As many of you can already tell, I'm a huge Godzilla fan. The first movie I ever owned as a kid was the original Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla which doomed me into the series forever. Therefore, it's my personal mission to own every figure in the S.H.MonsterArts line. But enough of my fandom, you're here for a figure review, right? Then let's get this show on the road! (･∀･)ﾉ
Figure name: S.H.MonsterArts Spacegodzilla
Source: Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla
Retail price: 6,500 yen
Honoring in style!
Since this figure shipped to my college mail room instead of my house, I had to get a picture of it with my Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla poster in my dorm. That said, I'm doing this review at school, so pardon the even less satisfactory review conditions than usual.
Purple suits you quite well, Spacey!
As you can see, Space G's box is modeled the same as other MonsterArts releases, bearing the monster's mugshot on the front in a specific color shade, purple this time. Space Godzilla has always had one of the more intimidating mugs of Godzilla villains. King Ghidorah and Destoroyah's boxes are going to look awesome. I feel this box design wouldn't work as well with Showa-era monsters since they may look a bit goofy up close. At least these Heisei-era monsters still look intimidating.
Walls walls walls of text!
The back of the box is also like previous releases, bearing various pose photos and an in-depth biography of the monster in question. I assume this is all about Space Godzilla itself and also the movie as a whole. Sadly since I can't read Japanese, it's on to the sides for something cool!
Check out those abs!
On the side you can see a little gray scale version of the figure (I couldn't tell on Godzilla's box that it was a figure, but you can see the joints better here) with a close up of Space Godzilla's...chest in the background. An interesting choice I must say.
So is his name one word or two? I'm so confused...（ ´_ゝ`）
A few nice little mentions here. First of all, the name text actually has a holographic crystal design to it, matching Space G's crystal theme. Also, the Japanese version of his name is the same as how it looks on the original movie poster. A nice touch I must say.
I guess crystal is no match for plastic, eh?
Opening te box, we can see Space G and the accessories included. He comes with a beam effect, a stand to hold it up, and a base. Now let's finally see the figure itself!
I know it was cramped in there. No need to yell at me now...
The first thing I noticed when unboxing Space G is that he's really heavy...again! Godzilla was heavy as well, but Space G might be even heavier by just a bit. Given the bulk of these figures though, it's understandable.
Here's a close-up of the front. The other thing I noticed about Space G is that he's very sharp, definitely more so than Godzilla. Space G has a lot of pointy edges all around him that make handling him painful if done carelessly, especially with the head. Speaking of which, the head has great amounts of detail on it, even on the eyes and mouth. Also, the gold crown horn is made of clear plastic, so it has a nice shine to it which is a nice touch.
Now for a side view, so you can see once again how long the tail is. I'd say it's about as long as Godzilla's, maybe a bit longer with that spiky end. Now I'm sure you're all wondering how well it poses. I said back in my previous review that Godzilla may not be as articulate as you may hope and moves more like a guy in a Godzilla suit. Well luckily it seems Bandai realized this and improved it a bit for Space G. He's still not nearly as articulate as a Figuarts, but his posability is nice given its bulk, and the joints feel much less stiff than Godzilla's. Also, Space G's legs are tad a bit more spread out which I feel help makes him appear more dynamic.
Looks like they're made of chalk. （ ´ー`）
And here we have a close-up of the crystal spines. I've always felt the spine design was so the suit makers didn't have to be so detailed with it. Saving budgets and such. The spines aren't all white like the vinyl Space Godzilla figure, but have a pearl-colored paint job and have some shine to them. Very nice.
Just imagine the jewelry you could make out of his spines! oAo
Close-ups of the tail spines. Notice how you can see some purple fading into the spines to show how they're part of Space G's flesh.You can also see it on the fingers and toes. Bandai is seriously going all out with the details on these figures.
Cover your mouth when you do that, young man!
Here we have Space G's beam effect part. They call it "Corona Beam", but maybe Space G should switch to Corona Beam Light, eh? Eh? At least let me finish this review before you kill me for that joke. When I first saw the effect in the preview photos for this figure, it looked like snot or projectile vomit to me. After seeing it in person...I still think that. Ah well. The paint on it has a slightly metallic look to it, and the design looks very active, much better than Godzilla's weird heat beam/water gun projectile part.
Looks like it would fit into a Warhammer or Warhammer 40K playing field, don't you think?
And here's the base. Once again, I like this base much more than Godzilla's. Here you can tell exactly what is, ground with some crystals sprouted out. It fits the character very well. Worth noting is that the base is also rather sharp on the edges! This figure is just all-around dangerous to handle! With all these bases, this figure line really begs for dioramas like Bandai has been doing at places such as Comic-Con. Maybe once I get the budget for it, I'll make a huge diorama for them all...
And here you have the effect and base combined! It was actually pretty hard to find the hole for the stand in the beam effect. Eventually I found it though. Without seeing the stand hole, you actually wouldn't be able to tell which side is up or down when putting it in Space G's mouth. It's a bit harder to keep in his mouth without the stand too.
I feel so unprepared for this review! I have so little to display him with!
Finally we have another picture of Space G being posed with his movie poster. This time I decided to include the other Godzilla stuff in my dorm: some movies (ironically not GvSG) and my Final Wars Godzilla trading figure.
So in conclusion, S.H.MonsterArts Space Godzilla is a great figure overall. Many of the problems with the first entries in the MonsterArts line were improved, and the quality and attention to detail is only going up. The figure line is truly shaping into something great for kaiju fans, now having easily the best figure of this monster ever made. I definitely recommend Space Godzilla to any Godzilla or monster fan. However, with the steep price deserving mention, I would be a bit hesitant to recommend it to those who aren't Godzilla fans. However, for the fans, you'll easily see where the money went.
Black or White?: White! ( ´ ∀｀)
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