Takara's Godzilla and King Ghidrah Microman
by Mr. Stinkhead
Earlier this week I showed you my Godzilla Crumple Zone, today I look at another piece of kick-ass Godzilla-ness, the Microman Godzilla costume figures. Like I said earlier, there are tons and tons of cool Godzilla collectibles out there, but I needed something whose concept completely knocked my shorts off before I'd bite. Making a little action figure wear a Godzilla costume, (in the same manner as the costume of the 1950s movie) is such a concept. I was not only blown away by this idea, but I was also inspired. I have designed some small buildings (skip down the page) that you can print and assemble into a 3D city backdrop/environment for your Godzilla action figures. You can even use it for King Kong or other giant robot figures. Hence City-crushing monster week here on MPb. Sweet!
I don't know too much of the back story on these figures because I don't speak Japanese. But I do know what I like, and I like these figures. A lot. First off, are you familiar with the Microman body? It's very articulated, yet most figures hold their poses very well. Arms and feet pop off kinda easy, but they go right back on. They also go the extra mile and include an ungodly amount of accessories and extra hands for any type of pose imaginable. Check out the Microman Batman and the Alien vs Predator reviews for more details on the figures themselves. I have a confession. I am not a big gigantic fan of the standard Microman/micronaut figure. Sure they're poseable, but the translucence takes too much away. Great concept, sure, but they just don't hold my interest. The licensed properties such as Batman, Godzilla, Alien, and coming this summer, Superman, however, are some of the favorites in my collection.
I wanted to get any one of the Godzilla costume sets, they're around $15-20, and while at Toy Tokyo (covering Toy Fair) I picked this set because you also get King Ghidrah for roughly $10 more. Super Sweet. Now Godzilla can battle something.
I'll tell you, it was a little hard getting the tiny arms to fit down the rubber Godzilla sleeves and connect with the large Godzilla hand posts. My grandfather once said, there's nothing harder than keeping a woman happy, or putting a Godzilla costume on a 5 inch action figure. How his words ring true. I found it a little easier if you disconnect the arms at the shoulder first, thread those through, meet the hands, and then insert the torso, and reconnect the arms. The feet were a little bit easier to manage. I wish the rubber suit was just a pinch more flexible. It's very squishy and stretchy, don't get me wrong, however, it's not stretchy enough to give way to the little man inside. So you can't really pose the Godzilla with the man inside, and have him hold the pose. Ah well. I'd rather it be sturdy and more stoic, than really articulated and falling to crap.
So I love these toys, but they just didn't feel right sitting on my bare shelf. So feel free to print out as many of these model buildings as you need to populate your city. I tried to make them a scale that would agree with multiple type of city crushing monsters, but that's impossible. I'm working on additional building shapes, and potentially a street to place them on (?) we'll see. Have fun with these first. Sheesh, I'm not your slave. I got stuff to attend to.
Overall I was pretty happy with this set. It's not every toy that inspires me to go all out and make accessories for it. I love the concept of making a toy of the Godzilla costume, and not just Godzilla himself. I also think at just about 6" or so, he's the perfect size. Yes, I'd love one of those 24" hollow plastic Godzillas that cost $100+ and are just hollow plastic (like a Dollar Tree plastic pig bank), but this one is a great size. Maybe for my new desk? I have a whole cubicle to decorate at work. Maybe I should start printing and assembling buildings during my orientation.
Here are the city pieces for download. Each one is under one megabyte, so it shouldn't be that bad of a download, even on dial-up. Feel free to link to this page, but these cannot be hosted or sold anywhere else. Stinkhead's Tip: I recommend rubber cement on the tabs and the surfaces that it's going to stick to. Let them both dry, then fold and apply. Clean and tight, but easy to move if need be.
Here's another tip, you can print out some extras of this one, and cut them in half, horizontally, in a zig-zag pattern to simulate destroyed buildings. Sweet.
Short office buildings (2)
I fit two on the page since they were so short and stubby.
Hotel and Abandoned Warehouse
Every city needs an abandoned warehouse.
If you like these, you'll also dig the multiple tiling backdrops for your shelf display, and the assemble your own 3" scale craps table.
Our friends at YouBuyNow.com have a whole host of Godzilla figures, and ActionHQ.com has these Microman Godzilla set.
Check out all of our City Crushing Monster coverage, or all of our Microman coverage.
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