The Godzilla franchise has seen a number of reboots over the years. In some cases, they are meant to be direct sequels to the original 1954 Godzilla film. In 2001, Toho released a new Godzilla film that followed that pattern. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is set almost 50 years after the original film. Godzilla returns after a long absence to destroy Japan. along the way, he battles other monsters such as Baragon, Ghidora, and Mothra. This fan favorite film has one of the more menacing Godzilla designs, showing him as a truly evil entity.
Back in March, NECA announced that they would be producing a Godzilla figure based on the film. The figure is slated for release within the next month or so. They have provided us with an early sample of the Godzilla 2001 – 12″ Head-To-Tail Figure. We have 50 photos and a full review to check out. See them by reading on.
Godzilla 2001 – 12″ Head-To-Tail Figure
- Great sculpt
- Nice, subtle paint apps
- Very heavy figure
- Lots of articulation
- Strong joints
- Works well with S.H. Monsterarts effects & buildings
- Snout seems just slightly elongated
Like all of NECA’s Godzilla figures, this GMK Godzilla comes packaged in a plastic clamshell. It has the same art and design elements throughout. The back has a new photo of this figure. The Godzilla is held onto a plastic tray with a few twist ties, and the end piece of the tail needs to be attached. No accessories are included with the figure.
This figure, which stand just a little over 6″ tall, measure about 12″ from snout to tail. Godzilla features an impressive 30 points of articulation. Starting at the head and neck, there are multiple ball joints, allowing for a nice range of motion there. there is a hinged jaw as well. The shoulders are ball jointed, with multiple swivels along the arm with a nice, spacious elbow joint. Combine that with a hinged palm and the arms are some of the best they’ve done for a Godzilla figure. There are multiple waist ball joints, and the legs have pretty much the same type of articulation we’ve seen since the first releases. The tail has a few ball joints as well. The joints themselves were all very solid. There were no issues with pieces popping off and none of them were paint locked. There were really no poses that were difficult to pull off.
Godzilla is a very heavy figure. More so than the previous releases in the line. The plastic feels less hollow and harder here. The sculpting throughout is very strong here. Scales are all well defined, and there’s nice texture differences throughout the body. Even the teeth have a fine, bone-like texture over them. It bears a great resemblance to the movie suit. The snout is maybe just a tad too long when comparing side-by-side with screen shots. It’s just a slight elongation, and I only mention it as it’s about the only thing on a really nice release. Most Godzilla figure have always had a very monotone appearance, and that theme carries through here. NECA went with a dark gray with a hint of green and multiple, very subtly paint washes to give it some color depth. On the spots where more distinct colors were used, such as the claws, teeth, gums, and eyes, the paint lines are very clean.
With a great sculpt, clean paint apps, and excellent articulation, you can’t ask for much more. This is an excellent figure, especially for the price. If you search around online, you’ll find it for as little as $19. While the 1954 Godzilla still remains my personal favorite of NECA’s releases, this figure is definitely near the top of the list. Check out some of the highlight photos below, with the full gallery after that.