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Postby king_ghidorah » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:34 pm

Just to start things out, and to guage interest, and sizes/ variability of everyone's collections I thought we can start with the first iteration of the Big G and then go from there.

I'll post pics of my 30cm X Plus later :)
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Re: Weekly Character Spotlight 1: Godzilla 54

Postby eabaker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:42 pm

king_ghidorah wrote:Just to start things out, and to guage interest, and sizes/ variability of everyone's collections I thought we can start with the first iteration of the Big G and then go from there.

I'll post pics of my 30cm X Plus later :)


Woo-hoo! The most represented Godzilla design in my collection!

Which one to take a picture of...?
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Postby klen7 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:21 pm

Perfect starting point. (a little jealous i didnt think of it...)

I have 4 or 5 figures for this thread assuming no one beats me to them.. but lets start small...

Figure: Godzilla 1954
Series: Tsubaraya Commemorative High Grade
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Size: ~3"
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:36 pm

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My favorite 54' Godzilla figure :D
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Postby TripMasterMunky » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:54 pm

I'll post my only G54 figure. I think this was put out by Bandai in 2000. Correct me if I'm wrong.

I used the universal Gesura measurement system for scale comparison.
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Postby eabaker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:56 pm

MekaGojira3k wrote:Image
Banpresto Godzilla 1954
My favorite 54' Godzilla figure :D


Alright, that's one of the figures I was thinking of posting. That helps me narrow it down. :-)
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Postby king_ghidorah » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:00 pm

Glad you guys like my choice!! I know most younger fans hate that design, but when I think of an "evil" or bad-guy Godzilla, the 54 is the one that springs to my mind :evil:
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:03 pm

king_ghidorah wrote:Glad you guys like my choice!! I know most younger fans hate that design, but when I think of an "evil" or bad-guy Godzilla, the 54 is the one that springs to my mind :evil:


I think it just looks better on film. I also legitimate love the limitations of the suit. It's just this massive silhouette against the flaming rubble. So creepy. It works sooo well.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:07 pm

Yeah, and even though he's a bad dude, I find him strangely sympathetic too. The original film (and 84) never really overdoes it with making him bad like GMK...there's still something tragic there. He's a confused animal in pain in a world he doesn't understand, but he's also god-like and powerful, his wrath and anger are justified and that's a terrifiying thing.
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Postby klen7 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:08 pm

MekaGojira3k wrote:http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mej8hlCpx31r1x4nlo1_500.jpg
Banpresto Godzilla 1954
My favorite 54' Godzilla figure :D

I have the brown version of this figure.

TripMasterMunky wrote:I used the universal Gesura measurement system for scale comparison.
Hmm... i was thinking of using a 9v battery or a coke can... but I'm not sure how that would convert to Gesuras
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Postby eabaker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:09 pm

king_ghidorah wrote:I know most younger fans hate that design


WHAT?! Really?

How can anyone hate a design so elegant, so frightening, so genuine?

I mean, the simple fact is, this is what Godzilla looks like. Every subsequent version is a re-design, this is the design.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:12 pm

Eabaker. Word man. Just f'n word all the way up to word town. You just bought a cheeseburger man, would you like some word with that?

Lol.


Though I am partial to the 62 design too but that's really a different character. I've never had a problem with 2 different Godzillas. The 2nd Godzilla, to me, the one that's in the rest of the films, well that one is personified by the 62 suit to me. Character wise though, that version of Godzilla is pretty much Red King from Ultraman. Not a problem though as Red King is one of my favorite kaiju ever.
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Postby Legion » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:14 pm

I never put together a group shot of my 1954 Godzillas. I don't really have too many of them honestly.

But here's some Marmit love...

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Postby eabaker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:19 pm

king_ghidorah wrote:Eabaker. Word man. Just f'n word all the way up to word town. You just bought a cheeseburger man, would you like some word with that?

Lol.


Though I am partial to the 62 design too but that's really a different character. I've never had a problem with 2 different Godzillas. The 2nd Godzilla, to me, the one that's in the rest of the films, well that one is personified by the 62 suit to me. Character wise though, that version of Godzilla is pretty much Red King from Ultraman. Not a problem though as Red King is one of my favorite kaiju ever.


Oh, yeah, that '62 suit is iconic and lovely as well.

King Kong vs. Godzilla was the frist kaiju flick I ever had a commercial copy of, and I watched it into the ground, so that suit is burned into my nostalgia center every bit as much as the '54 suit.
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Postby Alpha OTS » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:23 pm

I was a little bummed at first because I didn't think I had a 54 in my collection. I think I'm wrong.

Figure: First Godzilla
Series: Bandai Creations Wave 5
Size: 6.5"

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I don't know for certain if this was ever officially called "54" anywhere on the cardboard. The only pic I could find was the card back where they called it "First Godzilla", but everyone everywhere on the sites I google call it a 54. So here it is. :)

To be honest, I never really cared for the head of the original suit, which is why I like this figure because it takes some liberties there. To me it feels like a blend of the normal suit face and the puppet face. I also love how bulky this figure looks and the sculpt and detail of the dorsal spines.

