Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past 60 years, you’re most likely familiar with one of Japan’s most recognizable pop culture icons and movie monsters in film history, GODZILLA.
Over the years, Godzilla has faced off against many kaiju adversaries. From King Ghidorah to Mothra, Godzilla has faced many tough opponents. Though none have been quite as tough as the mighty MECHAGODZILLA.
The original Mechagodzilla faced off against the King of the monsters back in 1974 in his premiere movie, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Since then, he has appeared several more times throughout the Godzilla franchise in various incarnations.
Arguably his greatest incarnation is that of his most recent re-introduction into the franchise, MFS-3 Type 3 Kiryu!
This version of Mechagodzilla appeared in the 2002 movies, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. He would then return in the following year’s sequel film, Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S.
Kiryu is, by far, the most badass interpretation of the Mechagodzilla character since his introduction and an easy sell to any tokusatsu or kaiju fan. So it was only a matter of time before it received an equally badass action figure release. The only question is, what line of toys would be able to properly represent this character in plastic? The answer? S.H. MONSTERARTS!!
S.H. Monsterarts in an offshoot line of high-end collectible action figures produced by Bandai and Tamashii Nations. The main line of figures is referred to as S.H. Figuarts.
Bandai produced the S.H. Figuarts toy line in 2008. The toy line’s name is an abbreviation of “simple style and heroic action figure arts.” The toy line was originally intended to create lifelike action figures recreating the tokusatsu heroes known as Kamen Riders, but since then, it has grown to include franchises such as Dragonball Z and One Piece.
In 2011, the toyline premiered its offshoot brand known as S.H. Monsterarts in an attempt to create more lifelike kaiju action figures. The line premiered with Godzilla’s 1993 incarnation, the 1994 Mechagodzilla and Space Godzilla, and a few other notable Godzilla adversaries.
The Kiryu figure is slated to be released in October of this year and will most likely be shown off at NYCC 2013 for its American release. The figure comes with several features common to the Figuarts line. It has a secondary head piece that features a pair of glowing red eyes. It also comes equipped with detachable arm blades and rear jetpack.
The feature I find most interesting is the multi jointed poseable tail, which does not make use of any bendable wire. This could eventually wear and tear away.
As a fan of Mechagodzilla, I am very much looking forward to this release. The only thing holding me back from jumping in head first in the $97 price tag. But that is up to the individual buyer to decide if the toy is worth its price tag. I leave it up to you reader, are you interested?