S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla 2000 Millennium Special Color Ver.
Godzilla 2000: Millennium is a tokusatsu film produced by Toho Company Ltd, released in 1999. This was the first movie in the Millennium series and the 23rd installment in the Godzilla series.
Sculptor: Yūji Sakai 酒井ゆうじ
Material: ABS, PVC
Release: May 2015
Original Price: ¥7,776JPY
Height: 150mm / 5.90inches
Godzilla Millennium special color ver. is a Tamashii Web exclusive release and comes in the standard brown shipper box. I really like the ripped claw mark graphics on the front of the box, it gives the packaging a real savage vibe, perfect for Godzilla. On the back there are photos showing the features of the toy and a blurb about the designer Yūji Sakai. As with all S.H.MonsterArt Tamashii Web exclusive releases, the packaging itself does not have any windows so the only way to enjoy the toy is to take it out of the box.
Millennium Godzilla does not come with any accessories :(
Once the figure has been released from its plastic prison, you can really appreciate the time and energy that has gone into the sculpt of this beast. There is an overwhelming amount of detail on the skin, it’s rough and looks convincingly life like. The spikes on the back is appropriately pointy for the character, but the material is flexible so you’re not going to hurt yourself too badly. Compared to its big screen counterpart, the toy does look leaner and the proportions a bit more lizard like, since Bandai didn’t have to worry about fitting a human frame inside. All in all, a very good rendition of Millennium Godzilla.
As far as Godzilla figures are concerned, the Millennium Godzilla has a very decent range of articulation, especially compared to the first S.H.M Godzilla released in 2011. Millennium features working jaws, triple ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders with butterfly joint, double ball jointed elbows, ball jointed torso, ball jointed waist, double jointed hips, double jointed knees, double ball jointed shins, ball jointed ankles and multi ball jointed tail. If I’m not mistaken, I count a total of 19 joints in the tail, awesome! Millennium has a very impressive downwards range for the neck, but that’s also where I think the toy could have been improved, there isn’t enough upwards range for the neck making Millennium look forever hunched over slightly and unable to look up, which is a bit of a disadvantage against flying enemies.
Paint wise there’s nothing to fault. Overall the body is dark (as it should be) with subtle changes in skin tone and matte in finish, where as the nails and mouth are finished in gloss to give a nice contrast and a realistic organic feel. Unfortunately I do not have the retail version to compare it with, but I must admit I do prefer the purple spine over the grey on the exclusive version.
Size wise, Millennium is only marginally taller than the first S.H.M Godzilla and pretty much head to head with the Godzilla (2014) from the American movie. S.H.M Mechagodzilla stands about a head taller, which is pretty much perfectly in scale according to the movie.
I grew up watching Godzilla so I’ve always had a bias for any Godzilla toys and the Millennium design is one of my favorites, right after the Heisei series. S.H.MonsterArts has done a great job capturing the design of Millennium Godzilla in toy form, it’s definitely worth getting if you’re a Godzilla fan, especially if you missed out on the retail version of Millennium Godzilla which now goes for a ridiculous price on the secondary market. Strangely enough, the Tamashii Web exclusive is only about 1/2 the price, so what are you waiting for?