Name
 Anguirus
Version Source
 N/A
Company: Trendmasters
Extras: Trading Card (in some releases)
 
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1995 Height: 7 centimeters
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Released in 1995, Anguirus joined the ranks of the Trendmasters Godzilla line of figures after the first line proved to be a success. The second series of figures, dubbed Godzilla Wars, saw the inclusion of famous kaiju like Biollante, Gigan, SpaceGodzilla, Moguera, Battra, and Anguirus along with the very rare figures of Megalon, Varan, and Baragon. Like the later three, Anguirus' figure is easily the most 'upgraded' of the entire line. Gone is this famous brute's quadrupedal stance and in its place, a bipedal, hulking, and very muscular Anguirus. Sporting muscles that would make any pro-wrestler blush, Anguirus' new design, interestingly, still fits the kaiju nicely.

 
Side View

While some revamps, such as Baragon's, looked nothing like the original, Anguirus retains his original design while being pulled fourth into the 1990's. The design alone, much like the Trendmasters release of Gigan and Megalon, look as if they'd fit in perfectly with the powerful Heisei era kaiju. Being roughly three inches in height, this American Anguirus toy sports a rather nice detail. Eerie green eyes stare ahead from a crocodile-like snout that is crowned with the kaiju's famous crest of horns. The skin of Anguirus is smooth, but this seems to have been done on purpose. There's small details within the body of the beast, making it seem as if the monster would have an elephant-type hide if it actually existed. Even the insides of Anguirus' maw are heavily detailed. A flat tongue lays on its bottom jaw while the top is laced with ridges like a dog's.

   
Back View

As said before, this Anguirus is extremely muscular, one of the most muscular kaiju I've ever seen. The beast's tail stretches to the side and curls at the end, giving it enough power for a kid's imagination to have it trip up other kaiju and toys. Its back features the trademark carapace laced with dagger-like spikes. If there is one complaint I really can make about this figure, it is that the carapace doesn't cover the entire back and ends just a little ways past the halfway mark. Some fans may complain about the chest and stomach, as well as parts of Anguirus' legs, being colored purple. However, I do argue that this design scheme makes this version of Anguirus even sweeter. It gives the muscular kaiju some color other than black, but isn't as much of a change as if it suddenly switched to white or gray. It blends in nicely with the toy.

Unfortunately, like all Trendmasters toys of this size (three inches), not one part of Anguirus is movable, meaning he's always stuck in the pose shown. Thankfully, however, Anguirus' pose itself is rather good and easily manipulated by a child's imagination. The open hands allow him to grip other kaiju and objects while its open mouth also allows it to bite.

In the end, while Anguirus was given a heavy redesign for the Godzilla Wars line of Trendmasters toys, it still retains the basic needs that make Anguirus... Anguirus. Its new bipedal stance allows it to throw its foes, such as SpaceGodzilla and Mechagodzilla, around as if rag dolls while it maintains the fighting look the armored kaiju has always had.
Rating: Star Rating