Deformed Destroy All Monsters


Before there were X-Plus Defo Real Godzilla figures there was the Kaiyodo Deformed Monster All-Out Attack (デフォルメ怪獣総進撃) series. Super deformed, also referred to as “chibi,” is “an artistic style in which a normally realistically proportioned character is rendered in a shorter, rounder form, often with a big head and short limbs, somewhat resembling a caricature of themselves as a tiny yet plump toddler.”1 Super deformed and chibi Godzilla has a long history. The first Godzilla vinyl figure, although not super-deformed was stylized in design based on the Aurora model kit, which was a stylized KinGoji design. Super deformed incarnations of Godzilla can be traced back to the Showa era where he made appearances in children’s magazines. But these figures took off in the Heisei series that continued a direct appeal to children as well as adult Godzilla fans. Godzilla has been rendered in kid friendly and appealing figures, manga and television anime for a very long time. Today’s Gojiban and ChibiGoji have Godzilla-Kun, Godzilla Island and the television series Godzilland2 to thank.

An assortment of super deformed and chibi Godzilla products from the Showa to the Reiwa era

Growing up I had little interest in stylized and super-deformed Godzilla characters and figures. I wanted my Godzilla figures to look like they stomped right out of the tv screen onto my shelf. Godzilla garage kits were out of my reach but Bandai figures scratched my itch for suit-accurate figures. Over the years chibi figures found their way into my collection as incidental purchases. Today, they are everywhere and very appealing to Godzilla fans of all ages.

Items from my chibi Godzilla collection

Items from my chibi Godzilla collection (from left to right): Yutaka Godzilla Pocket Hero Real Series (1993), Bandai Cinema Godzilla vs Mothra The Byon Byon Monsters 2 motorized model kit (1992) and Yutaka Godzilla 2000 Deformed Clubhouse (1999)

Only in recent years my appreciation for the super deformed Godzilla has grown as their designs have evolved into a movie accurate style. For this reason I started collecting X-Plus Defo Real figures because they combine suit-accurate designs with super deformed features. The scale is perfect for display and their detail is great for toy photography. Super deformed Godzilla is in an abundance and readily available in a variety of products such as banks, books, candies, clocks, erasers, humidifiers, keychains, figures, manga, model kits, plush toys, puppets, t-shirts, remote controlled monsters, stamps, video games and much more from many manufactures that include Bandai, Banpresto, Funko Pop, Mash Deformer Art Project (MDA), West Kenji, X-Plus and more.

Deformed Monster All-Out Attack Kaiyodo Ad

Caricatures of Monster (Source: Kaiyodo Catalogue 1985?, 速水仁司 Hayami Hitoshi @HayamiHitoshi)

Deformed Monster All-Out Attack Ad

デフォルメ怪獣総進撃! by 速水仁司 Deformed Monster All-Out Attack! by Hitoshi Hayami | ● ムーンライトSY3だ! It’s Moonlight SY3! | 海洋堂ホビー館のガレージキット〝デフォルメ怪獣〟シリーズに、新いなかまが加わった。これで、「怪獣総進撃」(昭和43年作品)がディオラマにできるぞ! A new companion has been added to Kaiyodo Hobby Museum’s “Deformed Monster” series of garage kits. Now you can make a diorama of “Destroy All Monsters” (1968 work)! | クモンガ Kumonga | バラゴンくん Baragon | ジャンプがとくいだゴロザウルス。A Gorosaurus that jumps well. | 宇宙超怪獣キングギドラ。Space super monster King Ghidorah. | あかちゃんミニラ。Baby Minya. | ヘビしゃないよ。マンダだよ。It’s not a snake. It’s Manda. | ごぞんじゴジラ。You know Godzilla. | 地上じゃさまにならないラドン。Rodan that does not get in the way of the ground. | ちょっとすねたバランくん。Varan is a little shy. | 子どものモスラ。Mothra as a child. | ゴジラの友だち、アンギラス。Godzilla’s friend, Anguirus. (Source: コミックボンボン1984年11月号より, p 12; @HayamiHitoshi)

One day on social media legendary modeler Hitomi Hayashi posted a spread of deformed Toho monsters he modeled for Kaiyodo. His deformed Godzilla figures were part of the Kaiyodo Deformed Monster All-Out Attack (デフォルメ怪獣総進撃) garage kit series released from 1983-84 as part of a bigger series that include Ultra kaiju, Gamera and Daimajin. These cool little kits are some of the earliest super deformed Godzilla figures.

Deformed Monster All-Out Attack
Deformed Monster All-Out Attack
Deformed Monster All-Out Attack

My set includes: Godzilla 1964, Jet Jaguar, Megalon, Gigan, Baragon, Manda, Rodan, Varan, King Ghidorah, Manda, Ebirah and Kumonga

I was shocked when I found an old set on Buyee Japan for sale. These are wonderfully creative and whimsical creations. Who wouldn’t love Jet Jaguar’s super smile and Varan’s side-eye stare. These are some of the earliest Godzilla garage kits as well as super deformed figures. They have so much Godzilla toy history to tell. I’m elated to have these relics and artifacts in my small collection. Learn more about these amazing Kaiyodo kits on


1. Super Deformed

2. Godzilland, or Godzillaland, refers to a series of Japanese children’s educational television series produced by Toho and based on the Godzilla franchise. The first series, a trivia show titled Adventure! Godzilland, aired on TV Tokyo in 1992. Source: Wikipedia


An Unauthorized Guide to Godzilla Collectibles by Sean Linkenback (1998)