Monday, 28 December 2015

Original Figure Review - NECA Classic Godzilla Series - Godzilla 1954


"Let us call this creature, Godzilla. Named after the legend of Odo Island."

And we are back with our first written review in MONTHS! I was originally supposed to do this review (in video format) back in September, but I ended up being busy with other things. However, even as time passed on, I was still keen on reviewing this figure. So without further ado, let us take a look at NECA's Classic Godzilla Series Godzilla 1954 action figure!

NECA's Godzilla 1954 comes in the standard blister package with the Toho approved Classic Godzilla Series artwork - which I've grown tiresome of, to be honest. It's just weird seeing the image of Bandai America's Godzilla 1954 vinyl figure on package designs for NECA's products. The figure stands at around six-seven inches tall and possesses a monochrome paint scheme. It has 22 points of articulation (which we'll cover in a moment.) The overall sculpt has to be one of NECA's best attempts at Godzilla. It captures much of the distinctiveness of the 1954 Godzilla's design from the eyes, spines, and color. As far as complaints about the sculpt, my only issue may have to be the shortness of the tail, which has been an issue I've had with NECA's Classic Godzilla figures. It'd be nice if they made the tails a bit longer and thicker (especially on Godzilla 1985,) to match the figure's overall bulk.

As I've mentioned earlier, Godzilla 1954 boasts at least 22 points of articulation. Firstly, the jaw opens and closes quite nicely. Its teeth interlock very well, creating that distinctive Godzilla '54 grin.

The head and neck are both on ball joints, which allows you to position Godzilla looking up, down, left and right.

Godzilla's shoulders are on ball joints as well, which allows a decent range of motion with the arms. The elbows are connected to a hinge/swivel joint. The wrists are on ball joints, and the hand itself has a hinge-joint (like Godzilla 1994 and 1995) which can make Godzilla's hands look like they're open or closed.

Godzilla's torso is connected to the lower body by a ball joint allowing him to swivel or be bent forward or slightly back at the mid section.

Godzilla's tail is segmented into four sections. The fourth/final segment is midway up the tail and the rest of it is rubber with a bendable wire inside, like with the rest of NECA's six-inch tall Godzilla figures. While it isn't bad, the tail is quite short to be able to put it in decent poses. Then again, it is Godzilla 1954 and he isn't known for being totally dynamic.

Being at around six inches tall, Godzilla 1954 stands pretty well with many figures of the same height like the other Classic Godzilla figures from NECA and even Bandai's S.H. MonsterArts figures. To give people, who don't have this figure yet, some perspective, here is the figure along with Funko's Supersized 6-inch Godzilla figure above.

Being at six inches, the NECA Godzilla 1954 fits in-scale with 12 inch (30cm) figures that depict Kaiju at 100+ meters such as above with the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Godzilla 2014.

All in all, NECA's Godzilla 1954 figure has to be their best entry into their Classic Godzilla figure series. It's the best sculpted and best detailed figure out of the bunch, and an articulated action figure of the original Godzilla has been long overdue. I highly recommend this figure to Kaiju collectors young and old. It's a really nice figure to have, especially since we do not have an S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 1954 figure. Funny how NECA beat Bandai to the punch on this one. Surprising, isn't it?

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