I remember when I bought this at the store. I meticulously went over the paint apps on every figure they had on the shelf only to bring the figure home and find that the tail had been glued on wrong, leaving a huge sloppy gap in the bottom of the sculpt, which was the one part of the figure I couldn't see at the store. I bought a second one which has very tiny misalignment in the same section. Makes me wonder if they had problems with gluing the tail on with the entire run. Although I wonder if this was planned to be a point of articulation? On that point, its articulated in the typical Bandai places, but doing so really knocks the suit appearance out of symmetrical alignment.

Also my Criterion Godzilla arrived yesterday, so it makes for an appropriate backdrop.....along with the tree. :)
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Postby Legion » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:33 pm

The original 1999 release Bandai 6" 1954 Godzilla, for reference with the BC figure posted above.

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Postby eabaker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:37 pm

Alpha OTS wrote:I was a little bummed at first because I didn't think I had a 54 in my collection. I think I'm wrong.

Figure: First Godzilla
Series: Bandai Creations Wave 5
Size: 6.5"

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I don't know for certain if this was ever officially called "54" anywhere on the cardboard. The only pic I could find was the card back where they called it "First Godzilla", but everyone everywhere on the sites I google call it a 54. So here it is. :)

To be honest, I never really cared for the head of the original suit, which is why I like this figure because it takes some liberties there. To me it feels like a blend of the normal suit face and the puppet face. I also love how bulky this figure looks and the sculpt and detail of the dorsal spines.

I remember when I bought this at the store. I meticulously went over the paint apps on every figure they had on the shelf only to bring the figure home and find that the tail had been glued on wrong, leaving a huge sloppy gap in the bottom of the sculpt, which was the one part of the figure I couldn't see at the store. I bought a second one which has very tiny misalignment in the same section. Makes me wonder if they had problems with gluing the tail on with the entire run. Although I wonder if this was planned to be a point of articulation? On that point, its articulated in the typical Bandai places, but doing so really knocks the suit appearance out of symmetrical alignment.

Also my Criterion Godzilla arrived yesterday, so it makes for an appropriate backdrop.....along with the tree. :)


I have totally the opposite opinion regarding the head. I love the original, and I find this take on it really ugly.

Still, I was happy to add it to my collection, because I like the body sculpt on it. As you said, it defintiely looks bulky.
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Postby Legion » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:42 pm

Regarding the different BC '54 Godzillas: I'll at least give the first release credit for trying to look like the Japanese Bandai. The details are soft, but it looks just fine. Oh, it's not in the same league at the original but it's not a terrible figure. The second release (and no offense to ALPHA OTS) is a disgustingly lumpy looking thing that strays way too far from the look of the monster suit to appeal to me at all.

Oh, and speaking of lumpy...

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Postby Alpha OTS » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:59 pm

Legion wrote:Regarding the different BC '54 Godzillas: I'll at least give the first release credit for trying to look like the Japanese Bandai. The details are soft, but it looks just fine. Oh, it's not in the same league at the original but it's not a terrible figure. The second release (and no offense to ALPHA OTS) is a disgustingly lumpy looking thing that strays way too far from the look of the monster suit to appeal to me at all.

No offense taken, believe me. I remember it being criticized pretty heavily when it was first released too, so I'm not at all suprised to see people still don't like it. I probably wouldn't own a figure of the 54 if they didn't take those liberties. I know its not accurate, just like I did on its release, but I still like it. (I also had a bit of an ulterior motive for posting a pic of it because I knew it'd generate a bit of conversation for the thread. ;) )

Btw, which G54 is that?

And klen7, gashapons are awesome!
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Postby klen7 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:27 pm

Legion wrote:Oh, and speaking of lumpy...

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m85/ ... er/095.jpg
Is that the X-Plus Chess Piece Origins Polystone (whatever that line is called) ?
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:31 pm

Out of the 6 inch scale vinyls my favorite 54 Godzilla is the 2nd BC release.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:39 pm

klen7 wrote:
Legion wrote:Oh, and speaking of lumpy...

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m85/ ... er/095.jpg
Is that the X-Plus Chess Piece Origins Polystone (whatever that line is called) ?


No, it's the Bandai Museum figure. I actually like it a lot...kind of wanted it and the 62 for a while now. Well, I actually had it, along with the 62, Gorosaurus and the Yog trio but the military lost a few boxes of my stuff when I moved from Alaska to Okinawa. Really pisses me off, I'd really like to get all those figures again some day but they're impossible to find. Oh well.
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Postby eabaker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:47 pm

This fellow currently lives on one of my speakers at work (the Banpresto version stands atop the other speaker).

I don't actually know what company produced this, but I have '62, '64, and '89 figures in the same line, and they're all among my favorites.

Actually, can anybody tell me what line this is?

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Postby king_ghidorah » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:50 pm

That looks really, really good.

You have pics of the other figures?
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Postby canofhumdingers » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:50 pm

I'm loving this thread idea. And I'd say you couldn't choose a more appropriate monster to start things off.

First up for me is a Toygraph Godzilla eating a train and with a sculpt based on the original maquette. He's a custom color scheme made special for Monster's Lab, a kaiju toy shop in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. I bought him on my first (& so far, only) trip to Japan in '08. Ah, memories!

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Up next is another purchase I made at Monster's Lab. It's a candy toy depicting the scene of Godzilla's very first entrance ever, peering over the mountain top. I find it appealing b/c it's based on the hand puppet, something I don't think is very common in the toy world.

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And last but not least, a little superdeformed G'54 holding an F-86 Saberjet!

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