Saturday, January 11, 2020

Mezco Toyz One:12 18" King Kong Skull Island Figure Review

Mezco Toyz 18" King Kong
The latest release from Mezco Toyz is their 18" King Kong from the movie Kong: Skull Island.  I originally was able to see this figure at ToyFair in 2018 and was really impressed with what I saw. My opinion of the Kong: Skull Island movie, it was pretty  entertaining but it also had its flaws.  I loved that they used the Vietnam era for the movie and John C. Reilly was pretty hysterical as well.  In the end, we all wanted to see Kong and what the latest adaption of the monster would look like.  He was the highlight of the movie, and in my opinion he lived  up to the hype.  Let's take a closer look at this monster of a figure, and see how well it stands up with Mezco's regular 1:12 releases.

  • 18" figure with great weight and girth
  • Extremely wide which adds to the intimidating look of Kong
  • 3 Interchangeable head sculpts
  • 4 sets of hands including 2 that allow you to place items in his hands 

  • Overall limited articulation
  • No elbow or knee bend articulation
  • Limited neck articulation 
  The 18" Kong is the first figure I have purchased from Mezco that is not the normal 1:12 figure.  Even though I was able to see him in person at ToyFair, I still wasn't sure what to expect from the final product.  Out of the box, I was extremely impressed with the size of the figure and the width of his body.  There are other companies that produce larger scaled figures but they are usually thin and just tall, where Kong is just massive all around.  Kong carries a great amount of weight when you pick him up, and one thing is for sure he is not a cheap and hollow figure.

   Mezco also made a smaller version of King Kong that was released about 8 months ago, and he's about 8 inches tall.  The smaller version comes with a lot of accessories, better articulation and extras, compared to the large 18" version and for good reason.  It would have been cool if he had a few accessories like his hand cuffs but I am very happy with the 18" version.  Due to the sheer size it would of been tough to add more articulation and accessories and not price him out of most people buying him.

   One of the coolest features with Kong is the fact that he has hands to hold things like cars and people.  One of the first things I did after opening him was grab a 6" figure and see how well he scaled and stayed in his hand.  I had no issues with placing the figure in the hand and Kong is made so well his arm doesn't dip and things don't slip out of his hands. I really appreciate the fact that he comes with the open hands so he can crush planes, trains and automobiles.  
  This version of King Kong is a higher end item with a larger price tag, which will most likely discourage some people from buying him.  I believe around 1,400 total were produced, and I don't believe there has been a lot of hype around this version of Kong. Cost can always impact what people decide to buy, and I believe Mezco knew this and made a low number to make sure they were able to produce it.  My comparison from when I first saw it at ToyFair, to having it in my hands really saw no difference in what I was getting.  This is a big deal to me, as we often see a lot of changes that happen from a work in progress model to the final production piece.  I would recommend picking this version up, if you are a huge Kong fan and don't want to pay even higher prices down the road on the secondary market.
   Thanks for taking the time to read my review and check out my pictures on Mezco's King Kong.  Make  sure to let me know what you think in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter or                                                                          Instagram @cobrashadowjoes

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