Name
 Battra
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. Mothra
Company: Trendmasters
Extras: Trading Card (in some releases)
 
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1995 Height: 5 centimeters
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Battra, one of the three star kaiju of Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), was released in 1995 as part of the Trendmasters Godzilla Wars line. Like other three inch-scaled figures, there were only two ways of gaining this evil bug. The first was through a versus pack that came with Godzilla. The second was in one of the 40th Anniversary Sets where he was accompanied by eight other figures from the versus packs. The creature's length is roughly two inches with a five inch wingspan.

 
Back View

When compared to the movie monster, some complaints can emerge. The eyes of Battra are not only red, but also have yellow pupils. Those that have seen his movie should be able to tell the infamous bug did not have any pupils. The legs of Battra are too small, but given the size of this release, that's expected so he doesn't look weird next to the other figures. Besides those details, Battra's color seems overly light compared to his all-black movie brother. Thankfully the toy's wings still sport roughly the same patterns and he keeps his yellow horns and red spikes.

   
Bottom View

Like most three inch figures, Battra is made of all rubber. None of his pieces can actually move, but the wings can bend somewhat. When in the versus pack, Battra was also released with Godzilla and a Trading Card. Sadly, the way I got the figure was through the 40th Anniversary Set so I can't comment on how the card looked.

Many fans should remember what it was like back in the Trendmasters heyday, going to the local mall, heading toward Kay Bee toys, and begging one's parents to buy them one of the sets. Like others, I remember having all out war with most of my small figures. The timing of Battra's release, however, should be questioned. Many fans that weren't even aware of the 1990's series of movies often thought that Battra, Mecha-King Ghidorah, SpaceGodzilla, and even Moguera were all monsters created by Trendmasters for their line.

In the end, Battra is a decent figure, there's nothing overly wrong with him and he makes another addition to the smaller scale figures released in 1994 and 1995. Another release of Battra, using the same mold, was planned to be released in 1996 for the Doom Island line 40th Anniversary set. While this set would have the same figures as the Godzilla Wars set, the paint jobs are said to have been slightly better than the original's.

Rating: Star Rating