Monday, March 11, 2013

Bandai Heisei Mothra Larva Review

Growing up, I was always fond of the baby version of Mothra instead of the adult form ever since I saw Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster at a young age. That movie was the earliest flick that I remember, so the larva has a certain nostalgic value to me. Naturally, Godzilla vs Mothra is one of my favorite flicks from the Heisei Era, and owning the Larval stage of Mothra was inevitable.

Mothra Larva

Mothra's larval stage from the Heisei Era has always been plain and simple, which is what you'd expect from a caterpillar. That does not necessarily mean that this toy is bad at all. Every detail implemented on this figure is movie accurate. Mothra's face is nicely done, but the most effort seemed to be what is underneath Mothra's body.

There are a lot of wrinkles underneath and setae along the edge. The whole figure is made out of hard vinyl and has Bandai's mark and year "1992" molded on the figure. Apparently, there are two versions of this figure: One has reddish-brown highlights, the other has beige highlights. The rarity between the two figures is uncertain, but speculation states that the one with the beige highlights may be rarer.

Figure Specs


Size Comparison

Final Thoughts

There is nothing to complain about this figure, unless someone truly disliked Mothra (larva) from the beginning. Mothra was nicely sculpted and would make a great addition to anyone's collection. Another good incentive is this figure generally does not cost too much either. 

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