Monsters All Out Attack
1996/1997 saw Bandai produce toys from the Mothra and Gamera films. While no longer on the big screen, a television show featuring Godzilla aired during 1998. This prompt Bandai into producing Godzilla toys once again. Unfortunately, the toys would be reissues and be rescaled to 6 inches. Despite the show no longer being aired, Bandai continues to produce the 6 inch line and even produces figures never released in the 8 inch scale.
Godzilla returned to the big screen at the end of 1999 for “Godzilla 2000”. Bandai made vinyl toys of the monsters featured in the new movie, yet while these toys were a little larger than Bandai’s previous 6 inch toys, the “Godzilla 2000” figures stayed below the 8 inch scale. With the release of “Godzilla X Megaguirus” the following year, Bandai still produced the vinyl toys under the 8 inch scale. It wasn’t till 2001 that Bandai decided to return the vinyl toys to the standard 8 inch scale.
*Note, for 2002, Bandai began putting the year on the Toho license sticker. This year reflects the year the toy was made, not the year type of the monster itself. Example, the toys and the film “Godzilla 2000” were released in 1999, yet Godzilla’s year type for this film is 2000. Same with the toys and the film “Godzilla X Megaguirus” which was released in 2000, yet the suit type is 2001. As the article continues, keep in mind that when mentioning the Toho license sticker, the year on the sticker reflects the year the toy was made, not the suit type of the monsters itself.
For “Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Giant Monsters All Out Attack” Bandai surprised collectors by returning the toys to the standard 8 inch scale. The reason is unknown, but it’s believed fan pressure and possibly someone at Bandai was that impressed with the monsters in the new film, resulted in the return to the standard scale. Here’s a look at each of the following figures.
Regarded as one of the most controversial Godzilla’s in recent years for its look and destructive stance, Bandai produced a stunning representation of the GMK Godzilla. The tag is folded amd pictures Godzilla 2002 on the front and inside of the tag with information. The Toho gold license sticker pictures the Marvel comics Godzilla and the year 2001.
King Ghidorah 2002
Despite Godzilla returning to the 8 inch scale, King Ghidorah 2002 stands just less than 7 inches. The size difference clearly reflects how the monsters compare to each other in the film, with Godzilla being the bigger monster against its opponents. Yet the Bandai King Ghidorah figure is still a large toy with its 18 inch length and 16 an a half inch wingspan. This figure is the most detailed King Ghidorah figure ever made by Bandai. The tag is the same as above, but pictures King Ghidorah, yet an extra tag was included with safety precaution information.
Bandai produced the most impressive vinyl representation of Mothra to date. With a 14 inch colorful wingspan, long extended legs and a curved backside, Mothra 2002 can easily sit on Godzilla’s back to recreate Mothra’s battle with Godzilla. The tag is the same as above, but pictures Mothra, an extra tag was included with safety precaution information.
The Bandai Baragon 2002 has become a favorite among collectors with Bandai doing a great job recapturing Baragon’s likness from the film. Baragon 2002 stands at just 6 inches and its ears can be moved which can appear to change the kaiju expression. The tag is the same as above, but pictures Baragon, an extra tag was included with safety precaution information.
Bandai produced Theater Exclusive figures of all four monsters. Godzilla in black translucent vinyl with the eyes painted white, King Ghidorah in yellow translucent vinyl with glitter in the vinyl, Mothra in purple translucent vinyl with glitter in the vinyl, and Baragon in red translucent vinyl. The tags, while the same tags were used as the regular standard figures, sport a round Theater Exclusive sticker on each tag with the kaiju name in katakana on its respected tag, the yen/price, and colored differently: Godzilla/ black, King Ghidorah/yellow, Mothra/puple, and Baragon/red. King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Baragon each have the safety precaution tag. The Toho license sticker is the same as the regular standard versions, except King Ghidorah, which has a gold Toho symbol with “Licensed by Toho Co. LTD” printed on the sticker.
Theater Exclusive Godzilla 2002, King Ghidorah 2002, Mothra 2002, & Baragon 2002
Limited show and magazine exclusives of Godzilla and Baragon were produced. A Crystal Translucent Godzilla was released as an event exclusive. The tag, which is the same as the regular version as well as the license sticker, sports a white sticker announcing the toy as an event exclusive.
Baragon was also produced as an event exclusive and is made in Orange Translucent vinyl. The tag, which is the same as the regular version as well as the license sticker except for the year that shows the toy was released in 2002, sports a white/silver sticker announcing the toy as an event exclusive. A separate white sticker placed on the tag shows the figures limited number out of a total of 3,000. The safety precaution tag is also found with the figure.
One of the most popular exclusives is the Hyper Hobby Exclusive Translucent Glitter Godzilla 2002. This toy was a mail order from Hyper Hobby Magazine. The toy appears to be a clear Translucent vinyl with glitter and black coloring injected to the vinyl. The tips of the spines are painted yellowish gold and the claws painted silver. The eyes and teeth are white. The tag is a new single card picturing a black/white Godzilla 2002 and information announcing the toy as a Hyper Hobby exclusive with a release date of the GMK DVD. The Toho license sticker is the same as the regular standard figure except for the year, that shows the toy was released in 2002.
Event Exclusive Crystal Godzilla 2002, Orange Translucent Baragon 2002, & Hobby Exclusive Translucent Glitter Godzilla 2002
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