SH Monster Arts Battra is beautiful. The wings are striking and the patterning on the body is true to the movie in which Battra appears, as one would expect from SHMA. Finely crafted, to scale with all the other SHMA pieces, Battra comes with its own stand and makes a wonderful counterpoint to Mothra.
I really like the red accents on the black body and the design that makes Battra look like it might be an evil counterpart to Mothra. Battra’s wings are more jagged on the edges and Battra’s abdomen ends in a trio of spikes.
SHMA Battra is fully articulated and the wings can be positioned as well as the legs and body. The legs are a bit delicate though so handle them with care. Battra does have to be slightly balanced on the stand but it has a cradle so that’s not too hard to achieve and the results are worth it.
This year I spent my Christmas money on the SH Monster Arts Mothra & Battra Larva set. It was pricy and after I’d ordered it but before it had arrived I had some twinges about having spent so much on these particular pieces. Then the box arrived and I opened it. Wow.
The Battra larva alone is worth every penny I spent. It’s enormous! Well, it is to scale and in the movie the larval form of Battra was as big as Godzilla. It’s so beautiful too, I didn’t even take it out of the packaging at first. I just looked at it.
Out of the package it’s even more beautiful. The red and yellow jewel tone markings on the deep charcoal gray body are spectacular. The gem-tone eye is just as striking. Stylized scales accenting the eyes are translucent around the sides of the head, then from the central part of the forehead the scales build and then brighten into a powerful translucent yellow for the central horn. The facial horns are yellow and tie in with the spiked feet of the figure.
Fully articulated, the first thing I did was open the mandibles, just to see if they worked. Of course they did. The Battra larva is a fantastic piece to add to any collection.
Along with the Battra larva came the Mothra larva. While not as large or colorful as the Battra larva, the Mothra larva does come with a stand and a strand of silk to spit from her mandibles. They are also articulated along with her whole body. The coloring on her is well done. It looks like some kind of organic material.
To be honest the Battra larva is so gorgeous that I actually consider the Mothra larva a bonus to the box, but in all fairness she is wonderful too. At some point I hope to be able to put together a scene with the Mothra larva battling Godzilla. With that silk, it’ll be just like in the movies.