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The Bandai Toho Kaiju Series / Bullmark Standard Series Comparison Chart

By Richard Cox (2001)

In 1992 Bandai, generally known for it's lines of highly detailed, realistic renderings of kaiju, reissued a series of ten Bullmark figures from the late 1960s and early to mid-70s.

Called the Toho Kaiju Series, these Bullmark re-releases vary from the originals in two important ways. Firstly, Bandai figures were cast from original Bullmark figures instead of a prototype, resulting in a different, slightly smaller sized toy due to mold shrinkage in the hardening process.

Secondly, both the paint scheme and the color of the vinyl differ from the Bullmark originals, sometimes quite drastically, leaving each toy faithful to the original yet easily discernable for the knowledgeable collector. In each of the below images, the Bandai release is featured on the right while the Bullmark resides on the left.

Angilas

Angilas

The Bandai Angilas is molded in a medium to dark shade of brown, and sports silver highlights on his chest, eyes and mouth, with metallic blue featured on his feet, horns, spines, and hands. The original Bullmark edition is molded in orange with a much simpler green used as highlighting across the breadth of the toy. There are also metallic blue highlights on the figure's chest, legs, and arms.

Baragon

Baragon

Both the Bandai and Bullmark Baragon figures sport orange molds, thus looking similar upon first glance. The Bandai, however, has silver sprayed on the legs, feet and face with metallic green also present on the legs, arms, belly and back. Gold teeth and red highlights round out the toy's the face. The Bullmark features green highlights and red eyes.

Gigan

Gigan

The Bandai Toho Kaiju Gigan is molded in green, with gold highlights on the fins and chest. There are also silver details on the feet, hooks, beak and head spines. His eye is red. The Bullmark is molded in beige and has a goodly bit of pale blue paint on it. The fins and eyes are both red.

Godzilla

Godzilla

For their Toho kaiju reissue, Bandai's Godzilla was released in a deep charcoal gray mold with silver highlights and red eyes. The Bullmark, on the other hand, is molded in dark blue and has silver highlights on chest. The dorsal spines are bright blue. Note the silver face on the Bandai.

King Ghidorah

King Ghidorah

The Toho Kaiju King Ghidorah is molded in orange with green and red highlights all over the body. The faces are sprayed a bright shade of red. The Bullmark 9 inch figure is also molded in orange, but has silver and green painted-on highlights. The necks are blue and silver while the figure's mouths are red.

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