This review touches on the differences, if any, between S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla (1954) released in 2016 and its reissue released in 2020. If you are looking for more specific details regarding the figure itself, please checkout the full review of the 2016 release.

 

2020 was hit hard with production lines stalled or shut down for an indefinite amount of time due to the CoronaVirus pandemic. Tamashii Nations was also affected and some schedule rearranging was necessary for new product reveals and delivery. Godzilla and Kong (2021) figures were postponed when the movie was also delayed. To fill the void, Tamashii Nations reissued Godzilla (1954) and Godzilla (2002). Reissues aim to reproduce the product as it was in its first release-- no new additional materials or improvements are expected. That being said, there are usually subtle differences between these releases as they are not made in the same production run. The reissue was released as a general sales item in Japan and made available to the USA through Bluefin Distribution. The price remained the same, $77.99 MSRP.

 

Design:

 

There are no changes to the sculpt. For more of an in-depth look at the sculpt, refer to the the 2016 release review.

 

 

Articulation:

 

The articulation engineering is essentially the same--the range of movement is identical. Joint tolerances in the legs are tighter than the OG, but this can vary figure to figure. If you'd like more specifics on articulation, please refer to the 2016 release review.

 

 

Paint:

 

Because the reissue was not made in the same production run as the OG, there are some subtle differences. Dry brushed white highlights throughout the figure are brighter and more visible. The dorsal spines are monochrome whereas the OG has blueish shading. The eyes are digitally painted and the pupils are smaller. The dorsal paint spray is cleaner, notably on the tail. For a more in-depth look at the paint application, please refer to the 2016 release review.

 

 

Accessories:

 

The reissue does not come with any accessories.

 

Overall:

 

If I had to choose between the two, The reissue is the better representation. How to tell if you have the reissue, or want to buy it? The OG box has a Red Bandai Logo and the Reissue has Blue Bandai Logo. You can further verify if it's the reissue by checking the copyright info on the left foot. 3 DOTS mean it's the reissue while 4 DOTS means it's the original. Godzilla (1954) is an amazing figure that every S.H.MonsterArts collector should own. The articulation engineering really makes this a stand out piece and it scales well with the rest of the line. It has a fantastic paint application, phenomenal articulation, and stellar sculpt.

 

Please enjoy the comparison view below. The complete image gallery of this review can be found in the SHOWCASE GALLERY.

 

OG (Left) vs. Reissue (Right)

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