A long awaited “What’s good, everyone” to you all! It’s Joshua Evo once again, and I’m back with a pretty huge review. Before you all fret TOO much, I must quickly point out that it’s not necessarily the length of the review that’s “huge”, but rather the subject in question. As you all know, I’m an avid collector of ALL things Godzilla with a particular emphasis on the figures put out by Japanese company X-Plus. If you remember back to my X-Plus 2003 30cm scale Godzilla review, you’ll know that these figures are incredibly detailed, highly collectible and a little on the pricey side. A few months ago, X-Plus deviated from their usual 25cm and 30cm scale figures and branched into what they called the “Gigantic” series. These figures were usually based on existing but rare model kits, eschewed the tradition of being movie suit accurate for more stylized poses and are some of the largest collectibles ever produced. The first of this series, the 2001 Gigantic Godzilla stood at an impressive 39cm tall and dwarfed many of the other figures in scale, price and detail. As impressive as this figure was, we had NO idea what was coming from this particular line… and I sure as hell didn’t until he showed up on my doorstep as a wedding present. Today’s review is on the 1995 Gigantic “Burning” Godzilla by X-Plus.
OK I know what you may be thinking: “Why the hell is this figure so big, and what’s with the Kaiju Pox he seems to have?” This particular design of the King of the Monsters was the star of the 1995 Heisei era film, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. In this outing, Godzilla has contracted some sort of infection that has not only given him a gnarly case of radioactive eczema, but that is causing his heart to meltdown, like a giant nuclear reactor… a fact that he is pretty pissed off about, as the movie immediately opens with him trashing Hong Kong. On top of that, a species of Pre-Cambrian creature loosed and strengthened by the Oxygen Destroyer weapon that dispatched of the first Godzilla back in 1954 is causing havoc in Japan and naturally, giving the military a generally hard time. These creatures aggregate and become one larger creature known as Destoroyah. The newly spawned big bad enters into battle with Godzilla Junior, who actually takes the win, until Destoroyah assumes its final form to arise again and kill the young Godzilla. Obviously, Dadzilla shows up and does his best to resuscitate his fallen son, to no avail. As his final act before becoming a walking Chernobyl, Papa attempts to take down Destoroyah while the military hits him AND his enemy with freezing weapons in an attempt to stop the ensuing explosion from Godzilla’s now inevitable death from consuming the planet in a fiery nuclear holocaust that will stop cold all life as we know it. All the parties are successful in their respective endeavors, as the world is spared from total annihilation (even though Tokyo is reduced to a total ghost town), Destoroyah is vanquished, and the radioactivity spread from Godzilla Sr.’s demise is absorbed by his comatose son, who rises as a newly born adult Godzilla.
So, long story short, this rendition of Godzilla looks the way he does because he’s melting down, and the glowing skin is symptomatic of that. The original model kit this figure is based on was fitted with LEDs that allowed it to glow and generally look awesome, but this is not present in the X-Plus version. However, light travels just as well through any of the orange parts and they just seem to illuminate on their own. Every inch of this figure is painstakingly detailed and textured, from the raging, almost pained expression on his face and the incredible sculpting of the inside of the mouth and teeth, right down to the roughness on the ends of the dorsal spines.
Seams and joins are almost invisible on this figure, save for the one where the tail attaches and even that is pretty tough to spot unless you’re either looking for it or put it together yourself. Other collectors have reported that there are two different tail base types, one of which is has been notorious for popping out of the figure while it stands at rest, but this appears to be fairly rare.
As previously stated, the Gigantic line of figures trades out the standard X-Plus standard of stepped-out-of-the-movie-suit-accurate for more heavily stylized sculpts and poses. The 2001 Gigantic had a more heavily hunched forward, dynamic pose and leaner proportions than did the 30cm or 25cm sculpts. The 1995 figure is no different in this regard. While the overall body type is more characteristic of the Heisei era, the Gigantic figure has a much bulkier midsection and chunkier “thunder” thighs. It gives the impression of being very heavy set, and makes the head and neck appear smaller in comparison. Fortunately, as the Gigantic figures are more for show than accuracy, these design decisions do little to subtract from the sheer jaw-dropping size of and amount of detail.
The Ric-Boy edition of this figure comes with a small prop figure of the Oxygen Destroyer weapon that was Godzilla demise in 1954. Since the standard version of this figure ran in to the high $450+ range on its release and likely much more on the secondary market as X-Plus figures often do (and the fact that I got this figure from friends as a wedding present) I’m only able to speculate on how awesome the Oxygen Destroyer prop looks. When standing next to the first Gigantic Godzilla in the series, the 2001 Godzilla from Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, the Gigantic Burning Godzilla looks even more impressive. The Gigantic ’01 stands at an impressive 39cm, while the Gigantic ’95 towers over it at a staggering 47cm. That’s a LOT of vinyl.
If you’re an existing X-Plus collector, I definitely recommend this figure as an addition to your collection. Its impressive size and staggering detail make it a must have for any collector. If you’re just a casual fan who’s into Godzilla, this one may a ways out of your price range, but if you can manage to get your hands on it, even if it ends up being the only figure you can afford for a long while, I still say you should jump at the chance to grab this figure. The King of the Monsters never looked so regal OR monstrous before.
— Evo out.