Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bandai: Godzilla 1999 (Mire-Goji) (G-16) Figure Review

After a four year break since Godzilla vs Destoroyah, Toho released their 23rd film in the Godzilla series titled, Godzilla 2000: Millennium. Bandai once again scheduled to release a new Godzilla figure in conjunction with that movie.

Profile:  Since the start of the Millennium Series, Godzilla's background has only been referenced to the original Godzilla in 1954. There is no direct explanation to this incarnation's relation to the first Godzilla. However, this monster have been rampaging and feeding energy from Japan's energy plants numerous times.

  • Atomic blast from his mouth.
  • Super regenerative power.
  • Unleash a blast of inner-radiation from his body.

The Figure:  Millennium Godzilla (Mire-Goji) underwent a complete makeover. -So did this figure. Godzilla 2000 is a continuation in Bandai's Godzilla Toho Kaiju 2 Line. The tag if attached, has a picture of Godzilla 2000 with a "G-16" label on the top right corner. Bandai did a pretty good job with this sculpt.

Godzilla slouches more than his Heisei predecessor, and his spines really stand out with a jagged, crystallized texture. For some reason, I really like the thorny texture on Godzilla's outer thigh as if they're meant for protection from an attack. That thing just seems cool for a Millennium look.

The whole figure is made from black soft vinyl with white claws and teeth, silver and purple spines, and red eyes.

I couldn't help but notice my figure is slightly different from the other ones shown online. The photo of Godzilla, provided by,  has a tail that curves upward, but my figure's tail curves down with the tip almost touching the floor. Could my figure sort of be a reissue (2nd mold)? I know that this mold has been reused multiple times, especially in conjunction with Godzilla vs Megaguirus. Godzilla's tail (from the Megaguirus line) also curves down, much similar to the Millennium version I have. Either way, I'm not nitpicking....I'm just curious.

Figure Specs:
  • 6 1/2 inches tall (head to toe).
  • 12 /12 inches long (head to tail).

  • Arms rotate at the shoulder, but not all the way.
  • Legs rotate at the hip but not all the way.
  • Tail barely rotates at all.

Size Comparison:  For this review, I want to first compare Mire-Goji with a Heisei Godzilla that stands 6 inches tall. Mire-Goji is bigger in height, width, and length.

My favorite comparison is between GFW Anguirus and Godzilla. Anguirus may be slightly bigger, but otherwise in pretty decent scale with Mire-Goji.

Did you know these two monsters fought in a live action scene for Godzilla's latest pachinko game? I never get bored of watching it. In fact, you can watch their fight HERE.

Final Thoughts:  This figure just seems flawless to me, unless you had an issue with the look of this version to begin with. Well, I should mention that the spines along Godzilla's tail is molded as one piece, and not individually sculpted. However, that's not a big deal to me because the thought of individually sculpting every spine seems like a major pain, if not impossible. I think Mire-Goji deserves a spot on anyone's shelf, especially if you plan to collect figures based on all different versions of Godzilla.

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