Revenge of Iris
Daiei Studios completed the Gamera trilogy in 1999 with "G3, Gamera vs. Iris". In a shocking and disappointing move for collectors, Bandai decided to scale down the new toys featured in the film to 6 inches. Designed the same matter as the Godzilla Island and later Toho Kaiju Series, the tags of each figure would also be numbered. Gamera 99 No.1, Hyper Gyaos No. 2, and Irys No. 3. The tags are folded and picture the respected kaiju in the front and the Gamera 99 logo inside with information. The Daiei license stickers is still the same with color being light orange for all three.
Bandai released a Theater Exclusive Gamera 99 done in green translucent vinyl with the right arm in orange translucent vinyl. This represented Gamera with its "Burning Fist" during the climatic battle with Iris. The tag and license sticker is the same as above, but with a large gold Theater Exclusive sticker on the back of the tag.
Gamera 99, Theater Exclusive Burning Fist Gamera 99, Iris, & Hyper Gyaos
Bandai continued the DX Gamera series with the DX Missile Firing Gamera 99.
DX Missile Firing Gamera 99
Released in a box picturing the actual toy, the DX Missile Firing Gamera 99 can fire plastic plasma fireball missiles from its mouth by placing a missile in the mouth of the figure and pressing a button on the shell to fire the missile. The arms move forward when pressing the button as well. The figure can also be transformed to its flying stage.
DX Missile Firing Gamera 99 (flying stage)
By removing the arms and legs and inserting the arm/wings and adjusting the tail, the figure is easily transformed to its flying stage and still able to fire missiles. The figure is also in the six inch scale and fits nicely with the other six inch Gamera figures. This is the only DX Gamera figure that doesn't feature any electronics.
Bandai released its last Large Scale figure in 1999. The Large Scale Gamera 99 stands a staggering 21 and a half inches and has no articulation. The Bandai Large Scale Gamera 99 comes in a giant size box that pictures the toy itself.
Large Scale Gamera 99
1999 also saw Bandai release the Gamera Memorial Box set. The box includes 7 classic vinyl figures of Gamera and his first 6 opponents. All figures are done in soft vinyl. The box pictures the original 65' poster and the toys have tags attached. Here's a look at each figure:
Gamera: A new mold was made, this time, representing the original 65 Gamera. The tag pictures the original 65' poster and is numbered 4 in back of the card to reflect the number system used for the Gamera 99 toys. No license sticker is found on any of the tags since the license sticker is placed on the box.
Barugon: Appears to be the same mold used for the original Bandai figure, yet lacks the color and the highlights. The tag pictures the poster of "Gamera vs. Barugon" and is numberd 5.
Gyaos: Appears to be the same mold used for the original Bandai figure, but done in blue vinyl. The tag pictures the poster of "Gamera vs. Gyaos" and is numbered 6.
Viras: Appears to be the same mold used for the original Bandai figure, but done in light blue vinyl. The tag pictures the poster of "Gamera vs. Viras" and is numbered 7.
Guiron: Appears to be the same mold used for the original Bandai figure and closely resembles the original toy as far a vinyl color and paint. The tag pictures the poster of "Gamera vs. Guiron" and is numbered 8.
Jiger: Appears to be the same mold used for the original Bandai figure. The tag pictures the poster of "Gamera vs. Jiger" and is numbered 9.
Zigra: A new mold is made of Zigra, this time giving the kaiju feet and curving the arms/fins. The tag pictures the poster of "Gamera vs. Zigra" and is numbered 10.
Memorial Box Gamera 65, Barugon, Gyaos, Viras, Guiron, Jiger, and Zigra
The year 2000 saw the first ever Bandai United States show exclusive and it wasn’t a Godzilla figure. Asian Fantasy Film Expo held on June 30, 2000 presented a show exclusive Crystal Bandai Gamera 99. The tag is the same as the standard version, but has the show exclusive sticker placed inside of the tag. It should be noted that collectors have attempt to dye this figure in various colors. The AFFE Crystal Gamera 99 is the only all clear translucent figure Bandai has ever produced.
Bandai released Gamera 99 once more as a reissue for its Movie Monster Series. The paint job is different with deeper gold highlights on the chest and dark green for the shell opposite the light green used for the shell of the first issue. The tag has a new picture of Gamera 99 on the front and inside of the tag with information. The Daiei license sticker is the same and colored light orange.
AFFE Crystal Gamera 99 & Movie Monster Series Gamera 99
There are no known Bootlegs of any of the standard Bandai Gamera figures. Bandai has never produced a standard silver Space Gyaos. There is a bootleg of what appears to be a Crystal Gamera 99 with its eyes painted. Keep in mind that any crystal or translucent color variants of the 6inch Gamera 99 are either bootlegs or a dye job done on an AFFE Crystal Gamera 99. Only the figures listed above are actual license vinyl figures.
It is heavily rumored that Daiei Studios is planning to bring Gamera back for a fourth movie. It is unlikely that Bandai will produce more Gamera vinyl figures until a new movie is made. It is also unlikely that Bandai will produce any of the older Gamera suit variations. But anything is possible.
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