn’t like about the accessories was the fact that some of the tail spikes have to be assembled, and they don’t always like to stay in their slots!
The Mechagodzilla looks much better as a scaled model version over the human sized costume version in my opinion (see below custom design for comparison), in the movie Kiryu looks top heavy and the legs slightly too small and stubby looking for the top. However, as a scaled model the sculptor did not need to design to fit a human inside, which helps to bring out a much sleeker and dynamic form. There is a good amount of metal used in this figure giving it a very “high quality” feel and weight, the plastics were also of high quality and finish with sharp detailing in the sculpt.
There are plenty of points of articulation on this figure, with 18 points including one for opening and closing of the mouth and 3 for the tail. However, most of the joints do not move very far, and it lacks some in critical places such as a head tilt and waist joint. As you can see from the photo, there isn’t much variety of poses that can be done with Kiryu.
The majority of paint applied to this figure is matt black with areas of gunmetal grey detail, there isn’t much colour apart from the few red markings, white print and yellow eyes. These have all been well applied although there is a bit of overspray, but because there is so little colour, it’s hardly noticeable.
What this figure lacks in articulation, it more than makes up for in the little details and overall design.
I really love this figure, its well weighted, well detailed and well made. If you are a fan of Godzilla, this is a must have, and black is definitely the new silver!
Thanks for reading my toy review!