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Guardie[2] (ガーディー Gādī) is a Kaiju who was the pet of Evil Tiga.

Subtitle: Ultra-Ancient Lion-Dog Monster (超古代狛犬怪獣 Chō Kodai Komainu Kaijū)

History

Ultraman Tiga

Long ago, Guardie was the companion of an Ultra who would later become known as Evil Tiga. Much like the rest of the Giants of Light, would find himself solidified in stone with his friend for centuries. In the present day when Keigo Masaki merged himself with Guardie's ally's statue, transforming him into Evil Tiga, Guardie had found himself a host in the form of a nearby dog, who was injured during the scuffle between Daigo and Masaki. Taking the dog's body as a host, Guardie came to life and returned to the surface to confront his tainted companion.

Guardie brought to tears due to his failure to stop his master from attacking mankind.

Guardie pleaded for his friend and master to stop his destruction, and was visibly reduced to tears, but Masaki's control over Evil Tiga was too much and the Evil Ultra viciously attacked his enemy. Guardie continued to try and gain some control of his old ally while trying to fend off his attacks, but it was all in vain. Eventually, Ultraman Tiga would also return to the surface after having been weakened by Evil Tiga as well, but he was too late in saving Guardie as Evil Tiga blasted his former companion, killing Guardie in cold blood. After a brutal battle between the Tigas, with Ultraman Tiga emerging victorious, the kindly Ultra took Guardie's body into space to honor the last of his kind. Later Guardie's injured host runs past Daigo and the GUTS team, indicating that it might have not been killed.

Trivia

  • Designer: Hideo Okamoto[3]
  • Suit actor: Ryuki Kitaoka
  • Guardie's grunts and whining are actually modified dog cries and growls.
  • Guardie's appearance in the series differs from how he looks in Bandai's toy of the character. The toy itself has an elongated face and the body possesses pink paint sprayed where as Guardie was mostly a grayish monster. The reason for the change in design was stated that Bandai never received a finished design of Guardie. Bandai and the director of the Tiga TV series never consulted with how the figure should look and thus concept art was used to represent how Guardie was to look before his design was confirmed during production of the series.
  • Guardie is the only monster besides Dorobon to possess a Color Timer, or at least what appears to be one.
    • However, Guardie is the first Kaiju that has a natural Color Timer while Dorobon was just stealing Ultraman Jack's Color Timer.
  • Guardie share a number of similarities to the Ultra-Ancient Giants of Light, as both posses Color Timers, both turn into statues when out of energy and both can be revived by having the beings that become their hosts turn into Light.
  • Guardie's Color Timer's sound is a modified and high-pitch version of Ultraman Tiga's.
  • After Rabbidog and Ron, Guardie is the third Kaiju that serves as an Ultra's pet.
    • Coincidentally, both Guardie and Ron were shown in the form of dogs after being defeated; Guardie has one as his host, while Ron was given a canine disguise by Leo.
  • Despite his Color Timer having stopped, after Tiga took his body into space, when Daigo was back with the rest of GUTS the dog that was Guardie's host can be seen during the credits meaning both may still be alive.
  • Originally Guardie was to be named Ku Shi after a mythological dog genie, but was named Guardie after the word Guardian to avoid copyright infringement.
  • Guardie was designed to be one of three Capsule Kaiju within Tiga's world.[3] The other two members were also designed but ultimately never made it into the series.[4]

Data

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Stats
  • Height: 52 m
  • Weight: 48,000 t
  • Origin: Psytech building underground shrine
  • Weakness: Due to Earth's atmosphere, Guardie can only be active for three minutes, as indicated by his Guardie Timer (ガーディータイマー Gādī Taimā). Once three minutes pass, Guardie will become weakened and vulnerable.
Powers and Weapons
  • Durability: Guardie's only demonstrated ability is a resistance to injury akin to most monsters.
  • Fangs: Guardie used his fang to bite Evil Tiga, it is unknown if that actually hurt the mad Ultra, or if it was merely an annoyance.

Merchandise

Ultra Monster Series

Photo courtesy of Monsters-Empire

  • Guardie (1997)
    • Release Date: 1997
    • Price: 600 yen
    • JAN/ISBN: TBA
    • Materials: ATBC-PVC
Ultra Monster Series Guardie is a 6-inch figure that is based on the concept art rather than his on-screen appearance. Molded in grey ATBC-PVC plastic, Guardie features pink, gold and gunmetal spray folds, and some white (teeth), silver and blue (color timer).
Guardie also features a removable tag.


Ultra Monster Series (500)

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  • Guardie (2021)
    • Release Date: May 22, 2021
    • Price: 600 yen
    • JAN/ISBN: 4549660586869
    • Materials: PVC
Ultra Monster Series (500) Guardie is a smaller version of the 1997 UMS toy. Unlike the said figure, this Guardie features a show-accurate appearance, though the paint operations are still based on the concept art.


Ultra Replica

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  • Transformation Item Sparklence (25th Anniversary Ver.) (2021)
    • Release Date: October, 2021
    • Price: 11,000 yen
    • Materials: PC, ABS, MABS
    • Accessories: Display Stand
The second Ultra Replica Sparklence comes with recordings of Guardie's cries and its Color Timer sound as seen in the episode. They can be activated in Mode B (The One Who Inherits The Shadows).


Gallery

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Miscellaneous

References


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Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey Shibito-Zoiger | Golza | Demonthor
Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant Degouf | Jomonoid | Kurayaminoorochi | Dogouf
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