Trendmasters toy, this set of Godzilla and Mechagodzilla
marks the first "non-ordinary" toy for the
site. In 1995, Trendmasters unleashed a series of figures
on the American public, but accompanying the figures
were miniature playsets, possibly made to cash in on
the Micromachines boom. Godzilla and his robotic clone,
MechaGgodzilla, once again found themselves pitted
against one another, and this time the arena would
not be of Japanese locale, but instead the world-famous
city of Los Angeles. It should be noted there were
two releases of this set. One for the normal Godzilla
and the other with the Super Charged Godzilla. This
review is for the normal, green-colored Godzilla.
Like all original miniature playsets for Godzilla,
the entire thing folds up into the head of Godzilla
for easy carrying. When opened up, the head acts as
the battleground. Besides Godzilla and Mechagodzilla,
this set features nine total destructible objects.
Three buildings, three power lines, a nuclear reactor,
and each half of the Hollywood sign can all fall to
the nuclear power of Godzilla and firepower of Mechagodzilla.
The Mechagodzilla hangar can also push down into the
ground while the top of mountain is also able to slide
back and reveal a hole. This hole is to store all the
Micro Playset's pieces when on the go. Interestingly,
the set also features a large crater that houses the
skeletal remains of another kaiju.
For being so small, this set does features some very
good detail. Mechagodzilla is easily the better detailed
of the two kaiju. He sports his Heisei appearance and
has many notable details that, given the sizes, the
mold really didn't need. Thankfully Trendmasters went
the extra mile to give the tiny figure its desirable
appearance. The Godzilla in the set, like all Trendmasters
figures, is based on the Heisei Godzilla.
One major complaint about this set comes with the
very fact that it is so small. Given my own childhood,
it is a miracle that I have retained every piece, right
down to the Hollywood sign pieces. Like the other sets,
it is very, very easy to lose the pieces, and it has
happened to me on more than one occasion when cleaning
the shelves. Fortunately, I always find the missing
parts, but it is a hassle none the less.
Besides the single complaint, the Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
in Los Angeles Micro Battle Playset is another fine
entry from Trendmasters. Any kid would have fun ripping
the city apart while having Godzilla and Mechagodzilla
face off in a rematch. Thankfully another Micro Playset
was released that features Rodan so the true rematch
can quickly be started if one has the set.
As a side note, Mechagodzilla is referred to on this
release as "Mecha-Godzilla", including on
the card packaged with the set.