Godzilla is one of the best monster movies created in the entertainment media. Thus, Godzilla action figures are also immensely popular. So if you are interested in starting a Godzilla collection yourself, here is a brief introduction and history of Godzilla action figures.
The first Godzilla figures were produced by the Marusan Company in Japan during the early and mid 1960s. The very first action figures depicting Godzilla and other characters are very hard to come by, so if you have one, count yourself extremely lucky! The first action figures were vivid, colorful, and somewhat crude looking. Their sizes range from 3 to 9 inches tall.
Another rare line is the Popy figures. The company produced Godzilla, MechaGodzilla, Gigan, Rodan and Mothra between years 1974 to 1978. Each monster has their own footprint, thus they are often called ‘footprint monsters’. Many of the Popy figures are only available exclusively in Japan.
In the 1980s, another form of Godzilla action figures is produced by the Yamakatsu Company. They produced action figures of various sizes made of vinyl and rubber. A genuine Yamakatsu version will have a silver Godzilla label printed on its foot. Yamakatsu figures also produced MechaGodzilla, Baragon, Mothra and other figures.
One of the most popular action figures are those produced by Bandai Japan. Korean versions of the figures have yellow eyes, while the original Bandai has orange eyes. Another is the Godzilla Ultimate Collection, released in the market at 2007. The line has 6 figures, all of whom appeared in the movie Godzilla Final Wars.
You can start building your collection in many ways. Decide first whether you would like to concentrate on a particular line, make or model. Maybe you would like to focus on Japanese Godzilla figures or concentrate on all makes. Wherever you live, finding action figures can be easy or hard to find. However, there are many places of acquiring the figures, such as on online auction web sites and even sci-fi and comic conventions. You can focus only on collecting Godzilla, or you can collect his many enemies like Rodan, King Kong or Mothra. You can even concentrate on an era, such as collecting the 1960s versions only.
Now that you know a little more about Godzilla, the only thing left to do is to collect them now! Be the envy of your friends and collect the rarest Godzilla figures you can find.
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