Full Review: Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

FIGURE SPECS

ギガンティックシリーズ
「ゴジラ(1962)」

JAPAN ORIGINAL RELEASE: July 2016

SERIES: Gigantic Series

MATERIAL: VINYL

FROM: “King Kong vs. Godzilla” (1962)
キングコング対ゴジラ

HEIGHT (HEAD): 18 INCHES / 45.7 CM

WIDTH: (toe to toe) 16 INCHES / 40.6 CM

WIDTH: (toe to tail) 25 INCHES / 63.5 CM

LENGTH: (toe to CURVE IN tail) 17 INCHES / 43 CM

FIGURE WEIGHT: 6 lbs, 14 OZ / 3118.45 G

REVIEW AND PHOTOS: © JOHN STANOWSKI

GODZILLA: TM & © TOHO CO.,LTD.

X-Plus had tackled fan favorite Godzilla 1962 twice before (in the modern post 2008 series) in both the Large Monster Series and the Toho 30cm Series. The third time is a (big) charm with this latest release. The X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962, ギガンティックシリーズ 「ゴジラ(1962)」 was announced in April 2016 and then released three months later in July.

This vinyl is movie-accurate in both sculpt and paint applications. The result is one helluva King Kong vs. Godzilla collectible. Dare I say that it’s ‘the ultimate’ Godzilla 1962 collectible?

It’s about 18 inches tall and has quite a bit of heft to it at almost 7 pounds. Truly Gigantic.

There was a Ric Boy Exclusive Version which came with translucent dorsal fins tinted blue to recreate the look when Goji fired his atomic breath. A Standard Version with standard painted fins was available in stores. This review focuses on the Standard Version but there are plenty of Ric photos in the Collectors Gallery following this review.

This figure is the fourth entry in the Gigantic Series.

THE BOX

The box for the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus.
The foam packaging inside.
Inside the foam packaging.

This monster of a figure comes in a monster of a box. It’s length and width are 19 inches and 20 inches. It’s 22 inches high. Needless to say, shipping for this figure will be on the high side; even when shipped domestically.

The main body is well secured and protected, sandwiched between two foam pieces. The tail, which you must attach, is nestled in a cavity on the outside of the top foam piece.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

The butt for the tail connection.
The tail flange.

To add the tail, you’ll need to warm up the butt of the figure with a hairdryer. And don’t be stingy, this thick vinyl is going to need some persuading before getting soft enough to accept the tail flange. Do NOT heat the tail. You’ll want that flange (suction cup) to be stiff and sturdy when attaching.

But, before you do that, carefully inspect the tail. Unlike most X-Plus figures, the tail is sealed off and totally enclosed. Some figures which have been shipped overseas on airplanes have run into air pressure situations causing the tail to collapse slightly. I’ve heard of collectors simply drilling a hole into the tail to let air in. You’d do this right in the center of the flat plane inside the “suction cup”. And then the tail is heated and coaxed back into its original shape.

SCULPT

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus.

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus. 18 inches tall and comes in at almost 7 pounds.

It’s the second figure in the Gigantic Series which is not stylized. And the first figure if you’re only counting un-stylized designs which were actually used in a Godzilla film.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure (Rear View) by X-Plus.

It’s attempt to be movie-accurate is very, very welcome in my book. Stylized sculpts can be quite exciting and dynamic. The Gigantic GMK and Burning Godzilla certainly are that. But, to me, nothing beats the “real thing”.

This figure is faithful to the movie and really, really well done.

Close-up of the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 head sculpt.

Godzilla’s unique head design is captured perfectly in this sculpt. Since it’s larger than your typical X-Plus head sculpt, there plenty of room for more detail, which you do get.

A really nice touch are the eyes. You may not notice this at first glance, but the whites of the eyes are actually recessed into the sculpt. The actual eye surface is clear plastic with large, black pupils painted onto it (from the inside I think.) Upon close-up inspection, this gives them a nice sense of depth.

As usual with all high-quality X-Plus figures, each tooth is individually sculpted.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 head sculpt from multiple angles.

