one of the three star kaiju of Godzilla
vs. Mothra (1992), was released in 1995
as part of the Trendmasters Godzilla Wars
line. Like other three inch-scaled figures, there
were only two ways of gaining this evil bug. The
first was through a versus pack that came with Godzilla.
The second was in one of the 40th Anniversary Sets
where he was accompanied by eight other figures
from the versus packs. The creature's length is
roughly two inches with a five inch wingspan.
When compared to the movie monster, some complaints
can emerge. The eyes of Battra are not only red,
but also have yellow pupils. Those that have seen
his movie should be able to tell the infamous bug
did not have any pupils. The legs of Battra are
too small, but given the size of this release, that's
expected so he doesn't look weird next to the other
figures. Besides those details, Battra's color seems
overly light compared to his all-black movie brother.
Thankfully the toy's wings still sport roughly the
same patterns and he keeps his yellow horns and
Like most three inch figures, Battra is made of
all rubber. None of his pieces can actually move,
but the wings can bend somewhat. When in the versus
pack, Battra was also released with Godzilla and
a Trading Card. Sadly, the way I got the figure
was through the 40th Anniversary Set so I can't
comment on how the card looked.
Many fans should remember what it was like back
in the Trendmasters heyday, going to the local mall,
heading toward Kay Bee toys, and begging one's parents
to buy them one of the sets. Like others, I remember
having all out war with most of my small figures.
The timing of Battra's release, however, should
be questioned. Many fans that weren't even aware
of the 1990's series of movies often thought that
Battra, Mecha-King Ghidorah, SpaceGodzilla, and
even Moguera were all monsters created by Trendmasters
for their line.
In the end, Battra is a decent figure, there’s
nothing overly wrong with him and he makes another
addition to the smaller scale figures released in
1994 and 1995. Another release of Battra, using
the same mold, was planned to be released in 1996
for the Doom Island line 40th Anniversary
set. While this set would have the same figures
as the Godzilla Wars set, the paint jobs
are said to have been slightly better than the original's.