As the era of Japan's Godzilla came to an end with the creature's iconic death scene in the 1995 film, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Hollywood took a crack at the Big G in their American reinvention of the character directed by Roland Emmerich. Unfortunately film was a massive disappointment amongst both fans and critics alike. This outrage, according legend, prompted Toho Studios to revive the classic Godzilla franchise in an all new film, Godzilla 2000: Millennium, released in December 1999 in Japan then brought over to the United States on August 18, 2000 for a limited theatrical run.
Along with Godzilla's return for the new millennium, he was given a brand new look mixing a bit of the classic design with the new. X-Plus finally took a crack at this fan-favorite design in figure form, released earlier this month.
The X-Plus 30cm Godzilla 1999 stands around a foot tall. It is still shorter in height when compared to the previous X-Plus 30cm Series Space Godzilla, but still taller than the smaller additions of the 30cm line such as Godzilla 2004. When packaged, the figure comes in three separate parts: the main body, and the tail, which is packaged in two pieces.
The sculpt for this figure is certainly one of X-Plus greater pieces (in my opinion). It perfectly captures the essence of the MireGoji suit. The actual suit has some tints of green in it, but the figure doesn't seem to have that aspect, even when under bright lights.
Upon looking close on Godzilla 1999's head, you can really see the fine details that make this figure really cool. The teeth have tiny bits of detail sculpted and painted into, and the eyes are glossy with tints of yellow and brown, mimicking the look on the actual suit. The thing that I have a slight issue with in regards to the head sculpt is his underbite. The lower jaw slightly extends a tiny bit further than the upper jaw. But, it's not entirely noticeable from most angles.
Godzilla 1999's spines, on the main body, are sculpted out of a soft translucent violet vinyl. It gives a nice glow when sunlight passes right through it. The internet RicBoy exclusive has a light-up feature that illuminates the dorsal plates and the inside of the mouth, replicating Godzilla charging up his atomic ray.
Since I packed away Space Godzilla so I can ship him back home (I'm currently visiting family), the only other figure I have to scale with him is the Daiei 30cm Series Gamera 1999 that was released alongside this figure. Both figures stand around the same heights.
All in all, the 30cm Godzilla 1999 is a pretty solid release from X-Plus. The figure is a really good representation of the creature from what we saw in Godzilla 2000. Almost everything about it is pretty great from the sculpt, details, and overall paint job. I highly recommend this figure to any X-Plus collector.
For more insight, please see the review for this figure from our good friends at Kaiju Addicts!