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Godzilla Vinyl Figure Collectibles

Collecting Vinyl Godzilla Figures

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The first Godzilla figure was issued in 1966 by the Marusan Company and many vintage collectors consider Bullmark to be the finest and most varied line of Godzilla toys ever created, even making a cameo in Godzilla v Hedorah.  The Marusan and Bulwark lines, along with the original Bandai 8 inch line, are the most important of any Godzilla toys historically with .  All of these vintage vinyl figures share the following two characteristics; a highly stylized design and a usually unrealistic, brightly colored paint scheme.

After a 10 year hiatus, Toho announced a new Godzilla movie in 1983, kicking Godzilla merchandising into high gear.  Yakmakatsu and Bandai both entered the vinyl figure market that same year and their realistic approach to figure production changed everything. These figures were the first truly realistic renditions produced, both in sculpture and painting. The U.S. didnt get in on the act until the early ’90s when Trendmaster released it’s “King of the Monsters” line, followed in late 2003 by Bandai‘s U.S. effort.  Both companies continue to release figures associated with the classic Toho films as well as the new Legendary universe.

Godzilla: Vinyl Wars Collection

That brings us to the  Godzilla: Vinyl Wars collaboration between Japan’s classic sofubi manufacturers and cutting-edge Japanese toy maker Medicom Toy.  Each release in Godzilla Vinyl Wars is a reproduction of a classic Toho sofubi from the 1960s through today.  Sofubi means “soft vinyl” and this collection reproduces many of those original Marusan and Bullmark toys, released legitimately for Western collectors for the first time ever.  Each Godzilla Vinyl Wars Sofubi is hand-crafted, hand-painted and inspired the designer toy movement

The following sofubi are available now:

First Godzilla” Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Vinyl Wars 1954 Sofubi

Bear Model originally released this classic, 1954-inspired sofubi to adoring collectors in Japan in 2003. Now wearing a more true green paint deco and measuring approximately 9-inches tall, this re-issue is a limited edition of only 200 pieces!

Godzilla 1961 Version Sofubi

Godzilla 1961 Sofubi

Godzilla Paradise 1962 Version Sofubi

Godzilla-Vinyl-Wars-Paradise-1962-Sofubi

Godzilla 1964 Version Sofubi – Entertainment Earth Variant

Godzilla 1974 Sofubi

Godzilla 1973 Version Sofubi

Godzilla 1973 Sofubi

Godzilla 1974 Version Sofubi

Godzilla-Vinyl-Wars-1974-Sofubi

Godzilla 1989 Version Sofubi

Godzilla 1989 Sofubi

Godzilla 1989 Swimming Version Sofubi Figure

Godzilla 1989 Swimming Sofubi

Godzilla 2000 Sofubi

Godzilla 2000 Sofubi

Godzilla Classic Image Sofubi

Godzilla Classic Sofubi

Godzilla No Gyakushu Version Sofubi

Godzilla No Gyakushu Sofubi

Godzilla Bullmark J Tail Version Sofubi

Godzilla Bullmark Type J Tall Sofubii

Godzilla Pretty Version Sofubi

Godzilla Pretty Sofubi

Bullmark Version Mothra Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Mothra Sofubi

Destoroyah Sofubi Figure – Entertainment Earth exclusive

Destoroyah Sofubi

Biollante Sofubi Figure – Entertainment Earth exclusive

Godzilla Biollante Sofubi

Medicom has also released a number of retailer variants, including a Rodan sofubi, which I haven’t included in this post.  Most of these variants are unique colors on the same figures above and a completist collector can get more information at Medicom’s website


The Following Sofubi are Available for Pre-Order

These figures are expected to ship in November 2015:

Godzilla Mini Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Mini Sofubi

Godzilla 1967 Sofubi Figure

Godzilla 1967 Sofubi

Godzilla 1968 Sofubi Figure

Godzilla 1968 Sofubi

Godzilla 1984 Sofubi Figure

Godzilla 1984 Sofubi

All Out Attack Godzilla Sofubi Figure

GML All Out Giant Monsters Attack Sofubi

GMK All Out Giant Monsters Attack Sofubi – Previews Exclusive
Godzilla GMK All Out Attack Previews Exclusive

Godzilla Meltdown Version Sofubi

Godzilla Meltdown Sofubi

Godzilla vs Hedorah Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Vs Hedorah Sofubi

Hedorah Landed Version Sofubi Figure

Hedorah Landed Version Sofubi

Hedorah 1971Version Sofubi  – Previews Exclusive

Hedorah 1971 Sofubi

Giant Hedorah Sofubi Figure

Giant Hedorah Sofubi

Giant Godzilla vs Detoroyah Giant Sofubi Figure

Giant Godzilla Vs Destoroyah-Sofubi

Giant Pretty Godzilla 2 Version Sofubi

Godzilla Pretty 2 Sofubi

Sleeping Godzilla Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Sleeping Sofubi

Napping Godzilla Sofubi FigureGodzilla Napping SofubiMinilla Sofubi Figure

Godzilla Vinyl Wars Minilla-Sofubi

The  Godzilla Vinyl Wars EX series Arrives February 2016

They are available for pre-order now:

Hedorah Megaton Version Sofubi

Hedorah Megaton Sofubi

this news series opens with this Previews Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Hedorah Megaton Version Sofubi Vinyl Figure of the smog monster from the Godzilla films. Figure stands nearly 20-inches tall.

 

As we wrote earlier in this post, there are many retailer-exclusive versions. These typically involving a unique paint scheme not available elsewhere.  We’ve included some of these here but have not attempted to track down every variant.

The intent here is to present the classic monster collector with a brand overview of the Godzilla Vinyl Wars sofubi collection I highly recommend Club Tokyo which is an extensive resource for kaiju collectibles and vinyl figures.

While we love to collect vintage, we think the Godzilla Vinyl Wars collection is a great place to start for anyone interested in collecting Godzilla.  Because these are limited edition and based on vintage figures from the 1960s onward, I like the idea of beginning here and then tracking down the original figure counterparts.  Sofubi collecting is a passionate community and there are a lot of great online communities dedicated to sofubi collecting of every stripe .

Godzilla Collector Resources:

We’ll add these links to our Collector’s Resource page of course and if you know of any great online resources for Godzilla or kaiju collecting, we’d appreciate you letting us know in the comments section below:

 

 

(Video) Monsterama Episode 16 – Godzilla Collectibles

The King of the Monster Collectibles

Godzilla-Kaiju-Collectibles

Toho Studios gave us the King of the Monsters in 1954 and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  While the monster’s character has evolved and morphed as many times as the monster suit, Godzilla remains an incredibly popular as evidenced by the commercial success of the Legendary Pictures 2014 release Godzilla.  Toho purists might have been distressed by the American reboot but they are counting on the 2016 release of the next Toho installment in the Godzilla franchise.

The breadth of Godzilla, and related kaiju, collectibles is pretty overwhelming.  With the ever growing popularity of Japanese vinyl and sofubi. kaiju figure collectibles of every size, shape and color are available.  In this week’s series, we’ll focus primarily on Monster Kid related collectibles from the 1960s and 70s during the Showa period   of Godzilla’s film catalog.  In future posts, we’ll explore the modern collectible market and the impact of Godzilla and his pals in this increasingly popular urban vinyl category.


Collecting Godzilla

I highly recommend both of these books for anyone interested  in Godzilla and other kaiju collectibles.


Collecting Japanese Movie Monsters


The Art of Japanese Monsters