know, King Ghidorah, the famous three-headed monster
from outer space, happens to be one of my all time
favorite movie villains, let alone kaiju. There's
just something purely awesome about a golden hydra
with huge wings, two tails, and the ability to spew
fourth bolts of lightning (ok, so he doesn't spit
actual lightning, so sue me) from his three maws.
Unfortunately, when Trendmasters picked up the dragon,
they dropped the ball with him. Standing at six
inches in height, this release of the serpent is
for the electronic version that utilizes his Heisei
Like many of Trendmasters six inch figures, Ghidorah
does sport moveable parts. His necks can rotate,
and so can his three heads. The wings, as tiny as
they are, can also move back and fourth to give
the monster a sort of flapping ability. The legs
can move also, but given how small they are, I can't
see the purpose in it. More on the legs later. The
two tails of King Ghidorah are attached to one piece
that can be removed from the kaiju's hind end.
At this point in the review, I tend to go on to
cover the figure's detail. This time I'm not. I'm
going to dedicate this little section for the numerous
complaints I have about this figure. Just looking
at this monster you can see where everything went
wrong: scale. No, not the scale it has with other
figures, the scale the limbs and parts have with
the body. The legs of this figure are barely bigger
than the three inch variation, and this just looks
bad. It also makes him look even weirder when the
legs are moved. Once again, the two wings Ghidorah
adorns himself with are only a tad bit bigger than
the three inch version. The necks in length, again,
are only a little bit bigger than, you guessed it,
the three inch version's. Thankfully the tails are
only the thing somewhat proportioned right with
the body. Unfortunately with everything else being
made so small compared to the body, the once proud
Ghidorah feels about as bad as one of the Persians
in the movie 300.
Ok, now with that all done, we can get to the detail
it has to offer. The body is covered with a decent
amount of scales, and as are the necks and heads.
Speaking of the heads, I don't know what to say.
All three are just plain, without any other better
word to use, ugly. They’re definitely not
based on any existing Ghidorah, but I guess the
designs used in Godzilla:
Destroy All Monsters Melee could be traced
back to this version. The tails of King Ghidorah
end in balls of fur, much like the Showa incarnation.
The claws that tip his four toes are painted tanish
while his beady little eyes are all red. The insides
of each mouth are also painted red with white teeth.
Like many figures from Trendmasters, King Ghidorah
was released with a trading card that ditches the
"King" part of his name. The card also,
like all others, gives the three-headed monster's
origins and history and is pretty spot on. I do
admit, as a child and before knowing about the Heisei
series, it confused the Hell out of me.
In the end, the six inch Trendmasters King Ghidorah
could very well be one of the worst figures of the
monster around. The laziness taken with the scaling,
along with the ugly heads, isn't what a Ghidorah
fan would call flattering. The only redeeming features
I can offer for this release is that the roars match
the Heisei version and the card looks decent, even
if the hydra is too damn small on it.