S.H.MonsterArts Mecha-King Ghidorah

Background:

Mecha-King Ghidorah first appeared in the 1991 Godzilla movie “Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah”. Mecha-King Ghidorah (I shall refer to him as MKG from now on as his name is too long to type) is a mechanically enhanced cyborg version of the original King Ghidorah kaiju which was defeated by Godzilla.

SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah

Name: Mecha-King Ghidorah
Series: Godzilla
Manufacturer: Bandai
Line: S.H.MonsterArts
Sculptor: Yuuji Sakai 酒井ゆうじ
Designer:
Scale: Non-scale
Material: ABS, PVC, Die-cast
Release: Feb 2015
Original Price: ¥19,440JPY
Height: 230mm / 9.05inches

Packaging:

MKG comes packed in the standard Tamashii Web exclusive brown box which protects the actual packaging inside. It fits size for size which is nice. Inside the MKG box is made with rather sturdy cardboard which is dark in design with a glossy finish for a premium look. There are no windows on this release, as this is never meant to be displayed and sold through traditional retail stores. Love the photography on the front as well as pictures showing features and details at the back. The packaging itself is rather huge, and there seems to be quite a lot of empty space inside. I’m sure Bandai could have condensed this down a bit, but it does do a good job of protecting the figure inside.

  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah packaging outer box
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah packaging front
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah packaging back
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah packaging inside

Accessories:

MKG comes packed with three cute little Dorats. These things were genetically engineered to be the perfect pets, and were brought to the past from the future by Futurians (Very original name!). They were released into the wild and eventually the three Dorats mutated into King Ghidorah (Each Dorat being one of the heads of King Ghidorah) due to the Hydrogen bomb that was dropped near Lagos Island which also mutated Godzillasaurus into Godzilla. Anyway, these are very nice little accessories to have, the wings are on a ball joint so they can flap around, the head swivels and the mouth opens. MKG also comes with a full set of grappling hooks that are designed to capture Godzilla. The rods and wires are actually made of metal so it’s very sturdy and has a nice weight to them. The claws are plastic but they do move and hold their grip very well!

  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah's Dorats
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah's grappling hooks

Form/Sculpt:

MKG is truly an awesome sight to behold, although I have to admit I thought he was going to be much bigger than he is simply due to the size of his box. However, he does pack a huge amount of amazing detail in the sculpt. As far as I am aware the design is pretty much spot on if not better proportioned than the onscreen counterpart. He doesn’t feel all that heavy, the chest part feels a little hollow where as the hips holds most of his weight but everything feels tight and well put together.

SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah front view

SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah rear view

Articulation/Action:

MKG has a tonne of joints, starting from the head he has 8 ball jointed neck sections for each of his organic heads and 9 for his mecha head, waist ball joint, hip ball joint, double jointed knees, ball joint ankles, swivel and pivot joint for his wings and 12 ball joints for each of his 2 tails. Having said that, his lower body doesn’t really do much as the range of motion is severely limited but you can bend and pose his neck and tail quite well. No dynamic poses for this guy but there’s still plenty of things you can do with the neck and tail.

  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah neck articulation
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah neck and tail articulation
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah flying pose
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah wings can fold up and swivel
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah arguing with himself!
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah grappling hooks deploy!
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah captures Godzilla
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah nom nom on Godzilla

Paint/Print:

Paint job on MKG is super clean and highly detailed. The golden scales has a very light black wash applied to bring out the detail, but not so much that it makes the figure look dirty. The mechanical parts are painted in silver with a burnt effect applied to the edges and around sculpted detail to give it extra depth, overall it’s as good as any painted action figure can get.

  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah head paint detail
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah mecha head paint detail
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah chest paint detail
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah wing paint detail
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah back paint detail
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah tail paint detail

Detail/Features:

MKG features opening mouth for each of the 3 heads, however the lower jaw is only held in by a tiny ball joint, which tends to fall off quite easily with the 2 organic heads. A bit of nail polish should fix this problem though.

  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah mouths open
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah mouths closed

When compared with the other S.H.MonsterArts figures, MKG is clearly much taller although in terms of mass he isn’t really bigger than Godzilla. If you look at their legs, they are pretty much the same size, in fact Godzilla has thicker legs than MKG. When compared to the sofubi (vinyl toy) of himself, the S.H.MonsterArts version is bigger, more detailed, better proportioned and overall just much more badass, obviously there is a huge price gap between the two though.

  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah vs Godzilla
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah vs MechaGodzilla
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah vs Millennium MechaGodzilla
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah vs sofubi Mecha-King Ghidorah
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah vs sofubi Mecha-King Ghidorah
  • SHM Mecha-King Ghidorah vs Stormtrooper

Overall:

I have to admit I have a bias for MKG, after Godzilla and Biollante, MGK is my third favorite kaiju from the Godzilla franchise so I absolutely love this toy. But looking at it objectively, I really can’t find any faults with it, the whole toy feels very sturdy and well built, it’s highly detailed and painted to a very high standard. If I had to nitpick, the loose jaws of the organic heads would be the only thing I can think of. If you are a fan of the Godzilla franchise this is a no brainer, if you simply like mecha related toys, this is a good toy to pick up.



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