Saturday, October 31, 2015

S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 1964 The Emergence of Godzilla Version Review

Wrapping up on the mini marathon of figure reviews on Halloween is the King of Monsters, Godzilla! The latest release of S.H. MonsterArts is a reissue of a preexisting figure, namely Godzilla 1964. However, Tamashii Nations added another twist to this figure, by giving it another recolored concept titled "The Emergence of Godzilla Version."

Godzilla 1964 Emergence Version

The whole purpose of this recolored version is to reenact the scene where Godzilla emerged from the ground in "Mothra vs. Godzilla" in 1964. Accordingly, the original figure was seemingly dry brushed with beige and tan paint to give the appearance that there is a lot of sand covering Godzilla's body. The paint job looks great, as the sandy effect looks evenly spread for the most part. However, there are a few areas that has either too much or not enough paint. A bit more color applied on Godzilla's head and face would've been preferred.

Godzilla has the same advantages and withdrawals as the old figure. The ball joints are snug enough to move around and keep most post poses still within the figure's limitations. However, the preexisting seam lines are still there and haven't been modified. The lines around Godzilla's hip, in particular, have been known to peeve some collectors. The gap in between Godzilla’s fins, when standing upright, is also present.


Adding more intrigue into this variant is the inclusion of Godzilla's very own atomic beam effect and supporting stand. The beam has a different spin for Godzilla, as the blast looks like it hasn't hit anything yet and is still projecting in mid air. The beam is molded out of light blue plastic and has been airbrushed with some lighter blue paint. The stand is the same basic stand as seen before, as the base and articulated support arm are made out of clear plastic.

Size Comparison


The recent release of Godzilla 1964, in some ways, puts people in the same situation as Godzilla 2014 Spitfire version. This figure is suitable for collectors, who love a variety of the same thing, or those who missed an opportunity to buy the original version years ago. Collectors, who already have the original version will likely be contempt with what they already have, unless they really need the atomic blast accessory.

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  1. Yeah, it's a shame they skimped out a bit on adding the dirt effect to his face, and some other areas. I always loved Godzilla's entrance in Mothra vs Godzilla.

    They should have used this figure as an opportunity to fix up some of the issues that the original version has. It's a shame, because SH Monsterarts figures are normally quite stellar. The atomic breath though is definitely cool. I love how it hearkens back to Showa Godzilla's breath and how it looked.

    1. The mileage really does vary on this one, and it really depends on what people liked or disliked about the original. The breath effect is a cool piece to have and that alone really tests someone to how much he or she really wants it.


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