S.H.MonsterArts Mechagodzilla (Type3 Kiryu) Heavily Armed ver. / High Mobility ver.
The Type3 Kiryu Heavily armed ver. is a Tamashii Web exclusive item and a variation of the regular release S.H.MonsterArts MFS-3 Type 3 Kiryu from 2013.
Name: MFS-3 Mechagodzilla
Material: PVC, ABS, Die-cast
Release: October 2014
Original Price: ¥12,960JPY
Height: 168mm / 6.6inches
As a Tamashii Web exclusive it comes packed in a brown shipper box. I really like these boxes as they are sturdy and protect the actual packaging inside well, these boxes even has the names of the toy printed on the outside so it’s easy to store and find the toy again afterwards.
The actual packaging of the Mechagodzilla has a very vibrant blue color scheme with nice photos of the toy showing features and gimmicks. The box doesn’t feature any windows unfortunately so if you are a MISB collector, you won’t be able to enjoy the figure at all, apart from knowing that it’s there. Luckily for me I’m not a MISB collector so let’s have a look at what’s inside!
Mechagodzilla comes with quite a few nice accessories that definitely adds to play / display value. My favorite is definitely the battle damaged head, this wasn’t included with the regular release, but it gives Mechagodzilla so much more character. The mouth on both the battle damaged and normal head opens and closes. Next up we have a drill that can be swapped out with the right hand to simulate it transforming into the drill, it pops on and off relatively easy but there are pointy bits on both the hand and drill so be careful. Next up is the arm attached railguns, these look really nice but tend to pop off the peg quite easily when handling the toy as the peg isn’t all that deep. The last accessory included is the back unit or flight pack, whatever you want to call it. It clips to the back of Mechagodzilla’s neck but you have to remove a spike first. The thrusters on the backpack can swing down as well as detach completely to simulate it flying off like a missile.
In terms of design and sculpt, I think the S.H.MonsterArts interpretation is 100% perfect. There is honestly nothing I would change about it, it looks even better than the original costume this toy is based on. Apart from some design changes the figure remains largely the same as the regular release. The differences being the left arm and the chest covers for the Hyper Mazer cannon which has also been replaced by plastic instead of die-cast parts.
Articulation unfortunately isn’t great in the lower body. The head, arms and tail are all wonderfully articulated but the hips are very restricted due to the bulky thighs. Mechagodzilla has a ball jointed head with 2 additional joints on the neck, universal jointed shoulders, double jointed elbows, universal jointed wrists, ball jointed chest, no waist joint, ball jointed hips, single jointed knee, ankle swivel joint with a ball at the end for feet tilt and 15 individually ball jointed tail sections. You can still get some decent poses out of the toy but nothing too dynamic.
The biggest reason why you’d choose the Tamashii Web exclusive version over the regular release has to be the paint job. It’s a much darker gunmetal color scheme with very nice metallic shading for added realism. There’s heaps of little painted detail in the battle damaged head, arms and shoulders. It’s absolutely gorgeous to look at.
Here’s a closer look at the Hyper Mazer cannon opening chest detail, everything is wonderfully sculpted. Mechagodzilla also features thigh thrusters that can swing open, it’s so well designed in there that without the instructions I would have completely overlooked this gimmick.
One of the questions I had in my head before getting the Tamashii Web exclusive version is whether or not the accessories are interchangeable between this and the regular version. The answer is half yes and half no. The regular release back pack uses 3 pegs to plug into the back of Mechagodzilla, unfortunately on the Tamashii Web exclusive version two of those peg holes have the spikes permanently glued on, see the red circles. Having said that, the regular version can make use of the exclusive version’s back unit. The arm accessories are completely swappable between the two releases.
Lastly let’s have a look at some size comparisons. The exclusive version is basically the same mold as the regular version, it’s amazing what a different paint job can do for a toy though. Compared to the Heisei MechaGodzilla the size is about the same. Compared with the first release of Godzilla, Mechagodzilla stands about a head taller.
I really love the S.H.MonsterArts line of Godzilla toys, I don’t have them all and the Mechagodzilla Kiryu is the only mold I’ve doubled up on, that’s how much I like it! The Tamashii Web exclusive version in particular is one of my favorites so far, with that dark and realistic paint job, it beats the regular release by a mile. I display him with the battle damaged head, drill hand and no back unit or railgun and it really looks and feels like a completely different toy to the regular release. This version is still available (at the time or writing) from online retailers at a reasonable price so I’d highly recommend anyone who is a fan of Godzilla or mechas in general to pick it up. It’s not a cheap toy, but the design and finish of this figure far surpasses the definition of a toy in my opinion, it’s a true collector piece!