Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Collectible Time #8: A Tale of Two Caesars/Neca's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Caesar and Bandai's King Caesar

Lucked out again and obtained an action figure tie-in well in advance of the film's release. This one's a lot smaller than the Jumbo Godzilla I purchased, but in detail, equally stunning. 

It's Neca's 7" representation of Andy Serkis' Caesar, as he'll appear in the upcoming parallel-tracked, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." As many of you have seen from the trailers, the mythic ape sports facial/body paint this time around.

Above is a image of the unsealed piece (holding the otherwise packaged accompanying spear): embellished by an appropriate, forest exterior. 

Long live Caesar's reign (as well as the continued success of such magnificent tie-ins to bolster the always thought-provoking Apes franchise)!!!

Also, by a magnificent stroke of fortune, I purchased Bandai's 6" vinyl King Caesar (Kingu Shisa) of  Toho/Godzilla fame: not that this is a hot-off-the-line action figure by any means; it simply caught my eye this time, after I grabbed the Neca Caesar, and for thematic purposes, demanded I possess it.

Introduced in "Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla" ('74)--a film, I might add, that shamelessly flaunts "Planet of..." type simians--King Caesar acts as an ally against Godzilla's robotic counterpart. He'd later appear in "Godzilla: Final Wars" (2004), but alas, only fleetingly and contrary to character.

As one can see above, this particular Caesar embodies the essence of the shisa mythology: a glorious hybrid of canine and lion. Just look at that striking sneer and those stylish ears.

Thank you, Fate, for directing me from one legendary Caesar to another. Once more, I'm eclectically fulfilled!!!

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