Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. Along for the ride is Jia, an orphaned girl who has a unique and powerful bond with the mighty beast. However, they soon find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. The initial confrontation between the two titans -- instigated by unseen forces -- is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the planet.
Godzilla vs Kong was a breathtaking rollercoaster ride of a film to say the least. Two big monsters fighting each other. Sure there was a plot but who cares, we paid to see the fights and the film delivered. I have to admit, although I’m a huge Godzilla fan I love how Kong pulls off lots of pro-wrestling moves. Plus he has a big ax that I’m positive has a piece of Godzilla’s dorsal fins on it for the blade. Lots of toys were released to coincide with the film but the folks over at Tamashii Nations have released Kong and Godzilla under their S.H. MonsterArts line. Let me say these are incredible. Fully articulate, removable heads and hands, everything. You want to recreate the battles from the film, or simply have something cool to display well these are for you. Today I am looking at Kong.
So when I unpacked this massive set, that let me say is packed so secure throwing it off a roof wont damage it. I had to slice open the box, then separate the blister packs, then open the blister packs (There in there doubled up) to get to the figure. So if you are one of those “Leave it in the box guys” you won’t be disappointed in the box art. An orange and blue skyline that was used as the backdrop for the movie poster is now used for the backdrop of the figure. You see the S.H. Monsterarts logo on the left top along with its coinciding Monsterverse logo on the left. The lettering is just like in the film poster. A bold blue Godzilla with a white vs and finally a big orange and black Kong adorns the middle. Directly underneath in the same orange style lettering it says “Kong From Godzilla VS Kong (2021)”Kong is front and center as he is there with his fist back and mouth open giving his trademark growl. It looks fantastic to say the least. The back is for you keep it in the box people. You see the right side shows the figure in a few various poses, the main one being him holding his ax but the left side is the clear blister side where you can see Kong starring out at you. His ax and extra parts are hidden but if you just want to show the figure he is here for you to see. I opened mine up of course to check him out.
Highly detailed like a statue as opposed to a collectible action figure lets start by looking at Kong’s face. He comes with an extra face which is the one I am using here. I picked the angry Kong with his mouth and teeth exposed as he lets out a growl. This is a very detailed piece. You can see it’s the grey very off brown furry look. Like in the films, and I have to say this is based off the new film version, not the Peter Jackson version which was more black in color. This is done in a more sleek bright style, you can see his “hair” on the head combed almost back to blend in with the rest of the body. He has his trademark yell going for him as well. Kong was always portrayed as a more friendly creature but when he gets mad he has the look of pure evil. You can see not only his teeth which are a faint white, but the gums as well. That’s a very nice touch of detail. His eyes are a mixture of black white and there is a great deal of etching and molding done in the face area to show him squinting and yelling. The red painting for the gums really stands out on this.
The body is fantastic. It’s simply done in two colors. Black and grey. Its designed to look like fur of course, but it’s the painting that really makes is stand out. The black and grey is done in no particular pattern. Black being the predominate color of this piece with lots and lots of deeper shades thrown in. Nothing is a simple line. Everything goes every which way as opposed to a certain flow. Which is exactly what you need when trying to create the look of hair, of I guess fur in this case. Its sleek, yet as you can see under the lights really does look like animal fur. It’s a marvelous paint job. You can see all of the traditional muscles are sculpted in the piece as well. Kong is shorter than Godzilla in terms of height but he’s massive, and this is a wide thick piece. I also want to point out how well this is positioned. Its very life like in a way. From the twisting to the right of the stomach to the arching and bending of the legs Kong can move any way you want him to. I have mine simply posed and angles for this shot but if you have a kid, like I do, who wants to play with him, he’s fully articulate and can be positioned into any pose or strike when doing battle.
You want Kong to wield his battle ax that he finds in hollow earth? Well you got it. This is probably the most highly detailed weapon accessory I have ever seen for a toy. A brown handle that looks simply like it was quickly made with a giant bone this looks great. Dark brown almost oak with tons of black shading going throughout it. The bone like end is brown but a much lighter color giving the impression the handle is beginning to fade over time. You can see all the lines and cracks etched it to give it that old battle worn look. The top is where the fin connects. Wrapped and held in place with rope, which as you can see is also very well sculpted, this even has a lot of detail. The rope part itself is molded, painted, and shaded to look just like real rope. And the crowning piece is of course the fin, or blade itself. Blue, almost iridescent with white inside that really shines in the light. It’s a perfect match for the fins on Godzilla. The outline is an off brown color that looks almost like molding. Don’t work, Kong comes with extra hands to help this clenched tightly so it doesn’t fall off if he’s fighting your other figures.
Here are the hands he comes with. It’s a simple pop off pop on system like they use for their other figures. So now you can recreate his punches, chops, grabs, everything. As the wrists are also one of the many articulation points this figure really can mimic the fighting style Kong uses, that I still say resembles professional wrestling. You can see the detail in these hands as they are all etched and shaded to look like fur. The match his body perfectly and there’s no gap when you switch them out. I used the big growling head but he is the more calm head. Like I said Kong is a much calmer creature than Godzilla and this particular head shows that off. A stoic look on the mouth with his eyes opened a bit wider yet still accenting on the scrunched nose. This is a very nice looking addition to use if you prefer this Kong, or if he’s not in a bad mood when you playing with him. The head also pops right on and off and does not come off during battle. The deep sunken eyes look great especially combined with the over emphasis on the black shading. This is a dead ring for Kong and two heads are always better than one.
This figure is a must for collectors, kids, and of course King Kong fans. Inside the box it looks great and you can see everything, outside the box it looks better, especially when he’s carrying his ax. I can’t stress enough how amazing a job they did with the etching to make it look like real fur. Outside the box it stands easy and looks good, but if you’re a parent or a kid at heart, its also a toy that can be played with. As I said my son had hours of fun playing with him and the Godzilla which I will review next week.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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