S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla

Background:

This fully pose-able figure of Godzilla is the first in Bandai’s new line of Kaiju toys, S.H.MonsterArts. Based on its appearance in the 1994 movie “Godzilla vs Space Godzilla”, it is sculpted by one of the best G-sculptures there is, Mr. Yūji Sakai.

S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla

Name: Godzilla
Manufacturer: Bandai
Line: S.H.MonsterArts
Sculptor: Yuuji Sakai 酒井ゆうじ
Designer:
Scale: Non-scale
Material: PVC, POM, ABS
Release: Nov 2011
Original Price: ¥5,775 (approx. $65AUD / $69USD)
Height: 155mm / 6.10inches

Packaging:

Godzilla comes in a lavishly decorated packaging fit for a king, the king of monsters that is! The box art is beautifully printed with a mix of matt and glossy finishes as well as glorious foil printing on no less than two sides of the box. Inside the box, Godzilla is trapped in a plastic liner which holds him in place very nicely. Due to the design of the character there is a lot of wasted space unfortunately.

  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla packaging front
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla packaging back
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla packaging
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla packaging inside

Accessories:

As you probably know, Godzilla is a big sea monster so he has no need for fancy weapons or armaments of any sort but with the first production release batch, Bandai has decided to throw in a bonus effect part simulating Godzilla firing off his Atomic Beam!

S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla with Atomic Beam bonus effect part

Form/Sculpt:

This has to be one of the most detailed and intricate pose-able Godzilla action figures ever made, not to mention very affordable. The texture of the skin is incredible, and it looks as good as it does on the big screen. I especially love the sculptural detail of the head, more specifically the mouth with its tongue and teeth.

S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla

From the side, you can see just how long Godzilla’s tail is, the proportions are spot on!

  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla right side view
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla left side view

Articulation/Action:

Even though this is supposed to be a full action figure, I’m sad to report that I found most of the joints to be pretty useless. Sure each limb has no less than 5 separate sections, 2 sections for the neck and more than 10 for the tail but I found most of them to be pretty limited in movement so I couldn’t really put Godzilla in many different poses. Having said that…thinking back to the movies I’ve seen, Godzilla usually just walks around and blows sh!t up with his mouth so I guess its not really that bad afterall XD

  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla screaming
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla looks to the left
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla blowing sh!t up
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla - boo!

Paint/Print:

Ok, let’s get serious for a minute. This guy really does have some incredible paint detail which is worth taking a closer look at. The crazed eyes of Godzilla look like he is about to tear a new one in Tokyo. The teeth and tongue look absolutely amazing, just imagine some dude painting each teeth…individually! The claws has a nice fading effect applied to give it some realism, and the tail fins have just the right amount of highlight to make it stand out but still fit in with the rest of the figure.

  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla eye paint detail
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla mouth paint detail
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla claw paint detail
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla tail fin paint detail

Detail/Features:

One thing I was really hoping for was that the S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla would be in scale with my 6” vinyl kaiju collection so I can display them together, and from the looks of things it’s not too far off! You can see here exactly how much more detail the S.H.MonsterArt version has, hence the 5X price tag compared to the vinyl toys!

  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla vs 6'' vinyl Burning Godzilla
  • S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla blasting Stormtrooper with Atomic Beam

Overall:

If you are a Godzilla or even just a kaiju fan in general then this line is an absolute no brainer, especially since this guy is sculpted by Mr. Yūji Sakai. The price is quite steep for such a small figure but once you pick it up you can really feel how solid it is. I think it was well worth the investment – afterall Godzilla was one of my childhood favourites!

Thanks again for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed your stay!


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