As a lifelong Godzilla fan and collector, the pickings were kind of slim. In the 1970′s, we were treated to a Shogun Warriors Godzilla, which was pretty off-model, an un-articulated PVC that came with a playset, and the Aurora model, which was as articulated (not at all) as most offerings. We were teased by images of kids playing with Godzilla toys in the movies, but that was about it. Then came the glorious 80′s, which brought to market the Bandai Vinyl Collection. These 8" "action" figures were semi-articulated, and offered a wide variety of characters. This line would come to pass as the definitive toyline, which continues to this day in limited 6" releases. The 1980′s also saw the rise of the ultra-detailed Garage kit offerings.
But as time has passed, Bandai offerings have slowed to a trickle. There are fewer and fewer garage kit models, and it’s almost a national holiday when new Godzilla toys eek out on to the market place. Well, along comes Y-MSF and Raymundo Toys. These 6" vinyl figures fit in perfectly with your existing Bandai collection, and are available in very limited numbers at very few outlets, like Tempting Toys and BBTS.
Some of the characters offered are available for the first time ever, like Kumonga (Spiega), the giant spider, which hasn’t been made as a realistic looking toy in over 40 years! The Kong from King Kong Escapes also is a first-time-ever toy! Meca Kong is just cool, and is offered in two versions and two styles; open mouthed without bomb, and closed mouth with bombs. Also, he’s available in metallic-flake vinyl or painted silver, which flavor suits you best. Additionally, Y-MSF has been generous enough to give us an exclusive at their upcoming winter offereings, Oodako the giant Octopus (from King Kong vs godzilla), and the giant sea serpent from King Kong escapes, both available for the first time ever!
One last thing to share with you all, I’ve recently completed a major piece of model work, the Sakai Godzilla Vs. King Gidorah model which was a birthday gift from my wife and mother. I have spent over 200 hours assembling and painting, and I thought I’d share a few images of the finished work for you all. There are only 40 pieces cast in the world, so this very well might be your only chance to ever see one. Enjoy, and let’s talk soon folks!
Captain Collector, signing off!!