The head sculpt looks fantastic from all angles. And quite a feat considering the head changes shape depending on which direction you look at it from. The goofy “bullfrog” head-on look is captured perfectly.

I do actually think the side view needs work though if you’re looking to be totally accurate. The top of the head could be a bit flatter. I think the much maligned Large Monster Series sculpt actually does a better job of getting it right. But, I’m not complaining. The Gigantic does it well enough. And it looks freaking awesome. I don’t see how you could not just love this thing.

This vinyl is movie-accurate in both sculpt and paint applications. The result is one helluva King Kong vs. Godzilla collectible. Dare I say that it’s ‘the ultimate’ Godzilla 1962 collectible?

Close-up of the chest sculpt.

As with all figures in X-Plus’ Gigantic Series, you get the opportunity to get grand with texture.

Godzilla’s classic tree bark skin is very detailed and deep. And the shadows which its peaks give off when lit from the side add even more visual interest.

The terrain on the chest is flatter, yet still packed with tiny detail.

Another sign that you’ve got a high-quality vinyl is individually sculpted fingers which this guy has 8 of! I could be wrong about this, but I was under the impression that the suit didn’t actually have separate fingers but was, instead, made sort of like mittens. If so, the separate fingers here are a liberty taken by the sculptor. But it’s one I can live with. Sorry if I’m wrong about this. Just thought I should mention it. If anyone out there can confirm this, could you please let me know?

Also, Godzilla 1962 is often seen with rogue pinky fingers hanging lower than the rest of his digits. That detail isn’t present on this figure. Again: not complaining. I always thought that looked weird anyway.

KaijuAddicts-Gigantic-Godzilla-1962-Fins

I don’t know what to say about the gigantic dorsal fins that you could not glean for yourself with the photo above. They’re huge and packed with an awesome, rough texture.

POSE

The pose of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 is a tad more dynamic than most. The monster is hunching forward on to one side with his tail curled around his right flank.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 - Pose Angle 1.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 - Pose Angle 2.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 - Pose Angle 3.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 - Pose Angle 4.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 - Pose Angle 5.

Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 - Pose Angle 6.

There are so many different angles you could use to display this figure and it will look good in all of them. And since the tail is not reaching straight back, it’s not putting any restrictions on which direction you have him face.

And what’s great about this is, every month or so you could give it a slight tweak in rotation to make him almost seem like a new figure.

The one downside to this pose, though, is the illusion of a curly pig tail look you get when looking at his right side.

JOINTS & SEAMS

There are no moveable joints on this figure. The tail joint is the only one not glued and you will see it only when put the tail on for the first time. After that, the seam vanishes in a grooved ring in the tail sculpt.

You can find seams on the figure if you really want to. But the thing is, you’d have to look for them. None of them stand out well enough that I feel the urge to even mention them.

I think this one is damn near seamless!

PAINT JOB

There usually isn’t that much to discuss when it comes to the paint apps on most of the Godzilla vinyls made by X-Plus.

He’s usually an off-asphalt black. Is it truly a reserved, off-black? Not to dark and toyish? Yes. Are the whites on the dorsal fins dirty and not overly, toyishly stark? Yes. Are these whites feathered well into the blacks of the fins. Yes. It looks fantastic!

Now on to KingGoji-specific painting details:

The claws — always a tricky area for a ’62 collectible. The feathering here usually looks like sloppy work, with no real boundary between claw and finger. Thing is, that’s how it was on the suit.

The teeth are a reserved off-white. His near-lipstick gums are an equally well-reserved brick red. I’ve already mentioned the work on the eyes. The pupils are painted on the inside of clear plastic shells allowing off white white’s, painted inside, to show through.

There are dusty, light highlights expertly applied to the folds over the knees and touches of brick red here and there on the chest. I don’t know if they belong there, but they do add a nice touch.

Overall, fantastic paint decisions and expert execution.

Godzilla’s classic tree bark skin texture very detailed and deep. And the shadows which its peaks give off when lit from the side add even more visual interest.

