Playmates Toys is a Hong Kong-based company responsible for producing children's toys based on various media properties such as Ben 10, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King Kong, and Godzilla. It is also producing the toy line for the 2021 film Godzilla vs. Kong.
Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World (2005)
The six-inch figures in the line generally come in sets of one or two, along with several smaller human figures. The King Kong figures each have some sort of gimmick that distinguishes them from the others or allows them to interact with another specific figure. For example, the Kong that comes with the juvenile Vastatosaurus rex has the ability to pull apart the V-Rex's jaws, while the Kong sold with the Piranhadon can hold the Piranhadon in a headlock.
The six-inch scale figure sets are:
- Kong vs Venatosaurus
- Kong vs Juvenile V-Rex (includes Ann Darrow)
- Kong vs Piranhadon
- Kong vs Terapusmordax (includes three Terapusmordax)
- Foetodon (includes five humans)
- Vastatosaurus rex (includes Weta-rex and three humans)
- Creatures of Skull Island (includes three humans)
- Gripping Kong (includes Ann Darrow and Weta-rex)
Skull Island Playset
The Skull Island playset is designed for use with the six-inch scale figures. It consists of several pieces, and includes several human figures and a raft.
Skull Island playset
There are three larger-scale figures released in the line. These figures are 12 inches tall and can make sounds. Despite being larger in scale, these figures come with the same human figures included with the six-inch figures. The Bull V-Rex figure can actually swallow the human figures whole, which can then be recovered from a hatch on the underside of the figure.
There are two different King Kong plushes released as part of the line. The larger plush makes roaring sounds when one pushes down on its chest.
There are two separate King Kong costume sets: Electronic Kong Arms and Kong Face and Chains. The Kong arms are oversized gloves made to resemble Kong's hands that function similar to the popular "Hulk Hands" gloves, making sounds when they strike an object. The Kong Face and Chains consist of a King Kong mask and breakaway plastic chains.
Kong vs V-Rex Battling Game
A variation of the classic "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" game, the Kong vs V-Rex battling game includes a Kong and V-Rex piece, each on a base attached to a control stick. The players use the stick to make the figures punch each other until one collapses.
Godzilla and Kong (2019-)
Playmates unveiled figures of a 12-inch Godzilla (2004) and Kong from Kong: Skull Island, along with Godzilla (2016), SpaceGodzilla, and Destoroyah in the 6.5-inch scale, at Brand Licensing Europe 2019. Beginning in December 2019, the company released a Walmart-exclusive line of figures of monsters from both the Godzilla and King Kong series in anticipation of the release of Godzilla vs. Kong. The previously-revealed figures were joined by a 6.5-inch Kong, Gigan (2004), and Godzilla (2004). Reissues of five Bandai America vinyl figures in Playmates packaging also began to appear in 2020: Godzilla (1954), King Ghidorah (2001), Mechagodzilla (1974), Godzilla (1999), and Godzilla (1968). In an interview with Toho Kingdom, Vice President of Marketing John Stelzner revealed that the company would be releasing soft vinyl 6.5-inch figures of Burning Godzilla and Jet Jaguar in Spring 2021, followed by "a few new monsters" and another 12-inch Godzilla figure in the fall. The line became available to other retailers, such as Target, in April.
Godzilla vs. Kong (2020-)
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After low-res images of many figures from Playmates' Godzilla vs. Kong toyline leaked online earlier in the year, listings for 11" Godzilla and King Kong figures appeared on Walmart.com on July 16, 2020. Though they quickly went out of stock, those who managed to order them received them within days.
After finding the Giant figures, fans rapidly discovered Walmart.com listings for 6" figures, starting with one of Kong holding an axe. They began appearing in stores shortly thereafter.
Images for two new 13" figures, Mega Heat-Ray Godzilla and Mega Punching Kong were found online. The figures feature light and sound gimmicks.
Walmart first stocked the 11" Mechagodzilla figure in March 2021.
11" Giant Mechagodzilla
Playmates released the second wave of Godzilla vs. Kong figures in early 2021. The Kong and Warbat figures, which were revealed on the back of Wave 1 packaging, became available in the United Kingdom and several other countries in January. They came to Walmarts in the United States in early March, along with Mechagodzilla and the Hong Kong Battle repaints.
Battle Roar figures
Two 6" figures with sound gimmicks labeled "Battle Roar Godzilla" and "Battle Roar Kong" were sighted in China in early 2021.
An eBay seller from Hong Kong listed various small Godzilla vs. Kong figures at the end of January 2021. They have yet to be sighted in stores.
Godzilla and Kong plushes were revealed in early March 2021.
- Godzilla vs. Kong on the official Playmates site
- Classic Godzilla Titans on the official Playmates site
- Playmates Godzilla vs. Kong YouTube channel
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