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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)

In 2005, Playmates released a line of toys to tie in with Peter Jackson's King Kong. It consisted of several different kinds of figures.

6-inch Figures

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:

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.

Large-scale figures

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.

  • Roaring Kong (includes three humans)
  • Supreme Kong
  • Roaring Bull V-Rex (includes three humans)

Plushes

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.

Costumes

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.[1] The line will become available to other retailers, such as Target, in April.[1]

Godzilla vs. Kong (2020-)

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Wave 1

Giant figures

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.[2][3] Though they quickly went out of stock, those who managed to order them received them within days.

6" figures

After finding the Giant figures, fans rapidly discovered Walmart.com listings for 6" figures, starting with one of Kong holding an axe.[4]

Wave 2

Mega figures

Images for two new 13" figures, Mega Heat-Ray Godzilla and Mega Punching Kong were found online. The figures feature light and sound gimmicks.

6" Figures

Playmates plans to release a second wave of Godzilla vs. Kong figures in Spring 2021.[5] Two of the figures were revealed on the back of Wave 1 packaging.

Videos

Godzilla vs. Kong figures commercial

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Shin evangelion

one day 15 hours 25 minutes ago
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when is the mechagodzilla coming out from playmate?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one day 15 hours 11 minutes ago
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None of the MG figures have been officially revealed yet, so who knows? Hopefully before the movie is out.
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AstroFanMan

2 days ago
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So... Has Wave 2 of the GvK toys come to stores yet, or are we just looking at pictures?
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Les

2 days ago
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"Spring 2021" = March at the earliest
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 days ago
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Some people have Wave 2 figures already, but they're not available in the U.S. yet.
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SkullIsland

4 months ago
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I got the ShinGoji because of how cursed it looks. I just love the dumbfounded look on its face, almost like it’s aware of its own cursed existence.
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RexGoji

4 months ago
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Quite a chad move there
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VaderRaptor

4 months ago
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That was very cash money of you.
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RexGoji

4 months ago
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Just ordered my first batch of figures.
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RexGoji

4 months ago
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I have changed my mind, the ones I am ordering are on par with NECA.
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Godzillafan03

5 months ago
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I would take neca anything day of the week instead of playmates the only chance I have left with playmates is if they release a lot of monsters that isn't as well know or monsters like anguirus or biolante monsters that is not as available or affordable because neca is better hands down and released godzilla figures that were harder to find or more expensive and better quality
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14Goji

5 months ago
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The shin godzilla look weird
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RexGoji

5 months ago
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Yes.
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GojiKaijuFan06

5 months ago
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Why on earth does playmates think that is presentable? It looks like a bootleg! Not a piece of official Godzilla merchandise!
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RexGoji

5 months ago
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Exactly
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RexGoji

5 months ago
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Yeah uh, I couldn't help but notice that the Shin Godzilla looks like he got a pitchfork stuck in his throat.
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GojiKaijuFan06

5 months ago
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Why did Playmates have a problem with NECA producing Godzilla merchandise? NECA should be allowed to produce Godzilla figures until their license expires. not until some company with bad figures tells them to stop. I will admit that the Godzilla vs Kong toys look good.
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Doomzilla

5 months ago
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I don't know about the details but i don't think that it is playmates where responsible for NECA losing the licence. Ask TOHO, they are the ones responsible for the licences for Godzilla merchandise.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

5 months ago
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It was Playmates' doing; we've got sources on our NECA page. Probably should add them here too.
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Doomzilla

5 months ago
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Wow, playmates don't like competition. While I really like their Godzilla vs kong figures since it's actually pretty good, Their classic line have been questionable at best.
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GojiKaijuFan06

5 months ago
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Who's next? Bandai America?
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Gorosaurus Fan

5 months ago
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I got that SpaceGodzilla figure for $19
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RexGoji

6 months ago
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So, my opinion on this? Nowhere near NECA level. They range from pretty good (like the Atomic Ray Godzilla and the Battle Axe Kong) to REALLY bad (like The giant figures, the paint jobs are just janky)


So better than nothing, I guess
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Astounding Beyond Belief

6 months ago
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Comparisons with NECA are inevitable after Playmates shoved them out of the Godzilla game, but Godzilla vs. Kong figures are much cheaper than NECAs. From what I've seen, this is the best MonsterVerse toyline so far.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

6 months ago
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Comparisons with NECA are inevitable after Playmates shoved them out of the Godzilla game, but Godzilla vs. Kong figures are much cheaper than NECAs. From what I've seen, this is the best MonsterVerse toyline so far.
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Doomzilla

5 months ago
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I agree with the monsterverse figures that they made, they are actually pretty good. The classic line however, is a completely different story.
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Shin evangelion

10 months ago
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i wonder if there gonna be doing a flower beast biollante figure
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CrazyChickenzilla

6 months ago
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Probable not considering they "Borrow" mold's and the only two Flower beast molds are Marmet's and maybe the Y-MSF and plus imagine how god awful that would look
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