Earlier I reviewed the brand new Bandai MechaGodzilla 1974 but now I’m looking at his bootleg cousin. I bought this figure in the 1980’s at some point. At first glance you might not notice this is a bootleg because it looks almost identical to MechaGodzilla. In fact when I bought it I don’t think I knew it was a bootleg. Moreover I probably didn’t even know what a true bootleg was.

However if you take a close look at his head, you’ll see the one area that makes him different than regular MechaGodzilla. He has two fins on the top of his head, as opposed to one in the middle. This was what clued me off that this isn’t supposed to be MechaGodzilla… It’s just supposed to look nearly identical.

I wish I could tell you more about this guy, but he has no identifying markings at all. The true sign of a bootleg. No one is claiming this work, which is a shame because it’s a nice piece. What makes this bootleg even more interesting is that I bought it in the US at a major store. Either K-Mart, Toys R Us or Aimes/Zaires because that was the only places I bought toys back then. Long before they’d invented a series of tubes.

As you can see this bootleg MechaGodzilla is a little worse for wear. As I recall his package was just a tag but it was a tag that had been connected to him via a elastic band, which is different than how they do it in Japan. I don’t remember if it said his name or even who made him. It was a long time ago.

This bootleg MechaGodzilla has all the articulation of a regular Bandai, but has less than the version of MechaGodzilla I reviewed earlier. He has cut arms, cut waist and cut legs.

Putting this guy next to his most recent counterpart seems a bit unfair as obviously the new Bandai toy looks MUCH better. But for a 20 year old bootleg rendition of MechaGodzilla this guy looks really good. In fact I’d say he’s pretty close to the original Bandai MechaGodzilla they made decades ago.

His tail is slightly different than MechaG’s and obviously his top head fin is two instead of one. Other than that he has all the same points of detail, his chest cavity, his neck design even the dorsal fins are similar. He has rocket missile fingers, toes and knees.

His arms don’t have any markings to make him MG1 or MG2, but I do seem to recall there may have been something there. he’s got a fair amount of paint wear because I used to play with this guy a lot. Here’s another interesting factor…

This guy is in 6 inch scale. What makes that interesting is that Bandai used to do an 8 inch scale. It wasn’t until about a decade ago that Bandai shrunk down their scale, so this guy would have been at an odd scale at the time. I should know, it’s taken close to 20 years for this guy to have an enemy he can fight. See I had this MechaGodzilla bootleg, but no Godzilla in this scale. So he spent most him time fighting Super Powers or X-Men.

He’s hardly the most impressive figure but he shows that there has always been a market for Godzilla and where there’s a market, there’s a bootleg market. This is a classic toy from my childhood and I can assure you of that because I still have him. As I mentioned before I had a bit of a toy version of Schindler’s List at one point and only a select few toys from childhood made it. This guy had made the cut.

Additional Notes:
MechaGodzilla is a timeless character and as much as I love this old version, it’s great to have the new Bandai toy. Putting them side by side shows the awesomeness of the new design even more. It’s a good time to be a Kaiju fan. Kids coming up today won’t have to settle for this bootleg.

Even for a guy not licensed by Toho, he’s a great tribute to one of their iconic Japanese Monsters. That’s why he’s a great piece of history and a nice addition to Japanese Monster Week here at Infinite Hollywood.

He’s ready for the tag team match of the century!

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