Godzilla: High Grade

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Godzilla: High Grade is a line of two-inch tall collectible Gashapon figures produced by Bandai. These figures are released in sets that usually coincide with the newest Godzilla film. They were sold in vending machines and all require at least minor assembly.

Sets

Set 1

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The first set was released in 1994 in conjunction with Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla.[1] It includes the following figures:


Set 2

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The second set was released in 1995 to coincide with Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.[2] It includes:


Set 3

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Set 3 was released in 1997 to coincide with Rebirth of Mothra II.[3] It includes:


Set 4

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The fourth set was released in 1998 to coincide with GODZILLA (1998).[4] Figures included in this set are:


Set 5

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Set 5 was released in 1998 to commemorate the release of Rebirth of Mothra III.[5] It includes the following figures:


EX

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In 1998, Bandai re-released the figures from Set 1 under the name "Godzilla: High Grade EX." These figures featured slightly different paint jobs than Set 1, and were sold exclusively at 7-11 stores instead of in vending machines.[6] Just like Set 1, Godzilla: High Grade EX features the following figures:


Set 6

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In 1999, in anticipation of Godzilla 2000: Millennium, Bandai released a sixth set of High Grade figures.[7] It includes:


Set 7

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Set 7 was released in 2000 in conjunction with Godzilla vs. Megaguirus.[8] It includes the following figures:


Set 8

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Set 8 was released in 2001 to coincide with the release of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.[9] It includes the four monsters featured in the film, plus two classic monsters.


Set 9

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The ninth set was released in 2002 to coincide with the release of the film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.[10] It includes:


Set 10

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Set 10 was released in 2003 along with the film Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.. All six of the figures in this set are new molds, but all except Ebirah are based on monsters that have already received High Grade figures.[11] The figures in this set are:


Set 11

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In 2004, to celebrate both the release of Godzilla: Final Wars and Godzilla's 50th anniversary, Bandai released a 12th set of High Grade figures.[12] All of the figures in this set are featured in Final Wars, and include:


Godzilla 2014 Set

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In 2014, Bandai released the first new High Grade set since 2004, not counting the Godzilla Chronicle reissue sets, in commemoration of the 2014 American film. It features four figures:


Shin Godzilla Set

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To coincide with the upcoming film Shin Godzilla, Bandai released a new set of High Grade Figures in August 2016. The set includes:


Shin Godzilla Set 2

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Following the release of Shin Godzilla, Bandai announced a second set of High Grade figures based on the film. It includes all four forms of Shin Godzilla:

  • Godzilla 2016 (First Form)
  • Godzilla 2016 (Second Form)
  • Godzilla 2016 (Second Form) - Translucent Ver.
  • Godzilla 2016 (Third Form)
  • Godzilla 2016 (Fourth Form) - includes interchangeable mouth parts to simulate Godzilla firing atomic breath
  • Godzilla 2016 (Fourth Form) - painted to represent Godzilla frozen from the film's ending, includes fifth form on the figure's tail


Bootlegs

Bootleg markings (top), Actual Bandai markings (bottom)
Starting in summer of 2000, bootlegs of the Set 4 figures began appearing on the internet, and remain common on sites such as eBay and Amazon to this day. Though at first glance it may be difficult to spot the differences between the real figures and the bootlegs, there are some notable differences. The bootleg figures are generally smaller and feature sloppier paint jobs. They also lack the marking on their tails that lists the copyright date and "BANDAI CHINA," instead simply listing the word "CHINA."[13] Below are pictures comparing the actual figures and their bootlegs.

Trivia

References

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GODZILLA (1998)
Legendary
Toy Line
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Little Godzilla
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Heisei Mechagodzilla
Super Mechagodzilla
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Godzilla (TriStar)
Showa Mechagodzilla
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