During Asian Fantasy Film Festival 2002, Bandai representative Yasumasa Kawauchi announced to guests during a panel discussion that there was a 50/50 chance that a six inch Titanosaurus would be included to the Movie Monster Series. Mr. Kawauchi also entertained a suggestion that the new Titanosaurus figure should be paired with a MechaGodzilla 75 figure. By the end of 2002, Bandai collectors finally got what they were wishing for years.
Movie Monster Series Titanosaurus & MechaGodzilla 75
Titanosaurus stands over seven inches, taller than MechaGodzilla 75, matching the two figures perfectly together. Both figures sport newly designed folded tags picturing the respected kaiju with a border that pictures an image of Godzilla 74. The back of the tag has the usual information, while the inside has a catalog picturing the entire Movie Monster Series including figures from GMK and GxMG. Both tags sport a silver Toho license sticker picturing the Marvel comics Godzilla with the year 2002.
Bandai soon released a clear transparent MechaGodzilla 75 as a show exclusive. The tag is the same as the regular version and sports a white sticker with black trim and lettering announcing the toy as a show exclusive. The back of the tag has a new sticker with updated info and barcode placed over the old barcode. The Toho license sticker is the same as above.
Movie Monster Series Clear MechaGodzilla 75
Along with Titanosaurus and MechaGodzilla 75, Bandai reissued Fire Rodan & G-Force Mogera to the Movie Monster Series. Fire Rodan has an improved paint job fashioned after the Forever Series Fire Rodan minus the veins on its wings. Mogera’s paint job is also improved with metallic colors. Here’s how the Movie Monster Series Fire Rodan and G-Force Mogera compare with their counterparts from the Toho Kaiju Series.
Toho Kaiju Series & Movie Monster Series Fire Rodan
Toho Kaiju Series & Movie Monster Series G-Force Mogera
The tags for the Movie Monster Series Fire Rodan and G-Force Mogera are the same mentioned above except for the respected kaiju pictured and the border pictures an image of the Heisei Godzilla. Fire Rodan sports the extra white safety precaution tag, G-Force Mogera does not. The Toho license sticker is the same mentioned above.
2002 also saw Bandai rescale the standard Godzilla Junior to the Movie Monster Series. Godzilla Junior sports improved painted highlights. The tag is the same mentioned above, except pictures the respected kaiju. The Toho license sticker is also the same and Godzilla Junior has the extra white safety precaution tag.
Movie Monster Series Godzilla Junior
2003 saw Bandai produce one of its most anticipated vinyl figures ever for their Movie Monster Series, Godzilla 74. It had been rumored for years that Toho was never proud of the 70’s version of Godzilla and would never allow Bandai to produce any of the 70’s Godzilla’s. Not only did Bandai manage to release Godzilla 74, but made a very accurate and detailed vinyl figure. Bandai also re-released King Seesar for the third time from the previous Godzilla Island/Toho Kaiju line, but this time with an improved paint job with metallic highlights when compared to the Toho Kaiju Series King Seesar.
Movie Monster Series Godzilla 74 & King Seesar
Toho Kaiju Series & Movie Monster Series King Seesar
Movie Monster Series Godzilla 74 quickly sold out in Japan which made it difficult for some American dealers to obtain large quantities. It is also believed Movie Monster Series King Seesar was produced in lower quantities.
Tags for both new figures are the same format mentioned above, except that the respected kaiju is pictured and the image of Godzilla 74 is on the border of both tags. The Toho license sticker is the same as above, but sports the year 2003 on the bottom. No white safety precaution tags were included with these figures.
Possibly the most controversial six inch figures Bandai produced were its Glitter, Meltdown, and Melting Godzilla sold as exclusive figures by the Bandai Museum. Fashioned after the Forever Glitter and Meltdown Godzilla, as well as the Theater Exclusive Melting Godzilla, these figures pass more as Chinese knock offs than actual Bandai releases. The price for these figures was also much higher with American dealers asking higher than $100 for a set.
Bandai Museum Glitter Godzilla, Meltdown Godzilla, & Melting Godzilla
The tags for these figures are just as controversial. White cards are used with stickers placed on the front and the back. The front announces the toys as a Bandai Museum Exclusive, while the back has the usual information. The Toho license sticker is gold and pictures the Marvel comics Godzilla with the year 2003. At the moment, these are the only Bandai figures released as exclusives for the Bandai Museum.
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