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Figures & Figure Sets

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Bandai

Bandai USA

Banpresto

Bear Model

Billiken

Bullmark

M1

Marmit

Marusan

Miscellaneous

Popy

Takara

Toy Graph

Trendmasters

X-Plus

Y-MSF

Yamakatsu

Yamanaya

Yutaka

Figures & Figure Sets

For many a collector, vinyl figures form the backbone of their Godzilla collections. The first Godzilla figure was issued in 1966 by the Marusan Company. Insofar as the vintage figures, the landscape is dominated by the Bullmark line, which is considered by many vintage collectors to be the finest and most varied line of Godzilla toys ever created. They even appear in a Godzilla movie (Godzilla v Hedorah). In any case, all of the vintage figures bear two things in common; a highly stylized design and a usually unrealistic, brightly colored paint scheme. One can safely say that the Marusan and Bullmark lines are, historically, the most important of any Godzilla toy series, with the possible inclusion of the original Bandai 8 inch line.

For many, it was 1983 when it all began. With the announcement of the first new Godzilla movie since 1975, merchandising kicked into high gear, and was arguably more well received than ever before. 1983 also, markedly, was the year that Yakmakatsu and Bandai both entered the vinyl figure market, and changed everything with their completely realistic approach to figure production. These figures were the first truly realistic renditions produced, both in sculpture and painting. It was, however, not until the early '90s that the U.S. caught onto the act with Trendmaster's release of it's King of the Monsters line, followed in late 2003 by Bandai's U.S. effort.