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Bandai Godzilla 1999 (MIRE-Goji) and 2000 (GIRA-Goji) Figures

By Richard Cox (2001)
All 6 Releases

Beginning in 1999 with the release of Godzilla 2000: Millennium, Bandai began pumping out various versions of their Godzilla 2000 mold. First came the standard release, (G-16) in the Toho Kaiju 2 series. This was soon followed by a theater exclusive and a special "Super Crystal" edition within a span of a few months. Then, in 2000, while preparing for the release of Godzilla X Megaguirus: G Eradication Project, another special edition of the mold was released, the Pearl GIRA-Goji. This was, of course, followed by the standard release (available via the Toho Kaiju Series 2 Special and the theater exclusive.

The result of these many issues being an astounding six uses of the same mold within the span of a year, surpassing the amount of time it took them to get four uses of the DESU-Goji mold onto the market. There are some obvious differences between most of these figures, as well as subtle nuances.

The Standard Releases

MIRE- and GIRA-Goji Standard Releases

The differences between Bandai's MIRE-Goji and GIRA-Goji releases, are actually quite numerous. Firstly, the G2K was a single release in the Toho Kaiju Seris 2, while the GIRA-Goji was issued as a part of a packaged set and is unavailable individually. Thus, the G2K is tagged and the G 2001 is not.

Insofar as mold and paint differences, the MIRE-Goji is molded in the same black as most of it's other releases, while the G 2001 is actually molded in a dark green, which is more faithful to the suit as it appeared in both films. The spines are also noticeably different, with MIRE-Goji's spines silver with purple tips. The GIRA-Goji, on the other hand, has attached transluscent spines on it's body, with peach tips. The spines on the tail are painted white and peach; they are not transluscent, which is a bit jarring in effect. Finally, the MIRE-Goji's claws and teeth are a pale yellow whereas those of the GIRA-Goji are white adn much sparser in application.

Bandai Godzilla 1999 (MIRE-Goji) and 2000 (GIRA-Goji) Standard Release Comparison Chart
Figure Release Date Availability Mold Highlights Tag
MIRE-Goji 1999 Toho Kaiju Series 2 (G-16) Black Silver/Purple Spine
Pale Yellow Details
Tag
GIRA-Goji 2000 Toho Kaiju Series Special Green White/Peach Spine
Sparse White Details
N/A

The Theater Exclusives

MIRE- and GIRA-Goji Theater Editions (right to left)

The theater-exclusive releases are actually quite different from one another, though the effect being sought is similar. Both the 1999 and 2000 theater exclusives are molded in a very pliable, milky transluscent vinyl. It is in the detailing that these two figures vary. Firstly, the MIRE-Goji isn't painted in a traditional manner. Instead, gold glitter has been mixed into the vinyl and peach paint injected inside the mold. It is truly a unique effect. On the other hand, the 2001 theater figure is painted in a more traditional manner, but with fiery, metallic tones.

Both figures come tagged. The MIRE-Goji tag is exactly like that of the standard issue, except for a sticker on the back denoting both it's status as an exclusive and higher price of ¥1300. The GIRA-Goji, though, is Bandai's return to a non-folding tag - it has a gold background on the front image, while the back has much of the text usually associated with Bandai figure tags. One important thing to note, though, is the absence of the Bandai serial numbers, which have traditionally appeared on the tags.

Bandai Godzilla 1999 (MIRE-Goji) and 2000 (GIRA-Goji) Theater Exclusive Comparison Chart
Figure Release Date Availability Mold Highlights Tag
MIRE-Goji 1999 Theater Exclusive Trans. White Injected Peach Paint
Gold Glitter
MIRE-Goji Tag
GIRA-Goji 2000 Theater Exclusive Trans. White Metallic Yellow
Metallic Orange
GIRA-Goji Tag

The Special Editions

Pearl and Super Crystal Godzilla (left to right)

Called the Super Crystal Edition because of the vinyl, the 1999 special edition is named after the Crystal G2K, one of the five small advance ticket figures issued also by Bandai for Godzilla 2000. It is molded in transluscent white and sports no painted detailing whatsoever. It is also tagless. The Super Crystal G2K was received by 2000 people attending the Godzilla Exhibit in Japan, as a prize in a contest. In comparison, the Pearl GIRA-Goji is also molded in a semi-clear white vinyl with no detailing. And while this might lead one to believe the figures to be identical, they are not. The Pearl Godzilla has a pearlescent, rainbow-like effect due to a coating on the vinyl. This also results in the Super Crystal figure beig slightly more transluscent. The Pearl Goji also comes with a tag similar to the Godzilla X Megaguirus theater exclusive, and was released on 10 November, 2000 to commemorate the "Gifu" Cinema-town Grand Opening in Japan. The figure is limited to a production run of roughly 700 and was a special present for the VIP and staff who were attending the event.

Bandai Godzilla 1999 (MIRE-Goji) and 2000 (GIRA-Goji) Special Edition Comparison Chart
Figure Release Date Availability Mold Highlights Tag
Super Crystal 1999 limited to 2000 Trans. White None N/A
Pearl 2000 limited to 700 Trans. White With Chromatic Effect None Pearl Godzilla Tag