Sachiel here with another comprehensive review, this time featuring the highly anticipated SH MonsterArts King Ghidorah. This version of King Ghidorah hails from the 1991 film Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. As a Heisei redesign of King Ghidorah, the monster has a decidedly more menacing and serpentine look to it than its Showa counterpart. SH MonsterArts Ghidorah is a physically large figure, actually being the largest to appear in the MonsterArts toyline to date. This being King Ghidorah, the figure has seen an incredible amount of attention every since it was first revealed in early 2012. The figure was officially released at major retailers in Japan and online on September 29th, 2012. Selling at a suggested retail price of 10,290 yen, this figure, in addition to being the largest in the SH MonsterArts toyline is also the most expensive. Online retailers have as usual been able to mark down the price to anywhere between 7500 and 8500 yen. However, for those who live overseas like myself, shipping cost us an arm and leg usually requiring $50 extra.
After only about two weeks, this release, like the Fire Rodan release before it has been getting mixed reviews from other collectors and casual G-fans alike. Reports of quality control issues from North American collectors have put a damper on Ghidorah’s highly anticipated arrival. I ordered my copy of King Ghidorah from Ami Ami, arriving at my post office in just 4 days. Since then I’ve had a chance to play around with my figure, putting it through a 3 day long photo shoot. During shoot I’ve had a chance to explore the articulation and possible QC issues present on the figure. Did my figure have the issues that many other collectors have voiced? Does the figure live up to the hype and extremely high expectations of collectors and fans? Is the figure worth your money? Read on to find out!