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Name
 Varan
Version Source
 Varan
Company: Bandai
Extras: None
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 2000 Height: 5 centimeters
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

For a while, Varan was never on my mind as a kaiju fan, he was simply just another face in an ever-growing army of kaiju. Then it happened, Varan was put in Godzilla: Unleashed, and he just grew on me. He's strictly an old school kaiju, design and power wise. While his movie could be used to define the word “mediocre”, Varan is a neat lil' bugger. Sadly, however, he's never been popular with figures. Not once was he ever given a decently priced figure in a six or eight inch scale (besides a YMS-F one that just looks horribly bad), and he's only ever been included in one High Grade set. This is for that Varan.

 
Back View

Released alongside Godzilla '62, Godzilla 2000, Orga, Showa Moguera, and Minilla as part of the sixth High Grade set, Varan is one of three reasons to get this set (the other two are Moguera and Godzilla '62). Like all High Grade figures, Varan is small. Barely over two inches in length (he's on all fours after all). He needs to be pieced together, like all others in this line, and sports a mighty fine detail.

   
Godzilla, Varan and Moguera

Okay, the detail isn't as great as future sets, but its not bad either. Granted, his color scheme is a bit weird. I can't tell if it's from Destroy All Monsters (1968) or not, but it may just be me accustomed to the colors he had in the Wii game. They did capture his face perfectly, however. I do feel there should be more of a membrane between the arms and legs though.

Once again another good High Grade figure. The price of this set has, unfortunately, sky rocketed like all these sets do overtime. I managed to get the complete set (minus Orga) for only about $20 on E-bay. If you're a Varan fan like me, then this may be your one and only chance to get a decently priced Varan if you're lucky like I was. Even if not, get the set for Moguera and Godzilla 1962. Why? We'll, you'll have to wait for their reviews in the future.

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