PlayMates Toys Godzilla With Heat Ray Figure (Review)
Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Welcome back, collectors! Another week, another review. Today, we are reviewing Godzilla w/ Heat Ray figure by PlayMates Toys. This figure is part of wave 1 of the Godzilla vs Kong line, which includes both 11" Godzilla and Kong figures and Godzilla w/ Radio Tower, Kong w/ Battle Axe, and Skull Crawler figures. The Godzilla vs Kong figures are sold exclusively at Walmart and many of the 6" figures cost around $10. Is it worth the price? Let's take a look and find out if this figures is worth adding into your collection.
The packaging is the standard open box packaging. Nothing to rag home about. You know the deal based on the previous two 11" figures. The front of the package has the title of the movie, the Monsterverse logo, the name of this specific figure, logos of the companies associated with the movie and merchandise, and a promo image of the battle damage feature on Godzilla's chest. The left side of the box has the title of the movie and the right side of the box has name of the figure.
On the back of the box, we see the movie's synopsis on the top right of the box. On the left side, we can see the toy's description, which reads, "Harness the awesome power of Godzilla's thunderous roar and devastating tail-swipe as the king of the monsters battles Kong to settle an ancient rivalry." In the middle of the box there is another promotional image of the Godzilla w/ Heat Ray figure. Lastly, we see other figures in this collection. As you can see, there are two new figures that have not released yet. One of them is another Kong figure, but this time he would come with a fighter jet. The other figure that you see is censored due to spoilers. I cannot talk about this figure at the moment until there is more info and how big of a role this monster plays in the movie. If you already know what it is please don't spoil it in the comments as consideration to those that want to see the movie without it being spoiled.
Paint, Sculpt, and Articulation:
Godzilla w/ Heat Ray is a scaled down version of the 11" Giant Godzilla PlayMates Toys released two weeks ago, but with some differences in the paint and sculpt. This Godzilla is painted in a charcoal grey color all over the body with the nails painted brown or green. The scales and scutes are smoothed out so you're not going to get any great sculpting from this figure. The inside of the mouth is painted pink, the teeth are painted white, and the eyes are just blue with a black dot for the pupils.
For the chest, you will notice something is off and you find that the chest pops off revealing the battle damage feature. The chest piece that covers the battle damage is made from a softer plastic so it allows you to pop it off and insert it back easier. Be mindful not to lose the chest piece as it is small and could be lost very easily. Once you pop off chest piece, you will reveal Godzilla's scar that looks looks like he just got sliced open by some sort of tool. You can even see his ribs poking out, which is a little gory for a kid's toy.
I think the best thing about this Godzilla figure are the dorsal fins. Instead of being painted blue like on the 11" figure these dorsal fins are sculpted from a translucent blue plastic. If you ever wanted to make Godzilla's dorsal fins look like they're glowing just grab a flashlight and shine away. It doesn't stop there. One of the things I mentioned in my for the 11" figure is that I wished PlayMates had the blue paint continue down the tail. With this 6" figure, PlayMates did exactly that, albeit, stopping a little short.