GUEST REVIEW BY JIM CIRRONELLA
Here is my review of the X-Plus Toho 30cm Series Yuji Sakai Modeling Collection GODZILLA 1992 (Tanzawa Advance) with product pics. This is specifically for the RIC edition which features light-up dorsal plates.
There has been controversy surrounding the quality of this figure due to many of the photos being posted online; hopefully some of these concerns may be cleared up now because much of it seems to be unwarranted after seeing the actual product.
Godzilla ’92 comes packaged in the typical X-Plus blind box with illustrated label affixed to the front, common to the Yuji Sakai modeling collection. Each box has also been packaged within its own sturdy shipping carton, which is really helpful.
Inside, the figure has been well secured to the plastic tray and protected for transit. The tail (in two separate sections), tail base and power supply unit are all packaged separately from each other. X-Plus receives top marks for its packaging here, which has been done to minimize any damage to this expensive figure.
Regarding quality, first of all, the overall height of 27cm (10.6 inches) as listed on the X-Plus page is incorrect. The figure, when assembled, stands 11.25″ (28.5cm), so it scales well with X-Plus’ 30cm Battra Larva (and there was much rejoicing…)
The figure is molded in charcoal gray with the only painted areas being the eyes, mouth, nails and dorsal fins. There is also a light spray of pink in the nose and ears. All of the figures that I inspected had uniform paint on the facial features, without any significant deviation.
The completed figure represents the original sculpt very well, which is classic Yuji Sakai. In 12-inch size, he has expertly interpreted the details of a 6-foot monster suit which was fashioned to appear hundreds of feet tall on screen.
Some collectors have commented negatively on the stance and arm positioning, but these are clearly indicative of the suit actor’s portrayal. Looking at this figure, you can almost envision Kenpachiro Satsuma toiling away inside of Godzilla in order to give the character life.
The tail when assembled gives the figure a total overall length of about 17 inches, and the supplied tail base must be utilized for the figure to stand properly.
The RIC exclusive light-up dorsal feature is activated via a connection at the back of the leg. It’s a strong effect, and recalls the scene when Godzilla first surfaces from the ocean in the film. Do not compare it to scenes which have optical enhancement or you’re likely to be disappointed.
I believe it’s the advance product pics which have caused the most controversy. The official X-Plus images show a darkly-lit figure, indicative of the Tanzawa attack sequence in Godzilla vs. Mothra. The sample figure has also been dry brushed in light blue to bring out the detail of the sculpt.
The actual product is not painted in this fashion and so the vinyl color makes it very difficult to photograph from many angles. In flat lighting, the minor gloss of the vinyl picks up reflections that look like inconsistencies in the coloring.
Viewed from different angles, the highlights can look like white flecks on the figure. The light spray in the ears and nose has also been a problem for many, but this is a design choice and not a quality control error. And, since the product pics do not show this, certainly there will be some disappointment among collectors as to why it was added.
In addition, there has been concern that the figure’s legs look too thin. X-Plus’ pics seem to show a more hefty and squat figure, but this is simply a trick of the dark lighting and black background. When the same pics are brightened, the sample figure’s sculpt appears identical to the final product.
Overall, the X-Plus Yuji Sakai GODZILLA 1992 receives a thumbs-up. For the price, I agree that this figure should be exactly as expected, without any need for the buyer to have to touch it up. On the other hand, the area that’s causing the most controversy — the face — is literally one inch in length. So unless your figure comes with an unpainted eyeball, it’s very difficult to label these concerns as a lack of quality control.