S.H. MonsterArts Retrospective 2011-2012

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2012 was a very busy year for all of us what with work and our incessant procrastination over the coming of the Mayan Apocalypse!!! All kidding aside, this past year has been a great year for action figure collecting and in particular for fans and collectors of the SH MonsterArts toy line.  The SH MonsterArts toy line is one that prides itself in providing excellent sculpted, painted and articulated figures at a reasonable price.  Since its inception, the toy line has been fairly well received by collectors and fans.  So what happened during the last year and a half?  What made 2012 a particularly good year?  Which figures were a hit or a miss?  What can we look forward to in 2013?  Hit the jump to find out!

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S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla (1995) Review

DSC06902It’s been an incredible year for the SH MonsterArts toy line. Bandai and Tamashi Nations have truly outdone themselves with seven quality releases in 2012. Godzilla (1995) or what fans and collectors call Burning Godzilla is the last figure to be widely released in the SH MonsterArts toy line in 2012. SH MonsterArts Godzilla (1995) depicts the Heisei Godzilla in its last stage of life, making its first and only appearance in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destroyah. The movie features an enraged Godzilla that’s burning up from the inside out due to the creature’s over consumption of nuclear material, a result of Birth Island’s (home of Little Godzilla) radioactive composition and subsequent annihilation due to volcanic eruption. Apparently just like a nuclear reactor, if Godzilla consumes too much radioactive material/energy it causes his body to overheat and degenerate. Thus, Godzilla (1995), an immensely volatile, steaming hot, and extremely powerful monster was born. The Godzilla (1995) or Burning Godzilla design as it is known amongst fans is an amazingly popular suit design for Godzilla. Over the years, numerous figures have been released on the market to cash-in on this extremely popular Godzilla design.

With this new SH MonsterArts Godzilla (1995) figure, Bandai/Tamashi Nations is out to get your money again, releasing this monstrosity in the month of December, probably intent on capitalizing on grabbing the attention of Christmas shoppers. So is this burning version of Godzilla something that you might want to add to your collection?

Hit the jump to answer this burning question for yourself!

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S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla (Comic-Con Explosion) Review

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San Diego Comic Con is known the world over as a festive celebration of everything geeky from comic books, to anime, videogames and sci-fi/fantasy movies. The event takes place every summer in San Diego, California and is the premiere event of its kind in North America, and perhaps the world. Every year the largest players in the film, videogame, and animation/comic book industry present sneak peeks of upcoming projects and products currently in development. As such, the event also plays host to the toy and collectible action figure industry as Hasbro, NECA, Sideshow Collectibles, Bandai and others usually have very elaborate displays set up on the convention floor. The summer of 2012 was a big year for Godzilla not only because of the official announcement of the new Legendary Pictures Godzilla movie, but also due to the North American release of Bandai/Tamashi Nation’s SH MonsterArts toy line. To celebrate and promote the release of the MonsterArts toy line Blue Fin USA, North American distributor of the SH MonsterArts toy line, decided to have Bandai/Tamashi Nations produce an exclusive figure for the event. Thus, the SDCC Comic Con Godzilla or officially called the SH MonsterArts Godzilla (Comic-Con Explosion) figure was born. Once sold only at this past summer’s San Diego Comic Con event, this figure is now widely available on Amazon.com and other US based online retailers. I got my own copy of the figure courtesy of our webmaster here at Gforever.net, Hesei. I’d like to thank Hesei for his gracious gesture, providing me with this figure to review and add to my collection. So is this figure worthy of being labeled as an exclusive? Is it a worthy addition to your own personal collection?

Lets find out together shall we?

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S.H. MonsterArts Little Godzilla Review

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Hello everyone!  I’m back with another figure review detailing SH MonsterArts Little Godzilla.  Originally released as an web exclusive that could only be obtained by placing an order on the Bandai/Tamashi website, Little Godzilla has been made more widely available thanks to Blue Fin USA’s negotiations with Bandai to have extra figures produced and distributed in North America.  Like SH MonsterArts SpaceGodzilla I had little intention of getting Little Godzilla, as I never liked the monster design for the little tike.  In fact, I’ve held and still do hold a perception that Little Godzilla is a monster that should have never been created and used in the 1994 Heisei film Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla.  Ballooning to a monstrous 30 metres in height, Little Godzilla is the older and much cuter version of Baby Godzilla, the hatchling Godzillasaurus seen in the 1993 film Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla.  Little Godzilla’s appearance just never made sense in the Heisei era, especially when compared to the other more realistic monsters including Biollante, King Ghidorah and Destroyah.  It’s a monster that would probably feel more at home being included in a Saturday morning pre-school tv show.  Personal grudges aside, for the sake of  completing the SH MonsterArts reviews I’ve been doing for Gforever.net I got myself a copy of this little bugger from the website Toy Arena.com.  

So is Little Godzilla worth your attention, time and money?  Or is it an over expensive and underwhelming set to add to your personal collection?  Lets find out together shall we?

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S.H. MonsterArts SpaceGodzilla Review

DSC05618Hey guys!  I’m back again after a few weeks with a new review this time with SH MonsterArts Space Godzilla.  It’s odd that I never got this guy until now, considering that this figure is not a recent release at all.  In fact I believe it was released in late March of 2012.  I just never got around to adding Space Godzilla to my collection due to my lack of interest with the monster design. 

SpaceGodzilla hails from the 1994 movie Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla.  As a Godzilla fan I was never too fond of the movie myself. The human characters featured in the movie were definitely among the weakest ever seen on screen in Godzilla’s then 40 year history. 

