Bandai Forever Series Glitter Godzilla
What is it about the Bandai Forever Series Glitter Godzilla that commands such a high demand? The figure is only the 1995 mold in black vinyl with glitter sprinkled on it. Heck, even the glitter comes off. Bandai has improved this process by injecting the glitter into the vinyl. Yet, none of those figures command the $400 and up asking price for the Glitter Godzilla. Despite the poor economy and Bandai prices dropping, the Bandai Forever Series Glitter Godzilla has been unaffected and still commands top price.
While the Forever Series was not the first time Bandai reissued their figures, this was the first time they did a repaint of figures that were considered improvements over the previous released figures. The Forever Series was also limited. When released back in 1996, you needed to go through established dealers like Showcase Collectables to get this set. Remember, there was no eBay back then. If you had no contact with these dealers, there was a good chance you didn't know this set was released.
Word did spread quick about the Glitter Godzilla upon the release of the Forever Series. Consider "cheaply made", the glitter comes off on your hands and the white fins. Proper title is actually the "Resurrected Godzilla" representing the key scene from "Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 93" when Godzilla absorbs Fire Rodan. But since the Glitter is so obvious on the figure, collectors tend to refer to the figure as the "Glitter Godzilla". It was considered the most "unattractive figure" of the set.
I was also influenced by the "word of mouth" on the Glitter Godzilla and avoided the figure as well. Back in the mid/late ninties, pictures didn't circulate on figures like they do now on the internet, so opinions couldn't be formed back then, like we all are fond of doing now. I only had one collectors show I was able to go to back then and that was the Shrine Show and it was held monthly. While I was able to see several Bandai figures at that show, I never saw the Forever Series.
In early 1998, the Shrine had special guests promoting the upcoming Tristar "Godzilla" film. this was a big show for Godzilla collectors, because there would be a great chance dealers will stock plenty of Godzilla toys. My friend James Bond of Radioactive Toys was a regular dealer at the show and had plenty of Godzilla toys, but not as many as his partner Greg Cordaro from Xian Toys, coming out from New York just to sell at this show. The most stand out figure he had was the Bandai Big Scale Godzilla, which was the first time I had ever seen one. I don't remember the price, in fact, I think it was already sold and Greg was just holding it. The second figure that caught my attention was the Bandai Forever Glitter Godzilla. This was the first time I actually seen the Glitter Godzilla and I wanted it. Despite the criticism, I thought the Glitter Godzilla looked really cool and it had become such a unique figure, I really wanted to add it to my collection. Greg wanted $200 for the Glitter Godzilla, making this figure the most I had ever paid for a Godzilla figure. I actually had to think about it, but ended up making the right decision and bought the figure.
It was like buying stock. The Bandai Forever Glitter Godzilla skyrocked and became one of the most high demand Bandai figures ever. Me and Greg would meet again every year at G-Fest and, surprisingly at G-Fest 2000 just two years after the Shrine show, Greg offered me $500 to sell back to him my Glitter Godzilla. A tempting offer I had to refuse. I considered myself lucky I spent what I did on the Glitter Godzilla and learned not to always go by the opinions of others when buying these figures. Collecting habits are all different and if you want something bad enough, get it despite the "word of mouth".