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The popular MFS-3 Type 3 Kiryu joins the S.H.MonsterArts series with generous diecast in chest and leg areas as well as a full array of option parts. This deluxe kaiju action figure set features interchangeable Messer Blade arm parts, articulated leg blasters and attachable back unit. Option head parts also included to recreate MFS-3 during repairs. Kiryu, also known as Mechagodzilla from the Millennium era, joins the S.H.MonsterArts line and is the first entry from the Millennium era. I’ve never owned a Kiryu figure so I was pretty excited when it was announced. For those who don’t know, this incarnation of Kiryu is from “Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla” (2002). One thing Tamashii gets right with its S.H.MonsterArts line are Mechas. Kiryu is a very popular creation from the Millennium era with a lot of merchandise everywhere, from affordable to expensive price tags.

 

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Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. MonsterArts MFS-3 Type 3 Kiryu Mechagodzilla Action Figure Price: $82.87 & FREE Shipping. (You Save: $14.12 from List Price: $96.99)


Design

Kiryu’s design, sculpted by veteran sculptor Yuji Sakai, features a tough gun metal plastic with some parts in diecast metal to give the figure some weight. The head looks like it did in the movie and features a sleek modernized metal look. The eyes are connected to the crest of the head and are made of translucent material, giving the eyes a nice glow in some lighting conditions. Kiryu’s mouth features actual teeth instead of metallic ones. Further inside the mouth are two maser cannons. These are small, but very detailed. On the sides of Kiryu’s head there are two cables that run along the surface and into the neck. These cables are made of a soft plastic material and are able to bend depending on how Kiryu’s head is positioned.

The neck and most of the frame of the body have cables that underlie the metallic armor. Unlike the two cables on the sides of Kiryu’s head, these cables are meticulously sculpted with hard plastic. I’m sure if they used the rubber plastic material the figure would have a hard time standing on its own, especially on hot summer days. While these sculpted cables don’t bend, they are aesthetically pleasing. This particularly stands out near the waist above the thighs. The chest opens up to reveal the absolute zero cannon and looks exactly like the one from the movie. The chest plate doors are made of diecast. The upper right plate displays Kiryu’s model number, “MFS-3.” Under the chest there are a lot of sleek unique designs that give Kiryu a modern edge. It’s all very well done and couldn’t look any better. The arms and hands feature similar qualities and show more “muscle” than past Mechas.

 

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On the backside of Kiryu, all dorsal spines are well represented and even include the two afterburners. Although small, these afterburners have fine details. The mid-section of the torso is a floating piece of armor with dorsal spines, which I personally find annoying. It’s different from past monster designs in the torso area as it can get stuck executing extreme poses and must be readjusted. It’s a minor nuisance, but isn’t a deal breaker. The legs feature bigger pieces of metal armor and cable parts. Like most of the design elements, they are brilliantly sculpted with a sleek modern edge. Where the thighs meet the waist are two cables like the ones on the sides of the head. These are also made of the same bendable material, allowing for free movement depending on how the legs are posed. The kneecaps are attached to the lower part of the leg, which works for neutral poses, but can look funny in an extreme bent position.

It’s minor and forgivable for the sake of articulation. Near the feat, Kiryu shares a similar, but updated, ankle shield that was present with the Heisei era’s Mechagodzilla. It’s good for hiding the gaps created by posing the feet. The feet themselves are made of diecast, adding more weight to this figure. Kiryu’s tail is long and expertly sculpted, featuring three rows or dorsal spines, sectioned armor, and sculpted cable material underlying the frame. It’s my second favorite piece of the entire sculpt.

 

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Features:
– Diecast and plastic construction
– Detachable backpack unit
– Optional head parts and swappable Messer Blade arm parts
– Manufacturer recommended age: 15 – 16 years

 

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

 

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Accessories:

After a long drought of next to little or no accessories, Kiryu includes some mechanical goodies. It comes with the rocket launcher backpack, two arm laser cannons with connecting wire cables, two maser blades, and three swappable eye parts. The famous rocket launcher backpack sits nicely on Kiryu’s back after you remove three dorsal spines. The launcher parts themselves are able to move up and down for a neutral and battle ready stance. The arm laser cannons connect on top of the forearms and use a cable that can be secured into the elbows for extra support. The two maser blades connect into the arm laser cannons. Be very careful as these ones can fall out if not secured properly and could be lost forever. The three swappable eye parts feature different states of Kiryu from the film. The eyes shipped on Kiryu’s head reflect Kiryu’s look before it encountered Godzilla. The red eyes are from when Kiryu goes berserk remembering its past. The yellow eyes with lines inside are from after Kiryu has undergone repairs from an encounter with Godzilla.

It’s refreshing to get some accessories, but unfortunately Kiryu does not come with a beam effect for the Absolute Zero Cannon and the maser cannon in its mouth. An easy solution is that you can borrow beam effects from King Ghidorah and Godzilla (1994) to best emulate these weapons. Still, it would have been nice to have an Absolute Zero Cannon blast. It just feels incomplete posing the chest open without it. I feel that accessories are included with this release because it’s a Mecha unit which usually sells well in Japan and other countries. That being said, I won’t be getting my hopes up for future releases to have accessories unless they’re Mecha’s.

 

 

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