Playmates

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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 (2019-2020)

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-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-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).[1][2]

Godzilla vs. Kong (2020-)

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Giants

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.[3][4] 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.[5] The back of their packaging also revealed a second Kong figure and a new Titan called Warbat.

References

This is a list of references for Playmates. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. GodzillaWolverinefan (2 January 2020). Playmates is re-releasing the Bandai America Godzilla figures found at Walmart.. Reddit.
  2. GodzillaWolverinefan (25 June 2020). Playmates is rereleasing Bandai Creation’s 1968 Godzilla figure. Reddit.
  3. Godzilla vs Kong 11" Giant Godzilla (XL) Figure. Walmart.com. Retrieved on 16 July 2020.
  4. Godzilla vs. Kong 11" Giant King Kong (XL) Figure. Walmart.com. Retrieved on 17 July 2020.
  5. Godzilla vs. Kong 6" Basic Kong with Battle-Axe Figure. Walmart.com. Retrieved on 18 July 2020.

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RexGojiDepressedHLEPOHGOD26

6 days 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 days 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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Shin evangelion

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

18 days 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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