Saturday, 31 January 2015

Original Figure Review - X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1968

It comes as no surprise that the Godzilla suit from Destroy All Monsters (1968) became one of the defining designs for the King of Monsters in the Showa era of films (1954-1975). I originally had the X-Plus Toho Large Monsters Series Godzilla 1968 figure, but had sold it off several months ago. I traded up for the larger 30cm figure.

Was it worth it? Let's take a look...

Like with my previous review with the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Hedorah, the original Japanese release for the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1968 is pretty scarce nowadays. Fortunately in the past couple of years, Diamond Select has been releasing older sculpts for North American collectors. This has given novice X-Plus figure collectors a chance to build up their collections without having to spend money on the inflated aftermarket prices of the original Japanese releases. 

Godzilla 1968 stands a shy under a foot tall. The figure manages to replicate the suit that first appeared in Destroy All Monsters (1968) with meticulous details and paint applications. In my opinion, the 30cm Godzilla 1968 possesses one of the more dynamic poses of any figure in the line. It certainly gives the figure a lot of character, something that this particular Godzilla was known for. 

This figure is packaged in two pieces - main body and tail. The tail can be attached to the main body with relative ease by warming up the socket on the main body (till it's "squishy and soft,") and then inserting the tail. Once it cools down and hardens, the tail will remain in place. 

The paint job on this figure is pretty great. The dominant color is the typical charcoal gray, but there are very faint washes of blue and light gray on parts of the body to bump out some of the details. Inside the jaw the teeth are individually painted with a yellowish/boney color. The eyes are big and glossy to give it life-like detail. I always enjoy the amount of detail that goes into each X-Plus figure release. 

Without a doubt at all, the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 1968 is one figure that many Godzilla fans should have in their collections. If you have the money to afford X-Plus figures, then go for it! It has a dynamic sculpt, amazing details, and the design is a distinctive one from the golden era of Godzilla films. 

If you're interested in getting this figure, go where I bought mine: Flossie's Gifts! They have amazing services and a wide range of awesome figures and more. 

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