Name
 Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla in Los Angeles
Version Source
 N/A
Company: Trendmasters
Extras: Trading Card
   
Classification: Micro Battle Playset Reissue: No
Release: 1994 Height: 1 centimeter (figure), 12 centimeters (set)
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

Yet another Trendmasters toy, this set of Godzilla and Mechagodzilla marks the first "non-ordinary" toy for the site. In 1995, Trendmasters unleashed a series of figures on the American public, but accompanying the figures were miniature playsets, possibly made to cash in on the Micromachines boom. Godzilla and his robotic clone, MechaGgodzilla, once again found themselves pitted against one another, and this time the arena would not be of Japanese locale, but instead the world-famous city of Los Angeles. It should be noted there were two releases of this set. One for the normal Godzilla and the other with the Super Charged Godzilla. This review is for the normal, green-colored Godzilla.

 
Closed View

Like all original miniature playsets for Godzilla, the entire thing folds up into the head of Godzilla for easy carrying. When opened up, the head acts as the battleground. Besides Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, this set features nine total destructible objects. Three buildings, three power lines, a nuclear reactor, and each half of the Hollywood sign can all fall to the nuclear power of Godzilla and firepower of Mechagodzilla. The Mechagodzilla hangar can also push down into the ground while the top of mountain is also able to slide back and reveal a hole. This hole is to store all the Micro Playset's pieces when on the go. Interestingly, the set also features a large crater that houses the skeletal remains of another kaiju.

For being so small, this set does features some very good detail. Mechagodzilla is easily the better detailed of the two kaiju. He sports his Heisei appearance and has many notable details that, given the sizes, the mold really didn't need. Thankfully Trendmasters went the extra mile to give the tiny figure its desirable appearance. The Godzilla in the set, like all Trendmasters figures, is based on the Heisei Godzilla.

   
Figures

One major complaint about this set comes with the very fact that it is so small. Given my own childhood, it is a miracle that I have retained every piece, right down to the Hollywood sign pieces. Like the other sets, it is very, very easy to lose the pieces, and it has happened to me on more than one occasion when cleaning the shelves. Fortunately, I always find the missing parts, but it is a hassle none the less.

Besides the single complaint, the Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla in Los Angeles Micro Battle Playset is another fine entry from Trendmasters. Any kid would have fun ripping the city apart while having Godzilla and Mechagodzilla face off in a rematch. Thankfully another Micro Playset was released that features Rodan so the true rematch can quickly be started if one has the set.

As a side note, Mechagodzilla is referred to on this release as "Mecha-Godzilla", including on the card packaged with the set.

Rating: Star Rating