Full Review: S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla (2014)

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Godzilla 2014 (tamashii.jp)

Main Features

Name: S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014 (S.H.モンスターアーツ ゴジラ 2014)
Film: “Godzilla (2014)” (GODZILLA ゴジラ)
Figure Type: Action figure
Series(brand): S.H Monster Arts (Bandai)
Material: PVC, ABS
Release Date: September 13, 2014
Height: about 5.9 inches (15 cm)
Length (nose to tail): about 13.4 inches (34 cm)
Width (toe to toe in standing posture): about 3.74 inches ( 9.5 cm)
Figure Weight: 0.617 pounds (280 g)
Availability: OOP, but still easy to get
Specialty: the best Godzilla figure maker/designer Yuji Sakai oversaw the design & coloration.

Model in Movie

This Hollywood version of Godzilla’s appearance is more faithful to the original Toho production’s than those of another Hollywood movie, Godzilla (1998). Unlike Godzilla(1998) which has a skinny body and a big head with large mouth, Godzilla 2014 features the small head and the chunky body which is similar to those of the Heisei Godzillas.

BOX Design/Description

As seen below, there is the pattern of scratches by Godzilla claws on the box’s top and side, and the patterned parts are transparent with showing the figure inside.

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On the main part of back side, there are illustrations of the figure. On the bottom part of it, there is a story about Yuji Sakai and his works.

The sides and the top of the box ↓

Overall Sculpture Design / Faithfulness to Movie

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Check out these distinctive textures over all parts of the body!

Picture below shows the textures of the main body. The pattern looks like the underside of a turtle shell. I love the tint of khaki over the chest and inner side of the forearms.

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And the picture below shows the tail’s texture.

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Dorsal Fins

Dorsal fins are very interesting. Though I have no idea where the creator of this Godzilla got the idea for the fin design, I wonder if he adapted the shape of fish dorsal fins.

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Dorsal fins of Godzilla 2014

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The Face

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Its face somehow reminds me of an alligator!

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And its eyes are very small but detailed so staring them makes me feel like looking at human eyes, like a human is locked in this suit. I imagine a story of, like some SF movies, a human transformed to a monster (in this case, the Kaiju).

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Its teeth have the tint of reddish violet, and to me, it looks like this guy is excited after drinking lot of wine!

Claws

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And its feet looks like a triceratops….

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One more specialty of this Godzilla is this prominent pubis bone which is characteristics of the reptile.

Wow…this Godzilla has many features of real reptiles(or dinosaurs)!

Articulation

Mouth articulation ↓

Pictures below show the maximum bend and the stretch of the neck.

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This Godzilla’s sitting posture is very stable.

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Because of good articulation, like Godzilla 2000 Millennium, you can even pose it with hands touching its face.

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The Tail

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The last segment of the tail is made of the very soft and flexible material, so it makes the tail more natural reptile-like shape.

Tail’s articulation↓

Watch this Youtube video below to see more of the articulation and coloration of this Godzilla.

 

Extra Photos (enjoy!)

Scene 1: ‘Godzilla reading a book’

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 Scene 2: ‘Godzilla climbing a melogold’

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Scene 3: ‘when S.H. Monster Art Godzilla meets X-Plus Godzilla’

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“mom and kid holding hands” (I wish I had a balloon to put in the small Godzilla’s hand)

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