SIZE

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 is about 18 inches tall and its width from its left foot to the tip of its sideways tail is a whopping 25 inches!

It’s probably the largest figure which X-Plus has put out so far. It’s closest competition is the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995. The two are about the same height and the GBG is definitely longer with its straight tail. But the ’62 seems to have it beat when it comes to mass. It just has a bit more “presence”.

FOOTPRINT / ON THE SHELF

Top View.

Clearing a spot in your collection for this huge figure to stand will be tricky as it is with all Gigantic Series figures. It’s just huge. Here are some numbers to help you plan:

The figure is about 18 inches tall. Its “front” is at its widest at the feet which are 16 inches apart from outer toe to outer toe.

The tail makes a hard turn to the figure’s right side which means you can place it closer to the wall. You’ll need 17 inches of shelf depth from the front of the toes back.

Though that tail bend is saving you space in the back, it’s taking up room on the side. The figure is 25 inches from its outer left toe to the tip of the tail on the side!

As I mentioned in the Pose section, the curved tail gives you more options when it comes to displaying it. And it could be rotated slightly now and then to freshen up the look.

SIZE COMPARISONS

Size comparison between Godzilla 1962 from the Gigantic Series, 30cm Series and Large Monster Series.

Here is a size comparison of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 with the much loved Toho 30cm Series version (right) and the much-maligned Large Monster Series version (front).

The first four figures in the X-Plus Gigantic Series.

MARCH OF THE GIGANTICS
(Front to back) Gigantic Series Godzilla 2000, Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962, Gigantic Series Godzilla 1995 and Gigantic Series Godzilla 2001.

I didn’t have enough room to line the figures up side by side without having the backdrop creep into the frame, but this shot still tells all. Only the Godzilla 1995 stands up to the new ’62 in height. But the ’62 wins the fight when it comes to sheer mass and bulk.

(If you’re getting a hard-on for Gigantics, there’s more of ’em. Not shown here is the Gigantic Series Yuji Sakai Godzilla 1954 and the upcoming Gigantic Series Shin Godzilla).

RIC BOY EXCLUSIVE

Ric Boy exclusive version with translucent blue fins.
PHOTO: X-PLUS

X-Plus’ Ric Boy version (or Shounen Ric version) of this figure came with the dorsal fins molded in translucent vinyl which was tinted blue to replicate their look when Godzilla fires his atomic breath. The same asphalt black used on the body was applied to each fin but yielded to the clear blue at just the right distance from each spike.

As great as the blue fins look, this arrangement makes for a sort of visual contradiction since Godzilla’s mouth is not open in atomic breath position. It would have been a nice touch if the Ric went a step further and had an open lower jaw.

I have to say, personally, of all the color-tinted fins I’ve seen X-Plus put out, this one looks the best. They give off a look which mimics how they appeared in the movie really, really well. This is the only color-tinted variation I ever considered getting. I still didn’t get it, because there could be only one Gigantic 1962 in my collection. But they DO look good.

More photos of the blue-finned Ric version appear below in the Collectors Gallery.

SUMMARY

The Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure by X-Plus is a masterpiece. Plain and simple. This KingGoji sculpt is accurate and dynamic, features realistic paint apps and has amazing detail and texture. And it’s huge!

I have to say it again: this is probably THE ultimate King Kong vs. Godzilla collectible. And probably one of the top Godzilla figures of all time.

MORE INFORMATION

Archived Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 page on Ric Boy Site.
Rich Eso’s Unboxing and video review of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962.
Super Unimportant Reviews video review of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962.
Leslie Chambers’ video review of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962.
GodzillaFanFreaks’ video review of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962.
Brutazilla’s video review of the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962.
Leslie Chambers Reviews the Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 RIC vinyl figure by X-Plus.

X-TRAS

Closer view of the X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 head sculpt.

High rear angle of X-Plus Gigantic Series Godzilla 1962 vinyl figure.

COLLECTORS’ PHOTO GALLERY

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