There’s a special reason it’s so big, and no, it’s not just because it looks awesome.
Last month, we were impressed at the size and detail of a 52-centimeter (20.5-inch) figure of Godzilla, in his newest form from this year’s hit Shin Godzilla. But while that piece of movie-inspired art would tower over many lesser kaiju toys, now comes an even more massive recreation of the King of the Monsters, one which stands (inclusive of its base) 192 centimeters (six feet, four inches) tall!
Based on Godzilla’s appearance in 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the figure/statue is the first release in merchandiser Bandai’s planned Human Size Figure line. That might seem like a bit of a misnomer, seeing as how 192 centimeters is well above the average height of a Japanese adult, but the size of the figure was chosen to duplicate that of the Godzilla suit worn by the performer in the 1991 film. In other words, one could argue that this is a life-size Godzilla figure.
Lovingly crafted by the artisans at Design Coco, who previously impressed up with their giant figure of Momo from anime To Love-ru, the Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version, as the piece is officially known, is an uncanny match of the creature’s onscreen color and texturing.
As anyone who collects Japanese pop culture figures can tell you, high-quality examples don’t come cheap, and due to its extremely large scale, the Godzilla 1991 Hokkaido Version is priced at a staggering 4,482,000 yen (US$43,500). Add in the fact that only 10 units will be made, with the right to purchase the figure being assigned through a random drawing, and this looks to be one of the most exclusive bits of Japanese film memorabilia ever produced.
Bandai will begin taking applications through its Premium Bandai website starting November 7, with shipping scheduled for July of next year. If you’re not willing to part with enough cash to buy a nicely optioned-optioned car in order to buy the Human Size Figure Godzilla, you’ll also be able to gaze upon his majesty at the Tamashi Nation 2016 figure and model show in Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood from October 28 to 30, or at the Shinjuku Marui Annex shopping center across town from November 1 to 14, where a prototype of the statue will be on display.
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