Friday, December 20, 2013
King Kong Bandai S.H. Monsterarts
King Kong is a fictional character, a giant movie monster resembling a colossal gorilla, that has appeared in several movies since 1933.
The character has become one of the world's most famous movie icons.
The character was conceived and created by US filmmaker Merian C. Cooper.
Peter Jackson's version of King Kong was the version that I am most familiar with.
The initial toys for the movie were done by Playmates Toys and they were made for mass market consumption hence the sculpting is not something to talk about.
Thankfully, we have gotten better versions by Mezco and Bandai S.H Monsterarts.
Both companies came out with very strong sculpting but Mezco loses out in articulation and accessories.
However Mezco version is much much bigger and dwarfs Bandai's King Kong.
King Kong was a toy that I did not have to have. However, I saw this guy at a toy sale and the price was pretty decent. Also he was at a good size coming in around 6" so he does not take up too much real estate which is becoming scarce as my collection grows.
I like the packaging. It has everything a good packaging should have.
The design is nice.
The color is good.
We have nice pictures on the front and back.
The figure can be seen clearly in the window and most importantly the figure is secured and protected in the plastic tray and can easily be taken out without damaging the box.
The sculpting for King Kong is good especially how they did the details for the fur. We are given 3 interchangeable faces depicting different moods and expression.It adds another level of playability and displayability to the overall figure.
Bandai version has the best articulation and with the extra faces and hands, we can now pose King Kong in very dynamic poses. I am really impressed with the articulation.
We also have a fair amount of accessories.
On top of the interchangeable faces, we also get 4 pairs of hands plus one that is holding Ann Darrow played by Naomi Watts.
If you really want to nit pick, there are not much details on Naomi (given the size)....come on that's really pushing it.
Overall, I like this figure.
Initially, I did not think much of it but after getting it I think it is a good figure. Of course the price helped too.
King Kong being angry
King Kong being playful
King Kong not being amused
Kong with his girl ( i love this pose)