Released in July 2013, the 25cm Godzilla 1975 was another much anticipated release! Coming on the heels of MechaGodzilla 1975, Godzilla is a nice follow up to add to your X-Plus collection. The detail is beautiful as always with X-Plus, for the most part. There are a few issues we will get to in a bit. The pose is pretty spot on with a stance right from the movie. Godzilla looks like he is ready to kick some ass in his stance which captures the vibe right from the film. The tail, like most X-Plus figures needs to be attached upon deboxing your figure. As always, bust out your hair dryer and get the torso hole squishy soft. DO NOT heat up the tail, just heat up the hole on Godzilla’s body.
The RIC Boy version came with an extra arm and a MechaGodzilla 75 head. The idea behind the RIC Boy Exclusive was to depict the scene when Godzilla is holding MechaGodzilla’s head just after it was tore off. The standard version of Godzilla 75 comes with just Godzilla. Nothing else!
Ok, first issue here is the paint job on the dorsal plates. In Terror of MechaGodzilla, Godzilla’s dorsal plates were more metallic silver with subtle grey highlights in the center of the dorsal plates. X-Plus decided to go with a bone white color at the tips of the dorsal plates and filled the centers with the charcoal grey. This is not suit accurate. If you ask me, this does not look terrible. I don’t mind the color of these dorsal plates. It matches up quite well with other X-Plus Godzilla figures but the color of the dorsal plates are not accurate to the suit.
The paint job on the rest of Godzilla looks pretty spot on. The toe and finger nails are bone white with nice shades of dark grey peaking from the skin. Godzilla’s body is all charcoal grey. The eyes, mouth and teeth are painted nicely too. The eyes especially are awesome looking. If you look close enough, there are red veins painted in the eyes. It looks like Godzilla was partying pretty damn hard, yah know? The eyes, in my opinion, carry the most detail in the paint job and maybe even the entire figure. Well done on the eyes X-Plus.
Oh boy! Look at those puppy dog eyes! Ok, enough about the eyes. One of two areas about the sculpt of the face that bugs a little bit is the gums. The gums from Godzilla’s mouth come back rather far. At first, I thought this was a mistake on X-Plus’ behalf but upon viewing Terror of MechaGodzilla and looking at some pictures on the Internet, I came to find out that the gums are in fact suit accurate. Suit accurate or not, I don’t like the design of the gums on the G75 suit. I personally don’t think the gums needed to go so far back. It looks weird. Im weird so don’t mind me!
The other jacked up part of the face is the upper lip. There was a big debate across the Facebook and other boards about that upper lip. Collectors were defending it saying it looked fine while others were basically saying it looked horrible due to its very inaccurate sculpt. The fact of the matter is the lip is wrong. The upper lip is supposed to curl up to a small plane centered under the nose. X-Plus sculpted it exactly the opposite, giving Godzilla much more lip than needed. So Godzilla has a big lip. Is it the end of the world? No. Can it be fixed? Yes. There has been some collectors, those specifically known for the magical skills with models and sculpting, that have cut and remolded that upper lip to make it suit accurate. If you are not savvy with a knife and sculpting material, this may not be the job for you. Either get a fellow collector to help you fix the lip or just leave it be.
The RIC Boy feature! A MechaGodzilla head and an extra arm. The MechaGodzilla head….meh. It looks like it is just a remold from the 25cm MechaGodzilla 75. While the head is super detailed, it falls flat on complete realism where the head would meet the neck. Why just leave the open hole there? Why not put some small wires or a circuit board or something up in there to make it look more robotic? I will have to watch the movie again, not that it is a bad thing, but I want to clarify if anything was there from the get go!
The extra arm that comes with Godzilla is sculpted differently. It is sculpted to it can carry the head of MechaGodzilla. To switch the arms out you will have to use a hair dryer to heat up to standard arm to pull it out. As soon as you pull the standard arm out, shove the RIC Boy arm in. Grab your RIC MechaGodzilla head and place it in Godzilla’s arm. Now do the Dance of Joy!
Overall, the 25cm Godzilla 1975 is pretty fresh. I am good with the minor issues. The upper lip I want to get fixed eventually. The gums and the color of the dorsal plates I am over. The only thing missing with the Godzilla 1975 and MechaGodzilla 1975 is a 25cm Titanosaurus! Now that would be FRESH!
Please check out the Kaiju Addicts Review of the X-Plus 25cm Godzilla 1975 here: