Gamera



Sci-Fi Revoltech #033
Legion
5 Inch Scale
By: Kaiyodo
$50 (price varies)

What’s this? Yes it’s the 12th Day of Gamera… Better late than never. This is my final Gamera review for now and with this review, we at Infinite Hollywood can claim to have more Gamera toy reviews than any website on the net! Or at least English speaking websites. This Gamera is the Revoltech version of 1996’s Gamera 2: Advent of Legion.


This Gamera figure is similar in many ways to the original Revoltech Gamera and yet, quite a bit different too. Kaiyodo continues to find new ways to make these figures stand out. As much as I love the 1995 design of Gamera, I must admit that the 1996 design and by proxy this figure, are quite awesome too. The 1996 design is a perfect marriage between the original Heisei Gamera and the final Heisei Gamera.


Is this Gamera big and bad enough to take on Legion?!
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Sci-Fi Revoltech #032
Legion
5 Inch Scale
By: Kaiyodo
$50 (price varies)

To say that the modern Shusuke Kaneko Gamera trilogy was massively different than the kid friendly 1960’s Gamera films would be an understatement at best. If 1995’s Gamera: Guardian of the Universe still seemed a little men in rubber monster suits for you, Gamera 2: Advent of Legion destroyed any preconceived notions about the genre and the character.

What is Legion? The film never explains too much, he’s simply an alien hybrid thing that comes down to Earth and unleashes hell. Not in the typical giant Kaiju way, but in a much more visceral, the entire planet is truly in jeopardy way. Eventually Gamera defeats him, but not before Gamera is nearly killed and whole cities are literally obliterated from the face of the Earth.

The Gospel of Mark, 5:9, describes the following:

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.


In short, Legion is badass in biblical proportions. Kaiyodo’s Revoltech line seemed to be headed to the past, but now we’re back to the more modern era with the release of supposedly the “biggest Revoltech yet” in Legion. It’s an odd choice, in the sense that Legion isn’t exactly a character that has a huge following, nor does he fit the typical action figure mold in any fashion.

Much like the character, Legion’s figure is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in this line before.
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Sci-Fi Revoltech #027
Gyaos 1967
5 Inch Scale
By: Kaiyodo
$40 (price varies)

Just as it did with the first Heisei version of Gamera, Kaiyodo followed up it’s 1967 version of the character with the 1967 version of Gyaos. Gamera versus Gyaos was the third Gamera film for Daei and was really the beginning of some of their better efforts. Gyaos is unique in that he appears twice in the Showa series, once in this form and later repainted as “Space Gyaos”. Of course he shows up a few other times via stock footage.


The original Gyaos was weakened by the sun, an interesting plot that the original film had. Gamera’s early Showa films often focused on unique elements, such as the effects of different elements on the creatures. Of course, because he’s a monster, he shoots lasers from his mouth.


Obviously this figure goes great with the Showa Revoltech Gamera and I can’t imagine anyone not buying both of them together. However, you could easily have this version of Gyaos do battle with a modern Gamera as well. His design is quite a bit different than the modern Gyaos. So does this figure fare better than it’s predecessor? It’s time to find out!
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Sci-Fi Revoltech #026
Gamera 1967
5 Inch Scale
By: Kaiyodo
$40 (price varies)

Today marks the first day of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights and it’s also the 8th day in the 12 Days of Gamera! For the rest of the days of Gamera, the famous green turtle will be lighting the letters in his name. It’s gonna be four more crazy nights of Gamera! The Festival of fire, if you will!


I’d be lying if I wasn’t shocked when Kaiyodo first announced these 1967 versions of their famous Gamera monsters. I wasn’t sure if the Gamera would be as cool as the Modern Gamera version. But sometimes I’m an idiot!


This Gamera figure kicks all kinds of ass. In fact it’s even BETTER than the other Revoltech Gamera. As much as I raved about that figure, to be even better is a tall order of business. Somehow Revoltech delivers again and this is one figure that any classic Gamera fan should rush to have as part of their collection! This guy can do everything!
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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe
Viras
4 Inch Scale
By: Trendmasters
$13.99 (price varies)

This is my final Trendmasters Gamera figure (toys I began reviewing over a year ago) and it’s our seventh day on the 12 Days of Gamera but I assure you this one’s a winner. Viras is my favorite of the Trendmasters Heisei designs and easily the best “toy” of the Trendmasters Gamera series. Heck, I’d say it’s probably the best Viras figure ever made!

Fusing together, hideous space squids from a distant water world from the mega-monster Viras,a beast with the power of mind control! Using his six thrashing tentacles to squeeze the life out of his monster foes, Viras plunges his spear-like head into his adversaries to finish them off. Can Gamera ward off the awesome mental powers of this alien menace who’s bent on taking over Earth

As usual, Trendmasters has a fantastic bio on Viras and of all the kaiju that they suped up for their Gamera line, Viras is far and away the most fantastic. Viras just screams evil and with just a few tweaks, he’s able to become something awesome.


This figure is a perfect compliment to Dark Horse’s Viras character and a great little toy regardless of if you’re a fan of Gamera or not. Trendmasters, I love what you guys did here. If the guy who designed this figure ever visits the site, just know, good going bro!
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