Final Wars Godzilla
11 Inch Scale
By: Bandai Creation
When Trendmasters stopped making Godzilla toys in the late 1990’s and went out of business, there was a void for Godzilla toys. Eventually, Bandai Creations, the American wing of the Bandai corporation began to make Godzilla vinyl figures for the American market. At first these were limited to smaller figures, but eventually they began to produce larger scale figures.
Endless warfare and environmental pollution has brought forth giant monsters, which are a grave danger to the world. As a result, the Earth Defense Force (EDF) is created to protect the planet, uniting every nation. The organization is equipped with some of the best of technology and weapons, warships and soldiers, as well as mutants with super-human abilities. Godzilla, a giant mutant dinosaur, is claimed to be EDF’s only unstoppable opponent.
The EDF’s best combat vehicle, the Gotengo, manages to corner Godzilla at the South Pole and bury him under the Antarctic ice, cryogenically freezing him. When giant monsters begin appearing all over the world under alien control, Godzilla is unfrozen and used to combat them. Will Godzilla be able to defeat the enemy creatures?
This Godzilla is a 10 inch version of the Final Wars version of Godzilla. It does appear as though it’s been tweaked a little bit, to be less Final Wars specific and more of a good generic version of the character. Bandai Creations uses a lot of their own unique sculpts, as opposed to borrowing from their Japanese counterparts. How does this big G-Money stand up against the competition?
The packaging is the same as their smaller 6 inch line, just upscaled. It’s best described as a box, except that it’s not really a box at all. The figure is secured by those heavy duty plastic bands underneath. You know the ones that cops use to secure drunks?
The back of the package shows off the other large scale figures, as well as some of the smaller figures. These packages have remained largely the same. I really love the big red Godzilla logo and just looking at these packages in the store gets me excited. I’m very curious to see who does the Godzilla toys for the 2012 film.
While the Final Wars version of Godzilla wasn’t my favorite rendition of the character, it had it’s charm. Bandai has done a great job here of capturing a fantastic looking Godzilla, with a really dark black vinyl for the body. The orange eyes really pop out and wherever we have paint, it stands out and looks fierce.
Fierce is a good way to describe this sculpt overall. It’s sleeker than some of the Heisei-Goji designs and it’s got a little more attitude than most. It’s also not as out there as the Millennium Godzilla designs, which I never much cared for.
The body is good and retains it’s shape well. I did notice that he seems to be arched a bit to one side and I’m not sure if that’s by design or simply some warping from the package. It’s hard to say for sure. He doesn’t look off balance or anything, just perhaps, poised for attack.
The figure feels massive, although it’s not gigantic by any means. It’s actually smaller than my old Imperial Godzilla but seems to be a bit larger than the Trendmasters larger scale releases. That does seem to be what they were trying to recreate, though.
It’s quite a bit bigger than the 6 inch figures both in height and overall mass. The tail measures to be about 14 inches long, curled up. Perhaps longer if it could be unrolled somehow. This guy will look appropriately big on your toy shelf.
There isn’t a ton of paint here, but what’s there is fairly well done. Again, because of the dark rich color of the vinyl, the small paint applications really seem to pop.
In a nutshell, I really like this figure.
The articulation is actually quite good for a vinyl. Because of the larger size, Bandai Creations seems to have added in a few more cuts than usual. You’ve got a full neck cut, which is a very welcome addition! Elsewhere you have cuts at the arms, legs and THREE separate cut points on the tail.
Even though the tail is technically sculpted to only look best in a few poses, you’re able to get quite a bit of movement out of your tail with those extra cuts. It allows for some fun tail smashing. It’s a shame that there isn’t a cut at the shoulders, though, because that would have allowed the arms to really have some character. The cuts are instead more at the bicep, allowing only side to side movement and not up and down.
There is an issue with the tail and I noticed this on a lot of the Godzillas in this scale. There is a large gap on one side or both. It’s pretty unsightly.
As it turns out, the tail is pretty easy to slide off and the problem is then evident. Apparently the portion that holds the tail on is simply too long. You can see it in the picture here.
The vinyl is soft enough that a decent pair of scissors can cut right through it. So I cut about half of the tail holding portion off. It wasn’t hard and there is still more than enough there to hold the tail in place.
I slid the tail back on and now it fits like a glove. Simple and easy. So if you got one of these Godzillas with the tail gap, there’s your fix!
Godzilla comes with nothing.
As you can see in the packaging photo, this guy cost $19.99 at K*B Toys before they went out of business. That was the major home of Godzilla toys at the time. I picked him up when K*B was going under and I think I paid $5 for him! Anyway, you can get this guy at Toys R Us, both online and in store for only $17.99 now. He’s a GREAT figure at that price. Everyone should go pick one up. He looks cool on the shelf.
Packaging – 6
Sculpting – 9
Articulation – 8
Accessories – N/A
Value – 9
Overall – 8 out of 10
Of all the larger scale Godzilla figures that have been available at mass market here in the United States, this one is probably the best. He’s not saddled down with gimmicks like firing fists or electronics, he’s got a solid sculpt and decent if not slightly understating paint job. He’s big enough to be a threat to most of your figures and while I’d love this guy to be about TWICE the size he is, it’s still a pretty big figure for under $20.