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BanDai Godzilla Anguirus 2004 Action Figure BanDai, 2008
Day #1,386: February 25, 2016
BanDai Godzilla Anguirus 2004 Action Figure Godzilla Anguirus 2004 Action Figure
US Release - Lighter Colors, Bigger Body, Brighter Spikes

Godzilla Vinyl Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 91810 No. 91822
Manufacturer: BanDai
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $12.99
Availability: ca. July 2008
Other: From Godzilla: Final Wars

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BanDai Godzilla Anguirus 2004 Action FigureI got the US release of Anguirus 2004 in a sack of Goodwill toys - at which point I assumed it was the same as the 2004 release from Japan I picked up for Mrs. 16bit when we were dating/newlyweds. If you don't put them side-by-side, they look pretty much the same - it turns out they're slightly different with unique paint jobs. The US version is longer, wider, and has slightly less detail. If you had to guess which one was the US release, it'd be an easy guess.

Should you stumble on a Final Wars vinyl Anguirus, the big tells are as follows: The US release has copyright marks on the feet, 4 painted spikes on his back thighs, and the "big toes" on the back feet are sculpted under the legs - so you have to pick up the toy to see them. The Japanese one has copyrights on the tail, with all 4 back claws being visible, and 3 painted spines on his thighs. The US release's back spikes and toe claws are painted with a fade for the Japanese release, but the US release - which came out in at least two package variants (blue tray, black tray) - had no fade. The Japanese version is darker, almost brown. The US version is greyer, slightly lighter. Together, they fight crime. (No they don't.) The Japanese release's tail club has very lightly painted spikes, as opposed to the US release which were painted lighter, cleanly, and with no such subtlety. They're very bright.

BanDai Godzilla Anguirus 2004 Action Figure

I should also note the US version is (about) 12 1/2-inches long from the nose spike to the tip of the tail club if you run a tape measurer along his back, while the Japanese one is about 12-inches. I have no idea if people care about such things, but the Japanese version - by virtue of being smaller - seems like it has slightly better sculpted detail. The US version is a little softer, the scales are a little rounder... but they basically look the same otherwise. It wouldn't entirely stun me if they both came from the same orignal sculpt with a couple of minor tweaks. I guess I could count all the spines, but I'd rather not.

BanDai Godzilla Anguirus 2004 Action FigureArticulation is on par for the rest of this line. The US release's tail is glued in place, with an articulated neck and four jointed legs... it's really an ideal toy, until you stop and think and realize that it's a spiked, club-shaped toy with a handle so kids can smack someone with it. It's a melee weapon disguised as an adorable monster from Japan.

With big, bright, clearly-painted eyes and individually painted teeth, this is a pretty decent little figure. I think the Japanese one was around $15, and the US release was usually $10-$15 too. If you want either of them now, packaged/tagged figures are $40-$65 (or higher) with loose figures coming in at $20-$40. It's a wonderful little figure for $20ish, and I hope BanDai will reissue it again as the US line seems to rotate molds in and out - just not as much as they used to. It's cute and charming, so get one if the chance comes up. It was absolutely worth it as one of three toys in a two dollar bag of monsters.

--Adam Pawlus

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