The final releases in the NECA Godzilla line have hit stores. There are four currently releases available. Those include Godzilla figures from Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) and Godzilla vs Biollante (1989). Today, we have a gallery of the Godzilla 2003 figures. Those include a standard Godzilla from the film, and a Target Exclusive Hyper Maser Blast variant. In the film, Godzilla returns once again to wreak havoc, and must face off with not only Kiryu (Mechagodzilla), but also Mothra.
Our friends at NECA have sent over the figures for us to check out. After the jump, you can see my thoughts on the figures and a full photo gallery for both.
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. – Godzilla 12″ Head-to-Tail Figures by NECA Toys
- Excellent sculpt work
- Great paint apps, especially on the Maser Blast version
- Good articulation overall
- Excellent packaging designs
- No accessories
The Godzilla figures have had some of NECA’s best looking flapped window box packages, thanks to the great poster art the franchise has had. The Godzilla 2003 figures are no exception. Both feature Japanese posters for Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. on the front, and photos of the included figure on the back. The Godzilla figures sit in a plastic tray, and include a cardboard backdrop. The tail does require assembly, but that’s a simple ball joint and connects with little trouble.
Godzilla’s look in Tokyo S.O.S. was one of his most menacing looks of the early 200’s. It’s up there with his look in Giant Monsters All-Out Attack as his most evil looking. The design also made some noticeable changes to his overall look, adding a much thicker, almost cobra-like neck and making the overall design a bulky muscular look. the NECA figure does a really nice job of translating the design here. The sculpt is very detailed with intricate sculpting for the various scales. The dorsal fins are very textured here, and have that almost rock-like jagged look to them. Articulation here is on par with what we’ve seen in recent Godzilla figures. There’s a decent range of motion in the neck and torso. The arms have ball jointed shoulder, single jointed elbows, and hinged hands. The tail is segmented as opposed to using wiring. This allows for more natural looking posing and just works better than the wired tails. The joints were all pretty tight, with the knees requiring just a bit of extra force initially. But nothing felt brittle, and none of the joints got loose while posing.
The paint decos are where the two figures diverge. The standard retail Godzilla has a more traditional gray paint scheme. There are subtle brushes of copper coloring on the chest that break up the more monotone look. There are darker paint washes, and some dry-brush style highlights painted on, which really bring out the figures sculpted details. The eyes are painted crisply, with sharp lines and no paint bleed. The Hyper Maser Blast Variant takes the base paint deco, and adds a really detailed “blast” hit paint deco to the front of the figure. The blast paint work is centered o nthe chest, but caries over much of the torso, down into the legs, and up into the neck and lower jaw. The blast hit is a mix of yellow and white, with lightly brushed on highlight colors over the front to simulate lighting from the blast. The dorsal fins are also painted differently, as they have some blue brought on as Godzilla gears up for an atomic blast of his own. Both re solid looking decos, but the extra detail from the Hyper Maser Blast Variant has made that my pick of the two.
I always have fun photographing the Godzilla figures, and this was just as enjoyable. I was pleased with the look and feel of the figures, and think fans will be happy with either version. Check out a selection of photos below, and the full gallery after that.