Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Couple weeks after NECA released their Godzilla 2019 figure, their Mothra 2019 figure swoops right out of the gate on the week of the movie's release. When I first picked up this figure, I felt the same as I did towards the Godzilla 2019 figure. After spending a week playing with it, my feelings towards this figure is still the same. I think some more time is definitely needed for this figure.
Mothra 2019 is a tiny figure with an impressive 12.5 inch wingspan from one end to the other. The wings on Mothra are definitely the focus point. What I really love is the design on the wings. It looks very similar to a monarch butterfly. One of the other details that Michael Dougherty mentioned are large ovals at the end of the wings are supposed to look like Godzilla's eyes. There are some moths that have designs that look like eyes of another animal and is suppose to scare off the predator hunting them. The last thing I like about the wings are that they are semi-translucent. So if you ever put it under a light you can replicate Mothra's "god rays," which is pretty neat.
As for the rest of the figure there is a lot of detail, but really lacking in paint. Mothra in the movie had patches of brown and white and the figure is just this cream color. I think some of that brown to bring out the details could have been used here. There is a little bit of brown on the arms and feet and that is about it. Even around the antennae area because they don't stand out and it just makes Mothra look bald. She does have black highlights to bring out some details, but it doesn't really do much for the figure and it looks a little sloppy. The only other part of Mothra that has any other paint are the eyes which are pearly blue. Not much to talk about other than they look pretty nice.
Articulation is very simple. The arms and legs are on ball joints, but the most they do is swivel up and down and the wings are on hinges. The left wing was a little tight at first and then it loosened up can't hold a pose like the other wing. However, I am sure that over time the same will be said about the right wing and that it will be loose.
Most of the time though you will most likely display this Mothra with the display stand that comes with the figure. I am really digging the design of Mothra's cocoon. It looks like something straight out of H.R. Giger like the xenomorphs and the eggs from the Alien series. I am guessing that the container thing that the cocoon sits on is Mothra's containment facility, even though her containment facility was inside a temple, but whatever. It looks neat. What you do is that you plug the stand into the base and then plug Mothra into the stand and that's it. The stand holds Mothra tight and secure and as shown in the picture you can hold it upside down and Mothra will stay in place. If you want, you can even pose Mothra inside her cocoon like she just hatched as well. There was a Mothra larva that was suppose to come with the figure as well. It was even revealed on NECA's website when this figure was first revealed. Then, they took it down because it wasn't approved. That is quite disappointing yet I think if it was approved we would not have gotten much out of the mini Mothra larva figure anyways.
The box is overall the same box that the Godzilla 2019 figure came in. The only change made are the promotional pictures. On the front of the box, there is an image of Mothra from the concept art, inside the flap you have a promo image for the figure and a window to look inside the box, on the back we have another promo image of the figure, and on the side are the details about the figure. Everything else is pretty much the same.
As for size comparisons, here is the NECA Mothra 2019 with the Revoltech 1961 Mothra on the left and the S.H. Monsterarts 1992 Mothra on the right. Mothra is tiny, but she has an impressively wide wingspan. The stand that comes with the NECA Mothra is just a tad taller than the stand that comes with the S.H. Monsterarts.
NECA Mothra 2019 is only okay. It is not a bad figure at all, but it's very simplified. With a little more paint and tighter joints this would have been an impressive figure overall. However, it's not a figure I would hurry up and rush to the store for.
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