Monday, 22 September 2014

Figure Review: S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla (2014)

For Godzilla's 60th anniversary, Tamashii Nations has graciously given us an S.H. MonsterArts figure of the Big G as seen in Gareth Edwards' reboot film of the beloved franchise. Fans have complained that the original 1954 Godzilla would've been a better figure release (which I do on some level agree with) and that the lack of material for Yuji Sakai to reference while sculpting the MonsterArts Godzilla 2014 has caused the design of this figure to be somewhat inaccurate. However, to be honest, I am really digging it.

Gamera joins S.H. MonsterArts!!!

That's right! Gamera will be joining the S.H. MonsterArts line in January 2015 in Japan, and February 2015 for North America, with the release of the figure of its 1996 incarnation seen in the film, "Gamera: Attack of Legion." It'll be jam packed with all sorts of accessories such as its fire ball attack effect, and alternate pieces to transform Gamera into its flying form. The MSRP for this figure is around 9504 Yen, which is around $87 USD in the current exchange rate.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Figure Review: S.H. MonsterArts Mothra & Battra Larva Set

With the addition of the adult Mothra and Battra figures in the S.H. MonsterArts line earlier this year, the inclusion of their larval versions was a no brainer! Both larva versions of the two were released in a two-pack set back in June and July in Japan as a web exclusive, and North America as a standard release respectively. The figures are packed in a windowless box as with almost all web exclusive figure releases.

In length, Battra is 10 inches while Mothra is around 6.5 inches. Both are highly articulated with joints at almost each body segment. Sculpted by Yuji Sakai, both Mothra and Battra are extremely well detailed, and effectively replicate their appearances from the 1992 Godzilla vs. Mothra (internationally titled: Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth.) 

Figure Review: NECA Pacific Rim 7" Ultra Deluxe Action Figure - Kaiju Scunner

Continuing their popular line of Pacific Rim collectible action figures, NECA brings us Scunner, one of the three Kaiju that Jaegers, Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka, battled against at the breach in the final battle of said movie. Instead of being released in an official series (eg: Series 01, 02, 03...), Scunner was released individually in late July/early August as an Ultra Deluxe figure.

Scunner stands at 7 inches tall. It utilizes much of the same body sculpt as the previous Battle Damaged Knifehead and Trespasser figures. However, there are several notable differences other than the head and overall coloration that differentiates this figure from the previous two sculpts. Firstly, both pairs of hands have new sculpts. The smaller secondary pair now have three fingers instead of four like on Knifehead and Trespasser. The main larger pair of hands have more straightened fingers and longer claws. The carapace on Scunner's back is slightly different than that of both Knifehead and Trespasser as well. Finally the tail, while largely the same, has four barbed spikes at the end.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Figure Review - NECA 24" Head to Tail Godzilla

"Nature has an order, a power to restore balance. I believe HE is that power..." -Dr. Serizawa, Godzilla (2014).

NECA has certainly had their ups and downs in regards to figure quality, especially with those in more larger scaled lines. However, I will say this up front... They really nailed it with their 24-inch head to tail Godzilla figure!