Mecha-Godzilla (Kiyru)
11 Inch Scale
By: Bandai Creation

Mecha-Godzilla is considered one of Godzilla’s most famous and powerful foes. It’s strange then to realize that Mecha-Godzilla was actually one of the last monster villains of the Showa era, appearing first in 1974. You would think that coming in at the tail end of Godzilla’s most powerful time period would make him an afterthought, but the idea of Mecha-Godzilla is linked hand in hand with the big monster.

In the Millennium version the original Godzilla had been killed in 1954 by the Oxygen Destroyer, Japan still found itself under attack from other monsters such as Mothra and Gaira over the decades. When a second Godzilla appeared in 1999, this was the last straw. Japan proposed a shocking plan: to dredge up the skeleton of the first Godzilla from Tokyo Bay and use it as a skeleton/framework for constructing a Mechagodzilla, also known as Kiryu or Mecha-G. Yet they were unaware that this bold move would only infuriate and provoke this new Godzilla.

Although Mecha-Godzilla appeared in the Heisei series, his return in the Millenium franchise was perhaps his most important, perhaps second only to the original appearance of the character. The Millennium design seems to borrow from both the Heisei and Showa eras in terms of design and ramps things up with a decidedly evil flare.

The most interesting addition to the modern Mecha-Godzilla, is that he’s got the “soul” of the original 1954 Godzilla inside him. The Millennium series was interesting in that every film was no connected to the other and were considered only direct sequels to the original Godzilla 1954, with one exception… Mecha-Godzilla. The Mecha-Godzilla film was so successful that Toho planned two movies around it. It’s only fitting then, that Mecha-G would be the second character to get a large scale figure. Mecha-Godzilla actually comes in at about 12 inches.

The packaging is the same as the smaller Final Wars Godzilla, that we just reviewed. It’s a nice package and there is something to said for the color contrast. Godzilla looks one way against the backdrop, while Mecha-Godzilla looks the other.

The creature looks big and imposing on the card. Because he’s even bigger than the Godzilla we reviewed yesterday, he stands out even more. The figure is strapped to the bottom of the package in the same manner as Godzilla. However, the strap does tend to jam him against one side and can slightly warp the shoulder.

The back of the package shows off the other figures in the series. Nothing we haven’t seen before here.

Although the 1974 Mecha-Godzilla is my all time favorite take on the character, ever since I was a kid, I do think the Millennium design is pretty cool. It was definitely imposing and the backstory was actually pretty good. The Millennium films actually had some pretty good plots at times.

The face looks quite evil and you can see that hint of the classic 1954 Godzilla. I always thought the original Mecha-Godzilla looked like it had been designed by the Nazis or something, but this Mecha is clearly Japanese in flare. He’s ready to bust out some judo moves and in fact, he does.

The Heisei version didn’t have much in the way of spines, but this one really amps up the dorsal spines. Bandai has done a good job replicating them here, although they can get bent or warped. Mine thankfully doesn’t suffer from it much, but I have seen ones that kids in the store have mangled.

There are plenty of little details throughout, with wires, bolts and gas tanks sculpted onto the body.

He’s very tall, but not quite as big as the old Imperial Godzilla. Nobody seems able to top that in pure size just yet.

There isn’t a ton of paint here, but much like Godzilla, what’s here definitely works. It’s not quite as stark of a contrast as we saw with big G Money, though.

The articulation is a bit of a disappointment after the rather good Godzilla articulation. The entire lower half of the body is immobile, sans the tail. You can turn the tail a bit, but it’s not segmented like the Godzilla figure. The legs can’t move at all… Which greatly disappointed me.

Even though the legs are useless, he’s in a decent pose. The arms move up and down, which is better than Godzilla. His head also turns, which is a good addition. I just don’t get why they omitted the leg articulation.

Mecha-Godzilla comes with nothing but bad memories of the Oxygen-Destroyer.

As you can see in the packaging photo, this guy cost $19.99 at K*B Toys before they went out of business. Much like Godzilla, I picked him up when they were going out of business for a steep discount. This guy is still available at Toys R Us though, and runs about $18. He’s a good value at that, even without the leg articulation. He’s practically indestructible and that’s something that will make him a hit with kids of all ages.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 6
Sculpting – 9
Articulation – 7
Accessories – N/A
Value – 8
Overall – 7 out of 10

Despite a few hiccups, this guy is still a good figure. It’s not quite as good as Godzilla because again, the lack of leg articulation just makes him a little less fun to play with. He’s still a good toy and if you’re just the kind of person who has these things sit on your shelf, he does that well. Kids will definitely love him, even without the leg articulation and he’s overall something that’s more than worthy to do battle with Godzilla.

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