Name
 King Ghidorah - Sound
Version Source
 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Company: Trendmasters
Extras: Trading Card
   
Classification: Figure Reissue: No
Release: 1994 Height: 15 centimeters
Comments
Joshua Reynolds (submission)

As many know, King Ghidorah, the famous three-headed monster from outer space, happens to be one of my all time favorite movie villains, let alone kaiju. There's just something purely awesome about a golden hydra with huge wings, two tails, and the ability to spew fourth bolts of lightning (ok, so he doesn't spit actual lightning, so sue me) from his three maws. Unfortunately, when Trendmasters picked up the dragon, they dropped the ball with him. Standing at six inches in height, this release of the serpent is for the electronic version that utilizes his Heisei roars.

 
Side View

Like many of Trendmasters six inch figures, Ghidorah does sport moveable parts. His necks can rotate, and so can his three heads. The wings, as tiny as they are, can also move back and fourth to give the monster a sort of flapping ability. The legs can move also, but given how small they are, I can't see the purpose in it. More on the legs later. The two tails of King Ghidorah are attached to one piece that can be removed from the kaiju's hind end.

   
Comparision

At this point in the review, I tend to go on to cover the figure's detail. This time I'm not. I'm going to dedicate this little section for the numerous complaints I have about this figure. Just looking at this monster you can see where everything went wrong: scale. No, not the scale it has with other figures, the scale the limbs and parts have with the body. The legs of this figure are barely bigger than the three inch variation, and this just looks bad. It also makes him look even weirder when the legs are moved. Once again, the two wings Ghidorah adorns himself with are only a tad bit bigger than the three inch version. The necks in length, again, are only a little bit bigger than, you guessed it, the three inch version's. Thankfully the tails are only the thing somewhat proportioned right with the body. Unfortunately with everything else being made so small compared to the body, the once proud Ghidorah feels about as bad as one of the Persians in the movie 300.

 
Back View

Ok, now with that all done, we can get to the detail it has to offer. The body is covered with a decent amount of scales, and as are the necks and heads. Speaking of the heads, I don't know what to say. All three are just plain, without any other better word to use, ugly. They're definitely not based on any existing Ghidorah, but I guess the designs used in Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee could be traced back to this version. The tails of King Ghidorah end in balls of fur, much like the Showa incarnation. The claws that tip his four toes are painted tanish while his beady little eyes are all red. The insides of each mouth are also painted red with white teeth.

Like many figures from Trendmasters, King Ghidorah was released with a trading card that ditches the "King" part of his name. The card also, like all others, gives the three-headed monster's origins and history and is pretty spot on. I do admit, as a child and before knowing about the Heisei series, it confused the Hell out of me.

In the end, the six inch Trendmasters King Ghidorah could very well be one of the worst figures of the monster around. The laziness taken with the scaling, along with the ugly heads, isn't what a Ghidorah fan would call flattering. The only redeeming features I can offer for this release is that the roars match the Heisei version and the card looks decent, even if the hydra is too damn small on it.

Rating: Star Rating