Happy New Year, fellow Kaiju fanboys!
As we usher in the new year, we would like to spend a little bit of time to reflect over the previous year. How so? Let us take a look at some of our top favorite figures from 2013! We have compiled a list of the best figures we have acquired this past year, ranked one to five - in no particular order.
Note, since we do not yet possess the S.H. MonsterArts Biollante and Godzilla 2000 yet, those figures will remain excluded from this current list.
Without further ado, let's begin!
- S.H. MonsterArts Destoroyah (Final)
Destoroyah is a figure that really took us by storm! Standing around nine inches tall, at its highest, and spanning over a foot and a half in wingspan, this figure is the second most massive figure in the S.H. MonsterArts figure line, right behind the recently released Biollante. For such a stiff monster, on screen, Destoroyah's articulation and detail really shines. While there are indeed some flaws with the figure, to us here at The Kaiju Planet, we choose to overlook them and focus on the positive aspects of this figure.
- NECA Pacific Rim 18" Figure Series Gipsy Danger
Pacific Rim has become one of our top favorite American giant monster/mecha movies of all time! It's fitting that we include at least one figure from the movie into our list, and it so happens that the biggest figure from the movie (as of now) be our next top favorite figure of the year! The 18" Gipsy Danger has been a real highlight of a figure for us this year. It's large size and light up capabilities make it for a great centerpiece for any mecha or Pacific Rim collection.
- Winter Wonderfest 2013 Exclusive "True Colored Ver." X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954
X-Plus has dazzled many collectors this year with an amazing selection of their super detailed and high quality sculpted Kaiju figures. However, one of them was not openly available to normal consumers. This is the Winter Wonderfest Exclusive True Colored Version of the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1954. This is one of our top favorite figures overall, and a definite favorite of ours this year. It couples the already amazing Godzilla 1954 sculpt from X-Plus with a very tasteful paint job that is meant to express how the creature would look if the original 1954 classic was filmed in color. It truly is a gem of a figure, and one we feel lucky to have acquired this year.
- X-Plus Daiei 30cm Series Gamera 1999
Sure, we just reviewed this one no more than a few hours ago, but we genuinely feel that the 30cm Gamera 1999 is right up there as one of the top figures of the year. It is the perfect sculpt to cap off the Heisei Gamera line of figures. Let's hope that X-Plus eventually does his foes from the famed trilogy - Gyaos, Legion, Irys - in the near future! There's not much more to say about it. Be sure to check out previous post for our review for this masterpiece of a figure!
- S.H. MonsterArts MFS-3 Kiryu
Let's round off this list with one of the definite highlights from the year. It's not Biollante, but still, Kiryu was a true surprise when it was first announced earlier in the summer. It was the first kaiju/mecha from the Millennium series of Godzilla films to be included into the S.H. MonsterArts figure line. It movie accurate design, coupled with dynamic articulation, and diecast parts make the S.H. MonsterArts MFS-3 Kiryu a really awesome figure. We here feel that this figure represents how far the S.H. MonsterArts line came and how it has improved over the last couple of years.