Name
 Baragon - Sound
Version Source
 N/A
Company: Trendmasters
Extras: Trading Card
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1995 Height: 13 centimeters
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Trendmasters Baragon, just as rare and elusive as their Megalon and Varan, has turned into a pricey figure. I got both Baragon and Varan on E-bay for a combined price that I… really don't want to release, but it was too much! Anyway, this Baragon was released in 1995 as part of the Godzilla Wars line and could only be found at KB and through the online store. When the series ended, some managed to get released in Honk Kong as part of the Doom Island, but good luck finding any for a reasonable price in this day and age.

 
Side View

Standing at roughly five inches, Baragon has a moveable head and tail and his arms and legs can also move. This review is for the sound version (not sure if a non-sound version was ever released). The sound, which is for the Showa version on this toy, I feel sounds much more like Baragon than that new roar he was given for the 2001 movie, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.

Cutting right into the design, it feels less like Baragon and more like a shaved and hulked up King Caesar. Standing on his hind legs with muscles that would make a WWE wrestler blush, Baragon has turned into a badass, but is this good or bad?

Bad for Baragon.

   
Back View

For most kaiju, this would seem rather cool, or unique at least, but for Baragon it doesn't. Trendmasters already tried this their Anguirus design, and while it semi-worked for Anguirus (I loved it), it flops for Baragon. The horned, underground dwelling dinosaur has NEVER been associated with a never-say-die attitude or bravery that could actually use the muscles.

Oh, Baragon also has a long tail now and it ends in… bumps. Not sure what the bumps are suppose to be, but he has ‘em. Most of this design just seems out of place for a Baragon, let alone the fact the bipedal stance and the new ear flap style looks much more like King Caesar. Now the colors, on the other hand, are nice.

 
Close Up

Detailing on Baragon is good, but it can't contend with Megalon or Varan's from this same line. He's easily the worst of the three. The arms and legs are nice and bumpy, but the body itself is smooth entirely, as is the tail except for the bump things at the end. The face is the best part of this figure, but it still gives off a King Caesar vibe. The teeth are nicely painted and the mouth is even red. The eyes are also nicely done green which looks pretty cool here.

To be frank, I really don't care for this design, which may sound hypocritical since I liked the Anguirus, but to that I can only say “meh.” Anguirus did something that made it work, Baragon didn't. He looks like a He-Man opponent rather than a city-destroying kaiju hell bent on killing as much stuff as possible. In response, I award this Baragon a score of 2 for nice colors and an awesome roar.

Rating: Star Rating