Wednesday, July 20, 2016

S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2001 Review

Tamashii Nation’s latest addition to the S.H. MonsterArts line is a version of Godzilla that has been probably teased for about two years. Today’s review will focus on Godzilla 2001 (GMK). This version of Godzilla appeared in “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.”

Godzilla 2001

In terms of detail, Tamashii Nations got this one down to a tee. The skin texture, fin patterns, limbs, tail, and head sculpt is tremendous. Complementing the design is the splendid paint job. The entire figure is comprised of dark grey plastic and there’s a light gray highlight on Godzilla’s chest. Godzilla’s toes and claws were painted grey, the fins are grey with some white air brushing, both eyes are white with some grey hues, and his mouth consists of light tan teeth with red a tongue and gums.


All of Godzilla’s joints give a great range or articulation and are reasonably snug. Godzilla’s left bicep joint is the loosest, but this isn’t an issue because his arm does not dangle from the socket, nor does it flop around when the figure is shaken. Godzilla’s left arm is able to hold whatever pose it is given.

Due to two ball joints located in Godzilla’s stomach, he is able to hunch forward and rotate his upper torso by a little. The result of course, leaves a gap between two different sections of Godzilla’s fins. However, for those who prefer to see no gaps at all, rest assured that those two spots do close in very well when Godzilla’s posture is straightened up.

The complexity of the design allowed Godzilla to show a lot of character when displaying different poses. Anyone is able to allow Godzilla to stand like he’s going toe-to-toe with another opponent or have him lunge forward, as if he’s stampeding through a city. Playing around with such characteristics was definitely fun.

Godzilla's Height

Size Comparison


Godzilla 2001 is a refreshing change, considering the lack of new designs last year. The figure is great and paint applications successfully made some of the great details pop more. More importantly, the articulated capabilities are what anyone would expect in a S.H. MonsterArts toy and maybe more. This figure is definitely a welcomed addition to the line.

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  1. Aw yeah, GMK. The figure captures his look VERY well, he definitely looks menacing even in figure form.

    It's a shame SHMA almost never come with accessories, he would have looked amazing with his Atomic Breath from the film. Wonder how SHMA would have captured that particular effect?

    1. I wonder how Godzilla's beam would've looked like as well, if one was included. In the midst of getting this review completed, I didn't test the other atomic beams with this one. However, I plan to do another shoot that will have Godzilla 2001 with accessory sets of SHMA, including one of the other beams from previous Godzilla figures. I hope you look forward to it!

  2. I can NOT wait to get this amazing figure!

    1. Hi Landon! I hope you enjoy this figure as much as I have. Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you again as my next SHMA figure review will Godzilla 2016. There will also be more X-Plus figure reviews in the works. I am available to chat at any time on Twitter, Instagram, and other social media accounts mentioned above. Have an awesome day!


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