Monday, May 6, 2013

Did You Know That....

Did you know that X-Plus once had an American distribution arm that made toys for the U.S. market? I had no idea of their existence until a buddy of mine (WimpLo) happen to buy this for me in Kawaii-Kon years ago: X-Plus' Godzilla GMK figure.

I did not open the blister pack yet because I currently have no place to display GMK Godzilla, and keeping the figure still sealed makes storing easier. As you can see, X-Plus' mark is on the top left corner, the other side has a printing, "copyright 2004 TOHO." The bubble has a GMK sticker, promoting the movie. On the left side of the bubble, there is a mini brochure that advertises other Godzilla movies that have been released on DVD back then.

On the back, there is a collage of various Godzilla suits, King-Ghidorah (Showa and Heisei), Mecha-King Ghidorah, Mecha Godzilla, and Kiryu, which likely would have been a preview of figures to expect in the future. Unfortunately, only three were made and released:  Godzilla GMK, Godzilla 1964, and Godzilla 1965. The suggested age for this figure was anyone ages 18+, because you know kids under 18 are liable to hurt themselves with these things (just kidding).

Like all X-Plus toys from Japan, this figure is also packaged with his tail separated leaving the consumer to partially assemble Godzilla together. The skin texture and other little details are not as refined as what X-Plus Japan produce and some proportions may be a tad off, but he still looks decent for what he is. The best detail are the spikes, which are nicely crafted and painted. Godzilla stands around 6 and 1/12 to 6 and 3/4 inches tall (really hard to tell behind the blister pack). If you like adding alternatives or variety to your collection, GMK Godzilla is a perfect find.

These figures that are MISB, though rare, usually are in the mid $20 to $30 range. Loose figures may sell for less than that.

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