 To make matters worse, I thought the monster battles were definitely underwhelming as well due to subpar special effects.  While in theory SpaceGodzilla makes for a really cool doppelganger of an opponent for Godzilla, I just couldn’t wash away the bad memories after watching the movie.  Personal grudges aside, the SH MonsterArts SpaceGodzilla figure looks to be an amazing piece of work.  It has garnered high praise from many collectors, hailed as the best figure in the entire SH MonsterArts toyline.  So is the figure worth your money?  Is it able to convert this reviewer into a SpaceGodzilla fan? Read on to find out!

 

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Figma Giant Warrior Review

DSC05179Sachiel here with another comprehensive review, this time featuring the Figma Giant Warrior.  Okay...so I guess you must be wondering what is this ugly thing and what does it have to do with Godzilla?  Well to put it flatly it doesn’t have anything to do with Godzilla.  It does however, have a lot to do with the Japanese special effects industry, termed Tokusatsu, the same type of special effects that you see in Godzilla movies and other Japanese giant monster movies.  This figure was made to be sold at the Tokusatsu Exhibition that was held in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo this past summer and early fall.  A specially made short film dreamed up by Hideaki Anno (of Evangelion fame), entitled “Giant Warrior Descends on Tokyo” was also made to be screened at the museum exhibition.  The short film itself was actually a homage to the God Soldier monster featured in Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa Valley of the Wind manga and film. 

 Figma Giant Warrior is an action figure rendition of the redesigned God Soldier depicted in the short film.  Instantly popular with exhibition attendees, the figure sold out within the first few weeks of the exhibition.  Luckily I got myself a copy through a very handy Japanese source I have.  Is this figure worthy of adding to your collection?  Hit the jump to find out!

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Kaiyodo Gashapon Giant Warrior Review

DSC04823Hi there.  Sachiel here back this time with a figure review that will cover a slightly different subject matter than the usual action figures I examine.  This time we’ll be taking a look at special mini figures that were sold at the recent Tokusatsu Exhibition in Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  The mini figures are sold in little Gashapon-style machines that accept loose change.  Sold for 700 yen each, these mini figures pack an incredible amount of detail.  Now I know what you might be thinking.  What the heck is a Giant Warrior?  Should I care?  Are these worth the effort to obtain?  Read on to find the answer.

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Tokusatsu Museum Exhibit Artbooks

DSC04826This review is a special one that focuses not on action figures but on books. The books in question are artbooks and also double as guidebooks to Hideaki Anno’s Special Effects Exhibition held in Tokyo this past summer. Usually sold at the event itself, I managed to obtain these books through a seller on Ebay a few weeks ago. Both books celebrate Japanese Tokusatsu special effects by showcasing the techniques and movie artifacts of the past that played such a integral role in bringing to life the Japanese monster movies of yesterday. At the helm of the short film project and museum exhibit is Hideaki Anno. Anno is by trade an animator and has worked on some of Japan’s most influential anime series, including Nadia Secret of Blue Water and the now famous Neon Genesis Evangelion tv series. At the moment he continues to work the Evangelion film series reboot, Rebuild of Evangelion, which by all accounts is actually infinitely more popular than anything Godzilla in Japan right now. Why are these books worth owning? Read on to find out!

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S.H. MonsterArts: Fire Rodan Review (Part 2)

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Sachiel here with Part 2 of this highly anticipated Fire Rodan set review.  As I may have mentioned earlier Part 2 of this review will be covering the Godzilla and Mechagodzilla accessories that came with the figure.  The accessories being the extra Mechagodzilla head, Spiral heat beam and the plastic stands included in the set.  This particular review places less emphasis on talking about the accessories and more on the photos I took using the accessories that came with SH MonsterArts Fire Rodan.  I took this opportunity to take as many photos as I could and explored the possibilities available for display and play with the accessories included.  This article will also briefly touch upon a few aspects of the Fire Rodan figure that I didn’t cover before in Part 1.  So were these accessories worthy of including in the set?  Do they drastically improve the play/display value of your SH MonsterArts collection?  Read on to find out!

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S.H. MonsterArts Garuda and Effects Review

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Sachiel here with another detailed SH MonsterArts review.  This time its going to cover the Garuda and effects part set in my collection.  For the uninitiated, Garuda hails from the Heisei Godzilla film, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II.  This set was a special Bandai web exclusive that was reportedly only made to order for fans who placed pre-orders on the Tamashi Nation website.  In any case I got my set from Tokyo Hunter, a proxy website that hunts down web exclusives for you.  I got the set for a decent price at about $40.00.  The set due to its rarity is now selling for much much more.  Is it worth it?  Read on to find out!

 

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X-Plus 30cm & 25CM: Minya 1968 Review

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Minya or Minilla is one of those beloved characters for kids but as an adult, you may find him just silly looking and goofy. At any rate, Minya doesn't get too much attention in the toy world but more so than others like his bully Gabara. Seriously, when was the last Gabara figure released, Y-MSF? For those Minya loves, X-Plus does Minya justice in both the 30cm and 25cm form.

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X-Plus 25cm: Anguirus 1968 Review

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The 25cm Anguirus 1968 is the fourth Anguirus in X-Plus' Garage Toy line. X-Plus, is a company where you have a love / hate relationship. In one view, you love how they keep producting high quality figures but at the same time they put a big dent in your wallet. They slap you in the face again with the "internet exclusive" bonus items making it difficult and forcing completist collectors to shell out even more for a middle man. If that doesn't boil your blood, they release the same kaiju in a different scale. Anguirus is a perfect example of this where there's already an amazing 30cm figure but they produce another in the 25cm form.

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