S.H Monsterarts King Ghidorah Review
The box: I don't usually mention the box in a review (what is there to say) but I must mention this size of this one. It's gigantic and measures out to around 14x8x14", so it's certainly going to take up space.
I'll start with the good: It's a large, impressive looking figure. Looks just like the suit used in the movie. Ghidorah has plenty of articulation in the necks, tails and legs, though some of the neck/tail joints seem to be firmly stuck together. He also balances quite well.
The wings: The figure's big weak point (as we all know). Thankfully I have not had any breakage issues with the wings on mine yet. I have only dared to move them from their original position once.
When moving the wings, I noticed that it's hard to tell if you're applying enough pressure to move it at all. If you push with light force it won't budge, but if you exert pressure on it, you risk snapping them off.
The tip about grabbing the wing by the piece that connects it to the torso doesn't help much. Those pieces are mostly buried within the torso and are difficult to grip. You basically have to grab the actual wing parts if you want to move them. So while the wings are articulated, you can't really enjoy posing them, which is quite a bummer.
I also had the common problem of Ghidorah's heads falling off right out of the box. The middle one popped back in with little trouble, but the right one seemed impossible to get back in, I toiled with it for an hour to no avail. The right neck's spines were also bent towards the area that had fallen off, maybe stress mark signs?
I had to use the hairdryer on the socket to get the right neck to fit back in without falling off.This solved the problem, but I really shouldn't have to do that for a $125 figure. On this subject, the figure has a sharp texture much like a cactus, and it will hurt your fingers if you're really pushing on it. So if you get this figure and the necks or tails fall off, just use the hairdryer on the socket for a minute. Don't bother trying to jam the pieces into place, it won't work and it will be very unconformable on your hands.
On a different segment of the right neck, there's an ugly gap where the piece on top hasn't covered up the socket on the lower piece the way it should;
It's a minor annoyance compared to snapped wings, but it kinda ruins the "seamless" look they mostly achieved with the necks. Fortunately it isn't too hard to reposition the neck so that the gap doesn't show so much.
So for all those issues, it probably seems like I hate the figure. But I'm actually quite pleased with it. It's mostly an excellent figure that happens to have one big problem and some other minor issues. I'm glad to have one and it looks great with Godzilla. I hope to add more kaiju alongside them eventually.
If you really want a King Ghidorah and you don't mind heating up a socket or two and not moving the wings much, I'd say go for it (the prices seem to be going up already), but get one through a retailer that you can get a refund/replacement from just in case.
As for a rating, I'd say 7/10.