Last year Art Spirits announced their Super Gekizo Series Kong 2021 from Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021), they have released a number of Toho/Monsterverse and Gamera figures in the past with positive reviews so we were looking forward to this figure. For those that don't know Art Spirits has two main lines, the Super Gekizo Series (Hyper Solid) which are approx. seven inch scale, and the Gekizo Series (Hyper Modeling) which are about half that size and are usually sold in sets. Kong 2021, like many Art Spirits figures is in a dynamic pose with battle axe in hand ready to fight, which I personal prefer, so here we go with this review.
Packaging: The box for this figure is the usual fair, featuring typical style text for this film, it has a window on the front and smaller windows on the sides revealing the figure inside. The figure itself is package between two plastic bubbles that keep it secure with not much chance of damage in transit, which is a good thing. The figure comes in four parts, figure itself, base, and axe in two pieces all in there own spots within it.
Sculpt and paint: The sculpt is excellent overall, very detailed fur and skin, excellent mouth, teeth, and face features, very similar to the better vinyl figures out there. The axe is very well done as is the base with plenty of small details, an example is the top end of the axe which gives the appearance like the bone it is made from was broken off much like you would expect a real bone to look (note the seam with the two halves of the axe is hidden in Kong's hand once joined). If there is one down side it is with the seams, most you do have to look for but they are there (not unlike the Ichibansho Godzilla 2021), the most noticeable is the neck seam but it is mainly noticed from one side, which you most likely won't be posing at that angle with that showing.
The paint is excellent on the figure and axe, the figure features a nice blend of browns and grays with the skin being almost black but not too dark, the face and mouth are superb, far better than the Ichibansho Godzilla 2021 for sure. The axe is just as well done the blue of the axe borders on almost looking clear or iridescent, the detail is so good you can see the coloring difference between the fin and the material tying it to the bone, it looks very clean. If there is one downside it is the base, the coloring is very gray, there some very slight shading but they could have added a little more color.
Price/size: this is the biggest negative of this figure, unfortunately, retail is close to $200 plus shipping and considering the size at seven inches tall it will cause some to pass. Other figures like the previously mentioned Ichibansho Godzilla was $75 and is about eight inches tall, and the forthcoming X-Plus Kong 2021 27cm tall (approx. 10.6 inches) and retailing for 16,500 yen (approx. $144), can certainly make one question the price but this is as good a sculpt and definitely better paint than the Ichibansho. We'll judge the X-Plus against it once that is released but it does lack this figure's dynamic pose. The size does have a positive in that it won't take a lot of shelf space which can be at a premium for some collectors.
Overall this is an excellent figure that I definitely feel no one should pass on base on the figure itself it is that good, not perfect but. It is just if one wants to spend a bit more compared to others and there are those that would and I can't blame them. We want to thank Art Spirits for the opportunity to review this figure and check out Tokyo Zerostar to order this figure.
Art Spirits is releasing the Gekizo Series Godzilla Vs. Kong figure set, this set includes Godzilla, Kong, Mechagodzilla, and the Skullcrawler. These figures are 9cm, 11cm (just Kong without base), 10cm, and 7cm respectively, and the set retails for 8,712 yen. Pre-order starts Jan 20th on the Bandai website, with release scheduled for June 2022.
The Art Spirits Super Gekizo Series Kong 2021 Figure has been revealed not much info is available yet but it should be up for pre-order soon. The retail price is 21,780 yen, size should be similar to the Godzilla 2019 previously released. Full details once we have them.
Update: the figure stands 19.5cm tall, Kong is removable from the base, and it will be released Dec 2021 (it can be pre-ordered starting today from a number of retailers).
Art Spirits teased their Super Gekizo Series (Hype Solid) Burning Godzilla 2019 previously now we have more info. The figure will be available for pre-order starting Sept 25th and is scheduled for release Feb 2021 (revised date below). The figure looks to be the same size as the regular Godzilla 2019 they released previously (29cm in length) and should be around the same price (approx 22,000 yen). More info as we get it.
Updated: the figure is now up on the Bandai Premium website (and should be up on Art Spirits site on Monday), it is 29cm in length, and will retail for 21,780 yen. It can be pre-ordered now with release scheduled for March 2021.
Art Spirits has announced their Gekizo (Hyper Molding) Godzilla: King Of The Monsters figures, these were originally announced a a number of months back. The set includes Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Mothra adult and larva, and Burning Godzilla, both Godzillas are 9cm in length, Ghidorah is 21cm wide, Rodan is 14cm wide, Mothra (adult) is 17cm wide, and Mothra (larva) is 9cm deep. The set will retail for 9,600 yen, individual figures 1,600 yen each, they are scheduled for release Oct 2020, and should be on the Bandai Premium site soon.
Update: these are now available for pre-order from multiple retailers.
Art Spirits has announced their Super Gekizo (Hyper Solid) Ghidorah 2019, a long awaited figure. This figure has a wingspan of approx 53cm (nearly 21 inches), over 14 inches tall, and approx 18 inches deep, and will retail for 38,000 yen (41,800 yen at most retailers). It will ship in two boxes per Art Spirits, it will release Nov 2020 and now available from Bandai Premium, and other retailers.
Art Spirits has revealed more of their Gekizo Series King Of The Monsters figures, Burning Goodzilla, and adult Mothra. The previously revealed figures were Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra larva, and King Ghidorah. Not all the details were available yet but these are smaller than some other figures from Art Spirits, they will retail for approx. 1,600 yen each or the full set of six for 9,600 yen and will be available around Oct/Nov 2020. More info as we get it.
Art Spirits has revealed their Gekizo Series King Of The Monsters figures, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra larva, and King Ghidorah (adult Mothra will be released as well as another figure). Not all the details were available but these are smaller than some other figures from Art Spirits, they will retail for approx. 1,600 yen and will be available around Oct. 2020. More info as we get it.
Art Spirits is releasing the Hyper Solid Godzilla 2019, and the Hyper Solid Gigan GFW Version 2. Godzilla 2019 that has been teased a number of times, it is 29cm in length, features a "emissions" version paint scheme, and will retail for 21,780 yen. Hyper Solid Gigan GFW is similar to the previously announced figure but features the chainsaw hands and neck brace, it stands 27cm tall, and will retail for 24,200 yen. Both can be pre-ordered now from Bandai (and possibly other retailers) with release scheduled for Dec 2019.
We have a few better pics of the Art Spirits display via Toyark, on display were previously announced figures, the forthcoming Godzilla 2019 Hyper Solid figure and new Godzilla KOTM figures. The previous figures include the Gigan, Shin Godzilla 4th and 2nd forms as well as older blind box Gamera figures that may have been available for purchase at the show. The new figures were the recently revealed Godzilla 2019 and the line up of KOTM figures (minus Mothra) that appear the be a smaller scale. Of note Toyark list these as from the Plex (X-Plus) booth, we knew Plex was involved and we believe X-Plus may be doing manufacturing for Art Spirits but we are not sure if this booth was actual branded Plex/X-Plus.
Update: the smaller KOTM figures will be blind box figures and there will be six total, Mothra (adult and larva) and another Godzilla.
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