he is, the famous Gigan from Godzilla
(1972) . Released
in 1995, Gigan sports a distinctive redesign that brings
the monster into the Heisei era. The infamous cyborg
no longer appears to be an actual cyborg, but instead
armed with bone-like instruments. This could be a good
or bad thing for some fans. It should also be noted
that this particular release of Gigan was also released
without sound. Unfortunately, like my Biollante release,
Gigan's sound device has been damaged, resulting in
it not working. However, if my memory serves correct,
Gigan didn't have his normal roar but more of a Ghidorah-like
Gigan sports a moveable head and tail along with
poseable arms and legs. In order to change the batteries
of this toy, one needs to remove the creature's back
sails. Moving onto detail and design, Gigan is much
like his Showa incarnation in many ways. His chest,
stomach, and tail are covered in golden scales and
a blue x-shape is patterned on his front body. Unlike
his movie version, however, Gigan's neck, legs, and
arms are colored a dark green, not unlike that of Trendmasters
Now for the most visual difference: his claws and
spikes. In the movie, all of Gigan's spikes, claws,
and his beak appeared to be metallic. Not anymore.
In this release, as stated before, they've been turned
to bone. Even his saw is colored a creamish bone color.
Thankfully it isn't all that bad, but many fans will
find themselves missing the metallic parts.
In my humble opinion, this six inch release of Gigan
is much better than the original eight inch Bandai
release, let alone the craptastic ten inch released
by Trendmasters at the same time as this. This Gigan's
tail is much longer, allowing it to properly stand,
and its look isn't goofy like its ten inch brother.
Fans of the other redesigns by Trendmasters may just
get a kick out of their take of Gigan. On a last note,
Gigan was also released with a trading card.