Playmates Toys Doing Godzilla Figures With Godzilla Vs Kong To Follow

by Jay Cochran
December 26, 2019
GojiBill sent word that new Godzilla figures have started to show up on shelves from Playmates Toys. Figures that looked very similar to the ones previously put out by Bandai America only with less paint decos. Even the packaging is very similar to the Bandai America ones only now you have a Playmates Toys logo on them instead of Bandai America. You can see an image for these new Playmates Toys figures below via GodzillaWolverinefan.

While details are limited at this time for why Playmates Toys has started releasing very similar product to the Bandai America stuff, we do know back in August Playmates Toys quietly announced they would be producing product in 2020 for the new Kong vs Godzilla movie which right now is slated with a November 20, 2020 release date.

We've reached out to the folks at Playmates Toys to see if we can get anymore details on this but with the Holidays upon us we may not hear back until the new year. Once we do hear back we will be sure to update this story but for now don't be surprised if you come across similar Godzilla product on shelves with the Playmates Toys logo on it.
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JeffCoJeffCo - 2020-01-20 @ 12:49 pm

I have been hype for this movie since 2014, and everybody wants to jump on that train now? Pff

GojiBill - 2020-01-20 @ 1:52 am
On 1/3/2020 at 7:03 PM, JayC said:

I'm not sure who is going to really buy these when they are so similar to the Bandai stuff which at least at my local walmart last time I check was still warming the pegs. I assume these are being release now to hold the shelf space for when it gets closer to the Kong Vs Godzilla movie release and hopefully Playmates will have something to differentiate it from the Bandai stuff.

A few others have shared your theory that Playmates is using the Bandai figures and the other poor quality figures in attempt to fulfill their Godzilla toy lineobligation to Walmart. Godzilla vs Kong was originally scheduled for a March release and was pushed back to November. This may have screwed up Playmates previousplans and now theyre scrambling to provide Godzilla figures while not revealing the GvK figures. That would explain why theyre reusing the Bandai figures,why the new onesare poorer in quality, and why Kongis one of the better ones in the bunch.

A video review (https://youtu.be/QV42q-IZhvQ)confirmed that a feware the sameBandai figures with a black Playmates stamp over the Bandai imprint on the foot. Pics below. This gives me hope that the laterfigures have a much better chance at being better overall.

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Neovorticism2 - 2020-01-07 @ 1:33 am

Well, it looks like a very interesting list, several kaijus that we haven't seen before in the Bandai America's vinyl line (when still had the rights), now let's wait to see how they look like.

GojiBill - 2020-01-07 @ 1:12 am

The YouTube channelGeek Chest recently released a video potentially identifying the Playmates Godzilla series lineup. They stated theirsource has been reliable in the past but nothing was confirmed at the time of the video. Pics and link below.

Link:https://youtu.be/M8klTS0s440

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Neovorticism2 - 2020-01-04 @ 4:46 pm

Wow, they won't even try to make more new figures besides the Kong, all I see are figures that Bandai had already done in the past but with even less quality.

JayC - 2020-01-04 @ 12:03 am

I'm not sure who is going to really buy these when they are so similar to the Bandai stuff which at least at my local walmart last time I check was still warming the pegs. I assume these are being release now to hold the shelf space for when it gets closer to the Kong Vs Godzilla movie release and hopefully Playmates will have something to differentiate it from the Bandai stuff.

GojiBill - 2020-01-03 @ 9:48 pm

More pictures from KaijuBattle.net courtesy of Twitter user The_Deadzilla. Other figures in the line appear to be exact copies of the ones previously released by Bandai, just with the Playmates packaging. Perfectly acceptable for a line intended for kids.Not sure why the others are so different in quality.Maybe Bandai just handed off what they had left over for Playmates to sell.

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GojiBill - 2019-12-31 @ 10:35 am
5 hours ago, Neovorticism2 said:

Yeah, $30 is kinda crazy for a hollow vinyl figure, I wanted some of the KotM kaijus as a gift for a friend, I guess one of the Neca figs will do the work.

NECA would be your best bet if you want to go for quality and affordability, they usually run between $25-30 at stores.NECA also announced a sale for their products at Target stores, see pic below.

Another option is the KotM toy line from Jakks Pacific. Quality is extremely meh, but the figures are currently on clearance at Walmart. The small two figure packs are at $5 and the larger figuresare under $15. Not bad for desk decor.

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Neovorticism2 - 2019-12-31 @ 4:59 am

Yeah, $30 is kinda crazy for a hollow vinyl figure, I wanted some of the KotM kaijus as a gift for a friend, I guess one of the Neca figs will do the work.

GojiBill - 2019-12-31 @ 3:45 am
4 hours ago, Neovorticism2 said:

Another recycled mold, the next one we'll see in that scale is Kiryu. Is there any info about vinyl figures based on the Legendary's Mothra, Rodan or Ghidorah?.

Yea, Playmates dropped the ball big time on this one. My kids are super into Godzilla now and I was looking into a solid toy line forthem to play with. The Jakks stuff was mediocre and NECA can be too fragile in their hands. Have to track down the local Bandai stuff while its still available at a reasonable price ($13 in stores).

I havent seen any KotM fromPlaymates yet, but Bandai Japan did release vinyls of all the monsters in the 5-6 scale and one larger scale Godzilla at 11-12.

Ive seen the small ones range between $20-30 and large Godzilla run between $40-60.

Not sure if thats what you meant, but Amazon has most of them available for average prices right now.

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