Version Source
Company: Trendmasters
Extras: None
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1995 Height: 25 centimeters
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Before I get started, I would just like to make this announcement: I hate this damn figure, it sucks. Anyway, Gigan was one of two new toys released for the ten inch line of Trendmasters figures, the other was SpaceGodzilla, back in 1995.

Close Up

Gigan stands at ten inches tall and is made out of a hard vinyl or plastic with his tail being rubber. His arms, legs, and tail can all move, but the main attribute for this figure, besides its size, is his roaring. The batteries are hidden beneath the middle sail while the on-off switch is on the right shoulder. When activated, all one needs to do is wave their hand in front of Gigan for it to roar. The sound is pretty damn annoying and isn't the one Gigan had in the movies. I wish there was some way I could get an audio recording of it, but alas, I can't. When he roars, Gigan's eye and tongue (the hell?) light up.

I'm not sure where to begin in describing this mold. It is crap. Plain and simple crap. Crap in its most crappy form. We'll just start from the top: his head. If one thought Gigan couldn't look any dumber than he was in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) and Zone Fighter (1973), then prepare yourself for the ten inch Gigan. It's pretty obvious Trendmasters tried to make the cyborg's face look intimidating, but where did they go wrong? I'd say when they made his beak look more like a duck's than Gigan. The mandibles that adorn each side of his face look less like mandibles and more like some bizarre form of tusk. Even the spikes that run on his head and neck look horrible. They're simply too small, and that's not acceptable considering both the three inch and six inch figures lacked this issue.

Back View

Moving down… the arms. My god what happened to Gigan's arms? While all of Gigan's spikes and instruments look like bone in the Trendmasters releases, the shape of the previous ones at least weren't insulting. The claws are fat and overly curved.

The chest and stomach, as expected, are covered in overlapping golden scales and his abdomen is equipped with his infamous saw, despite it looking more like bone than metal. There's really not much to complain about with the legs and feet, they're nicely done and shaped although lack the "knee pad" look of the character.

The three sails on Gigan's back aren't as nicely done as the ones on its six inch cousin, something that feels rather insulting. They just look dull, and that's that. Now for the final nail for the figure… Its tail.

The tail is too damn short. Period. End of story. Unlike the other releases where the tail allowed the figure to balance, it doesn't do that here. Not only does this midget of a tail look ugly alone, it especially looks ugly on this supposedly muscular and deadly Gigan. It's like Gigan took steroids and instead of his thingamajigs shrinking, his tail did.

Vs. Super Charged Godzilla

With such a short tail, Gigan has serious balancing issues. It is a pain to get him to stand without falling over. He often needs to be propped against the back of the shelf or against another figure. Thankfully, however, Gigan does scale well with the other ten inch figures. If not for his sheer crappyness, I may have played with him more as a kid.

The paint job Gigan sports is very flawed also. Once again, those done on the smaller versions are much, much, much better. I do applaud the legs once again, however, probably only because it's the only thing this figure got right. All the bone parts are painted in a lame tan color that just looks horrible.

In the end, this Gigan figure blows. It blows very hard. Arguably, this ten inch Gigan could be the very worst figure of Gigan not just released in America, but anywhere. It's also, easily, the worst figure Trendmasters put out with its line of figures. Buy if you're a completionist or feel you should have every Gigan figure there is, otherwise avoid like the plague.

Rating: Star Rating