Godzilla Tokyo Vinyl
5 Inch Scale
By: Bandai America
A couple weeks ago I professed my love for the new Bandai Tokyo Vinyl Godzilla figures. These new toys are designed by renowned vinyl toy artist Touma and are supposed to be mass market versions of “designer” vinyl. It’s sort of interesting for Bandai to get into the designer vinyl market with Godzilla toys, as it’s Bandai’s regular kaiju vinyl figures that more or less created the vinyl movement in the first place.
Regardless of that fact, these stylized designs offer something new to the market and the Godzilla franchise of monsters seem to be the perfect canvas for these types of creations. I was quite thrilled with Godzilla and this is my favorite design of Mechagodzilla, so it’s a match made in heaven, right? Well, you’ll have to read to find out!
Vinyl toys love window boxes and Bandai isn’t going to fix what ain’t broken. We get a pretty tradional window box here, with some nice room to see the figure. If anything these boxes are a bit big. Bandai gets some credit for going with an actual window box, as their other vinyls that aren’t for the “designer” market have different boxes. They are clearly trying to appeal to this market.
The back of the package shows off the other figure in the series, but when these were shown at some of the toy shows a few months back there was a third “classic” Godzilla previewed as well. I’m not sure if he’s coming later or if it got the axe. It’s not featured on the package at all.
This figure is obviously not going for an authentic look. Instead we see some of the Touma vinyl designs that we’ve seen from him in the past. Big teeth, big expressive faces and chunky body parts. This is not a traditional MechaGodzilla, but it’s instantly recognizable as him.
Some of the big chunky and almost Chibi build reminds me of the old Takara sparker toys from the early 80’s. Even my old bootleg brown MechaGodzilla has some of the same look.
The hands in particular are big and he looks poised to shoot off some of his fingertip missiles. The sculpting is all very good, if not pretty simple.
Even though it’s simple, there are plenty of rivets and such that make this seem authentic. They didn’t cheap out just because it’s a “designer vinyl” as opposed to a “real” toy. Certainly they could have omitted some of this and chalked it up to artistic license.
The paint work is also impressive with that bright metallic silver paint being so shiny and in your face. This is MechaGodzilla when he’s fresh off the factory floor. The classic 1974 design just as the monkey men from space wanted it. I almost want to break a piece off and make it into a pipe!
The other colors, the reds, golds and whites are all clean and pop well. There’s little if any slop and the mostly clean design needs that matching clean paint. The only real complaint is that this guy is tiny.
I get that Showa MechaGodzilla would be quite a bit smaller than Final Wars Godzilla, but even that height difference wouldn’t look like this. He would actually be MUCH smaller. Instead, what we get is two guys who more or less should be the same scale, but they’re not.
Other than that, the body is good and I generally like the design.
You get a few cuts here, but nothing to write home about. More than a lot of vinyl toys and in general it’s on par with Bandai’s more traditional vinyl Godzilla offerings.
The arms and the legs have simple cuts to allow you to move them up and down. He also has a head cut, allowing 360 degrees of motion for rainbow force fields.
Honestly I do wish MecaG had cuts at the waist and wrists though. It would have added a ton of personality to this design and he’s actually got less articulation than Godzilla, because he can’t spin his tail.
At around $18 this guy isn’t cheap. Vinyl figures rarely are though. You’re paying for the Touma design here. Whether you think that’s worth the price or not, will be the ultimate decider for most folks. I really do dig the design and I like these figures and MechaGodzilla in particular. But I hate that he’s so small. I picture MechaGodzilla being big and fierce, not small. This sort of seems like kid MechaGodzilla or something.
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 7
Paint – 8
Articulation – 3
Accessories – N/A
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10
I’m not going to rank this guy much worse than I did Godzilla, but he does lose a point. I figure the height difference is enough to dock him a point. He’s still fun, but he just doesn’t match up as well as I’d like him to. Your mileage may vary, but I found myself a bit disappointed.
If you’re interested in more MechaGodzilla vinyl toys, check out my reviews of:
1974 Vinyl MechaGodzilla
12 Inch Vinyl Kiyru MechaGodzilla
Bootleg Vinyl MechaGodzilla
And of course my review of the Godzilla from this same line here!