Godzilla: High Grade - Set 4
Release date 1998
Distributed by Bandai

Godzilla: High Grade - Set 4 is a set of toy products known a gashapons, that were released in conjunction with the release of Godzilla (1998 film) in Japan. The figures came in capsules with catalog inserts. They all require assembly. A display card, that shows all the figures, is placed in the window of the capsule machine.[1]



Top, Bootleg markings. Bottom, Bandai markings.

Godzilla samlar figurer set2


Bandai's High Grade figures are popular with many collectors for their detailed sculpts, paint jobs, and also for the wide selection of monsters that have been included in the series. New sets, released to coincide with the latest Godzilla film, usually sell in the $18-$22 range, but the earlier sets can go for much more. Bootlegs of this series were produced by a Chinese manufacturer, however these were of inferior quality and feature noticeable differences.

Set contains

Angurus/Angilas '68

After the Burning Godzilla, Angilas is the next easiest bootleg to identify without having the figure in-hand. The biggest difference between the Bandai HG Angilas and the bootleg is the paint (or lack of it) on the spines on his back. The Bandai has white paint on the tips of the spines, but the bootleg doesn't. This usually shows up even in really bad pictures, so if Angilas' back looks like it's one uniform color the same as the body, it's a bootleg.[2]

  • Bootleg: Lack of white paint on back spines.

Burning Godzilla

The Burning Godzilla is very impressive with the partial transparent red plastic in the chest and the fins.[3] The Bandai figure is done with the burning effect using a dark translucent reddish-orange vinyl. The burning areas on the bootleg are in a much lighter vinyl, a pale yellow instead of dark orange/red. Another tip is the eyes: The bootleg's eyes are painted very sloppily with a lot of orange paint to mark the eye. If you're looking at a small picture you would hardly be able to see the Bandai figure's eyes at all; if they're very large and obvious, you're looking at a bootleg. Another big difference is size (the bootleg is much smaller; almost ¼ inch smaller) but this isn't something you can tell without both figures being side-by-side.[4]

  • Bootleg: Burning effect in pale yellow, instead of dark orange/red. Sloppy paint at eyes.

Gigan '73

As you can see from the picture there are some differences between the original Bandai and the bootleg (primarily size and tone of the gold paint), but you'd really need a side-by-side comparison to reliably pick them out. The only tip here is that the bootlegs are usually sold as a set or in separate auctions from the same seller, so check out other items from the same seller.[5]

  • Bootleg: Keeps bad company. Might be making a rude gesture with that claw.

Godzilla '98

This US Godzilla figure comes in a crouched position with one hand on the ground and the other on his leg. This figure seems to have been modeled after production artwork from the film and the similar promotional artwork depicting Godzilla crouched atop a burning building. As with Angilas, paint differences give the bootleg Godzilla '98 away. The Bandai figure has heavy gold paint at the cheek and jaw line, and while the same areas on the bootleg are also painted they're so faint the paint can barely be seen. The lack of silver paint on the top of the head is another tip-off, but depending on the quality of the picture you're looking at this can be a tough detail to spot.[6]

  • Bootleg: Little-to-no paint evident at cheek and jaw. No paint on top of head.

Godzilla Jr.

The Bandai figure is painted with off-white / cream colored toes. The bootleg's toes are painted in stark white. Another good tip-off is the eyes, like the Burning Godzilla, the bootleg Godzilla Jr's eyes are very sloppy and instead of neatly following the mold the eyes are just two circles of white with red circles at the center. If you know to look for it, this can be an obvious tip-off.[7]

  • Bootleg: White toes, instead of cream. Very sloppy paint at eyes.

Mecha Godzilla '74

The most striking difference between the genuine Bandai HG 4 MechaGodzilla and the bootleg is the significant size difference but you can't really tell this without having a side-by-side comparison (in which case you could look for the copyright marks). If you're lucky enough to get a picture of MechaGodzilla from the side, there are obvious differences that can identify the real thing from the bootleg. MechaG's "ears" should be pretty large and oval-shaped, whereas the bootleg's are very small and more of a circle than an oval (the difference is enough that in a nice clear pic you can tell them apart even in a front-on shot). Also, the bootleg has very significant lack of detail in the nose (being very blunted instead of pointy) and in the spike at the top of the head.[8]

  • Bootleg: Lack of sculpt detail in nose and top of head. Little paint used for red "ears".



See also

Godzilla merchandise